Monday, December 20, 2010

Design Obsession-Celerie Kemble

I remember when I saw this Domino cover for the first time. I had no idea who Celerie Kemble was, but I thought she looked so effortlessly chic. I've kept track of her work since this appearance in Domino, and I love every part of her portfolio.

This won't be a surprise, but I love the 1960's Palm Beach influences in her design aesthetic. Her mother, Mimi McMakin actually started their design firm in the 80's and I think Celerie inherited the very best parts of her mother's taste with her own modern twist.

Some of Kemble Interior's Design Portfolio

 I love the yellow bamboo chairs. And the chartreuse wall in the other room.

 Can I live in this bedroom please? As if the gorgeous all white bedding mixed with greens isn't amazing enough, you can see the ocean outside the window.

images via Kemble Interiors

 Love what they did for the Gasparilla Inn

Wouldn't Ellie from Cougar Town JUST LOVE IT?!

 And Celerie's most recent Media Appearance, Lonny Magazine's Oct/Nov 2010 Issue

Oh Celerie, You're even fabulous when you're pregnant.

 LOVE the tent over her bed.

 This 1960's buffet is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

I want something like it so badly.

images via Lonny 

 The black cabinets in her dressing area are gorgeous and so chic with the hexagon tiles

images via Schumacher 

I'm really into her line of fabrics for Schumacher. The prints are so versatile and can mix with a variety of styles. 
If I was a "real" interior designer, her fabrics would be a major go to for all my clients.

In my first interior design project (I'm currently redoing my mother's beach house: photos to come later) I actually used Celerie's Hothouse Fabric for pillows.

And. They. Look. Fabulous.

I've seen two pictorals of Celerie's offices. Both Different. Both Gorgeous.

I love that turquoise armoire. Isn't it the most precious little nugget?

Fantastic Yellow Damask Rug

I really want Celerie's Design Book, To Your Taste.
I've hinted to Brian about it no less than 38 times as a Christmas Gift Idea.
I may send him this post link, and make it #39.

The Friend Style Files......Callie

image via maries manor

I love a pretty dressing room. I think I can speak for 90% of the girls my age when I say that a big, beautiful dressing room would be my Number One priority in my dream house.

My best friend Callie feels the same way. She loves fashion and getting dressed up for a big night out. If I were decorating Callie's Home, her dressing room is the first thing I would focus on.

Callie's Decor Style has traditionally centered around Victorian and Shabby Chic influences. To punch up the fun quotient of her dressing room, I would try to convince her to add modern touches with colorful wallpaper, fabrics and lighting. The core furniture would take it's cues from French Influences, keeping that Shabby Chic look that Callie loves.

This is Callie.

Some Inspiration for Callie's Dressing Room.

image via cote de texas

 Aerin Lauder's Apartment

 image via Domino Magazine

 image via Domino Magazine

image via Cote De Texas

 image via Elle Decor

Callie wears bright, fun fashions and I would choose a wallpaper to complement her beautiful clothing.

I love these options from Thibaut.

Wallpapers via Thibaut Design

I would add a gorgeous vintage Industrial desk for her dressing table

And hang an antique french mirror above the table like this one.

I would flank the table with two of these mercury glass lamps.

Pottery Barn

Under the table, I would tuck this pretty Simone Bench from Ballard Designs

Recovered in this fabric from Calico Corners

Calico Corners

image via NY Times

Every girls dressing room needs a luxe chaise to lounge in.
This one looks acceptable for drinking champagne and eating bon bons a la Marie Antoinette

I think I would recover it in a flax linen with a whisper pink piping.

With this gorgeous pillow...

I would love a gorgeous french needlepoint rug like this. Perfect mix of color and french style.

Callie is an organizational maven, and a "California Closets" set up like this would be perfect around the perimeter of the room.

In the center of the room I would add two off these Antique French Dressers and have custom carerra marble tops made for them. Callie could store her folded clothes inside them and have trays of pretty jewelry on the top. The two big flat spaces would be perfect for putting together outfits.

As my finishing touch, I would hang two of these pendants from Horchow above the dressers.
They add the perfect touch of modern glamour.

What would your dream dressing room look like?

Thursday, December 16, 2010


"You know the difference between you and me? I make this look GOOD."

-Will Smith- Men In Black

I was babysitting some precious angels in the form of little boys a few weeks ago and they were watching the original Men In Black. I love watching movies that you haven't seen since you were a kid, because they seem to take on a whole new meaning.

Well, Men in Black got me thinking about Rooms in Black, which I've been seeing alot of lately and LOVE.

Normally I'm terrified of color, but there's something that a gloss black room, or wall, or row of cabinets does.
Mackenzie Dress on Elizabeth Olliver

It's like donning the LBD, it gets real classy, real fast.

I think the black trellis wallpaper from Schumacher is my favorite way to institute the black walls. It looks ridic with these canary curtains and dark floors.

And here with a white contrasting piece

Lonny via Peppermint Bliss via La Dolce Vita

LOVE it in this bath room. And I like how they used acccessories (towels, a green stool) to bring in color.

And we all know I love this kitchen. And Kelly Wearstler.

This bedroom is the CHICEST thing I've ever seen. Wouldn't you just wake up every morning thinking... "God, I'm Fabulous." ?
What do you think of the Room-In-Black?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sixties Sunday.....Pink & Navy Boudoir

For this Sixites Sunday, I thought I'd talk about designing a mid-century modern bedroom with a color palette of pink and navy.

Some Inspiration....

Let's start with this bed from Ikea. Usually I'd use a more Hollywood Regency Inspired headboard, but I think this gives a cleaner look.

I'd like some x-benches at the end of the bed, to add that hollywood regency flair.

They would be extra-fun covered in this pink and white Schumacher Fabric.

In the center of the bed, right above the head, I would place a bamboo mirror like this one.

Unfortunately this bedding is no longer available at Z Gallerie, but I like the Greek Key pattern and the navy and white coloring.

These pink bamboo sheets would tie the bedding together perfectly.
Etsy pillows to add some interest to the bed

and this super bright pillow would add some other colors to the room.

This Schumacher wallpaper would be perfect as an accent wall for the bed to sit against.

And the rest of the room would be painted this Navy from Ralph Lauren Home

Love two of these for the bedside table below.

It's from Macy's, believe it or not.

This rug would work well for the room, which needs to be grounded with a neutral.
Love this desk from Pieces in Atlanta

This chair could be painted a gloss navy...
and recovered in this Schumacher Fabric.

I would flank the desk with two of these sconces from Ralph Lauren Home

and find Vintage Pink Hermes scarves to frame above the desk.

Happy Sixties Sunday!