Baby Got Back…

…Backsplash that is.

The options for backsplashes has  exploded over the years.  New types, styles and shapes of tiles continuously hit the market.  In addition, other creative materials are available such as mirror, wood cladding and metals to name a few.  I recently came across a new idea that was truly brilliant…..FABRIC.  I know you are imagining stains and greasy messes hitting your precious textile backsplash that you painstakingly picked out and applied to the wall.  Don’t worry because the fabric can be made in-destructive if you sandwich it between glass before applying it to the wall.  Glass makes the fabric maintain its vibrant color and it is easily cleaned.  Adam Rolston of Incorporated Architecture & Design achieved this for a couple’s Manhattan apartment that was finished to evoke their memories of life across the pond in London-town.  Adam commented that it does take a skilled glass company to accomplish but the feat can be done for any space if the fabric isn’t too thick.  Check it out in this cozy country kitchen in the city.

Lee Jofa’s Lauretta fabric

Mixing cabinet finishes adds interest

Color pop on the shutters adds dimension and controls natural light

Love the Ceaserstone countertop. So there really is a world outside of granite?

*All photos provided by House Beautiful

Dream Home Files

If you have an infatuation with vivid colors, pattern and vivacious fervor of more opulent days gone by, you must be familiar with Miles Redd.  He is a Manhattan based designer with uptown stylings but his southern Atlanta-born roots show through his design charm.  In the February issue of House Beautiful, Redd’s work on a Brooklyn Townhouse was exhibited in perfect East meets West meets South fashion.  The article started with the ideal phrase “no stone unturned and no wall uncovered”… PERFECTION! This narrow abode was adorned in rich grassclothes, intricate Chinese papers and even feathers.  The bold color choices, sultry texture stories and the layered artwork trick the mind into not caring about the tightness of the 2-room-per-floor townhouse and instead concentrate more on the individual moments.  That is why, for a change, Redd exclaimed the importance of smart room planning and pushing the furniture closer to the walls in small rooms.  Not to mention the idea that more furniture in a small space not only adds seating but a bigger feeling.  Check it out, it is brilliant.

That sofa is so plush and masculine which contracts richly against the walls, art and patterns

Killer art party on the wall

My favorite color [blue] and my favorite room

Peep the chandelier

Serenity

Classic with a pop

Custom peacock feather wallpaper

Miles Redd

*All photos provided by House Beautiful

City Modern NYC

There is no question that New York City is the pinnacle of the design realm of fashion, architecture and interiors in America and for much of the world.  Dwell and New York magazines are celebrating the city’s design thumb with the 2nd Annual City Modern Festival which ends on October 4.  The past week has been full of programming and home tours exhibiting modern architecture and design.  Some of design’s most powerful intelligencia participated in panel discussions, including architect David Rockwell, brand-genius Jonathan Adler and Thos. Moser furniture designer Adam Rogers.

Last weekend there were 10 gorgeous homes in Manhattan and Brooklyn that were open for the curious peruser.  Wish I could have attended but at least I found some great photos of the cool pads.  This is definitely on my to-do list for the future.

Fractal Pad, Manhattan

Meatpacking Loft, Manhattan

Skyhouse, Manhattan

Salle Residence, Brooklyn