January 9, 2018

Top 10 lion hardware list & lion decor

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Yesterday the the great vintage lions that have been sitting in the living room just waiting to move in to Lukeland were finally installed.  We scooped them up at Sunbeam vintage in LA together with some mid century bars tools to add some wild jungle character to the room.

Luke wants lots of lions in the room so we hunted all over for the perfect brass lion hardware.  Allowing yourself some fun with lions frees you up from being slave to trends and instead entering in some fun.

We are using lion knobs on all the bathroom drawers.

A lion toilet paper holder.

Two big lions in the entry.

And a fancy set of heavy brass handles on the recycled wine cellar door which now has been painted black and received a whole new life.

The wine cellar door was removed from the main house and kept in storage with the hopes I would find a way to use it.

Painted black it looks great with these fancy lion handles and guarded by a gold lion.

Gatsby?

Here are some of my favorite hardware finds if you want to add some wilderness in to your home.

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9 // 10

The vintage lions I bought are super light and looks similar to these that you can find online…

 

ENTRY DOOR LIONS

I’m now thinking I might need some lions door knockers…

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January 4, 2018

Guest house update – one week to move in

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Happy New Year!

We’re excited to finally have a move in date. 2 1/2 years after moving in.

Permits, termites, you name it delayed the guest house renovations.

We’re putting the finishing touches on it this week and I cannot wait to move into it. Everything is light and Swedish inspired with some art deco touches.

Here are some pictures…

Pale yellow walls and black trim for the office.

This area will have a long desk overlooking the view and what will be the gravel outdoor garden area outside. The gold sconces are already up.

We painted the garage floor with white Epoxy – it made all the difference!

I found these pale yellow vintage swivel chairs at my new favorite vintage place and website www.loveseat.com. They have warehouses of vintage stuff in LA and San Diego – cool pieces at great prices.

A new addition came about that was not part of the original plan. Instead of making the entire left side of the garage a storage room we decided to a build music studio.

It has sound proof walls and will complete this creative center.

Love the WALL color – it’s CEDAR GREEN from Benjamin Moore.

All the trim and moldings everywhere is ONYX by Benjamin Moore.

To go with the Art Deco vibe that exists upstairs we even got a blinking recording sign.

I went Stone shopping in the valley with Javier to pick out an Art Deco inspired stone top for the bathroom and kitchen.

Love all these!!

I bought this bright Calacutta Classique.

Love the way it looks.

Feels art deco yet modern I think.

All the grouting is done.

My favorite part is tile pattern in the shower.

The glass shower door was installed with a gold handle.

We bought an extra black toilet seat to give the toilet a vintage vibe.

For the upstairs I picked out a light distressed looking floor.

All the wood hues have to go together.

Floor, beams and kitchen cabinets.

Love this wood color.

Oak kitchen cabinets are going in with black granite stone top.

We hung a mid century chandelier from World Market.

The front was painted to match the house but looks plain.

We are testing out window boxes and shutters. I want loads of flowers.

Almost there….

 

December 21, 2017

Get the Look! Rustic Winter Wonderland

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Four days to Christmas.

We’re off to Sun Valley today and I’m inspired by a rustic modern mountain ski chalet look in a white winter wonderland.

Reclaimed wood walls, antlers, faux fur, leather and winter white.

That works…always.

Image via Elle Decor. Interiors Ken Fulk.

Yellowstone Club designed by Ken Fulk.

To instantly turn your bedroom in to a modern winter wonderland grab the look below.

Light tan walls, black accents, graphic modern bedding, reclaimed woods, gold classic carpets.

BENJAMIN MOORE colors — SHAKER BEIGE flat finish for walls and ONYX semi gloss for select trim and casings.

VICTORY BED SHAM // RECLAIMED WOOD TABLE // BROWN FAUX FUR PILLOW

BEIGE REGENCY VELVET PILLOW // GOLD RUG

NATURAL AREA RUG

Add a natural hide, cowhide rustic accent chair and reclaimed wood nightstands.

COWHIDE ARM CHAIR

RECLAIMED WOOD NIGHT STAND

Image via Elle Decor. Interiors Ken Fulk.

Install reclaimed wood paneling on one or more walls, or even the ceiling to go all the way.


60″ RECLAIMED WOOD PANELING

Gold and cream classic carpet on the floor.

JOSEFIN GOLD CARPET

For a softer luxury vibe add a large white velvet bed with nail heads.


WHITE VELVET UPHOLSTERED BED

Load up on faux fur blankets.


CREAM FAUX FUR THROW


BROWN FAUX FUR THROW

While you’re at it….let the look spill in to the entire house and decorate for the holidays.

Image via Elle Decor. Interiors Ken Fulk.

Want to bring this vibe to your home?

Mix in a few of these pieces and casually use around the home with neutral walls.

HIDE CHAIR//ANTLERS// WHITE CHANDELIER //NIGHT STAND

HAND WOVEN SHEEPSKIN //LEATHER CHAIR//CREDENZA

December 6, 2017

COLOR TO STEAL – Navy & Blush

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Here is a color combination to steal.

Mix it with pale blues, tans for a perfect room or outfit.

Images via HGTV

Interior by Brian Patrick Flynn

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Images via HGTV

FUR PILLOW  //  SHEETS  //  DESK CHAIR  //  RUG  //

SOFA  //  CHAIR  //  SWEATER //  PILLOW

 

SWIVEL CHAIR  //  PILLOW  //  DINING CHAIR  //  LAMP  //  OTTOMAN

RUG  //  HEADBOARD  //  JACKET //METAL CHAIR

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November 29, 2017

Creating a luxury look for less in the Guest house Bath

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Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

We are finally down to tile, trim, faucet selections for our Guest house renovations.  To make sure the project is a good real estate investment we can’t go over the planned budget, so the challenge has been how to create Luke’s desired Great Gatsby/Art Deco luxury vibe using basic building materials. Here are some of the things I did to make it look more expensive and create character without going over budget.

To start off here is the DESIGN PLAN:

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR SCHEME

Creating a luxurious color scheme doesn’t cost anything so I always start with that as the right colors are key.  We painted the walls a bold bright gold,  Hollywood Gold by Benjamin Moore, to add some 1920’s vibe.  Instead of going with basic white for the trim, casing and moldings we painted them black (Onyx by Benjamin Moore) and bought black windows. I like the contrasts and it gives it a richer look.

The rest of the bathroom is all neutrals white/grey/beige/black with gold metal accents.

ADD LOTS OF MATTE GOLD ACCENTS

To add a luxurious feel and 1920’s I used a lot of  gold accents. The ceiling light fixture and the sconces are all inexpensive basics but all in the matte gold.

The faucets are modern and masculine in a champagne finish by Delta.

Here is the MOOD BOARD for that:

USE BASIC TILES IN UNUSUAL PATTERNS

I used plain matte white subway tile from Home Depot but installed it in a pretty pattern with a row of black on top and bottom. The intricate pattern makes it look expensive.

The shower floor has a basic black pebble which gives it a more masculine twist.

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I fell in love with this look below for the bathroom floor but it all the small tiles and some marble would put us over budget so  I looked for these three colors in something with a similar pattern.

I found these matte chevron tiles from Home Depot and figured if I laid them in double rows we can accomplish a similar look.

We tried it the way tjat seem to be the best way from inside the room…

…but laying it the other way it gave it a better visual. The bathroom and closet is one of the first thing you see when you enter the upstairs.

Javier’s team was here and had some trouble installing it, but it was worth it in the end.

This was a Thanksgiving puzzle!

I like the neutrals with all the gold.

Today the custom cabinet came in.

I kept the design simple and modern and will let the hardware add the extra touch.

REUSE EXISTING OR OLD DOORS

You enter the bathroom via a walk in closet. The closet walls are dark green and will have grey built ins to match the grey tile in the bathroom.

We widened the opening from the living room in to the closet so I could reuse the pretty old wine cellar doors I kept from when we removed the wine cellar when we renovated the main house. It cost a little more to fit it but when this get painted and some black trim it adds invaluable character and I love adding something that is original to the house.

Check back in a few days I’ll share some more renovation and design updates.

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