Â Barnaba Fornasettiâ€™s Milan Apartment: Emerald Green Color Inspiration
I have always had a fascination with designers who create with the ability to take push the realms of their creativity and execute whats exactly in their minds. This is how I feel about Fornasetti and his childlike introspective design direction combing illustrations of doll-like architecture, Victorian faces and Rubenesque forms. Recently featured in Elle Decor, Barnana Fornasettiâ€™s Milan apartment inspires me from such a deep and slightly twisted and dark place it urges me to create Dali-esque settings in which to dine and celebrate in. With big, bold splashes of a rich emerald green (the new black!) as the palette to build upon, Fornasetti infuses elements of classical, modern and trompe lâ€™oeil designs to create a one of kind environment only visible in the depths of his fantastic mind.
With desirous inspirations from Fornasettiâ€™s home fresh in mind, I wanted to illustrate how I would interpret his genius into my designs for a striking and yet slightly studious atmosphere where I imagine guests would sip on St. Germaine cocktails, nibble on caviar and debate modern art while listening to house remixes of Cole Porter.Â Form Decor rental furniture, rug & accessories, HER chair by Casamania, plates by Fornasetti, invitation by Alchemy Fine Events, turquoise napkin ring by Sur la Table.
The emerald green matte wall makes for the perfect palette to build upon with copper, gold and black mirrors and accessories.
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Inspiration for my Modern Glamour Beach Apartment
Well, the time has finally come. Iâ€™m a big girl now. After spending the last 8+ years traveling, moving, hopping continents from US to Italy and back and Hollywood to San Diego and back for several tours, I am finally deciding to plant a little more roots in the city that I love. With constantly being on the road I want to have a little peaceful haven to come back to. A beach girl at heart, location was #1 in my book. The struggle with finding a little gem by the beach is of course the size. Designing in a tighter space is always such a challenge and requires a lot of planning so you donâ€™t end up with clutter or pieces that donâ€™t work. With an interior design background and education, I definitely use it for designing events but there is nothing like creating a space with more permanent, nicer collector pieces. My admitted challenge with designing events is that I always want to bring in the same level of luxury pieces into an event space as I would a home which isnâ€™t always budget friendly.
As a designer I love so many different styles that I could never carry out one distinct genre of design so have been wanting to combine my love of all of my favorite styles!
Mid-Century Modern + Modern Glamour + Rococo + Beachy
Inspired by some of my favorite designers below:
As soon as found my new apartment I excitedly put together my new dream design boards. Before and after pics coming your way! But as they say, “The Journey is the Destination”, the process of the design is the best part. That being said, here are some of my inspirations & design boards as well as some of the amazing vintage finds Iâ€™ve already picked up!
I started off saying I was going to go very clean and neutral with a few pops of color. I think gold may run in my veins because my neutral beach apartment started getting glammed up by the minute!
â€¢ Very light textured chevron stripes on one main impact wall
â€¢ Yellow modern couch by West Elm. Such a great deal too!
â€¢ Custom Horizontal Striped Curtains
The bathroom is such a small a small space I wonâ€™t have room to do much but bringing in lot of mirror and light will help to open up the space. That along with some fun textures, light colors, a few beachy elements, and of course Jonathon Adlers ingenious ceramic jars for a fun quirky twist. I am an admitted pro at scouring my local vintage & thrift shops for great finds for my clients and was even perusing through vintage clothing racks at very young age. Finding these buried treasures is always so exciting for me! Here are a few pieces that Iâ€™ve found that will be unique little jems!
I have been thinking about creating custom lamp shades with wall papers and I just happened to find a DIY tutorial online here! What a great idea to customize any boring lamp. Here are also some of the awesome wall papers Iâ€™m looking into. I am obsessed with the copper leaf! Go to your local stores to find remnants to save some money as well since you only need such a small amount.Read More »
Wooden Shoe Rather Be Dutch? Delft Dutch Blue Revamped for Modern Day Inspiration
Classical blue and white delftware is an iconic look in the Dutch culture. As a Dutch person myself (hello, Van Wieren?) I feel a sense of heritage and pride when I look at these detailed and ornate pieces ranging from from china to vases to even miniature ceramic windmills. The shades of blue ranging from cerulean to azul to royal to cornflower always flow in such a soft and regal feeling palette. Why not take these European classics and give them an updated twist by pairing them with say a blue ikat linen or napkin, a modern minimalist chair from a neighboring Scandinavian country. Throw in some classic silverware for a stately look or glam it up with a few pops of gold and some contrasting luxury textiles in similar hues. However you pair it, we think delftware could make for a very cool and interesting pop of design and culture in your home or event.
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Sweet and Chic Mint, Blush, Lucite and Gold Event Inspiration
There is something so romantic and chic about a soft blush and pale mint mixed with bold gold color palette. It reminds me Paris, the Rococo era, with fluffy little dogs, macarons and powdered white wigs. Maybe I love this color combination so much because itâ€™s almost the same colors of my logo and branding, or because I used it for our Posh Pastel Pop Art Table, or because it can be so effortlessly feminine without being overboard girly. They are soothing and calming colors that bring smiles to our faces and little girls in petticoats to our minds, but itâ€™s the infusion of the non-apologetic bold gold and modern lucite pieces are what takes it from sweet to sophisticated in no time flat. Pair these darling duo of shades with some major bling in the form of a massive gold chandelier, a gold bar dripping with crystals or a barely there lucite table and chairs.
See more of the mint green wedding invitation shown above seen here! Our Gatsby Glamour Wedding Invitation.
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