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Turquoise Room

13 Jun

Ever since I saw this interior in the December 2010 issue of Lonny, I knew I wanted to draw it. I can’t get over that beautiful wall color.

Here’s my illustrated version in three parts:

First image courtesy of Lonny. Interior design by Eileen Kathryn Boyd/Photography by Patrick Cline.



22 Mar

Of all the rooms in this house, the kitchen has undergone the most dramatic change. We started with a chair rail and two kinds of wall paper: a gray marbled paper on the bottom (hence the gray outlets) and a white textured paper on the top that actually would have been pretty had it been in better shape and covered the walls from floor to ceiling. One of the first projects (if not the first) that we tackled in this house was removing the wallpaper in this room. Here’s a before and during shot. It was a hot mess.

Once it was removed and the walls were cleaned up, we painted them a beautiful turquoise blue (Valspar’s Sea Serenade in eggshell). This look isn’t for everyone, but we love color, particularly blue, and it suits us perfectly. This was also the light fixture we were working with. It was fine as is, but we wanted something a bit lighter to balance the bold walls.

We added an Expedit bookcase from Ikea to house books, wine glasses, serving pieces and cookware, and Smoky’s food and water. And we simply spray painted the light fixture white for an easy and inexpensive upgrade.

I know there’s a group of people who would suggest I paint the cabinets. The reason we haven’t is simple. The finish on the cabinets is pretty and since we’re not going to be in this house for many years, I can live with them as they are. Plus, I know many, many people would absolutely love them just as they are (not to mention that it would take forever to sand, prime, and paint them).

We also put the Europe map print from These Are Things (which I’ve mentioned before here and here) in the kitchen, and I love the yellow against all that blue.

Smoky was giving me the stink eye because she wanted to go outside. No worries. She got to spend a good bit of time outside over the weekend.

Artist’s Studio: Julia Denos

13 Mar

I love seeing the spaces where creative people work and think and make something from just an idea in their heads. Some studios or work spaces are messy and cluttered and some are organized and neat, and I find that behind-the-scenes look deeply fascinating.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share images of the studio of Julia Denos, the talented artist who illustrated Just Being Audrey, which I’ve mentioned before here. It’s such a fun, happy space.

This is one of my favorites.

To see more images of her studio, go here.

All images courtesy of Julia Denos.

M + E

10 Feb

M + E is the husband-and-wife design team of Michael Fusco and Emma Straub. All of their work is smart and a bit quirky, but the prints that I’m kind of nuts over at the moment are their drawings of the homes of famous writers. I love the simplicity of them and the minimal color. Take a look.

More good news: These screenprints are only $20. My favorite (the print of Emily Dickinson’s home) is unfortunately sold out, but all the others are still available, and there are a couple more that aren’t pictured here. Their website is also entertaining. At the top next to their logo is a scrolling list of reasons to purchase their prints.








All images courtesy of M + E.

Angel Dormer’s Home (Illustrated)

7 Feb

As I mentioned here and here, I fell in love with Angel Dormer’s home when I saw it in Lonny’s Jan/Feb 2011 issue. I love all of the color, pattern, and general liveliness of her space, so much so that I was inspired to draw it. What fun it was! Here’s the angle I chose to illustrate:

And here’s my illustrated version:

Angel Dormer, The Prequel

11 Jan

I found these images of an earlier version of Angel Dormer’s apartment from a 2003 issue of New York Magazine. I love this variation too.

In this article, she says, “Everything in my apartments has always been about color and pattern—really modern, clean shapes and color. Not necessarily matching colors, but things that harmonize together.” I really love that approach.

Angel, I’m charmed

11 Jan

The Chelsea apartment of Angel Dormer, director of color and concept for West Elm, featured in the January/February issue of Lonny is so charming! I appreciate the no-colors-barred approach she took throughout her space and all of the blue, particularly that sapphire-colored sofa.

Her extensive art collection, showcased in multiple gallery walls throughout her space, is pretty fantastic. I particularly love the dachshund artwork at the top of the gallery wall in the image above.

I think her design philosophy is ideally how everyone would think of their homes: “My interior is really a [collection] of everything I’ve accumulated and need a place for. It’s not necessarily about decorating…[It’s] more about [finding a place for] the things that make me happy.”