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Hollywood Hills Styles Tips

In Beachwood Canyon, a community in the Hollywood Hills of California, sits a classic California bungalow. The home has great bones featuring exposed wood beams, arched doorways and a fireplace that’s original to the home. It’s these details that Karen and Guy Vidal of Design Vidal got to work with when they took on this design project.

With their love of culture and pattern shining through, Design Vidal featured an eclectic mix of elements from around the globe in the home’s design.
A metallic Moroccan side table; beaded African pillows on the sofa; a colorful kilim to brighten the living room floor. Mixed in with contemporary furnishings, the cultural elements fit seamlessly.
Above the fireplace, sits an array of colorful pieces that add to the room’s vibrant color palette. A collection of vases in yellow, green and blown glass create an artful display. The finishing touch – a colorful little painting displayed against the white stucco.

The credenza is the ultimate statement piece in this home’s hallway. Turned wood legs of the table offer a unique detail. Topped with more collected pieces, including vases and the homeowners’ favorite design books. The color palette of the vignette is captured in the painting that hangs above the table, with rich tones of red and blue that can be spotted throughout the entryway display.

The husband-and-wife team are also the owners of Granada Tile. One of top purveyors of cement tile in the United States, the couple knows how to use tile to accessorize in a space. Their collection of cement tiles can be seen throughout this home. In the kitchen they have installed a stylish wall of cement tiles. The lively color and pattern makes this one kitchen where you’ll want to cook and prepare many family meals in.

Beautiful tile can also be spotted in the home’s bathrooms. For a pop of color, a blue star pattern adds to the design of this serene bathroom. The hexagonal shape of the tile also accents the original arch right above the tub.

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An Eclectic Home Nestled In The Hollywood Hills
An Eclectic Home Nestled In The Hollywood Hills
In the dining area, architectural details and a mix of vintage and collected pieces give the room interest. Below the dining table, a Persian rug in soft shades of lilac and blue add a heavy dose of color to the room. Atop the rug, the furnishings and walls remain neutral. The eye is drawn to the wood beams that are original to the home, as well as the wrought iron chandelier.

Woven chairs look great in this casual dining area. The woven design stands out in the with the neutral color palette. Above the credenza, an abstract portrait of the running of the bulls brings a color pop to the space.

While the other rooms in the home offer a riot of color, the bedroom has been designed to feel cool and serene. A tufted headboard in light gray gives the room a classic look. Striped bedding in shades of gray continues the sophisticated neutral color palette in the room. Floor-to-ceiling drapery is a lovely finishing touch, adding a bit a romance to the bedroom.

Modern Home Decor Tips

images-29As we look for ways to be more environmentally sustainable, we’ve all had a chance to become familiar with the concepts of repurposing and upcycling. These watchwords of the modern green movement have found a place in the world of home decor as well. They are often heard when materials recycled from old products are used to make something different, as in the case of Moroccan boucherouite rugs. Yet sometimes the best design happens when something old is taken just as it is and is given new life through a little reimagining.
Some of our favorite examples of this kind of design are the bamileke stools of the Cameroon or Ethiopian mesob baskets (both of which might show up in future Design Geek features). Yet one of the most interesting transformations has been the new trend of stools and coffee tables made in the shape of a chakki – stone tools which formed a central part of traditional Punjabi culture in ancient India and modern Pakistan.

What is it called? Chakki (pronounced chah-kee)
Where is it from? The Punjab region of what is now part of both India and Pakistan; the former Sikh empire.
Described first by the Persians as “the land of five rivers,” the Punjab (or Panjab) region has a long history of political and military significance . Over the centuries it has drawn the attention of Alexander the Great as well as the Umayyad Caliphate and Imperial Britain . It was also the site of the Sikh Empire which “extended from the Khyber Pass in the west, to Kashmir in the north, Sindh in the south and Tibet in the east.”

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Sikhism formed as a religion in India in the fifteenth century under the guidance of Guru Nanak, the first of ten gurus believed by Sikhs to have possessed the same animating spirit . Known in the Punjabi language as gurmat (“the way of the gurus”), Sikhism gained political and military significance in the region in 1709 when Banda Singh Bahadur, a student of Guru Gobind Singh, the last of the original ten gurus, rose in rebellion against the Mughal rulers of India at the head of a Sikh army .

Though he was eventually defeated by the Mughals, Bahadur was followed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh who would found the Sikh empire through a combination of strategic marriages and military victories, capturing Lahore, the capital of the Punjab in 1799 . Leading a diverse force comprised of Punjabi Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus, Singh would go on to annex important Indian commercial sites, Sikh holy lands, and the cities of Multan, Peshawar and Kashmir . Following his death in 1849, Tanjit Singh’s kingdom would begin to fray badly, destroyed from the inside by internal strife between leaders as well as from the outside by new invaders to the area . A series of failed wars against the British East India company would lead to the final defeat of the Sikh empire and the division of the territory.

Throughout its history, agriculture has been one of the major industries of the Punjab. Today, just as in centuries past, the Punjab continues to be the largest producer of wheat in India . Small wonder then that for centuries the tools for preparing wheat for cooking would be present in nearly every Punjabi home. Though it is difficult to pinpoint exactly when in the history of the Punjab region chakki first came unto use, it is clear that they were not originally intended to be used as seating.

Rather they were designed to be grain mills, used for grinding small amounts of wheat for a single family . Because wheat sours at a faster pace once ground, the diminutive machines are only used to provide enough flour for a single day . The word, “chakki” is a Punjabi term describing a set of two circular millstones set one on top of the other within a short standing table . Measuring some twenty inches in diameter with a three-inch thickness, the upper stone is set onto a spindle protruding from the lower stone which allows it to turn(14). Grain is fed into a small hole in the upper stone while a wooden handle in the upper stone is used to turn it against the lower stone. As it turns, corrugated scratching surfaces on the underside of the upper stone and upper side of the lower stone scratch against each other, pulling the grain away from the center and grinding it as it moves towards the edges (for a quick look at how the process works go here). The flour that results from chakki grinding, known as “Atta”, is quite healthy, containing large portions of bran and gluten, which makes the bread strong enough to be rolled very thinly .

This Lakeshore Drive Chicago Apartment

Interior designer Stephan Jones blends lovingly blends his talents in his Chicago apartment, showing his penchant for both interior design and original art. Located in the Lakeshore Drive neighborhood of the city, the interior focuses on minimal elegance that is dotted with art made by the designer’s own hand. The design of the apartment is a nod to Jones’ trajectory into interior design. The design of his Chicago apartment served as the starting point for Stephan Interiors Design.
It also helped to crystallize his philosophy which brings home color and eclectic pieces, all while keeping the overall aesthetic elegant and poised.

In the living room, a variety of aesthetics meet in the space. A clean-lined sofa is flanked by curvy bone inlay table. Woven seating and a coffee table with an iron base form a unique juxtaposition in the space. For color, Jones has created a work of art. A green overlay painting that feels like a warm drop of sunshine, brightens the space.
The Chicago interior measures 1,400 square feet. The open plan allows the elements of each room to speak to each other in the design. A mix of warm natural materials, clean lined furnishings and carefully selected art can be found in each room. For a sense of intimacy, items from the designer’s travels, piece that have been collected over time, are the ultimate statement pieces in the interior.

Mid-Century Design Takes Hold In This Lakeshore Drive Chicago Apartment
The credenza features a rich mix of textures. The wall is covered in a woven seagrass wallpaper. Above the vintage credenza are pieces made by Stephan. A pair of sculpted hands and a painting, featuring turquoise oil paint on rough burlap. The vignette is a stunning display of texture on texture.

Mid-Century Design Takes Hold In This Lakeshore Drive Chicago Apartment
The dining room features an eclectic mix of wood tones. The oversized dining table in white oak is the centerpiece of the room. The table is surrounded by bamboo chairs with patterned, upholstered seating. Behind the table, a dark-stained buffet finishes the tableau of natural materials.

Mid-Century Design Takes Hold In This Lakeshore Drive Chicago Apartment
Outside dining room window you can see Stephan’s incredible view of Chicago. The cityscape is the perfect backdrop to this modern interior.

Mid-Century Design Takes Hold In This Lakeshore Drive Chicago Apartment
Art can be found in every room in this home, and that includes the dining area. A gallery wall featuring a small collection of abstract paintings adds color to the home’s space for dinner parties and enjoying time with company.

Tips to Get Stylish on Your Home

Interior designer Leslie Price has a passion for designing light-filled, open spaces that are influenced by nature. For the San Francisco designer, that’s not hard when the homes she designs are surrounded by the beautiful, natural splendor of California. It’s nature, and the environment of the Pacific Rim that inspired this project – the design of an East Bay home located in Moraga, California. With a focus on global elements, and bringing together a melange of Asian cultures, this Bay Area home is a celebration of color, art, and textiles that can be found in some of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Price has found a way to mix these classics with flea market finds and works from local designers, like wallpaper from San Francisco-based company, Hygge & West, that brings the color of rain to the home’s entryway.

Classic Asian Furnishings

Beyond the entryway, you enter a spacious open plan living room that features a rich mix of contemporary styles and antique furnishings. East meets west as classic European chairs and sofas are placed among antique Chinese chests and tables. The combination creates a warm and textured environment where each element has a unique story to tell.

Sculptural Details

A look at the living room, and the eye is drawn to this home’s vast collection of art and antiques. Behind the sofa, golden sculptures add a glow. On the dining room wall, an abstract painting grounds the color palette. And on the mantel, accessories like the jade-hued dragon complement the home’s Asian aesthetic. In addition to the art on the walls and shelving, this home also has a vast collection of vintage rugs and textiles.

On the mohair sofa, a silk bolster reflects the the room’s color palette of red, yellow and brown. While on the floor, an antique rug continues the color story.

Mid-Century Modern Pieces

In the dining room, a blend of mid-century modern furnishings are featured among pieces that have a strong cultural heritage. The vibrant rug beneath the dining table had once been selected by Frank Lloyd Wright for a client’s home. It’s the perfect piece, a match the size and scale of the dining room table. Atop the table, vintage vases and vessels from China add to the home’s aesthetic. Surrounded by art, this dining room is a trove of beautiful pieces that make up the homeowner’s vast collection of antiques.

Woven Metal Details
The Pacific Rim Meets The Bay Area In This Stylish Home
As the adage goes, design is in the details, and Price has brought a number of detail-oriented pieces home in this interior. Above the dining table, a sculptural, woven metal chandelier makes a modern impact. The golden hue is reflective of many of the gold and bronze sculptures on display in the home. While the woven design is a reflection of many of the natural elements in this interior, from the wood built-ins, to the rattan furnishings in the living room.

Colorful Textiles

One of the most vibrant spaces in this home has been designed with entertaining in mind. Rich turquoise and fuchsia hues can be found in the cushions atop the day bed, that’s perfect for when guests stay over. A mix of silk pillows and a colorful Hmong throw pillow add vibrance to the space. The bright hues are reflected in the colorful vignette on top of an antique cabinet, where guests can store clothing and other items.

To complete the vibrant color palette, a pair of red, vintage foo dog book ends add the perfect pop of color.

The Pacific Rim Meets The Bay Area In This Stylish Home
With a mix of cultural artifacts, gleaming modern pieces, and abstract art, this home designed by Price is truly one-of-a-kind. Her goal is always to create a artful, livable spaces. And this home has all of that and more. Bringing various cultures together, this East Bay interior is filled with beautiful art and furnishings inspired by Asian culture, along with cozy pieces that are an absolute necessity for California living.

How to find Eclectic citizenM in London

images-28When we make our way to a hotel, no matter whether we’re traveling for business, a family vacation or just getting away all on our own, we’re looking for more than a place to shower and sleep. We’re after an experience, something that we can take home with us – something we can look forward to having again. And while there are scores of hotels to be found, there are few that truly focus on delivering the type of unique staying experience that can rival any other attraction we might find while traveling – and providing it in some of the most exciting cities in the world.
citizenM is a Netherlands-based company with an eye towards servicing a new kind of traveler. Dubbed Mobile Citizens by the fashion-forward hospitality brand, these are adventurers of all stripes, businesspeople, galavanters and free spirits of every kind. The chain’s offer to it’s customers is very straight forward: affordable luxury in an amazing city, in a space so stunningly curated that it borders on the surreal.

With hotels across the Netherlands and France as well as one in the heart of Times Square in New York City, citizenM is doing itself one better, unveiling the new and indescribably beautiful Tower of London location that will serve as the new flagship hotel of the brand.

A Look Inside The Eclectic citizenM Tower of London

Upon entering the hotel, Mobile Ciizen’s are greeted by a variety of gorgeously decorated areas and vignettes. Long before reaching the rooms the experience begins with a variety of sights and sounds designed specifically for the space by some of the world’s most innovative design companies. One particular standout is the Kinetic Lights installation by Studio Drift. The Netherlands-based company specializing in interactive light sculptures created a series of covered lamps, shaped like flowers, that float continually up and down between the eight floors of the hotel, seemingly by magic.

A Look Inside The Eclectic citizenM Tower of London

Beautifully designed public areas draw together the best in modern design along with a celebration of the history, culture and symbology of the city. The hotel, which is located on Tower Hill, adjacent to the Tower of London and across the river from Shakespeare’s historic Globe Theatre, boasts an electrifying assortment of eclectic furnishings reflecting the global nature of both the company and it’s intended customer.

Tips to find sweet home in melbourne

Cute, colorful and absolutely feminine, dessert designer Caroline Khoo is pushing the boundaries of the confectionery arts. The owner of Melbourne’s Nectar and Stone, Khoo is known around the globe for her sweet treats that look more like pieces of art than pieces of cake. As a renowned designer of tarts, cakes, chocolates and more, it’s no wonder that this amazing confectioner has also designed a beautiful home for herself and her family in Melbourne, Australia.

Floral Accents

Sharing Khoo’s fashionable abode is her husband, Nicholas, and her two young boys, Isaiah and Dimitri. While the boys may outnumber mom three to one, Khoo has been able to design a home that reflects the same sweet, feminine aesthetic found in her desserts. The living room sofa is a shining example of Khoo’s aesthetic. On a sectional that’s big enough for the entire family to enjoy, a layered display of pillows has been added to bring color and texture to the space.

A little bit of floral has been added to the mix with a striking cushion in a vibrant mix of hues that certainly stands out among the neutral furnishings.

Pretty In Pink Details

This family home is filled with a number of pretty vignettes. Collected pieces are displayed artfully, making it clear that each piece, whether perched on a shelf, or sitting on a table, has meaning. On the shelf above the sofa, a pale pink pitcher, ring bowls and small stacks of books all add to the aesthetic accompanied by a few romantic items, including an antique clock and dried roses. But the crown jewel of the space is a painting her sister purchased years ago while traveling to Cuba.

The piece is one of Khoo’s absolute favorites; the man playing a drum is a constant reminder for the confectioner to enjoy life.

Curated Shelving

In this family home, the art of display is showcased in every room. In the hallway, wall-to-wall shelves have been installed to allow for adequate storage. Among the rows of white shelving, papers and books have been carefully placed alongside more fashionable items like a Louis Vuitton purse and a stunning pair of red loafers. It’s a great idea that effectively lets her storage serves as decor as well.

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Sweet-Looking Storage
A Sweet Family Home In Melbourne – Aimee Jones Photography
Photo Credit: Aimee Jones Photography
Just like her desserts, the items on Khoo’s shelves have been color coordinated to form a pastel color palette of pink and orange. Instead of trying to arrange a bookshelf according to color, Khoo has wrapped in her books in covers that reflect her preferred color palette while color coordinated binders keep things well organized and looking good. As a finishing touch, contemporary pieces like a camera, purse and a few stylish boxes have been used to inject just a little bit of black among the sweet shades.

A Home Office Nook

Making the most of every space in her home, Khoo has carved out an additional area in her home office, that is perfect for painting and sketching new ideas. The small nook is home to a floating desk which has its own shelving for even more storage. The white furnishings in the office provide a crisp backdrop for pens, paint, and other items that support Khoo’s creative endeavors.

Office Vignettes

Just like in the living room, the office also features a number of styled vignettes. Here, small pieces of pottery, vessels and a classic desk lamp are the perfect accessories to keep Khoo’s workspace bright and inspiring.

England Home Styles Tips

Sue De Chiara is the woman behind the beautiful lifestyle blog, The Zhush. Known for showcasing homes with all the right details, it’s no wonder that this lifestyle blogger has a stunning home of her own. Located in Connecticut, De Chiara’s Neo-Georgian colonial is a showcase of classic New England style with a twist. Designed in collaboration with Muse Interiors, this family-friendly home is filled to the brim with modern details, colorful art and a fun vibe perfect for De Chiara, her husband, their three children and pup.

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Cool And Collected Living
A Chic Traditional Home In New England – Nicole Cohen
Photo Credit: Nicole Cohen
The design of this interior strikes the perfect balance of traditional and modern. The home’s architecture speaks to a traditional aesthetic with classic bones, like the moulding around the fireplace mantel. While the furniture in this seating nook is another story. A mid-century modern lounge chair and Platner Side Table take this nook firmly into the 21st century.

Farmhouse Dining Room
A Chic Traditional Home In New England – Nicole Cohen
Photo Credit: Nicole Cohen
In the dining room, handcrafted pieces speak to this interior’s New England roots. A rustic farmhouse table is large enough to seat eight comfortably. Perfect for family gatherings and entertaining. And a windsor bench is a lovely complement. A nod to farmhouse style.

Glam Kitchen

The kitchen is an ode to glamour. Stark white cabinetry is a nice contrast to the silver gray walls carried over from the living room. And even more beauty can be found in the details. Gold hardware on the cabinetry and in fixtures like the faucet add a special touch. For a metallic mix, overhead lighting in silver brings an unexpected industrial touch to this picture-perfect space for cooking and enjoying a quick bite.

Peacock Blue Shelving

This home is filled with colorful touches that awaken the senses, and these shelves definitely enliven. The color is drop-dead gorgeous in a rich hue of peacock blue. This well-styled built-in sports a bar as well as a display area for dishes and tableware. It’s a sophisticated spot for keeping entertaining items on hand.

Los Angeles Home Style Tips

Karen and Guy Vidal are the owners of Design Vidal, an LA-based interior design firm. The couple is known for designing unique interiors that are truly reflective of the families who live within. Their love for creating one-of-a-kind spaces is evident in their very own Los Angeles home. Filled to the brim with fun an funky style, this California interior has a bright and cheery environment perfect for this designer couple and their two children.

Open And Airy Dining Room

One look inside this home, and it’s clear that Karen and Guy have a love for global design. An eclectic mix of handmade pieces from the around the world can be spotted. From a bright blue boucherouite rug in the living room, to a sparkling Moroccan wedding cape in the bedroom, a variety of global elements have been used to accessorize this home.

Modern Kitchen Details

This home feels warm and lived-in with a variety of vintage pieces that add character. But in the kitchen, modern furnishings take center stage. The dining nook sports tufted seating in a cool gray. A set of Eames Molded Plastic Dining Chairs offer additional seating.


Tile Takes Flight In The Kitchen

Beyond their interior design work, the Vidal’s are also known for their line of cement tiles – Granada Tile. Their tiles can be spotted in some of South America’s most popular vacation spots, LA’s trendiest restaurants, and even in their own home. Featuring designs inspired by a range of cultures, the collections includes tile inspired by traditional Turkish and Persian designs, and a host of other cultural references.

In their kitchen, their Vuelo collection featuring birds in flight, covers the island and backsplash. The pattern is a modern interpretation of a traditional Turkish block print.

A Charming Bedroom

The Vidal’s embrace color in their work and in their home. The bedroom features a rich mix of colorful textiles for a warm, layered look. A curvy upholstered headboard is a beautiful backdrop to a mix of cushions on the bed. Blue bedding and drapery finishes off the space in a cool hue.


Print And Pattern In The Bathroom

Not afraid of color of pattern, a small powder room has been treated like a jewel box, covered in a whimsical green print. The effect is absolutely stunning. A touch of the unexpected, which is truly what sets the Vidal’s aesthetic apart from the work of so many other designers.

Cool And Contemporary Home Tips

It’s amazing how an interior can be transformed. How with the right design team, a space can go from tired and dated to absolutely breathtaking. That’s the result of the work done by Pulp Design Studios to update an old Spanish-style interior into a modern family home fit for five. Walls were moved, the main staircase relocated, and features were added to take this home firmly into the 21st century.

All was done with a steadfast attention to detail that allows this contemporary space to feel warm, cozy and inviting.

Just beyond the entry, you’re inside the home’s living room. Modern furnishings sporting sleek metallic finishes catch the eye when walking into this spacious living area. But it’s the mix of woods that create warmth in this room. From the reclaimed flooring, to the paneling around the fireplace, and accessories, like the stacked wood side table, the addition of natural elements make this living room feel grounded.

Pulp Design Studios.

Details matter, and Pulp Design Studios has not overlooked one in this contemporary home. In the entryway, a classic console table is the ultimate statement piece. The bentwood design features brass feet for an unexpected touch of bling. The mix of wood and metallics is a centerpiece of this home’s design.

Rustic Details In The Dining Room

Dinner for six? This dining table has all the room you need. A raw woodgrain table is the centerpiece of this dining room. For a modern mix, sleek white chairs have been brought in for contrast. Above, woven lighting completes the design. And, as big fans of color, we can’t forget about the art in this dining area. The large-scale painting is the perfect finishing touch.

Contemporary Kitchen

Kitchens are the heart of the home and this dreamy kitchen is no exception. Taking the house down to the studs, Pulp Design Studios balanced the need for a clean and modern aesthetic with the need for soul and warmth in this family home. In this kitchen they achieved that balance, making the choice to add wood paneling. Going beyond the stark white kitchens that many modern homes offer, the honey wood tone makes this kitchen feel as cozy as this home’s living areas.

Dream Home Comes True With Simple Way

Located in picturesque Vail, Colorado, is a stunning vacation retreat by New York interior designer, Alan Tanksley. Known for creating warm and approachable environments, Tanksley has designed this Colorado home in stark contrast to typical mountain retreats in the area. Among brush and soaring trees, rustic design has been abandoned for a contemporary home that marries clean lines, beautiful wood paneling and tonal design that has resulted in this  one-of-a-kind home.

Minimalist Style

A study in the beauty of minimalist design, inspiration for the interior came from the work of sculptor, Donald Judd. Known for his sculptures and installations constructed out of industrial materials such as Plexiglas and concrete, Judd’s work emphasized the purity of the objects. The homeowners, fans of Judd’s work, have two of his desks in the space. Their design is echoed throughout the rest of the furnishings in the home, which are examples of the purity and shapes that the artist was known for.

A Statement Mantel

It’s the scale of this space that immediately captures your attention. With towering ceilings, and statement pieces like an oversized mantel in the living room, Tanksley worked in collaboration with architect James Dayton to bring in an array of textures and furnishings that would match the large scale and bring warmth to the interior. Pieces from companies known for their fine craftsmanship, like A. Rudin, Holly Hunt and Cliff Young fit this home perfectly.

Decadent Dining

Tanksley, who loves to create destinations within interiors, designing rooms fit for large conversations, engaging groups or time alone, has included a dining table that easily seats ten. It’s fit for hosting large dinners with family and friends who are visiting. The space, which looks out on beautiful pine trees, is simply anchored by a large piece of 20th century art and a canopy of lights overhead.

A Contemporary Office

The office is home to one of the sculptural desks by American artist, Donald Judd. His work, which was known to be installed in the interiors he designed, served as inspiration for Tanksley. The minimalist design of the office leaves room for the craftsmanship and artisanship of Judd’s work to truly shine. A floor-to-ceiling window brings the outdoors in. A wonderful moment in this home, where natural elements like trees and a stream blend seamlessly with the calm interior environment.

Modern Elements In The Kitchen

In the kitchen, a mix of wood and steel adds a modern feel to the space. Streamlined cabinetry leaves things feeling contemporary and refined. Blonde wood is a nice touch, allowing the kitchen to feel open and spacious in this mountain retreat.