Category Archives: Tasteful Interiors

Dressed To The Nines Bedrooms

I’m excited to have Susi with Design Shuffle contributing to my blog today! Design Shuffle is a fabulous go-to site to get your design groove on! There are tons of designer rooms, informative articles, how-to tips, product recommendations and so, so much more. Enjoy and thanks Susi!

Hi, I’m Susi, a writer at Design Shuffle, a fantastic social media site where design professionals and design lovers can share inspiration, showcase their projects and network. One of the best parts of my job is visiting fabulous blogs and seeing what everyone is excited about. So I’m so happy to be visiting The Design Bistro today to write about gorgeous bedrooms that are dressed to the nines. Thanks Penny for inviting me and Design Shuffle to guest blog. Hope you enjoy these fashion inspired bedroom decorating ideas!

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Silvery hues and rich fabrics dress this bedroom to the nines. A mix of shiny mirrors, Lucite and gold sparkle in this sophisticated room.

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Fine tailoring is all about attention to details. The monogram on the headboard, the green piping that coordinates with the curtains make this bedroom feel like a well tailored ensemble.

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Like a chic outfit, this room is dressed in crisp white and black with colorful accents of green and pink. A sparkling chandelier adds a touch of bling.

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Bright blooms of color and bold fabrics make for a lively décor in this feminine bedroom design. Love the vintage feeling to the pattern on the curtains and the oversized pattern on the headboard.

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Camel and gray are a classic fall color combination in fashion. They also look chic in a bedroom mixed with white and darker accents.

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Animal print makes a bold statement in this bedroom. The graphic pattern is balanced by the white upholstered headboard. Love the poppy red lampshades against the black and white.

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Attention to details makes for a well dressed woman and room. Button tufting on the headboard offers a subtle pattern against the stronger patterns on the curtains and painting. Lovely bedroom design ideas to share or save.

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With fashion, sometimes it is the unexpected accessory or accent that makes the outfit. The unexpected shaggy green pillows add texture and a spot of bold color to this chic bedroom. Images ( 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 )

Do you want to dress the rest of your home to the Nines? Head on over to Design shuffle, where you can get inspiration from many interior designers, including San Francisco interior designers and New York interior designers!

Now That’s Living: Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Abode

They had me at the DOOR!!! I cant wait to see the rest of the home. Get a copy of Architectural Digest September issue for more pictures, or you can take a look at Zavvi Rodaine’s blog for a couple of extra photos.   A big thanks to Charlotte’s UPTOWN magazine for my first peek at the article.

I could fall in love…it’s only 25,000 sq feet.  I could handle that.

With views like this who needs a vacation home? Well Will and Jada of course!

By the way, did you know that their daughter, Willow, will play the title role in the remake of Annie. Don’t run to the theaters too soon, this may be a year or two away.

So who designed this incredible home?  Stephen Samuelson of Plan A Architecture who also designed Gene Hackman’s home in Sante Fe. Will admired his home so much he was inspired to create his own earthy dwelling.  Will and Jada have certainly done their part to stimulate the economy.  You better believe everything was built by hand with a myriad of talented artisans.

As for the Interior Design, Judith Lance is responsible.  Apparently she’s not designing for just any old homeowner.  Looks like that nut is tough to crack unless you’re swimming in the dough.

STOP THE PRESS! I FOUND A VIDEO OF THEIR  HOME thanks to Good Morning America!!!

Jump Start the New Year with Style and Flavor

Wow! Can you believe we’re already in the fourth week of the New Year? Appropriately enough given the title of this blog, my new year began with a delicious meal with friends at the retro-chic Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, NC, just a two hour drive from Charlotte.

Ashley Christensen

Owner/chef Ashley Christensen is a young, nationally-recognized and energetic talent whose style sensibilities are evident throughout the space that is once again home to one of the capital city’s dining meccas. Originally opened as a pie diner in 1945, Poole’s became a luncheonette in the early ’50’s to meet the demands of the government workers and other downtown business patrons who often stood in lines that wrapped around the corner in happy anticipation of the “chicken slick” and other delights which awaited. Once inside, customers dined at the double horseshoe counter, which now hugs the bar at the hot spot.

Christensen has seamlessly melded retro and modern touches, keeping and restoring the original red leather banquettes and tin ceilings, while adding decidedly hip pieces such as Lucite chairs and the large slate chalkboards that display both the bar and dining menus.

And whether you need to powder your nose or not, a visit to the ladies’ room is a must.  I’ve been saying it for years, wallpaper is making a comebackPoole’s adds a modern twist by hanging a vintage design on the ceiling.  How chic!

An old-fashioned leaded glass display case houses French lotions and liquid soaps in gleaming clear bottles, while touch-up essentials such as Q-tips, cotton balls, hair pins and even dental floss rest on top in apothecary jars.  (Yes I was inside the restroom sneaking some clicks with my camera) All the while, I was carried away imagining an assemble line of women entering the ladies’ room with one hairstyle to exit with another!

Before I get too carried away with Poole’s design appeal, I must talk about The Food.  Christensen, who is dedicated to using as many locally-sourced products as possible, stated that her goal was to offer “A traditional New Year’s Day meal ensuring luck and fortune for your 2011…  We’d like to reassign the power of black-eyed peas and collards to health and happiness”.  That means NO GREASE!  Amen to that!

Our party certainly felt that our year could not have gotten off to a better start.  Some of us feasted on NC oyster stew with leeks and bacon while others enjoyed mixed lettuces with red wine vinaigrette and “vacche rosso” parmigiano reggiano (featuring incredibly fresh greens from Beth Moore at the NC Farmers Market ).

We all enjoyed crispy NC catfish with roasted tomato aioli (from Carolina Classics Catfish in Ayden, NC), which was the perfect accompaniment of black-eyed peas, cider braised collards, mashed yukon golds and Anson Mills cornbread .

Fortunately, we still had room for dessert (well lets just say I made room) which was an absolutely decadent, warm challah bread pudding crisp with roasted pecans and bourbon hard sauce. It was the perfect end note and reminder that at Poole’s, tradition and modern updates combine to deliver a delicious and timeless dining experience.

I couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to a year that I KNOW will be full of DESIGN, fine living IDEAS and INSPIRATION.  Poole’s serves as a reminder of how a mix of old and new can combine to create a singular, modern signature.

Here’s to you finding and celebrating your unique style in 2011.

The worlds best Bloody Mary that I have ever wrapped my taste buds around! Or maybe it was because I shared it with a wonderful group of people!

2011 Interior Design Trends for a Modern World

Have you ever been curious about emerging trends in other developed countries? I certainly am.  Singapore has always had their hand on the pulse of innovative design solutions, especially when it comes to space saving design.  Many ideas fall in line with America’s trends for the upcoming year.  I selected just a few high lights from an article written by Vincent Lauren on Interior Design in Singapore.

Along with the New Year, here are some predictions for interior design trends for 2011 that Singapore would be likely to adopt. The concept of integrated living and working spaces seem to be increasingly feasible especially with the lack of space and the rising costs of building space as well.

Multi-purpose rooms, home office spaces and the like are expected to be a common sight. The honeysuckle color is also predicted by Pantone to be the hot color of the year too. (Although I say it must be used in JUST the RIGHT application, or you risk bubblegum explosion)

Even so, the usual popular decor themes also include Modern Tropical Balinese, Modern Contemporary, Modern Orientalist or Modern Baroque designs. These favorites are likely to remain or even increase in popularity this year.

Modern Tropical Balinese

Modern Contemporary

Modern Orientalist

Modern Baroque Design

Office spaces are also likely to move towards minimalist modern concepts, together with more green furniture being used for both cost savings and efficiency. In anticipation of the bright future ahead, it is exciting to see what’s more in store for this growing industry.

Read the full article here.

Vincent Lauren is Interior Design expert in Singapore since 1999. Check out this website for more information http://books.koobits.com/interior-design-singapore. Unique version for reprint here: Learn About Interior Design Singapore.