One thing I love to see is where the rich and famous live, so last year when Carrie Fisher died so unexpectedly I was naturally curious about her home in Los Angeles. Carrie lived in a “hacienda style” home that sits on 2.66 acres in the Coldwater Canyon area of Beverly Hills. Carrie Fisher lived in the home for over twenty years having purchased it in 1992 or ’93, the home was originally built in 1910 and rebuilt in 1919 and over the years has been lived in by other notables like Bette Davis and costume designer Edith Head. Earlier this year we were able to see the documentary Bright Lights, starring Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, and were able to get a good look at the house and all of its contents. Fisher was known as quite the shopper and her home showed it as it’s filled with collectibles including Biedermeier Furniture, Star Wars memorabilia, Indian rugs, artwork and the list goes on and on. The red tile roofed home is 4,210 square feet and has four bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, tennis courts, swimming pool and a guest house. One notable thing about the guest house is there’s an upright piano in one of the bathrooms, it was here that singer/songwriter James Blunt recorded the song Goodbye My Lover. Of course, now there are many rumors surrounding the property, I’ve read her daughter Billie Lourd will live there, it will be turned into a museum or it and its contents will be sold. Don’t forget there’s another house on the property where her mom, Debbie Reynolds, lived for several years. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see what happens, in the meantime here’s a look at photos from the home from an Architectural Digest article originally printed in 2004 and reprinted last Fall. Enjoy!!!
April 3, 2017
March 28, 2017
One thing I LOVE is when the brick is exposed and used as a wall treatment on the interior of homes and businesses, I think the brick adds a whole new look and feel to a room and really warms it up and gives it a definite masculine feel. One thing we have today that allows the exposed brick look to be accomplished without tearing down sheetrock or knocking down walls is thin brick. Thin brick is used much like tile and installed the same way. Some people refer to the thinner version of brick as thin brick veneer and many times it’s attained by using reclaimed brick from buildings that are being renovated or that have been torn down. Exposed brick can be used in any room, whether it’s in the kitchen with the cooktop or ovens, as an accent wall behind a bed or at one end of a room, exposed brick is a great way to add color, texture, and interest to rooms without breaking the bank. I’ve gathered a few examples for you today, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
September 2, 2016
I love rich neutral colors and Pantone’s Warm Taupe is definitely a color I can embrace. Taupe is definitely in the brown family but with some gray in it to tone down the dark hues, it works wonderfully with other neutrals like gray and pairs beautifully with both black and white. Pantone suggests using Warm Taupe with all the other colors in their Fall 2016 line-up, I can definitely see Warm Taupe pairing beautifully with all the colors, especially Airy Blue, Sharkskin, Dusty Cedar, and Bodacious. Let’s take a look at Warm Taupe and its many color uses in the world, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
July 6, 2016
I have always liked Gingham plaid, I like the pattern it creates, I like the traditional red, blue and green colors it has come in, I like the newer versions in black, gray and more muted tones and the larger patterns referred to as Buffalo Check. Gingham kind of gets a bum rap since most people view it as a “country” fabric and only think of it for picnic blankets and square dance costumes. Gingham plaid is one of those fabric patterns that mixes well with other patterns and can definitely be made more glamorous, there’s nothing more chic than a mixture of gingham plaid and French toile fabrics as well as gingham and florals, polka dots and complementary solids. Nowadays you can find gingham patterned flooring in exaggerated sizes, wallpaper in a wide array of colors, bedding and accessories. Join me for a look at Gingham and how to mix and match it to add a simple classic to your home. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
June 13, 2016
For a long time, I’ve had this idea that I want a walk-in shower and a bathtub in the same space, not just in the same bathroom but occupying the same area. It started out with the idea of having a walk-in shower, one where you can just walk in and not have to step over the edge of a bathtub to shower, one of the things you think of as you and your family get older. But then you hear “experts,” say you need a bathtub in a house for resale value, not that we’re planning on selling, we’re very much planning on working with what we’ve got and making it better. Down the road we hope to be able to build onto the back of our house with a master bathroom being a part of the plan and I think a walk-in shower with a tub would be a great addition, I don’t sit in the tub often but a nice hot soak is very appealing occasionally. I went on a hunt to see if this concept had been done much and the answer is yes and it’s glorious, so today I want to share what I found, surprisingly this concept can, of course, be done in a big way or a relatively small way, I’ll show you both. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 24, 2016
As a designer of hotels, homes and furniture Vicente Wolf knows the importance of pattern and in some cases the repetition of pattern and he has carried that into his tile collection for Ann Sacks. Wolf’s tile collection was done to “inspire creativity” and when you see the textures and finishes of the tiles you can see the wonderful patterns they create. Whether it’s waves on the water or the interlocking pattern of basketweave the repetition of pattern is obvious and beautiful, and the soft neutral colors of the collection only adds to the beauty of the tiles. These tiles would make beautiful backsplashes in a kitchen or bathroom or amazing surrounds in a shower or around a bathtub. Check out the gorgeous tiles and let your mind wonder, Enjoy!!!
March 23, 2016
Michael S. Smith is a designer known for combining worlds, he loves to mix the classicism of the old world into modern settings and that mindset definitely shows up in his tile designs for Ann Sacks. Smith is known for the redecoration of America’s Executive Mansion, the White House, after the Obama’s moved in, here you can see how he likes to combine time periods, styles, and colors in ways that the average mortal might not come up with, combining the worlds of Old Europe with Modern America. Smith says that a lot of drive to design comes from not being able to find certain things, so he creates them. I’m loving what I’m seeing in the way he combines traditionally shaped tiles and bright metallic finishes or the use of traditional shapes like the Greek Key into a modern looking border. Join me for a tour of Smith’s designs at Ann Sacks and prepare to be inspired, Enjoy!!!
March 22, 2016
I’ve always enjoyed the work of designer Marty Lawrence Bullard, he’s always over the top and colorful so I was excited to see his tile collection at Ann Sacks. Bullard says his collection does two things, first, it honors and pays homage to the great decorative history of tile and both inside and outside of buildings as well as “embracing” the future of design with some more contemporary designs. Bullard has four collections that are available from Ann Sacks, all of them inspired by regions of the world and times in history, with names like Eastern Promise, Hermitage, Mousharabia and Urban Armor. I want to share some of my favorites with you today and when you have a chance be sure and check out the complete Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection at Ann Sacks. Enjoy!!!
March 21, 2016
Tile is a decorative element that’s constantly evolving, changing and becoming more beautiful as we develop more and more ways to create and design. I was recently checking out the Ann Sacks website after seeing photos of designer Kelly Wearstler’s tiles in a couple of new design magazines, when I visited the site I was bowled over by the choice and all the different designers with beautiful tile collections, so we are going to take a peek at these Tabulous tiles, starting with Kelly Wearstler. Wearstler is known for her love of geometric shapes and that definitely comes through in this collection. Wearstler says her aesthetic is about “mixology” and the juxtaposition of things such as masculine with feminine and contemporary with classic. I really like everything I’m seeing in this collection and I think you will also, take a peek and Enjoy!!!
March 7, 2016
There are SO many choices when it come to flooring, you have wood, carpet, laminate, tile, the list goes on and on. We recently decided to go with a wood look porcelain tile for a large area of our house and ordered the tile this week, but when it come to tile there are a ton of choices. One of the choices that I’m seeing a lot of is concrete tile and even more specifically painted concrete tile. I occasionally get to watch Fixer Upper on HGTV and several times now I’ve seen Joanna Gaines use painted concrete tile in backsplashes in kitchens and I believe on kitchen floors. The tiles are beautiful and when I started researching for more information I found lots of pros for this tile. Concrete tile is very budget friendly, it can be used indoor on floors or walls as well as around fireplaces and on countertops. Outdoors, concrete tile can be used on patios, swimming pools and on building facades. So if you’re looking at doing some tile work around your home concrete tile might be an option you’ve been looking for, I know I’ll check into it as we continue on with our remodel plans. In the meantime, here’s a look at concrete tile, Enjoy!!!