Such a delight to see one of our customers, Veronica Solomon, featured in this month's issue of HGTV magazine!
The 11-page spread showcases a tour of her fabulous home, including this luxurious moody master bedroom that incorporates the pillows we made for her:
photography by Christopher Dibble
The room is eclectic and bold, yet sophisticated. It brings together the things she loves and celebrates her maximalist sensibility.
By incorporating classic details and sticking to a mostly black and white palette, Veronica expertly layered various patterns and textures in a way that looks cohesive. These two photos show other parts of the room not shown in the magazine:
The master bath is even more stunning. I mean, look at that flooring...chandelier...wallpaper...so many beautiful details, perfectly executed.
photography by Colleen Scott
If you don't already, make sure to follow Veronica on Instagram @casavilora. She's an award winning Houston-based interior designer, mentor, and mother of two.
photography by Joshua Solomon
To learn more about her and the various design services she offers (for a range of budget levels), visit veronicasolomon.com
Are peonies your favorite flower? 🙋🏻♀️ Mine too.
With their season being so short, below are 5 quick tips to enjoy every last peony bunch as long as possible.
2. Before placing into a vase, make sure to remove any leaves from the lower part of the stems so that they're not submerged in the water. This prevents them from rotting.
3. Keep them away from direct sunlight - I learned this the hard way. I made the mistake of leaving an arrangement right next to a window that received a lot of direct sun, and came back to find out they had drastically lost their color and some petals had started falling off.
4. Store them in the fridge at night - If you have the space, put them in your fridge. Doing so will prolong their life.
5. Trim the stems and replace the water every day or every other day - Cut the stems at a diagonal for maximum water absorption. Use cold water or drop an ice cube or two into the vase.
Hope you found this helpful! For more decorating tips, click here.
Shop the pillows shown in this post:
photography by Patrick Cline
They're included in the story featuring one of our talented customers, designer Lindsay MacRae, and the 1920s home she transformed from dark and dated to fresh and fun.
Want to see a fabric swatch? Click here.
We've loved seeing photos of the beautiful havens you've been creating...
Bedroom by Perch Interiors featuring our Emperor's Garden Grey floral pillow
Bedroom by Kelly Christine featuring our Hummingbirds Duck Egg pillow
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If you're craving simplicity, you're going to love this decorating trick...
home of Ashley Robertson| interior design by Urbanology Designs | photography by Mary Hafner
Instead of doing several smaller decorative pillows on your bed, opt for an extra long one. It's simple, yet highly impactful.
For king beds we recommend size 14x48.
For full and queen size beds we recommend size 14x30 to 14x36.
Click here to view all the pillows we can custom make in those sizes.
EXTRA LONG PILLOWS
Our Kubus Gold pillow was recently in a Style at Home Magazine article highlighting a charming Price Edward Island cedar log cabin.
The designer Christine Dovey updated the cottage by opening it up to the gorgeous views. She added layers to make it feel cozy and a curated mix of elements to keep it interesting.
Christine says Price Edward Island is and will always be where she feels most at home because she has fond memories of spending summers there with her family growing up.
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also available in silver and black
It's high season for houseguests. Here are 30 ways to step up your game and make your guest room a welcoming oasis for your friends and family:
- 1- Fresh flowers - who doesn't love fresh flowers? Keep it simple and elegant with one single variety of flowers in a small vase.
- 2 - WiFi info - print out your home's wifi password and network name and put it in a photo frame to make it easily accessible for guests
- 3 - Water - leave out a few water bottles so your guest(s) can stay hydrated. Put them on top of the dresser or the bottom shelf of an open nightstand
- 4 - Snacks - put them in a tray or basket and personalize them for each guest whenever possible. Adding a handwritten note is a nice touch and makes it feel like a little gift.
- 5 - Wastebasket - for the snack wrappers and any other trash. This is a simple addition that is easy to forget. Include a liner.
- 6 - Magazines - give them something leisurely to read while unwinding. Perhaps include one you know they like, and a local one so they can get to know your area.
- 7 - Lots of bedding layers - this is probably one of the most essential things on the list. We all have our different preferences when it comes to how many layers we like to have while sleeping. Keep an extra quilt, blanket, comforter, etc., easily accessible so guests can customize to their liking.
- 8 - Lots of sleeping pillows - another essential - a mix of feather down and alternative down pillows can accommodate different preferences. Freshen them up right before your guests arrive by sticking them in the dryer for about 10 minutes.
- 9 - Big euro pillows (26x26) - they look luxurious and make the the bed more comfortable for those times when guest are just lounging with a book, device, etc. This is especially true if the bed doesn't have a padded headboard.
- 10 - Pillow protectors - this keeps sleeping pillows from getting stained and gross
- 11 - A beautiful decorative pillow - it can instantly dress up a plain bed and elevate the look of the room overall. Try a luxe velvet pillow in a rich color as shown in the photo above or perhaps a single extra-long patterned lumbar in neutral colors.
- 12 - Blackout shades or sleep mask - in case guests want to turn in early or sleep in
- 13 - A chair - if you have the space for it, a chair is a nice addition as a spot for guests to sit and put their shoes on, a spot for placing any extra pillows at night, etc.
- 14 - Full length mirror - we all like to give ourselves the once over before heading out the door
- 15 - Plenty of towels - a must. Wash them right before your guests arrive so that they're fresh.
- 16 - Toiletries - if you have sample size toiletries collect them all and put them in a clear glass jar for your guests to use or drop some of what you already have available from your full sized (or Costco sized) bottles into refillable uniform pump bottles
- 17 - Tissue box - add a cover so it's not an eyesore
- 18 - Reed diffuser - good for adding a light scent in the room
- 19 - Hair dryer - convenient
- 20 - Robe - nice especially if guests need to walk through the hallways to get to and from the shower. Go with classic big plush white ones.
- 21 - Slippers - guests probably didn't bring this along with them and it would help make them feel relaxed and at home
- 22 - Alarm Clock - I have this one in my own bedroom and love it - it has a cool sunrise effect that gently wakes you up and you can turn off the display so that the room can stay dark at night
- 23 - USB outlet - give them a place to charge their devices
- 24 - Empty hangers + closet space - give them as much space as possible to hang their clothes
- 25 - Empty drawers - give them a place to unpack and feel at home. If you usually use your guest room for storage, temporarily move as much as possible to another room.
- 26 - Drawer/closet sachet - place a lavender sachet inside a drawer or closet for a pleasant scent - as a bonus it can help keep insects away
- 27 - Laundry bag or hamper - depending on how long they're staying this could be really handy.
- 28 - Empty closet shelf or closet floor space - give them a spot to put their suitcase away
- 29 - Iron or steamer - we all know how wrinkly clothes can get after being stuffed inside luggage
- 30 - Hooks - so they can hang their bags, scarves, coats, etc.
Hope this gave you some good ideas! Don't feel like you need to do everything - pick and choose what you think your guests would appreciate the most.
photo credits: 1- home of kristen shaeffer / 2 - home of krystin lee, design by jacquelyn clark, photography by heidi lau
Color lover Jennifer Lake recently transformed her neutral blank slate family room with the help of her designer Amelia Canham Eaton. Here’s the before:
Together they decided on a color scheme of blue with hints of pink and then brought that to life with blue striped wallpaper, a gorgeous Paule Marrot art piece, and of course pillows...
"Knowing that our sectional was going to be neutral, the perfect pillows were an absolute must. With the wallpaper, art, and furniture nailed down, the pillows would be the pièce-de-resitance. My favorites? The floral print Anshun pillow was at the very top of my wishlist, and the Chay lumbar pillow has the prettiest texture. Both of them bring so much life to the space while perfectly complimenting the overall feel of the room.” - Jenn Lake
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Today I'm excited to bring you a new installment of our Designer Spotlight Series, this time featuring one of our long-time customers, Grant K. Gibson.
Grant is know for his classic, beautifully livable spaces and has been featured in an impressive number of publications including Architectural Digest, The New York Times, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, and Better Homes and Gardens. Last year, Elle Decor included him in their A-List of the Best Designers in the World. Grant and his team are based in San Francisco, and love creating unique and personal interiors for clients around the country.
Q: What’s a typical day like for you?
A: ☕️ Coffee before anything! Then I usually like to check in with my office and see what's happening for the day.
Typically my day is filled with client meetings and sourcing for projects. I'm lucky if I have time to pick up some sushi to go and eat it in my car for lunch. Not too glamorous, I know, but it's the truth.
I am very much a homebody, so when I get home, I love to turn on music and cook to unwind and find something to watch on Netflix.
I do like to schedule myself to work from home at least a few days a week, which is where I find myself the most productive. Maybe TMI, but working in your PJ's all day kind of feels like a guilty pleasure.
Q: Are there any daily rituals or routines that you feel have really served you?
A: No cell phone or devices are allowed in the bedroom. I can unwind entirely and not be tempted to reach to check what's happening in the world, my email or Instagram.
I also set daily limits and turn my phone off at around 6 pm. I have a landline, so if someone really needed to reach me in the middle of the night, they could.
Q: Are you a morning or night person?
A: That's a good question. Neither? I'm better midday and mid-afternoon!
Q: What helps you stay organized?
A: I have the best office assistants and designers. They completely keep things for all of our clients and work on project management. Couldn’t do my job without them.
Q: What's a design mistake you see people commonly make?
A: Rugs that are not the correct scale in a room drive me wild. They can make a room seem smaller than it is. All of the legs of chairs and the sofa should be all on the rug. If you want to use a vintage rug, but it is small in size, use a natural fiber or neutral rug as a backdrop and then layer the smaller rug on top.
Q: What color do you never tire of?
A: Blue. I love it in every shade.
Q: What's something that clients are usually resistant to initially but then end up loving?
A: Wallpaper. I can’t tell you how many times clients have been nervous about wallpaper. Then the day it goes up, I get emails and calls about how much they love it and what other rooms can we wallpaper next.
Q: What are your go-to pillow sizes?
A: I like 20x20, 22 x 22 and 24x24 pillows. Sometimes I think people are afraid of making a pillow too big. Don’t be. I think it looks funny if they are too small.
Q: No home is complete without...
A: ...an animal! I have a dog (an adorable westie named Wesley) and something doesn’t feel right if he isn’t around. It completes the interior.
Q: What keeps you sane?
A: Travel. I love to travel to find inspiration. Nothing else quite does it.
India and Morocco are my favorite destinations. I have been taking small groups of people to both the last years and combining my two great passions, design and travel. Each trip is limited to a small group for an intimate, boutique travel experience, including insider design sources, great food and plenty of laughs. You can see more on my travel page. Why not sign up for the trip of a lifetime?
Q: What’s your favorite part about being a designer?
A: Being able to work with clients to make their dreams come true.
1. Go-to paint color: Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
2. Luxury candle: Cire Trudon - Ernesto
3. Flower: Peonies
4. No-regrets home splurge: Artwork
5. Guilty pleasure: SoulCycle, Travel, White Wine - I am totally embarrassed to say, I like Sauvignon Blanc from Trader Joes
- Beatrice Bouquet Indigo - This reminds me so much of all of the custom block printing in India.
Cabana Stripe - I love chunky black and white stripes!
- Coral Greek Key - Greek key anything.
7. Houseplant: Fiddle leaf fig
8. Travel destination: India and Morocco.
9. Restaurant or Cafe: My favorite place beside a cafe in Paris is a place called Chase’s Daily in Belfast, Maine. It's a family-owned business with casual farm to table vegetarian meals with produce from their farm. I go as much as I can when I visit Maine in the summer.
10. Place to shop for vintage pieces: Chairish, Etsy, 1stdibs
11. Everyday outfit: This is my uniform: dark jeans, a white dress shirt with a black sweater, vest, and New Balance sneakers. I like to feel comfortable.
Grant serves high-end residential and commercial clients throughout the San Francisco area, as well as the East Coast from Maine, New York, Virginia to Florida. To learn more about Grant and his team, visit his website and Instagram profile:
GRANT INSPIRED PICKS
In only six short weeks, designer Jana Bek completely transformed the living room in her new Brooklyn apartment, as part of the One Room Challenge. Here's a look at her before and after:
😲 😍 Pretty amazing right?