Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Home tour- A modern eclectic apartment in Brooklyn, New York!

We have seen many gorgeous homes of celebrities, designers and artistes but what about non-designers who work behind the scenes for interior magazines? Have you ever wondered what their homes look like? Are their homes picture perfect, eclectic or classically beautiful like the homes they featured in their magazines? Well, wonder now more because today, I am featuring an apartment home in Brooklyn Heights which belongs to the owner and editor in chief of Interior Design, Cindy Allen and her husband/ design partner, Marino.

The apartment started out with two units. However, they craved for more rooms because they have a habit of "gathering objects and people". Luckily for them, one day when Marino were out to throw out the trash, he met his neighbor who casually mentioned that she will be moving to Vermont. And without thinking twice, Marino offered to buy her place without even knowing what the inside of the house looked like. With the help of two architects who conveniently lives upstairs , plans were drew to gut and to combine the two units. And the rest is history.

"Furnishings are members of our ever expanding family. As an editor, you become adept at mingling styles from every period and, just like the magazine, our collection is all about the mix. Residential meets commercial. Contemporary lives alongside vintage. What I truly love is to be on the hunt, whether at work or play, at an auction, online, and especially, through our pages."

Now, let's take a look at this beautiful and modern apartment they lovingly renovated and furnished.

I love how this home just oozes style and personality. Cindy's and Marino's apartment is one of those casual and inviting homes where you want to spend time admiring their object and art collection and then start asking questions where each interesting piece came from. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Home tour- A bright and airy Madrid apartment.

This eclectic home feels warm, casual, inviting, lived-in and well put together. Comfortable and tranquil, this home is perfect for unwinding with a good book or a favorite magazine. 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cool designer alert- Brad Ford!

Featuring Brad Ford, this designer was featured as one of "10 New Designers to Watch" in both New York Spaces Magazine and in New York Magazine and was also named one of "America's Top Young Designers" by House Beautiful. He was also recently featured in the The New York Times for a room he designed for Hamptons Cottages & Garden's 2007 Idea House and was just recognized as one of the Rising Stars of Interior Design by the International Furnishings and Design Association. His signature design styles are understated yet sophisticated, straightforward, elegant and functional, thus creating a timeless effect. Check out some of his amazing work below:

The Designer: Brad Ford

What are you thoughts about his style? Do you enjoy his work as much as I do? I find his work to be very sophisticated, modern, unfussy with an emphasis on beautiful clean lines and warm elements. Do you have any favorites?

For more information regarding his work, please visit www.bradfordid.com.