Friday, June 29, 2018

Inside Mandy Moore's effortlessly chic 1950s home!

This classic 1950s Pasadena home belongs to singer-actress Mandy Moore that she shares with her fiancé Taylor Goldsmith and their dogs. Although the home came with great bones, additions have been made in the early 1990s, obscuring the structure's modern lines and quintessential midcentury vibe. To realize her vision and to recapture the home's original spirit, she collaborated with architect Emily Farnham, interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel and Terremoto landscape designers. The results? A fresh and effortlessly chic abode. Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Trevor Tondro

What a beautiful property, inside and out! Eclectic with a vintage modern vibe, this home feels fresh and inviting! I love how the designer mixes different furnishings in an unconventional way, injects interesting objects and unexpected metallics to make a design statement. I am particularly drawn to the cozy and comfortable built-in reading nook with the skylight, how about you? Thoughts?

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Seven reasons to install a barn door in your home!

If you have noticed, barn doors is one of the hottest design trend in the last couple of years. However, the barn door craze is not showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. What used to be part of exterior design has been converted into interior design. What is the appeal and why you should consider installing it in your home? You asked.


Nowadays, barn doors come in a variety of options. You can easily find modern barn doors, traditional barn doors, rustic barn doors, reclaimed barn doors, cottage-style barn doors, steel barn doors, wood barn doors, glass barn doors, etc in the market. They also come in different sizes such as one panel or double panel to fit the space of your home. Additionally, you can select the types of hardware and colors to suit your home's style and decor.


Not only they can effectively partition open spaces, they also offer partial separation. Additionally, they give you the option to easily close off a room without adding permanence.

Space savers.

Because barn doors run parallel to the wall, they are useful space savers and do not require any hinges. They are especially useful in small spaces that might not allow for swinging doors. 

Visual appeal.

Because of the size of most barn doors, they can instantly make a big design statement in any home. For example, you can paint your barn doors a bright red or a bright green to highlight this powerful design element in an all white home to jazz up your interiors or use a rustic reclaimed wood sliding door to add warmth in a contemporary home. Instead of hanging a large artwork or a group of artwork on your wall, a beautiful barn door with a large, decorative "X" design can do the job as well, thanks to its distinct features.

Add character.

Without a doubt, a barn door adds instant character to any home. Many people adore them for their charm and unique features. It also add visual interest in any setting especially in a neutral room or a minimalist style home.

Easy installation.

Instead of hiring a handyman, you can easily watch a DIY video online, gather a few tools and do the work yourself. All you need are a barn door of your choice and a set of sliding hardware to install your new barn doors.

Add value to your home. 

According to a recent study conducted by website Zillow Digs, it shows that barn doors help to sell as many as 57 days faster and at a higher price point. In the study, it shows that over 2 million homes sold between January 2014 and March 2016 who uses the keyword "barn doors" in their listings brought the highest premium and typically sell with an average of 13% above expected value. This should not come as a surprise because many homeowners like the distinctive, high-end look as well as the doors' beauty and functionality when it comes to closing off spaces.

With all these wonderful qualities, it is easy to see why barn door continue to be one of the most popular design trends in the interior design world. Are you ready to install a barn door in your home too? 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cool designer alert- Elizabeth Walker Raith!

Introducing New England-based designer, Elizabeth Walker Raith. With a decorative arts background as a muralist and a landscape painter, this interior designer definitely has an eye for beauty. Without further ado, let's check out her gorgeous work below, shall we? 

The designer: Elizabeth Walker Raith

Photo credit: Elizabeth Walker Raith

I love how versatile her portfolio is! Whether she is designing a contemporary space or a rustic room, she did it with flair and ease. Creating a comfortable, calming and fresh room is no easy task, thanks to her thoughtful and masterfully mix of soft palette, warm textures and restrained design approach. I truly admire her wonderful decorating style, what about you? Thoughts?

To learn more about her work, please visit:

Monday, June 25, 2018

A warm and inviting Spanish-Colonial retreat in Los Angeles with an European charm!

This Spanish-Colonial retreat in Los Angeles belongs to creative power couple, digital media maven Katherine Power and commercial photographer Justin Coit. With the help from designer Jake Arnold, their stately period home is transformed. The results? A beautiful abode oozing a warm and inviting interiors! Let's check it out!

Photo credit: Justin Coit

Isn't this home stunning? Thanks to a warm neutral palette, an assortment of carefully curated European antiques, contemporary pieces and a combination of wood elements, this home feels lived-in while exuding an effortless European charm. Luxury textiles such as mohair velvet, leather and linen are used to add visual interest and textures to the space. I find this home absolutely inspiring, how about you? Are you drawn to this decorating approach as well? 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Inside a gorgeous and timelessly elegant Buckhead home!

This 1920s English Regency Buckhead home has great bones- moldings, palladium windows and a grand rounded staircase. Although it was blessed with great architecture, it wasn't functional to the new homeowners. With the help from architect D. Stanley Dixon, interior designer Nancy Izlar, landscape architect John Howard and kitchen design Cynthia Ziegler, it is transformed into a gorgeous and elegant abode. Let's check it out!