BOOKMARKED • PLAYFUL SPACES
1. VOGUE: A Peaceable Kingdom: Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler’s Home in Locust Valley // Designer: Frank de Biasi // photographer: Oberto Gili
It has been a while since a project made me feel like this one. One glimpse of that guest room made me realize I’ve been using the phrase “dream home” too lightly until now. Just about everything makes me weak at the knees. I could truly make a list a mile long: the pattern on pattern, the soft blues, white washed brick; yummy textures, intricate wood floors, antique pieces, oversized art, dogs jumping into a pool that actually looks used, tennis courts, a green house, the gravel drive, climbing roses, children in stripes… (told you I could go on). But what I think is most remarkable about this space is that despite the lofty interior design, the home still feels playful, relaxed and lived in…
“Fine furnishings plus three children?” decorator Frank de Biasi says later, arching his eyebrows playfully. “It really comes down to the attitude of the parents, and they’re just low-key and normal about it.” He strolls through the raw-oak-paneled library and gestures toward the piecework springbok-hide rug. “You know the kids are going to mess it up, but it just makes it nice and an old, comfortable house.”
I so appreciate the “it’s only stuff” attitude. When you have that rare outlook, everything in your life can really be enjoyed.
2. DOMAINE HOME: Work & Play: Kelly Oxford’s Killer Office Style
I knew Kelly was hilarious. I knew she was chic, fun and cool. And I may have already known she could decorate (this office is proof of that). But what I didn’t know is she is my work routine spirit animal. Case and point:
“I tend to want to work in my pajamas, so I wanted something that would make me want to leave the house,” Oxford says, “something inviting and more spectacular.”
Oxford decided to combat her guilty pleasure of working from bed by bringing a sofa into her office as a compromise. The firm platform design still allows her to lay down to write — but there’s little danger of nodding off.
I would appear as though we are both lazy workaholics, using the allure of a beautiful office space as the bribe to get out of bed. My attitude about this is “Hey, whatever works…” I personally think she is on to something and her tips for making your workspace feel like home was a great read.
3. MARK D. SIKES: An Interview with Katie Ridder
Through the phenomenon that is Pinterest I found a link to a lovely interview with Mark D. Sikes and Katie Ridder. I was so glad I did because up until that point I thought I was pretty familiar with Katie’s work. Well, I was wrong because I ended up discovering so much that I had been missing. Interesting, thorough, and a great glimpse into her work I would certainly recommend checking it out!
DECK THEIR HALLS / RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
While flipping back through an older Veranda (July/August 2013), a lovely light-filled kitchen caught my eye. After revisiting this Richmond project, I knew I wanted to use it for today’s post. Designer Suellen Gregory, balances her long-time client’s love of adventure and respect for tradition in this 1920’s Georgian manor. Pops of contemporary pieces and shocking color play against a palette of cream, gold, and gray in a way that makes this home feel happy, sensible and surprising. It was so much fun to imagine it all dressed up for the holidays.