My Design Resolutions for 2012

In the time-honored New Year’s tradition, I wanted to set a few goals to challenge and inspire my upcoming work. I am hereby offering up my top three Design Resolutions:

1. Design a tone-on-tone room. Some of my favorite holiday windows were a thrilling reminder of how elegant a monochromatic palette can be. Done correctly, it’s an exacting process that rewards with subtle contrast
and rich layers of texture.
Seeing them called to mind a New York designer I once worked for who cut an impeccably chic figure in luxurious all-camel or all-burgundy looks – a spirit captured by these images from one of my favorite blogs, Habitually Chic:

I’d love to to envelop a space in the same way – using a client’s most-loved hue as designer Tobi Fairley did with this turquoise living room from House Beautiful.

2. Use more eco-friendly products and materials. In designing my own home, I put a huge value on materials that are safe and healthy for my children. I’m fortunate to create beautiful living spaces for families and it’s important that these are intrinsically good environments. Happily, the design industry is rising to the occasion with gorgeous “green” products. Here are two of my favorites:

The wallcoverings in Trove’s REDEUX collection, which are PVC-free and include recycled materials.

Christopher Peacock’s LEED-certified luxury paints, which boast “the lowest VOC of any high-quality, waterborne paint in the world.”

3. Use stripes in inventive ways. It’s no secret that I’m smitten with stripes – their timeless, infinite quality and the graphic pop they bring to a design. Working them into my interiors is a natural inclination, which is why I was captivated by this dynamic interpretation featured in the most recent Andrew Martin Design Review

Likewise, the playful candy stripe is used to brilliant effect throughout this Cote Sud bedroom from Le Best of Elle Deco

Here’s to an adventurous and inspired 2012!

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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