Classic style, with a twist… Manhattan-based designer Timothy Whealon is known for his timeless aesthetic rooted in classicism, filtered through a modern lens. With a training at Sotheby’s, Whealon designs with a deep understanding of the past and a distinct vision of the future.  Although his country projects are filled with antiques and collected art, his rooms are fresh and welcoming, well-appointed and layered without ever feeling dated. Such is the case of a Litchfield County farmhouse Whealon worked on in collaboration with architect Timothy Bryant. I’ve been meaning to blog about this home for a really long time and it makes me happy to finally share it with you. This project is the perfect example of creating depth and interest in a period home with a focused palette.

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The March issue of one of my favorite shelter magazines, Elle Decor, published a tour of a lovely Portola Valley home with interiors by Mark D. Sikes. Surrounded by lush gardens landscaped by Denler Hobart Gardens, the home takes its cues from its surroundings. A tranquil palette of neutrals sprinkled with Sikes’ signature blue and white conjures up a peaceful mood, bright and airy that feels cozy all the same. I won’t spoil the story for you but in case you see something you like, I’ve included the original captions from the feature, written by Julia Evans Reed. The beautiful photography is by Dominique Vorillon. Enjoy!

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The March issue of Elle Decor is out and with it comes a charming feature on a chic new boutique hotel, Number 850 Bis, in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, with interiors designed by Rita Konig. What Konig in collaboration with architect Gil Schafer have done to the Mill Valley home of Blythe Harris and her family a few years back is nothing short of magic. That family room with pale blue walls and touches of pink still gives me goosebumps, it must be one of the most beautiful, happiest and most comfortable rooms ever designed. That being said, I love all things Konig – from her House & Garden magazine column, Rita Notes, to her design work (I dream of one day attending her workshops) and online shop so, naturally, I was excited to see the rooms.

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Although I do not monetize my blog, I approach blogging the way I do a job. A very fun and exciting one for sure, but still a job. I could not do it otherwise because I have found that I need structure in my schedule more than anything to get things done. So I begin every week with a clear blogging schedule but I leave room for the unexpected, that something new that catches my eye and I feel the impulse to blog about. Such is today’s post. Last night I came across an Architectural Digest feature on the new office spaces of one of the country’s top architectural firms, G. P. Schafer Architect, that I absolutely love and know you will too. 

A large, sunlit space off the entry connects the two conference rooms.
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Is there really any other kind? Over the years, the Dallas-based designer has delighted us with a string of projects that dazzle and inspire the senses. The homes she designs for herself and her clients are timeless and elegant, brimming with color and skillfully mixed patterns, stunning yet always comfortable. Her bedrooms in particular set the standard of what a glamorous bedroom should look like – sumptuous beds dressed in exquisite monogrammed linens, elegant accessories and subtle art and, with very few exceptions, a hearty dose of color and pattern.

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