Archive for October, 2010

October 26, 2010

Beautiful furnishings I saw at market.

by rebecca elisabeth design

Market comes but twice a year – typically spring and fall.  For those of you that don’t know what I mean when I say ‘market’, it is when trade-only design centers show their newest product and put on educational seminars for design professionals.  This is where interior designers can see new trends, expand their knowledge, and get inspired.  Interior designers in Southern Californians are a little spoiled, as we have access to some of the largest and best design centers in America. While I spent most of my short time at market this year in seminars, I was able to snap a few iPhone shots of some of the beautiful things that we, as design professionals, have access to, to create gorgeous unique designs for our clients.

#1 Fantastic Glam Chandalier and Bronze Sculpture - 2010 Market

Fantastic Glam Chandelier and Bronze Sculpture - 2010 Market

Wow, this chandelier (Fantastic Glam Chandelier and Bronze Sculpture – 2010 Market) – what a statement this would make in someones home. Thin chains hung from oval bands of dye-cut metal, drape luxuriously around the light source, creating amazing light and shadow patterns on the surrounding walls. The juxtaposition of this glam fixture paired with this organic edged walnut table with hammered metal legs is where design is headed. Mixing and matching vs. matchy matchy is the new way to go.

Ecletic Living Room - 2010 Market

Eclectic Living Room - 2010 Market

This living room is a classic beauty with clean lines, warm neutral coloring and easy style  would look great in many homes. While the furnishings are of the highest quality and look picture perfect, what’s really cool here is the rug.  I’ve included a close up of the rug in picture #3- [Detail of Rug from Eclectic Living Room – 2010 Market], the texture, warmth and intrigue this rug adds to the room is priceless.

Traditional Dining Set - 2010 Market

Traditional Dining Set - 2010 Market

While this photo [Traditional Dining Set – 2010 Market] isn’t super clear, don’t overlook the stunning turning on this inlay dining room table leg.  Plus, this 3 light chandelier is amazing for the traditionalist.

Dining Vignette - 2010 Market

Dining Vignette - 2010 Market

This final photo is a quaint little dining vignette with great art which makes the space pop.

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October 19, 2010

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford’s reading nook featured in Architectural Digest – how to do it at your place

by rebecca elisabeth design

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford Home

What to do with that small corner that is in a hall, entry, or elongated room?  Consider a quaint nook like Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford’s, featured in Architectural Digest. This nook is easily created in any corner of your home.  While this is a very traditional setting this can also be done in a contemporary home with contemporary furnishings.

In order to mimic Mirren’s look in your space start with color. The coloring is what makes this space so dramatic, consider Benjamin Moore’s celtic green for the walls with a creamy white trim. For the window, a flat fold roman shade in something like Simply Linen/Goldenrod from Smith and Noble will create diffused light to soften the corner by cutting glare and by visually dressing the window. Pick up quaint little landscapes with elaborate framing at a flea market. If the framing isn’t quite right, no problem, just go to your local framer and pick your favorite gilded frame – remember to mix and match.

The focal point of this nook, is of course the chair, this too could be a flea market find! For a less time-consuming Saturday, hop on the computer or head out to your local retailer. You’ve got two ways you could go, a completely upholstered look, like the one at Mirren’s, or an open back chair like the Queen Anne from Pottery Barn. Planted firmly next to the seating is an adorable little table, which is a grandma go to. Who’s grandmother doesn’t have something like this? Of course, if you’re like me, your grandmother doesn’t live close by. Never fear, Target offers tons of options, just do a search for accent table and you’ll find hundreds, but here are a few that might just do the trick: option 1, option 2 or option 3. Then head out to the garden and cut your favorite blossoms and put them in the tiniest bud vase you have alongside a ceramic table lamp from Lamps Plus.

This picture perfect room is reflected in the mirror, which expands the space and reflects light back into the room, which is important when you have dark walls.  The last piece, of this traditional puzzle, is the amazing antique rug. Rugs are very personal and there are thousands out there at all price points, one that might do the trick is this Thyme Persian from Pottery Barn.  However, I recommend taking your time with this and selecting your personal favorite, pick one with muted colors and a very tight pattern to complete this look in your nook.

October 12, 2010

How can you save some green while being green?

by rebecca elisabeth design


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How green is your abode? Interested in saving some money and do a little good for the planet while you are at it?  A home energy audit, which most utility providers will do free of charge, will tell you the amount of power your household consumes and what you can do to reduce it. The average family can find ways to shave 1,000 lbs. of CO2 emissions each year. Energy auditors use special equipment like blower doors and infrared cameras to help you pinpoint exactly how your house is losing energy. You can also perform a do-it-yourself audit (see, but this is one time you might actually want to be audited by the experts.

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October 5, 2010

How an interior designer can save you time and money.

by rebecca elisabeth design

Certified Interior Designer, Rebecca Soechtig, with RED at explains how a designer can save you time and money while creating a home that is unique to you.

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