Archive for ‘RED on Design from the Pages of Magazines’

November 16, 2010

Tina Turner’s modern Mediterranean-style villa featured in Architectural Digest – how to do it at your place

by rebecca elisabeth design

A doomed fate from the get go, the Mediterranean inspires designers to create beautiful spaces in an attempt to keep up with its magnificence.  While nothing humans create can compare to natures beauty, I wouldn’t mind spending a week sitting by this pool in the south of France.  Tina Turner‘s retreat is located on a hilltop near Nice, France. If you are fortunate enough to live in Southern California you have half the problem solved, as our landscape and climate are similar to the Mediterranean. This scene can be created in your back yard whether you have a pool or not.  Of course , the disappearing edge pool has amazing allure however, if you don’t have one, a field of neatly manicured grass will do the trick.  The structural aspect overhead can be recreated by buying concrete pillars or  using pressure treated wood 6x6s, to support the framework above – that you would also do in wood. The patio itself is laid with tumbled limestone which has become very popular and you can purchase a similar stone at most home centers.  My guess is that the inset teak planks are for access to equipment, and I would recommend that you not add that if you don’t need it.  The PB  Chesapeake chaise and cushion in a natural wood tone together with the side tables for your books and lotions are a nice substitution to the ones Turner has. Drape greek key towels from Boscov‘s or, one up Tina, and monogram towels to make it your own.  The final touch, which gives the resort feel to this yard,  is multiple umbrellas, like the Target pulley umbrella set in a row, do this on your patio and you’ll have a little retreat like Turner’s in your own back yard!

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.

August 12, 2010

Diane Keaton’s library featured in Architectural Digest – how to do it at your place

by rebecca elisabeth design

Diane Keaton's Beverly Hills residence featured in Architectural Digest

Who doesn’t dream of having a library in their house, a place to snuggle up and quietly read your favorite novel? Of course all of us don’t have the space that Diane Keaton does, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a corner or a room that invokes the same feeling as the Keaton space pictured here does.  This room can be mimicked in your office, a guest room, in a corner of your living room, or in a nook in your bedroom, find the best place that suits your home.

While that marvelous domed ceiling isn’t easy to replicate, the rest is a snap.  Lets break it down from the top to the bottom. Stenciling on the top of the shelves is easily replicated; get your favorite quote custom-made into a decal or selecting from existing decals at places like dalidecals or walltat.  Shelving, like Brady from Pottery Barn, Billy bookcases or wall hung shelves like Ekby by Ikea, can be used against a wall or two, or in an otherwise unusable nook, to create your own library filled with your favorite novels. While a little more ornate than the example above, this Marchesa pendant sold at Lamps Plus, is a nice accent and will add the warmth created at Keaton’s. Put a slightly more rustic spin on this look (but keep the warmth), by using the amber diffuser ceiling mounted fixture by Steel Parners, sold at Lighting Universe.

Leave these benches as-is or add a coat of Benjamin Moore Sycamore Tree paint to get the Keaton look: Crate and Barrel’s Brighton or Luytens from Restoration Hardware.  If your space is tiny, stick with a chair instead of the green bench Keaton is using, one like the Milano from Target or Pottery Barn’s Riviera, with the green cushion of course.   Your favorite club chair is always a great substitute for lounge seating, so don’t be afraid to improvise.

Lastly, the flooring is a hexagonal saltillo tile which is more expensive than its siblings the square or the rectangle, but don’t despair.  To create more intrigue with the plain-jane saltillo, available at most do-it-yourself home improvement outlets for a buck a square foot, have the tiles setter mix it up. When looking into the room have the tiles laid on a diagonal or in a “soldier” (aka staggered) pattern, or frame the floor with tiles lined up, like you see in the Keaton threshold, and do the center tiles on a diagonal. Any of these options will add interest to the room and help create the look we’re shooting for.

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