I feel it, that soft and slow march toward the end of summer as the days are getting shorter. *Sigh* Summer is my favorite season so I’m doing my best to enjoy each day as much as possible. I’m committed to lazier days for just a few weeks more until the kids go back to school. It will be distance learning to start but there will be a new routine for all of us mid August.
I’ve decided to flow with the pace of life and slow down for just a few weeks until we get busy and productive again in autumn. How are you feeling about this time of year? Are you enjoying the relaxed pace of it (I am), or are you ready for fall to arrive?
There is a freshness that emanates from light green interiors, which bring to mind natural origins of sun dappled leaves and frost kissed grass. The pale green colour palette is one of peace and tranquility, and works exquisitely with en vogue grey neutrals and weighty black accents. The light green colour palette makes an ideal companion for botanical themes and a plethora of indoor plants, or to tint a natural palette alongside beautiful bare wood tone. These three inspiring interiors show how to combine light green decor with clear white pauses and dark threads to ensure crisp definition around layouts of chic modern furniture and contemporary decor concepts.
An unusual modern sofa shapes the lounge of our first pale green interior. A small forest of indoor plants grows between two attractive bookcases. The plants also act as a soft screen across a light sharing glass wall between the lounge and kitchen.
The area rug throws down an earthy natural base for the breezy decor scheme.
A glass wall brings light reflective qualities to the room.
A round coffee table presents cool industrial character at the side of the sofa. Other side tables are integrated into the unique couch itself.
Sculptural black pendant lights complement a black sideboard unit, their dark influence giving balance to the light-coloured room. A textured feature wall ripples behind.
There is a small reading area beside the window, furnished with a black, grey & gold modern accent chair and an elegant satin gold floor lamp.
Minty elements freshen the living room of our second home. A modern mint rocking chair glides up to the gentle wood tone of a round coffee table. A curved wall mounted media cabinet complements archways that shape the interior architecture.
Botanical canvas prints add deeper green elements to the room, and extend the revitalising effect of living indoor plants. Accent pillows and an area rug throw down a modern chevron motif to shake up the natural theme.
Indoor plants add texture to the room and soften the layout.
Wood frame kitchen bar stools make a visually pleasing addition to a mint painted kitchen island. Colour coordinated minty cabinets colour the back wall of the room.
Another leaf print pulls the kitchen in with the botanical theme.
Upper cabinets in the one wall kitchen are drained of colour to keep the space feeling open and airy.
Green patterned floor tiles define the culinary area from the rest of the open plan. Three orb pendant lights on distinctive black cables give the island a more substantial presence in the room.
Closets in the bedroom follow the same simply framed aesthetic as the kitchen cabinets. An elongated wood effect headboard design incorporates one floating bedside unit by the wardrobes, whilst a white bedside table stands out cleanly on the other side. The bedroom pendant light is a repeat of those employed over the kitchen island to strengthen the cohesive thread.
The bedroom rug and bed runner bring in the chevron element.
A cylindrical pouf matches with a circular vanity mirror. A rounded makeup shelf and companion storage unit slot in around the vanity seat and an attractive arch.
The same closet design and colour palette repeats in the second bedroom of the house.
This time the bed slots right into the base of the units with satisfying precision.
This 54 square metre apartment in Moscow, Russia is a stylish space with pale sage infusions. Stunning twisted glass nesting coffee tables pull the green component into the heart of the scheme with an alluring light filled quality.
Grey pieces balance out the colour, whilst pure white elements clear out breathing space.
Our school system is beginning the fall semester with distance learning so I’m setting up separate study zones for my two teens. My daughter prefers to be downstairs so she’ll work from the white desk seen here. My son wants to study in his room where it’s quieter so I bought him this wood campaign desk for his bedroom.
I bought this wood writing desk several years ago and still have it. I protected the surface with one coat of polycrylic and now it functions as a vanity in my teenage daughters room. She loves it!
Writing desks are so versatile, they can act like a console as a drop off station in an entry, a makeshift work space in any room, as a long nightstand in a bedroom, or a vanity, as my daughter prefers hers. Below are a few more to choose from, just in case you’re in the same situation as me and need to set up a work station for kids, a spouse, or yourself!
My travel dreams are 100% virtual right now, with no plans to go anywhere until Covid isn’t a threat anymore. Still, I can vacation vicariously while staying put at home.
I bookmarked these desert homes I found on Airbnb because they offer not only dreams of solitude, sunsets and serious stargazing, but also tons of inspiration if you’re a fan of desert style. In these casitas near or in Joshua Tree, the owners have paid careful attention to tiles, textures, and finishes to achieve that desert vibe. Enjoy the virtual tours!
These beautiful Balinese villas show off a lush tropical lifestyle that will have you dreaming of a sun drenched getaway. But before you start searching for your passport, take a moment to enjoy the gorgeous architecture, lavish interiors and green landscaping that this collection of four holiday home designs has to offer. Get set to explore a modern tropical abode under great undulating rafters, a traditional fine wood and thatch villa, a crisp property exterior with a dark heart, and an elegant jungle villa with warm orange and green accents. Let’s not overlook the alluring swimming pools that each place is set around too, along with fish filled ponds with meditative vibes.
Padding around the lawned grounds of home design number one, the twilight sky both shades and showcases the dramatic undulation of a unique roofline. Interior lights beam through glass wall bedrooms and living spaces. Pool lights illuminate cool blue water along the sleeping sun deck.
In the morning light, the Balinese villa comes alive with vibrant green trees and shrubs. Hanging plants pour out of first floor balconies.
The rectangular pool design features a sunken sundeck and a sloping floor.
The overhang of the waved roofline provides some internal shade for the house to keep rooms cool.
Mature trees grow an oasis of privacy around the property.
Inside of the house there is a totally different vibe from the natural timber deck and abundant nature outside. The interior is an industrial grey open plan, dotted with colourful modern art and contemporary furniture.
A rustic dining set brings back the tropical vibe. A matching rustic dining bench serves one side of the table whilst four stylish dining chairs up the formal aesthetic on the opposite side.
A suspended staircase design gives rise to the upper floor over stone treads. One wall of the kitchen slots into the space under the open staircase, but the bulk of the kitchen utility is situated around a central island volume.
A goddess statue reclines by the wall of the kitchen, surrounded by the natural beauty of plants and trees.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling makes a fitting coffee table book for the tropical setting.
Up in the bedroom we catch our first glimpse of how the unusual undulating roofline translates into the internal space. Great sweeping rafters pull over the bed, like the sinews of a mighty whale.
Custom-made glass walls open up the bedroom to panoramic views of the landscape.
Bespoke curtain rails pull across the curvaceous window and door frames.
Kuno Villas at Gili Trawangan is a three bedroom vacation property, built traditionally with fine wood and a thatched roof.
The elegant holiday destination is surrounded by tropical gardens and its own outdoor swimming pool.
An outdoor lounge overlooks the freeform pool and its rushing waterfall feature.
Inside, wooden interiors are broken with fresh white accents and pops of yellow.
Framed ceilings create a unique 4 poster bed effect in one of the three suites.
Bespoke dressing tables merge into wood framed walls.
Bathrooms are full of rustic tropical character. In this one, indoor pools present a bridged walkway to the bathtub. The wooden bridge is actually the shower platform, with the shower controls located on a freestanding column at one side.
This ensuite pushes the shower out into a garden border.
Muxarabi screens open the bathrooms up to plentiful ventilation whilst screening the sunlight. Solid wood bathroom furniture matches the rustic architecture of the place, and complements the natural pools and plants implemented into the design.
Stepping stones emerge from the shallow waters of a reflection pool.
Rocks and shrubs build a natural border around the outdoor swimming pool.
This modern three bedroom villa has crisp exterior landscaping with a linear sundeck and elongated pool. A high border of tropical trees grows a dense wall of privacy.
Chic outdoor lounge furniture is dressed with stylish monochrome throws and scatter cushions.
A fish pond sets out an area for quiet reflection, with the bubbling splash of a water fountain to aid the meditative state.
The dark interior style exudes sophistication. A vaulted ceiling keeps the inside of the villa feeling airy. A cluster of oversized living room pendant lights drop great lengths from the wooden rafters.
Across from the modern black sofa, a low lounge chair reclines at either side of the TV wall.
Directors chairs make up a unique modern dining set with a solid black table. Tubular dining room pendant lights drop like gold wind chimes overhead.
A red runner lays a bright stripe through a black bedroom scheme.
Patterned accents break up the black bed set on an imposing black 4 poster bed.
A skylight spills sunshine into a grey concrete bathroom.
In Show Your Shelf we ask bibliophiles to share how their books make their space feel like home.
“I always feel like I should be more well read and have a bigger book collection—just walls and walls of books,” says Zeba Blay. The senior culture editor at HuffPost (who is currently in the process of writing her first book, Carefree Black Girls, out in fall 2021) imagined her future home would have the kind of sprawling shelves she saw again and again on design sites and social media. But when she moved into her first apartment in Jersey City, New Jersey, she decided against it, instead removing the door from a small, awkward closet, painting its shelves, and using it as her own miniature library. “Once I did that, I felt like I was really able to start building a collection of books that was meaningful to me,” she explains.
Now she shares a larger apartment, still in Jersey City, with her boyfriend, and she scatters piles of books throughout the space. “I’ve made my collection into an extension of my home, rather than something that I’m showing off,” she says.
Here, Blay shares her thoughts on color-coding (“It’s not that deep”), the one book she always recommends to friends, and why she prefers stacks to shelves.
Big Bookcases Aren’t Everything
Under our TV are the books that are my tried-and-true—ones that I’ve read a bunch of times and really love and want to be on display. We have a little reading nook that I’ve recently turned into a writing space with my desk, and that’s where I keep books that I read when I need inspiration or information. Next to the couch and next to our bed we have our current reads—I’m always reading more than one book at a time because my mind is constantly racing. I can’t stay on just one thing. I recently spent a weekend with my friend Fariha [Róisín], and she gifted me a book called Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis, which I’m excited to start. I’m currently reading The Chiffon Trenches, and I’m also in the process of reading The Body Keeps Score, which is a book about trauma and how it comes up in your life.
For or Against Color-Coding?
It’s not that deep—it’s a pretty thing to look at. If I’m going to have my books out, I like for them to be aesthetically pleasing, and that doesn’t make me any less intellectual. In our bedroom, I just wanted to be playful, so we have some books lined up showing the pages instead of the spines. This is fun, guys.
The Books That Inspire Her
The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison. I’m writing my first book right now, and it’s incredibly scary. In my career as a writer, I’ve really struggled with centering myself in my writing, because I’ve often been made to feel or allowed myself to feel like the standard of a good writer is someone who looks at things objectively. But in this world, objectivity is often couched with whiteness. Anytime I feel the need to write about something from the perspective of a Black woman, I think, Oh ,my God, is that going to be seen as irrelevant to the argument? But Morrison’s writing has really made me comfortable with the fact that my experiences are just as valid in the conversation as anything else. There is something inspiring about reading books by my friends, too—if they can do it, I can do it. I have How to Cure a Ghost by Fariha Róisín, and FreshwaterandPet by Akwaeke Emezi, and I find myself coming back to them when I’m stressed and just have to close my laptop.
Getting Rid of Those Books From College
I studied literature as an undergrad, and you don’t really realize that you’re indoctrinated with this point of view, until you sit back and look at your bookshelf with all your books from college and realize they’re all [by] white men. I have books by Samuel Beckett and Wilkie Collins, and that’s great because part of being a person is being able to read all these different perspectives, but it’s like, damn, bro—you don’t have enough of the Black canon and the Asian canon and the Brown canon. I went through a big purge a few years ago. I was such a Shakespeare nerd in high school, and I had multiple copies of every play and the sonnets. Eventually I had to say, Wait, why do I have four copies of Richard III? What’s going on here? For every book I removed, I added something new to my library that felt like it should be a part of my tool kit. I’m a Taurus, so I love to accumulate things, but my boyfriend is much more minimal, so living with him has been helpful in keeping my collection intentional. I’ve given books away to my friends, and our building has a little spot in the laundry room where people leave books.
I probably have a hundred of the original Baby-Sitters Club books from when I was younger, but for the most part, they’re at my mom’s house. In my current collection, I have Kristy’s Big Day, which covers when her mom got remarried after being divorced. That was so “whoa” for me because my parents were divorced. I also have Sea City, Here We Come, which was one of the specials where they would go on a trip and there would be drama. I loved the Claudia books because she was my idol. I have a few Nancy Drews and The Royal Diaries. I hope one day if I do have a child, they will get these ridiculous books that seem so dated to them, because they were even dated when I read them.
Sharing Stories With a Significant Other
My boyfriend is Indian—he’s trying to educate himself more on Black Lives Matter, and I’m trying to educate myself more on what’s happening in the Brown community. He has also opened my eyes to how many resources are online, and how many books you can find for free. Most of the books in the apartment are mine, but he’s a musician and filmmaker, so he has a lot of books on music theory and cinematography, so we get to dip into each other’s worlds. He recently read The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, and he read it aloud to me one night—it’s nice to be able to share a story, especially in this time.
Her Constant Recommendation
A book that is very close to my heart is Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It’s an almost-1,000-page fantasy novel about magic in England. It’s one of the most immersive reading experiences I’ve ever had. It gave me the same feeling I had being 11 and reading Harry Potter. I first read it in high school. The first copy I ever had was from around 2006, and it’s completely in tatters—the first pages are actually gone. I know I’ll have this book forever—it’s healing to me.
Another book that a friend lent me and now I want to lend to a bunch of people is Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong, which is a beautifully written, instructive book of essays. Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock is also a big one.
How Books Make a Home
I have anxiety, I have depression, I’m a Taurus—all of those things together have led to me making my home, now more than ever, my safe space. It’s really about creating an environment that feels healing, and the books are a part of that—even the ones that are just chilling there and I haven’t looked at in a year. They make the space feel like home, and they make it feel like me. I really do believe in energy, and an object as banal as a book has energy, too. With everything going on with the pandemic and this discourse about racism in America, it’s so important for me, especially as someone who deals with mental illness and who is a Black woman in America, to have this space where I can feel free.
Introducing Domino’s new podcast, Design Time, where we explore spaces with meaning. Each week, join editor-in-chief Jessica Romm Perez along with talented creatives and designers from our community to explore how to create a home that tells your story. Listen now and subscribe for new episodes every Thursday.
Happy Sunday everyone. If you watched my Insta stories yesterday you saw a new fixer upper project just landed in my lap. I need to finalize some paperwork and collect a few bids, but I’ll have some space renovations to blog about soon!
Summer is flying by, days are super lazy and we’re all just mostly hanging out at home. I can’t believe my teens are back to high school in less than a month. Here in California, the district announced distance learning to start. It’s easier for me since my two kids handle their school work on their own, but oh my heart when I think of all my friends with elementary school kids, juggling homeschooling and their work schedule. It’s going to be rough for a while longer, let’s all remember to be kind to one another!
If there was ever a year that teaches us how to adapt to changing circumstances… hello 2020.
Yesterday, I had just finished up a few hours of work and decided to enjoy the sunshine and meet a friend at a local tap room where they serve authentic German beer from the Hofbräuhaus in Munich. If I can’t visit a real biergarten in Europe, I’ll just enjoy the taste of one in my hometown. 🙂
As I sipped from my stein, my friend told me about how she is spending the next few months virtually walking the Camino de Santiago, her creative way of visualizing a trip abroad and staying fit. As we sat and talked, we got the latest update from our governor that California was going into another round of business closures. Ugh.
Face masks are a way of life now, in my county, you can’t enter any business without them. Since face masks are the new (and often necessary) fashion accessory, I bought myself a few new cute washable ones.
Below are sources for three of my favorite cotton masks:
I was on the hunt for a decorative wall shelf to hang in my bathroom, one that provided storage and display but also with artistic sculptural quality. I found so many great ones out there, I had to share.
Wall shelves have come a long way! No longer are we stuck with simple floating versions or shelves that sit on brackets. Step aside basic shelves and make way for all these shapes and styles from diamonds to octagons!
We’re seeing more creativity than ever, especially during lockdown – as homeowners find the time to tackle those long put-off DIY projects. One that we’re seeing time and time again is the stencilled concrete patio – and just how effective this can be to transform an outdoor ‘yarden’ space.
Homeowner Dawn Burton decided to brave a DIY job to update her drab concrete patio area in her courtyard.
Image credit: Dawn Burton
Dawn shares her impressive DIY efforts writing, ‘Lockdown/LockDawn project for my 117 yr old yarden! As you can imagine the walls & floor are completely uneven so probably not a good idea stencilling your yard But I do love a challenge ‘
And challenge it certainly was. She goes on to say, ‘ If I knew the pain I was about to endure in my back, legs & everywhere else I don’t think I would have tackled it. But hey ho this 54 yr old doesn’t like to be beaten & certainly not by a floor ‘. That’s the kind of winning spirit and determination we can get behind here at Ideal Home.
Image credit: Dawn Burton
Dawn began by painting the concrete area with an overall coat of black paint. She tells us. ‘The floor had 2 coats of Smooth black masonry paint. Stencil was pure brilliant white masonry and Frenchic Al Fresco in Dusky Blush. Followed by 2 coats of patio sealer on top & voila.’
Image credit: Dawn Burton
To create the Victorian tile look Dawn chose a specialist stencil for home decor and crafts. The paint is stippled on with a brush and she also used various make up brushes – we’re won over with Dawn’s can-do attitude!
You’ll notice the pillow to support her knees, as seen behind the scenes – just to show how much Dawn endured to carry out this incredible makeover.