Interior Design

Paper Flower Wall

This week, we’re all about a luxe tribal feel. This paper flower wall, like the inside of the most lavish harem tent, creates a colorful riot of texture.  The perfect statement piece for an over-the top wedding (or engagement shoot), it’s full of theatrical romance. For the perfect reproduction, Eloise Corr Danch is the go-to paper flower artist, featured in top magazines and retail stores.  Some favorites below.

Homes of the 1960s

There is something undeniably daring about a riot of psychedelic colors and geometric floral designs. For some new decorating ideas, we dug into the archives of House & Garden magazine from 1967 and 1968 and found some truly unique interiors overcome with sheer flower power. While we don’t suggest you go so far as to upholster your furniture in a pattern that matches your wallpaper, we do love the way these bold floral patterns turn an ordinary room into a statement.

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Summer Lolita Interiors

Cut your apron strings, let down your hair, and allow yourself revel in romantic luxury with these interior design ideas inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s irresistibly indulgent and seductive “Lolita,” Dolores Haze. We recommend stocking up on candles, the plushest pillows you can find and, of course, surrounding yourself with fresh flowers.

Summer Lolita style: 1. Heart paper chains; 2. Ultra-femme bedding; 3. Vintage frame; 4. Secret skeleton key; 5. Claw foot tub; 6. Engraved accessories; 7. Fresh flowers.

Creating an Urban Garden

An urban garden is an oasis that provides a natural touch for the urban dweller.  Whether planning a large-scale outdoor space or simply planting a window box, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.  When creating your urban garden, be sure to keep in mind both the aesthetic results and the functional requirements of each plant.  City-sized living quarters and limited light are more suitable for certain varietals than others.  

For those without a green thumb, herbs like parsley, peppermint and chives are great options to add life to your space without too much hassle. For the more involved urban gardener try pairing complementary plants such as tomato with basil, and roses with garlic; these plant pairs will develop a natural symbiotic relationship as they grow to create a spectacular garden environment for each.

Because you will have a limited number of plants, choose what you love–and be sure to select a container that both you and your plants will enjoy. Look for unique patterns or shapes with enough space to support the root system as your plant grows; many vessels will suit the purpose if you are able to drill a few drainage holes at the base.

Lead image via The Aestate. Supplemental images via 1. Cloud Dazed Moon Child; 2. Pinterest; 3. Ecosalon; 4. Home Design Decorating.

Brilliant Interiors: Decorating in Layers

Not unlike the unfurling beauty created by the layered petals of a flower blossom, designing a stunning living space involves adding several layers. These super fresh interiors playfully with layering different styles, textures, patterns, and colors–especially pink and orange. (Images from left to right, top to bottom via My Ideal Home, Let Me Be Inspired, and KeKe)

No matter what your style, floral bouquets in sweetly saturated hues – like cherry blossom, grapefruit, coral, ochre or apricot – gesture toward an invigorating sense of taste, design, and overall lifestyle. (Images from left to right, top to bottom via The Decoristalamb & blonde, The Design Files, and The Yvestown Blog)

 

Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardens, or “living walls,” offer the possibility to transform an austere city dwelling into something considerably more lush. Developed by French botanist Patrick Blanc, the living wall concept began as an experiment to create a new gardening method without soil. Blanc was particularly inspired by tropical rainforest plants, which can survive on water and fertilizer alone; and over time, he refined a system for growing gardens in felt-lined walls.

From professional installations to user-friendly kits to total DIY operations, these vertical tapestries can be achieved at a range of budgets and sizes. And no matter what the approach, they are certain to mesmerize and delight.

Images from top to bottom via A White Carousel, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, and Garden Dancing

On Jane Street with Shayna Kulik

Shayna Kulik incorporates thoughtful design into every facet of her life, including the beautiful West Village apartment she shares with her husband. We caught up with this art director, brand strategist and founder of Pattern Pulp on a drizzly Saturday afternoon for a glimpse into life on Jane Street.

H.BLOOM: How long have you lived in your apartment?
KULIK: We’ve almost been here four years.

H.Bloom Classic Collection

Has the space evolved in the 3.5 years?
When we moved in, it didn’t look anything like this at all. We did a big renovation a year and a half into it, and we actually gained some square footage. We knocked down and exposed brick, and we put in molding, sanded the floors and stained the floors, opened up doorways…

What is your favorite aspect of the space?
I love that it’s reflective of our travels. The space took a while to come together–three years, in fact. That said, the evolution’s been organic and true to how we live our lives. My favorite part of the apartment is how we’ve managed to fit art on every wall and corner possible.

H.Bloom Contemporary Collection

How does Pattern Pulp relate to your decorating style?
As you can imagine, I really dig pattern and specifically, mismatched textures. It creates volume and unexpected character when done well. Each room is filled with dots, stripes, etchings, photos, spray paint and unexpected furniture in a subdued way that vibrates–much like the mood boards I make for work.

Fresh from Sausalito: Bud Vases by Heath Ceramics

Heath Accessories Bud Vase | H.Bloom

image via Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics’ classic bud vases are a classic way to incorporate an artisan feel into the design of your home.  Manufactured in Sausalito, CA on the same premises founded by ceramicist Edith Heath in 1948, these refined vases–like all Heath ceramics–are fabricated in a single kiln firing. The process produces exceptionally durable products with a limited expenditure of energy, promoting responsible manufacturing without sacrificing style.

The featured vase measures three inches in diameter and is available in a number of colors including aqua, avocado, chocolate brown and olive.

Loft Living with AANDD Bags

 

Adam Davidson is the creative force behind AANDD Bags, a line of handsome leather goods all made and designed in the USA. Davidson and boyfriend Owen Wright live in a spacious, light-soaked loft in Downtown Brooklyn, which provides an equally fine setting for work on the latest collection or weekend relaxation.

H.BLOOM: How long have you lived in this apartment? 
WRIGHT: It will be 12 years next month. [He also manages the 60 unit property.]

What are the best things about your place?
WRIGHT: The light. I can’t imagine moving into an apartment that had less volume of space.
DAVIDSON: [We’re] right by the Manhattan bridge, so cabs to the city are cheap. And the ability to change/customize the apartment as we see fit.

How is the loft as a workspace?
DAVIDSON: My favorite time to work is the mornings when it is quiet and the sun fills the place. It would be nice to have a wall between us and the work zone, but we can’t bring ourselves to divide up the space anymore.

Can you speak a little about your furniture?
WRIGHT: Some of it is stuff that we’ve built and sort of collected. Because I’m the manager of the building, people will move out–a lot of them are foreigners–and they’ll move back to Europe or Japan and just leave really nice pieces of furniture. Or I’ll buy them off of them inexpensively. Almost all of the furniture is stuff that people have “willed” to me. So, that’s a nice benefit.