Monday, November 24, 2014

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Bold Walls

I've always admired a room that didn't play it safe.  Juxtaposing bold, lacquered walls with chinoiserie wallpaper, adding an ironic piece of art, or simply mixing and layering contrasting patterns can create life and energy to a space.  Today I wanted to discuss the power and drama of painting a room's walls in a bold color.  One option is to do the hallways of a home a bright, unexpected hue, like this deep green, while keeping the main living spaces a more subtle color:


And nothing says sexy quite like a dark black wall and an antiqued mirror in a bedroom-


Tilton Fenwick lacquered this bookshelf as well as the adjoining walls in a delicious teal.



Talk about a sultry office- this charcoal grasscloth office paired with a sexy photograph and a wall of mirrors makes for an inspiring work space:


Chocolate brown walls?  Yes please.  I also love the graphic carpet:


The kelly green shown in a graphic wallpapered ceiling works perfectly with the wall color in this Hamptons home:


Would you be brave enough to slather your walls in a bold hue?  

What would be your go-to color?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Wishlist: Designs by Katy

With only 6 weeks left til Christmas (I just broke out in a panic sweat), I thought it'd be fun to feature a few of my favorite bloggers and see what's on their wishlist this holiday.  I sometimes get so caught up in my to-do list and focusing on work and school projects that I forget to look around for inspiration.  Obviously, one of my favorite things to do is go through my blogroll and see what my favorite people are up to.  But often that is a luxury that I just don't have time for.  So, I thought I'd have them guest post for me so I can see what's caught their eye!  Each Wednesday in the coming weeks, I'll be featuring a different blogger.  First up is Katy of Designs by Katy- my favorite Denver designer!  I have had the privilege of meeting this sweetheart in person, and am constantly amazed by her work.


Hello Peak of Tres Chic readers! It's Katy Byrne from Designs By Katy. I'm honored to be here today to share my holiday gift guide.  Gift giving is my love language and it's hard not to get excited at Christmas time.  This year I am loving all the of usual suspects: over the knee bootschic earrings and a touch of plaid. If you haven't tried the Keurig Rivo, it is a a game changer.  We got one this fall and it's like having your own Starbucks in your kitchen.  It whips up frothy lattes within minutes.  What's on the top of your list this year?

 Thanks again for having me, Sam!

 Come visit my interior design blog, DBK

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Honoring the Greats: Billy Baldwin

"No matter how taste may change, the basics of good decorating remain the same: We're talking about someplace people live in, surrounded by things they like and that make them comfortable.  It's as simple as that." -Billy Baldwin


For the second installment of "Honoring the Greats", I am profiling New York City decorator, Billy Baldwin.  Known for a simple, refined palette, Baldwin decorated for some of the most well-known ladies in Manhattan during the mid 1900s, including Diana Vreeland and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He was a firm believer in surrounding yourself with things you love and he detested what he called, "the sterility of perfection"- saying that if you think you can spot a Billy Baldwin room, then it wasn't his. 


The living room above displays his iconic slipper chair style. Other Baldwin staples were cotton (he was, he claimed, one of its "most active promoters since World War II"); plain draperies, white plaster lamps; off-white and plaid rugs; pattern on pattern; geometrics; corner banquettes; dark walls (his legendary one-room Manhattan apartment was lacquered a style-setting high-gloss brown); Parsons tables wrapped with wicker (I certainly made a lady out of wicker", he once quipped); and straw, rattan, and bamboo. 
  
{Baldwin in his fabulous one-room Manhattan apartment}

Baldwin generally disdained the florid, Baroque and Rococo in favor of the clean-cut, hard-edged and pared-down.  Among his early influences were Frances Elkins, perhaps the most sophisticated decorator of her day, and Jean-Michel Frank, whom he described categorically as "the last genius of French furniture."


Baldwin's timeless triumph (he, too, considered it to be the coronet on his career) remains Cole Porter's Waldorf Towers apartment, with its decisive library of Directoire-inspired tubular brass floor-to-ceiling bookcase-etageres arrayed against lacquered tortoiseshell-vinyl walls:


More of these fabulous Directoire-style etageres flanked the walls in his Manhattan apartment:


Billy Baldwin was deeply inspired by Matisse's bold use of color.  In fact, he took inspiration from the Matisse painting hanging above the sofa below to design an expressive fabric called l'Arbre de Matisse.

{This living room also graces the cover of one of his coffee table books, Billy Baldwin Decorates}

{L'Arbe de Matisse gracing the walls in this powder bath}


For Baldwin, who was partial to plump deep-seated sofas and chairs, the ultimate luxury was comfort.  "First and foremost, furniture must be comfortable," he decreed.   "That is the original purpose of it, after all."  In addition to decorating, Baldwin also designed a line of furniture.  His furniture collection can be purchased through Ventry Ltd.  I love his studio sofa for it's versatility.  At one time it was considered large and luxurious, but by today's standards it's rather normal- 36"D x 84"W x 33"H:

See the complete Billy Baldwin furniture collection here.

Read more about Baldwin's life here.

Read the first installment of "Honoring the Greats," featuring Tommi Parzinger, here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Color Crush: Emerald 2.0

  I mentioned in my Friday worthy links post that emerald will always be my favorite color to wear around the holidays.  It's such a rich, deep color that really makes a statement amongst all the black we're accustomed to seeing in the colder months.  You may recall a few seasons ago, emerald was all the rage.  I even wrote this post and this post before sharing my own personal love for the hue.  That's why I named the post "Emerald 2.0" - because I feel the color is still so chic!  Case in point-







Here are a few of my favorite emerald picks-




Shop My Emerald Picks:
1.) Shashi Classique Watch $88/2.) Lancome Artliner Bold Color Precision $30.50/3.) Maykool Romper Jumpsuit $25/4.) Paige Verdugo Coated Ankle Emerald Jeans $199/5.) Green Leopard Square Tray $230/6.) JINsoon Nail Lacquer $18/7.) Tory Burch York Smartphone Wristlet $155/8.) Kate Spade New York Emerald Cut Studs $38/9.) DVF 440 Mini Embossed Croc Combo Leather Handbag $348/



Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday's Worthy Links


TGIF!  Another week is wrapped up and in the books.  Was it a good one for you?  I hope so!  Before signing off for the weekend, I wanted to leave you with a few noteworthy and/or inspiring things I found around the web this week-

-This post and this pin reminds me why emerald green will always be my favorite holiday color to sport.

-I now look even more forward to Friday mornings to listen to the new Serial podcast.  Are you guys following the Serial series?  I find it utterly fascinating.  The narrator, Sarah Koenig, investigates a 1999 homicide in Baltimore, Maryland.  The teen convicted of the murder, Adnan Syed, is now in prison for life- yet there are so many holes in the case.  Each week, Sarah discusses another element of the case, while probing witnesses and talking to the murderer himself.  We are now on episode 8, but if you want to get caught up, I suggest binge listening from episode 1 this weekend!

-Call me crazy, but I've always wanted to have a gallery wall of women smoking.  Remember my post here? I know, I know.  Smoking is horrible for you.  But I just want to commemorate some of the chic women from the past who made it look effortless.  I think I'll start my collection with this wildly popular sketch by Garance Dore.

-This Netflix documentary "Somm" has me itching to become a master sommelier.  With graduation right around the corner for me (yay for a BFA in Interior Design!) I will need a new night-time project.  And what better than "studying" wines? ;)

{bedroom above designed by Tom Scheerer}

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Adorable Kid's Rooms

I recently came across a new-to-me coffee table book, Room for Children,
and got so inspired by the gorgeous, innovative kid's rooms.  I know we often think about and spend a lot of time decorating a child's nursery, but what about the room that comes afterward- the room the child will grow up in?  Of course it needs to be functional first, providing a space for play, but that doesn't mean it can't be tailored and chic in it's own unique way.  Here are a few children's rooms I just love:


 Twin beds framed by a circus-like tent add a unique twist to the standard canopy.  And how beautiful is the millwork framing these built-in twin beds?  The space inside the nook allows for book storage and appropriate reading light.






 
This young girl's room would be a dream come true.  Antelope carpet and a variation of pinks would be just fine with me- even at 26!


The use of stripes + canary yellow in this bedroom is the perfect dose of prep.  And how brilliant are the storage drawers underneath?  They remind me of a steamer trunk.
 

 A bright, wallpapered ceiling is perfect for a child's room.

 
 And how precious is this daybed (and the little tot posing on it)?!


See more of my favorite children's rooms here on my Pinterest.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sweater Weather

I was happy to finally pull out sweaters and riding boots this past weekend! My standard winter uniform includes leggings, boots, and oversized sweaters.  To me, it's the perfect mix of comfort and style.  Whether it be a sweater jacket or shawl, or just a plain sweater paired with jeans- I think every girl needs a few great options to have in her winter rotation.







A cherry apple red loose option like the style above is now on my Christmas wish list.  Isn't the color great?!

Here are a few of my favorite sweater options :



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