Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Je T'aime... Bali Vine Wallpaper - Modern Nature

Bali Vine Wallpaper, in Sandstone

A recent selection for one of our clients foyers! I love the graphic quality of this sprawling floral print -- you can zoom in on it here online

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Star Cabinet Built-Ins & Dining Room Project

Kristine Mullaney Design, Sketch of Dining Room & Custom Built-Ins

1930's German industrial cabinet

This unusual German cabinet, was my inspiration piece for the built-ins designed for this dining room.

A glimpse of the built-ins, in the Dining Room we recently completed in Brookline.

As you can see, the paint color in the room changed (*from the sketch phase) to a very deep eggplant color. We silver leafed the glam is this? Details (not in photo) The table is a refinished antique, the chairs are upholstered with nail-head detail, a gorgeous transitional custom rug and a huge crystal dripping chandelier.

This is one side of the built-ins, with the star cabinet concept, which has been applied by our very talented faux painter. Can't wait to get the final photos of this project/home - it is fabulous!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bright Colors on a Gloomy ( but warm!) Day!

A recent find for a client in Ack- Vintage Water Bottles

How fantastic are these bright and cheery vintage water bottles?!

I have been searching for the perfect accessories for a summer home in Nantucket, the finishing touches on a design project I have been working on.

The kitchen is mostly neutrals- with white cabinetry and black soapstone counters, aged chestnut floors and other neutral elements - vintage signs and other vintage bottles are the highlight of the space. Adding in these vintage water bottles brings in a fun twist. I love vintage pieces because they always have dings, imperfections, and a story- which only add to the character -- and one of a kind accessories are always the best! When I saw these, I knew that these would be great for my client's kitchen. Can't wait to see them in the actual space!

I secretly, or I guess not so secretly want these for myself...

So fun!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Je T'aime Diane Dorrans Saeks. Writer, editor, style icon.

Diane Dorrans Saeks
Author of "The Saloniste Style" Blog- one of my favorite blogs.

My first introduction to Diane Dorrans Saeks came through living and working in San Francisco for many years in the design industry. I had the pleasure of meeting her at a book signing at the Wiseman Group, for one of her many books.

As a designer, writer, and educator, Saeks has an incredible presence in the design community. Saeks writes and edits periodicals and has published 18 books. She reaches beyond interior design to architecture, travel, fashion, and people.

Saeks's blog "The Style Saloniste" carries her aesthetic and voice into an online, blog form. Often, I struggle to find blogs that are actually educational, journalistic, and informative and do more than plugging the same designers over and over -- or suggesting this season's use of leopard in interiors, or making a room “board” based off of an outfit. Or any boards for that matter. Yawn....

Sophisticated, interesting, evolving and worldly...

Diane's blog is more of a reflection of the design world I came to know and love in San Francisco and beyond.

It’s a privilege to be able to read such an accomplished interiors writer, with so many colorful and beautiful stories. Diane’s blog features original content, exclusive interviews with fabulous designers - truly keeping with the interaction present at a "salon". The images are beautiful and inspirational.

I look forward to reading more post and garnering further inspiration

from Diane Dorrans Saeks!

You may recognize some of Diane's books- she's kind of a big deal! Obviously.

C Magazine, a publication for which Diane Dorrans Saeks is a contributor

I hope you enjoy reading Diane’s blog as much as I do!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

The next Million Dollar Decorators!

Kristine Mullaney and Eric Roseff

The next designers on Million Dollar Decorators: New England Edition

Million Dollar Decorators- watch your backs! Just kidding- but not really!
A snap from the step and repeat at New England Home, Hall of Fame last week -- so much fun!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lela Rose's Apartment-HGTV - LOVING!

It's not surprising that Lela's Rose's Home is AMAZING! So innovative and creative -- we love this -- especially the table that "appears" from the ceiling and floors. We love Lela's whole collection as well-- we wouldn't mind a whole closet full of her clothing!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Je T'aime.... Bernard Wharton

Bernard Wharton was honored at last night's New England Home Design Hall of Fame Gala. Last night, we were delighted and inspired to hear from Bernard Wharton about his illustrious career. Wharton grew up on Bermuda which explains his gravitation towards the resort lifestyle. He moved to Boston where he began to pursue architecture after taking a job at Arrowstreet as a so-called "office boy". He explained how hard he had to work to move up in the ranks and his initial start as the office Cinderella; having to clean up after very messy architects -- as we know, creative minds are rarely neat and tidy ;)

When he began his formal education in architecture, he knew immediately that he wanted to start his own firm- he did just that and Shope, Reno, Wharton have been working together since 1981. Wharton is loyal to an Arts and Crafts style and nods to the traditional vernacular while still striving to create space while improving life through design. While based in New England, the firm has projects both residential and commercial across the country.

In addition to all of their projects, the firm has also written a book "House, Home, and Heart: Artistry and Craftsmanship". They have also been featured on the Architectural Design 100 List.

You might recognize lust-worthy Further Lane Farm in East Hampton, New York. Incidentally, the famed Grayson mansion on the new series "Revenge." He also just finish the much talked about home in Brookline for John Henry, here in Brookline, MA.

When can we move in?

Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A while back I did a post about this hallway renovation here, one part of a historical home renovation that I have been working on for about two and a half years. Here is a picture of the family dog, Milo, on the hallway floor. Also, here are a couple of glimpses of the elements of the hallway...Michael J. Lee will be photographing the project later in the month and then you can see the full house.

Below is my "inspiration photo" -- as I was looking for something a little different than black and white check. Yet, something that was still classic....but unexpected.

If you want to see more information on this piece that I designed see the blog post here
I love the hardware I choose and on the door and the Lion Knocker!

I designed built-ins on either side of the entrance for plenty of storage. These closets were painted in about six coats of high-gloss black. Hardware, black crystal from Anthropologie.

Can't wait to share the full project! I love this Farrow & Ball color, Rectory Red -- it packs a lock of punch!