Monday, August 22, 2011

Taking A Month Off

Hi friends. I have decided to take a month off from blogging and will be back late September. I need to recharge my batteries. Hope you understand and I promise to come back with more passion for this blog. All my best, Suze

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tear Sheets of The Week .....WOWOWOWOW! Mona Ross Berman

I am freaking out - I BEYOND LOVE this story in House Beautiful - What a DIVINE home designed by Mona Ross Berman.

An Intense and Welcoming Orange

Strong color— Benjamin Moore’s Fresno—"keeps the mudroom from looking like your everyday mudroom," Berman says.

Designer Tips

Designer Mona Ross Berman on Decorating a 1960s-Inspired Beach House

Designer Mona Ross Berman reveals her inspiration behind a retro beach house. Take a tour of the New Jersey home.

By Lisa Cregan

MONA ROSS BERMAN: These high-impact colors are straight from the 1960s. The mantra for the house was 'sixties California surfer chic.' I know that's not a real design genre, but I didn't want it to be cliche, the same version of an East Coast beach house you see a lot on the Jersey Shore.

In a summer home you have greater license to have fun, be irreverent. My client, Maureen Doron, took a leap of faith and said, 'It's bright, sunny, a little outside the box, let's do it!' The 'surfer' part is a relaxed, laid-back feeling. The 'chic' is taking all those elements and distilling them in a new way.

We elevated color to a kind of fashion-y thing, tailored to Maureen. She owns two high-end women's clothing stores called Skirt, which carry lines like Milly, Trina Turk, DVF, Tory Burch- all classics with an update. That's very much in synch with what I like to do in a house- fresh takes on the classics.

There's a level of exuberance here, but there's also a level of restraint. The whole house is basically orange, yellow, turquoise, and white, with a tiny bit of pink here and there. The colors were inspired by that wild geometric pattern on the '60s-style dining room tabletop. Having a visual inspiration keeps you on track.

Orange is my favorite color, so I'm probably biased, but I think it's great here. It's such a welcoming color. Orange feels like a younger, fresher version of red. It's one of the only colors that can be sophisticated and unpretentious at the same time. But it can be a hot color, and I needed a littlest of cool as balance, to cut through the heat. So in came turquoise.

Pulling off all this color would have been much hardener if I had used more colors, and different colors in all the rooms. If you walked through this house and said, 'Now I'm in a turquoise room, now I'm in an orange room,' it would be jarring. The fluidity is both calming and celebratory. It says, 'I can relax here and have fun.'

Even when I don't use the same colors everywhere, I still like the rooms to feel connected. The bedroom should never feel like it's in a completely different house from the living room- the whole house has to make sense as one.

I use color on walls sparingly. But I like to go all out in smaller spaces like powder rooms and mudrooms. They're opportunities for people to say, 'Wow!' You don't want to live inside 'wow' al' the time, though. I don't believe in very many rules, but I do love the idea that a powder room should always have loads of personality.

The doors to the laundry room could have been a lost opportunity- just another pair of white doors. But we felt they shouldn't be an afterthought. Painting them orange made them very visible ad special. They read as art.

This living room is all about colorful accents. Even though there's a lot of color, it takes a backseat. The base color is white- white walls, white fireplace, white sectional- so it's easier to be around it all day long. The exterior of that little pair of tabouret tables is white, and the interior is yellow. It's a pop of color you might not notice at first, it's so subtle. It would have been way too much to paint the tables yellow. They might have stolen the show, and they'd have been distracting.

I wanted the fireplace to feel a little formal. That shot of tradition grounds the room. It keeps things from feeling too crazy. A traditional fireplace like this feels classic, and that's very important because you don't want a room to feel trapped in a time capsule. I want the Dorons to walk into this room in 10 years and have it still feel relevant. Classical elements are necessary to make that happen.

A white sofa is a great place to start in a beach house living room- a blank canvas. I love textiles, and pillows are an obvious way to pull fabrics into a room. On this sofa I wanted all the colors in the table represented. But you have to be careful with patterns. Too many can ruin the effect.

Changing the scale of patterns is important, of course, when you're mixing in throw pillows, but you've also got to mix the scale of the pillows themselves. I have a handful of 20-inch-square pillows and a handful of 16-inch squares. They're all just simple squares, no trim or odd shapes. When you find great fabrics like these, it's so great to show them off with a simple shape.

The painted floor in the bedroom is a riff on a classic David Hicks pattern. Maureen says it reminds her of a Missoni dress. The fact that it's only two colors helps give it more impact without making it overwhelming. And most important, it works with the other patterns in the room because it's bigger in scale.

We wanted to take color and run with it a little more in the master bedroom. It's a private space. We started with the paisley on the headboard, and it took off from there. Pink and orange isn't a combination you see much of. Pink and green would have been the easy way out, but would have taken things in a preppy direction. This house is more subversive than '60s preppy!

Produced by Orli Ben-Dor & David M. Murphy

Loving Pink and Chocolate

To make the living room of this Capitol Hill row house feel larger, designer Barry Dixon arranged French Club Chairs by Niermann Weeks and a Tuscany ottoman by Stewart Furniturein a diagonal—the longest line in a square room. A pillow inSchumacher's Reflex stripe is a microcosm of the room's palette. He button-tufted the Bergamo fabric on the wall. Bell lantern by Chameleon.

Amanda Nisbet
Jonathan Adler

Friday, August 12, 2011

My New Role at Lord & Taylor

Hi Friends. I  wanted to tell you about my new role at Lord & Taylor as  Spokesperson/  Fashion Editor at Large for the store.  Currently  there are 6 windows on 5th avenue with my  picks for my favorite fall looks (which I have to admit  is totally wild, surreal  and I am completely blown away by it!. It also means I will be making 10 taxi tv commercials and an appearance at Fashions Night Out which is on September 8th and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for any of you in NYC to come visit me at the store on 39th and 5th on the maine level from 6 - 9. I also will be picking all of my favorite pieces from the store for the  internet and  for the catalogue. Basically I am taking shopping to the next level. I am so excited and I really appreciate all of your kind calls and emails. XO Suze
 PS Did you know that Lord & Taylor has a home dept with a Jonathan Adler store inside and a huge collection of Hudson Bay  blankets?
Thanks to  Scott Devine and the L&T Visual merchandising team for the DIVINE windows - they will be up for a few more weeks.

Your Favorite Paint Color

Thank you so much for all the color tips! Love your picks - next question.....
                       WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GREEN  PAINT?
Here are the readers responses so far...
Morgan said... Via House Beautiful
Benjamin Moore's California Breeze. Just lovely. 
such a hard question. i don't think i'll ever be able to choose a single favorite paint color BUT i recently painted my bedroom and the color has really wowed me. it's pebble by martha stewart and it changes dramatically depending on the lighting and time of day. when i choose it i was looking for a light color with lots of depth in the grayish family, and thats exactly what i've gotten. the hue changes from pinkish to lavenderish to gray in the blink of an eye. thanks suze! 
Kari said... Via The Handmade Blog
I am loving pink and grey lately. Whether it is gray walls with pops of pink, or pink walls with grey furniture - like the bedroom pictured here:  Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is loving!
martha stewart's zinc is also the best "dark gray that's not too dark" paint on the market. and for white trim i never use anything but benjamin moore's decorator's white. 
Exuma Under Way said...
My favorite go-to color is Pepper Spice by Behr (250F-6). I don't have a pic! We used this color as an accent wall in our first rental home. Now that we own our first home I'm using the color again!
Courteney said... Via Courtney K. Melancon
I painted the majority of my house in SW Amazing Gray and I love it. I am also currently painting a condo in New Orleans. We decided on SW Amazing Gray the entire downstairs. I could send pics when it is done. It is being painted this week but the condo is empty. Here is a pic of my entryway. pretty informal pic but you get an idea of the color.
hdayton said...
Benjamin Moore's Ocean Air. Just beautiful in any light.
pintojak of Mini Lemon said 
Lovely pictures, as an architect, I don't get to design much interiors but I tell people to try to go out of the simple all white mold, but most are afraid, so I do a mix of white ceilings and neutral creme walls works well together and gos with most decors. 
Kristie said... of Real Estate and Refinement
Hi Suze-Thanks for blogging! Right now, my favorite color is November Skies by Benjamin Moore. So soothing in a bedroom.
a perfect gray said... Via A Perfect Gray
ben moore's horizon OC-53 - a great, light gray with a blue undertone. my fave right now! thanks...donna

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Calling ALL My Followers - I need You

First of all I want to thank all 663 of you who follow this blog! I am so touched and flattered that you like this enough to follow! And everyone else that reads Dwellers  I love that you  do!  Now I want to do a crazy huge post on EVERYONE's Favorite paint color so if you could only pick one what would it be and if you could link me to the room that would be amazing if not I still would like to hear and I will link back to your blog or your site. XO Suze
Wanted to share these images from Burnham Design  such happy spaces!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Top 10 White Dining Chairs Part 2

 #6 The Tulip Chair Via Design Manifest

#6 Saarinen Tulip Armless Chair - Royal Hide

Designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll® Via DWR

#7 The Vapor Chair CB2 - Looks expensive and is clear not white but J'adore

# 8 Louis Arm Chair comes in white Via Lavish

#9 Via Ballard Design Chic Tufted Chair 

Number 10 and my ALL TIME FAVORITE the one I had made by Stephen at PDI designed by Matthew Sudock - I saw these at the restaurant David Burke Townhouse and had to have them and everything else there. These are made with fake leather that never gets dirty and always looks amazing. The only thing that can destroy it is pen! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Top 10 White Dining Chairs

My friend Marie is looking for the perfect white dining chairs - here are my top 5 of 10 pics: Next 5 tomorrow
Here are a few dining chair posts of previous  exploration 

#1 The Panton Chair - yes it's comfortable Via Here Looks chicest with a rustic table or mixed up with other chairs

2. Jonathan Adler  Louis Side Chair ... I love nail heads and lacquer and this is timeless!
# 3
Jonathan Adler Chippendale Arm Chair or sidechair - Iconic. Change up the pillows for added drama
White Tory Burch Jonathan Adler Chair

#4  Image Via Cococozy Designer Grant Gibson Love this chair not sure who designed it but Plantation below makes something similar
Plantation makes something similar and will do custom

Louis XVI Dining Chair Via Wisteria