Shake It Up

Jun 30, 2011

Some of the world’s greatest artworks are based on a neutral palette—think Modigliani’s Jeanne Hébuterne Wearing a Straw Hat, Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s Mother (aka, Whistler’s Mother), and Picasso’s Guernica. So if time-honored masterpieces can be created with basic browns, blacks, grays, and ivories, you can draw a captivating picture on your floor using the same approach. For this ultramodern look—in the Hudson Valley home of Kathleen...

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Natural Selection

Jun 23, 2011

Even die-hard urbanites love a bit outside-on-the-inside. It’s also one of the keys to Nuanced Neutral, lending warmth and coziness to what could otherwise be a cold, staid space. The mavens of good taste at Remodelista recently found these sinuous wooden handrails, which fit the Nuanced Neutral aesthetic to a T. Their unexpected, serpentine shapes and hand-carved look not only catch the eye, but help to move it along the space to other design details. Their rough-hewn character—thanks to...

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Modern Family

Jun 23, 2011

For those who doubt the warm and inviting nature of a neutral palette, look no further than this ogle-worthy Southern California home designed by husband-wife team Michael and Alexandra Misczynski of Atelier AM and featured in the March 2010 issue of Veranda. With their masterful mix of antiques and streamlined modern pieces; their decluttered, minimalistic approach; and their layering of tones and textures, these interiors are neutral to the nth degree. Keeping the walls, floors, and most of...

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In the Green Time

Jun 23, 2011

Going organic isn’t limited to trips to the grocery store; it’s also a great way to energize a neutral space. Potted plants of any kind breathe life into a room—literally and figuratively—and give an instant color upgrade to any neutral interior. Plants with unique textures can also add an extra layer to a room—think feathery ferns and spider plants, spiny cacti, and thick, stripy zebra aloes. Here are a few of our favorite houseplants.     Show Me the Love For happy...

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Shape Shifter

Jun 23, 2011

British artist Simon Hasan takes leather out of the luxury and into the practical world. London designer Simon Hasan has made a career out of subverting expectations. Last year, he used the medieval technique of cuir bouilli—in which leather is boiled into hard, brittle forms suitable for armor—to mold 400 bowls, cups, and vases around archetypes of mass production like cola bottles or plastic thrift-store bowls. In an installation called Industrial Makeshift, the items were sold via...

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Red Alert

Jun 23, 2011

Designer Ellen O’Neill proves that less is more with her graphic approach to Hamptons style. We’re all about pops of bold color and graphic prints against a white background, low-maintenance fabrics, and rooms we can’t wait to snuggle up in. So when we saw this feature in the March 2011 issue of House Beautiful, we couldn’t help but think, It’s Happy Preppy—red, white, and vintage edition! This Bridgehampton, New York, home owned and decorated by design consultant Ellen O’Neill...

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Bed Check

Jun 20, 2011

Ditch the pink and kelly green–we’re reimagining preppy for the twenty-first century.   This peppy bed is equal parts fun and function.  Both pretty and practical, with eye-goggling colors and durable fabrics that stand up to years of loving use, it’s guaranteed to make your inner prepster smile. Create a gleeful mash-up of iconic preppy staples like bright solids and nautical stripes with bold, Japanese-inspired blossoms. Sticking to a single color palette keeps the look from...

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Oh, Grow Up

Jun 15, 2011

We’re on a gardening binge, and can’t resist showing off this perky planting. Not to get all flowery on you, but here in our home base of the Berkshires, we spend almost half the year pining for growing season, if only so we can experiment with the imaginative array of planters on the market. Whether it’s a steel tub filled with sunny geraniums turning their faces to the sky or a classic ceramic pot painted in a spunky stripe and holding a chipper mix of pentunias, the right container can...

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Flag Day

Jun 7, 2011

Make your own signal flags in a few easy steps, for a bit of preppy pop. Sure, signal flags actually serve a purpose; in maritime shorthand, they help warn sailors of changes in course and of potential dangers ahead. But we like them because of the graphic impact they add to any space. Rev up your rooms with this simple, make-your-own signal flag...

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Coastal Cool

Jun 1, 2011

Five questions with Henry Hildreth of Hildreth’s Home Goods, America’s oldest home decor store.   Established in 1842, Hildreth’s Home Goods is the country’s oldest and the Hamptons’ largest store for interior and exterior home furnishings and accessories. The store, which has an on-staff ASID-certified interior designer, also boasts a plethora of departments, from bed and bath to glassware, hostess gifts, children’s clothing, rugs, and sewing supplies. We chatted with...

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