Matthew Patrick Smyth ‘s Through a Designer’s Eye

matthew Patrick Smyth Through a Designer's Eye

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your fall is off to a gorgeous start.

 

Matthew Patrick Smyth living room

 

Yesterday, after a long weekend of fun birthday celebrations, we took a rare few hours off to indulge in one of our favorite pastimes: perusing beloved coffee table books!

 

Matthew Patrick Smyth living room

 

One of the great perks of this job is getting so many gorgeous new ones each month–like Matthew Patrick Smyth ‘s Through a Designer’s Eye.

 

Matthew Patrick Smyth living room

 

If you’re looking to spend a quiet hour or two filling up on inspiration to soothe your soul during the chillier temps–

 

Matthew Patrick Smyth living room

 

And being wowed by some truly spectacular style

 

Matthew Patrick Smyth living room

 

Through a Designer’s Eye is a can’t-miss addition to your collection.

 

Matthew Patrick Smyth living room

 

Not only is it spot-on for right now, but we know it’s one of those rare treasures that we’ll return to again and again, year after year. 

 

Matthew Patrick Smyth dining room

 

It was almost impossible to choose ten of our favorite images from inside to share with you, but this one, the perfect mix of formality and whimsy, was an easy selection,

 

Matthew Patrick Smyth entry room

 

As was this stunning combination of perfect architectural details and beautiful antiques. 

 

Matthew Patrick Smyth living room

 

But, as you can imagine, there’s plenty more where that came from! We hope you love Through a Designer’s Eye as much as we did!

Thanks so much for spending your fall with Design Chic. We love seeing you here!

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Chic Interview: Nina Magon

Nina Magon living room with large art and black floor lamp
Nina Magon – Contour Interior Design

 

Hi, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing 4th of July–and we are so excited to bring you an interview with a designer we positively adore: Nina Magon! Find out how the talented founder of Contour Interior Design made the transition from finance to interiors, why Zaha Hadid inspires her and the go-to white paint that she can’t do without! 

1. How did you get started as a designer?

From a young age, I knew creativity was beckoning me, yet I double majored in Economics and Finance as that was the equitable thing to do. After obtaining my degrees, I felt something was missing, and decided it was time for me to follow my true passion. I believed fashion design was my forthcoming, and so I pursued another degree in fashion design. Slowly but delicately, I discovered Interior Design through my love for fashion and opulent things and realized the creation of emotion-provoking environments would be my true calling. With that, I realized that the luxury landscape of the world was widening, and that’s when Contour Interior Design was born.

 

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

Travel. Traveling around the world from the ripe age of 3 evoked a feeling of connectedness as I realized how small the world really was, yet how captivating and vast it could be.There are so many different design styles throughout the world, so by traveling, you get to open your mind to see design from each culture and you gain a very global view of design. With more of a global knowledge on the many diverse design styles, it allows you to create designs that blend the old with the new in a forward-thinking and modern way that is updated with the times of today.  

3. Do you have a favorite project to date?

51fifteen restaurant inside of Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston, Texas. 51fifteen will always hold a special place in my heart because it was my first restaurant to ever work on and it propelled me to the luxury market of hospitality design. The group that hired me has presented my firm with an empty shell which really allowed us to use our creativity in a very expressive way. We completed all the interior architecture and design for the space. 

4. What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

Having to say no to clients sometimes because of their budget. Many times clients come to us because they want a luxurious and unique experience, a space that would wow every person that walked in the door. They see our work and know we can deliver the modern and forward-thinking aesthetic they are trying to achieve, but sometimes their overall budget does not match their high level of expectations. When we know that we cannot deliver what the client wants for the budget they present, which would ultimately result in an unsuccessful project for both parties, we, unfortunately, have to say no. It’s honestly the hardest thing to turn down clients that really respect your work and aesthetic based on budget, but when you value your work then you know in the end you want your clients to be completely satisfied and happy. 

5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?

To be selected to appear on NBC’s American Dream Builders in which 12 of the most notable, respected, and established designers and builders from around the country competed to win the title of the first American Dream Builder. I was a semi-finalist in this national competition and was praised for my high level of taste and aesthetics. The success and the exposure gained from being on TV propelled my career in the design world and elevated my name in the industry.  

 

6.Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

Yes, Zaha Hadid. Zaha Hadid is truly one of my greatest inspirations, in the fact that she constantly went against the grain and stood out by being different and staying true to aesthetic. She is widely seen as the greatest female designer of contemporary times, who reshaped design for the modern epoch – something difficult for women to do in her time. Against all odds and a great deal of prejudice, she broke one glass ceiling after another. Zaha Hadid will always be someone that I look up to because she was not scared of being different and instead embraced it, which made her work beautiful masterpieces that will go down in history.

Go-to paint color?

Pure White – Sherwin Williams. I know white is typically not a go-to paint color, but I love this color because it really allows you to achieve a sleek light and bright space. It also presents the opportunity for your walls to become blank canvases for bold art to be displayed without over-cluttering space.

Ebooks or hardbacks?

Hardbacks. The beautiful thing about hardbacks is that after you read them, you can use the books as decorative accessories for bookshelves and consoles.

M&Ms or Skittles?

M&Ms. I am a chocolate lover. They are the perfect little sweet snack to munch on during your workday.

Coffee or tea?

Tea. I have always been a tea drinker, there are so many different kinds and I really enjoy a calming tea in the afternoons to relax me after a long workday. 

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Nina Magon kitchen with black pendants and black stools

 

Nina Magon kitchen with black pendant lights

 

Nina Magon dining room

 

Nina Magon bathroom with freestanding tub

 

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Blank to Beautiful with Andrew Howard Interior Design

Blank to Beautiful with Andrew J. Howard

 

Good morning, dear readers! We had the distinct pleasure of interviewing one of our favorite designers, Andrew Howard, for Episode 2 of our new video series, Blank to Beautiful. We chatted about his creative process, what he’s most proud of and even what he wanted to be when he grew up! The advice he gave is priceless, so don’t miss it. (And, it’s a quick 12-minute clip!)

 

 

 

Andrew J. Howard Interior Design

 

Andrew J. Howard Interior design

 

Photography Francesco Lagnese

 

Blank to Beautiful Andrew J. Howard

 

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House Tour: Andrew J. Howard’s Florida Dream Home

 

Good morning, chic friends! You are in for a treat today! You know that Andrew Howard is one of our favorite designers. We’d been waiting for the right time to tour his fabulous home. And, with so many of us stuck inside, today seemed like the perfect time to tour a Florida house that feels like a vacation. 

 

dream home Andrew J Howard entry

 

One of our favorite things about Andrew’s work is how effortlessly he uses bold color, plenty of pattern, and pulls it all off in a way that seems totally seamless. That is evident from the moment you walk through the front door of the home he and his wife Katie designed and built from the ground up. The hand painted mural and mosaic tile were chosen with the couple’s two young sons in mind.

 

dream home Andrew J Howard living room in blue and white

 

We love how Howard tends to design for family life. One of his top priorities while outfitting this home was to make sure that it contained plenty of spaces for the family to gather together. Mission accomplished!

 

dream home Andrew J Howard dining room

 

The ceilings in this perfectly curated home are never overlooked. 

 

dream home Andrew J Howard dining room

 

Especially in the dining room, which often lacks the opportunity for detail that other rooms have naturally, extra attention to the ceiling, architecture and wallpaper makes the space come to life. 

 

dream home Andrew J Howard bathroom with wallpaper

 

Blue and white is a go-to color combination for many. For Howard, a blue and white base allows for the layering of other colors, which he does so well through the home.

 

dream home Andrew J Howard kitchen with blue pendant lights

 

We especially love the charming kitchen, where architectural details positively steal the show. 

 

dream home Andrew J Howard dining room

 

A built-in banquette provides a breakfast area perfect for a family, saves space and allows plenty of light to shine through. 

 

dream home Andrew J Howard living room

 

Every element of this family room is uber-sophisticated, but the art and fabrics provide enough whimsy to make it suited for family living.

 

dream home Andrew J Howard bedroom

 

The ceiling really sets this chic space apart. 

 

dream home Andrew J Howard bathroom

 

Add a soaking tub, and you have master suite perfection!

 

dream home Andrew J Howard bedroom

 

While Howard’s own, signature look is always at play in every room, this one exudes Florida style.

 

dream home Andrew J Howard bathroom

 

And the color palette and bamboo touches exude that classic Florida look–reimagined in a brand-new way.

 

dream home Andrew J Howard bathroom

 

Kids’ spaces are always the most fun, aren’t they? These built-in bunk beds are some of the most charming we’ve seen. And stairs that double as drawers make a fabulous use of space. 

 

dream home Andrew J Howard kids room

 

Pattern-on-pattern is always a good idea–especially in kids’ rooms! It adds instant energy.

 

dream home Andrew J Howard bathroom

 

From a bathroom for two,

 

dream home Andrew J Howard laundry room

 

To a positively chic laundry room, the Howard’s home has it all. Not one detail was overlooked in the creation of a family dream home. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what Howard does next! 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!!

 

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In Good Taste: Hám Interior Design

Hám Interior Design entry

A Carolina blue door and a black lab? There’s really no better entrance if you ask us. (Although, in Henley-on-Thames, where this gorgeous door resides, we’re pretty sure it isn’t called Carolina blue.) Hám Interior Design firm, our big time design love this week, combines classic sensibilities with stunning architecture for spaces with purpose, with style and, most important of all, with that certain undefinable something that makes a house feel like a home. Leave your wellies by the door, brew a cup of hot tea and take a peek at these cozy, livable houses that are so unforgettably chic you’ll undoubtably find yourself daydreaming about a few little changes for you own home. Enjoy!

Hám Interior Design entrance

 

Hám Interior Design kitchen

 

Hám Interior Design kitchen
Hám Interior Design kitchen

 

Hám Interior Design kitchen

 

Hám Interior Design kitchen

 

Hám Interior Design living room

 

Hám Interior Design entry

 

Hám Interior Design closet

 

Hám Interior Design closet

 

Hám Interior Design bedroom

We hope you loved the good taste of Hám Interior Design as much as we do and that it brightened your day!

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House Tour: Midtown Atlanta Beauty

Andrew Howard living room

The city pied-a-terre is a right up there with the beach house or the mountain estate when it comes to dream houses.

Andrew Howard coffee table

And when it comes to pied-a-terres, this one, designed by one of our very favorite (and funniest!) designers, Andrew Howard, is the cream of the crop.

Andrew Howard kitchen

A Florida resident who has been tapped to bring out the best in some of the most exclusive homes in the Bahamas and beyond, this Atlanta project is just one of many stages on which Howard displays his range as a decorator.

Andrew Howard kitchen

He embraces the sleek and simple that the city demands,

Andrew Howard dining room

While still inserting his signature playful style to make it family friendly and fun.

Andrew Howard bedroom

Layered patterns and the right blend of color give Howard’s homes a dash of whimsy that is always welcome–and sets his designs apart from the pack.

Andrew Howard bedroom

Unexpected details like bold ceilings and a perfectly imperfect gallery wall make a statement while still allowing the expansive views of the city to take center stage.

Andrew Howard

When it comes to good design, the details aren’t something, they are everything. The scallop accent on this console table and the perfect balance of symmetry and asymmetry accentuate the beautiful wallpaper.

Andrew Howard bathroom

This pretty marble sink lends big style to a small space.

Andrew Howard bathroom

And a white marble bathroom becomes a showpiece in Howard’s skilled hands. 

Andrew Howard porch

This small but well-appointed balcony is the perfect spot to take advantage of a fabulous view. Just add a favorite cocktail for a perfect way to cap off a productive Atlanta day!

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House Tour: Southern Farmhouse Style

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Good morning, chic readers! We don’t know about you, but the cold, dark days of winter always have us wanting to bundle up and get outside. 

southern farmhouse kitchen

And have us dreaming of escaping to a retreat outside of town, a cabin or farmhouse that feels nothing short of a getaway, like this incredible farmhouse by Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design. and photographed by Holland Williams

southern farmhouse

We imagine ourselves baking things from scratch…

Warming up by the fire after a day savoring the festive chill of the outdoors…

southern farmhouse bedroom

And, finally, curling up in a cozy, warm, bed, loaded with down comforters, to savor a night of peaceful, quiet sleep.

southern farmhouse bathroom

This Southern farmhouse is the absolute pinnacle of an escape from reality, with a touch of shabby chic decor

southern farmhouse bedroom

A place where every member of the family can feel relaxed, 

southern farmhouse bathroom

And where the details make it worth coming home to. 

southern farmhouse bunk room

As much as we love every charming element of the interior, including these amazing bunk beds,

It’s what’s outside that is truly special. 

This is a farm after all!

And what could be more beautiful than these sweet faces? Would you want to get away to this charming farmhouse retreat? We know we would!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We always love it when you do!

 

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In Good Taste: Austin Patterson Disston Architects

Austin Patterson Disston entrance

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you got a lot of holiday shopping done over the weekend and can take a breather today and relax! If you’re feeling a little holiday-cluttered already, take a break from the chaos with the clean lines and fresh look of these gorgeous rooms by Austin Patterson Disston Architects. Each one is more beautiful than the last! 

Austin Patterson Disston kitchen

 

Austin Patterson Disston kitchen

 

Austin Patterson Disston living room

 

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Austin Patterson Disston kitchen

 

Austin Patterson Disston kitchen

 

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bathroom Austin Patterson Disston

 

Austin Patterson Disston bathroom

 

porch.Austin Patterson Disston

 

outdoor shower.Austin Patterson Disston

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We hope it’s a great one!

 

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