In Good Taste: Allison Elebash Interiors

After three weeks at home finishing the edits for my next book, The Secret to Southern Charm, I’m back on the road today for two NC events today and two tomorrow. While I’m on the road I’ll be thinking about some of the sprucing I need to do before the fall–some fun, like replacing my bar stools and finding spots for several new pieces of art. And some not so fun, like replacing the roof. 

If you’re daydreaming about your home today, let the good taste of Allison Elebash Interiors inspire you like it has us.

Fun color palettes, 

Multi-purpose pieces like this beautiful bar cart,

And art that makes a major statement are only a few hallmarks of this talented designer’s interiors. 

We are huge fans of designers who aren’t afraid to mix it up with lots of color, and we’re swooning over this yellow and white Ikat. We’re loving all that is yellow right now–and who doesn’t want to be reminded of summer all year round?

This blue and white polka dot is slightly more subdued but no less eye catching. Skirts like these are a fun, inexpensive way to transform an old piece of furniture that needs some love into a focal point once again. 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Library lamps are one of our new obsessions–especially as the seasons begin to change. The cooler air means more time indoors snuggled up with a good book. The perfect light and a perfect throw make that even more desirable. And now I’m adding a pair of those to my list for fall…

Speaking of spending more time indoors… It’s the perfect time to invite a few friends over for a fun fall cocktail. There’s nothing like a good drink and great company to take the edge off of a cold night. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the good taste of Allison Elebash interiors as much as we have. Wishing you a wonderful day!

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A Stunning Staircase for Every Space

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Phoebe Howard Design

 

In many homes, the stairs are the very first thing you see when you walk in the door. 

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J.K. Kling

 

Whether they are simple or ornate, bare or expertly covered, the stairs can set the tone for the experience people will have when they walk through the door. 

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Orrick & Company

 

In that way, the stairs become the perfect place to create a stunning vignette, a shining moment, that helps define the way the home looks, and even more importantly, the way it feels. We love how the curve in this stunning staircase seems to fit this table. It’s the perfect welcome. 

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Peter Pennoyer Architect

 

This absolutely breathtaking architecture takes the staircase to a whole new level. This isn’t a staircase that makes a statement upon entrance, it’s a staircase that is a defining part of the home’s entire scheme. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

But as much as we love stairs, residential elevators are pretty cool too, such a luxury for hauling groceries and luggage and, of course, a necessity for many. With a chic carpet and a fun light fixture, they can be fabulous looking too!

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Chango and Co

 

Speaking of lighting, picking the right fixtures is a must for us in the stairwell. Not only is it crucial for lighting the path but it also helps create a chic design scheme in what could be a plain, boring spot.

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Threshold Design

 

From shiplap and classic details that feel perfect for a coastal home,

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Simon Upton via Architectural Digest

 

To more modern touches that further a mood, 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

To even a gorgeous spiral staircase that not only serves a purpose but also accessorizes a space, 

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New England Home Magazine

 

The staircase is so much more than just a utilitarian feature in a home. 

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Tom Scheerer

 

With the right attention, it can become another one of a home’s shining moments.

What is your favorite way to decorate a staircase?

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: Nest & Company

Nest + Company living room
Eric Roth Photography

 

From older houses to brand new, Nest + Company orchestrates perfect interiors, the kind of spaces that transform houses into homes. 

Nest + Company living room
Sarah Winchester Studios

 

One of our favorite things about these designers is that their rooms feel like the kinds of places where every member of the family can feel comfortable. The mix of masculine and feminine in this room feels cozy without being prissy. 

Nest + Company dining
Eric Roth Photography

 

Organic shades and natural elements are always the right choice. We love that the bursts of color in this neutral breakfast room come from fruits!

Nest + Company dining
Peter Urbanski Photography

 

Each of Nest Interiors spaces feels uncluttered and clean, exactly the way we want our homes to feel. The juxtaposition of this modern light fixture with a farm table is so charming.

Nest + Company kitchen
Photography Nat Rea

 

Of all the spaces in our houses we love to be bright, the kitchen might be our favorite. Maybe it’s because it’s where we start our days, but we love the light streaming in. These original hardwood floors add character galore and give this home a sense of history, despite its modern facelift.

Nest + Company kitchen
Eric Roth Photography

 

Talk about a view! Wow! This kitchen takes advantage of every inch of spectacular water vista. This kitchen is chic enough to stand alone but simple enough to let the views be the main event.

Nest + Company
Eric Roth Photography

 

But these designers are far from one note. Vivid pops of color and whimsical pattern infuse this kitchen with family friendly style. 

Nest + Company sitting area
Sarah Winchester Studios

 

Simplicity steals the show in this comfy reading nook–and makes a strong case for utilizing the perfect house plant. We love everything about this!

Nest + Company
Sarah Winchester Studios

 

A comfy porch that lets the breeze in is exactly what we need this fall! It’s the perfect season for opening the windows and savoring the breeze. This space is instantly calming. 

Nest + Company bedroom
Peter Urbanski Photography

 

Layered rugs are a cozy way to really define a space. Speaking of great floors, we’re loving the painted hardwoods we can see in the adjoining bedroom!

Nest + Company playroom
Eric Roth Photography

 

This little boy’s bedroom is nothing short of adorable but still in the tone of the rest of Nest + Company’s flawless designs. 

Nest + Company mudroom
Eric Roth Photography

 

A mudroom is, to us, one of home’s great luxuries! It’s a simple spot that keeps the rest of the house looking incredibly chic and clutter free to show off all that hard design work!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, chic readers. We hope you loved Nest + Company’s good taste as much as we did!

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House Tour: Peter Pennoyer

We don’t know about you, but we love a cedar shake house. We’re pretty much convinced that you could slap cedar shakes on the ugliest cinderblock building in the world and instantly make it charming.

On the flip side, we think everything that Peter Pennoyer designs is so gorgeous that it would be charming even if it were built out of cinderblock.

Fortunately for us, this home is cedar shake and designed by the peerless Peter Pennoyer. It’s a pretty unbeatable combination!

Just peeking inside this lovely home feels restful. We’re instantly transported to a seaside escape made for relaxation and spending long, lazy days recharging and taking a break from the fast pace of the rest of the world.

This beautiful bay window is perfect for taking advantage of every inch of view while still feeling completely traditional and totally lovely.

This dining room proves that architectural details don’t have to be ornate to feel luxurious. The simplicity of the woodwork and built-ins in this room is in keeping with the more casual tone of the house while still making it feel perfectly planned down to the last inch.

From the stylish built-ins to the heavy custom doors, the architectural details in this home give it the feeling of total quality. Antique accents lend that collected feeling to this newer home.

A modern range hood and an antique-feeling island lend a lovely juxtaposition to this large yet cozy kitchen.

There is nothing like a Dutch door to add that homey feeling to a space.

Open shelving and a gardening sink keep clutter out of the kitchen–and ensure that fresh blooms abound all year long.

If we could choose one thing that our homes absolutely have to have, it’s light! These intricate windows add that in high style.

There’s no better accent in a master that feels like a sanctuary than a cozy reading nook. It’s the perfect place for coffee and PJs!

For the ultimate in inspiration, this is the ultimate office! No clutter, just a fabulous view.

We love a garden seat in the bathroom! It’s the perfect spot for storing bath essentials.

A fun, eclectic bar area is perfect for entertaining!

But, if you’re like us, you’d agree that there’s no place like the perfect porch for savoring a beautiful beach day.

We hope you have a fabulous day!

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House Tour: Phoebe Howard Interiors

Phoebe Howard Entrance

Charlotte House

As you can probably imagine, we can’t get enough of finding new designers to talk about! 

Phoebe Howard entrance

But there are some that have a forever place in our hearts, whose work we love to swoon over day after day, year after year, whose new projects we wait impatiently for.

Phoebe Howard entrance

Phoebe Howard is one of those designers.

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Her style is understated, traditional enough without looking old-fashioned, modern enough without looking trendy… It is, in short, the epitome of classic southern style for the new millennium.

Even in the simplest rooms, there is a richness about Howard’s style, a sense of luxury that permeates, especially where textiles are concerned.

Her perfectly chosen color palettes draw you in, adding the right amount of warmth and interest while creating a feeling of continuity.

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Each nook in the home is well thought out, the perfect mix of form and function that is simply elegant. 

Phoebe Howard living room

From beautiful details like this stone wall…

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To perfectly arranged furniture…

Phoebe Howard hallway

Simple, striking details…

Phoebe Howard bedroom

To a master suite fit for a queen…

Phoebe Howard bedroom

Phoebe Howard knows how to create spaces that are stunning in every way.

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From a bath with a view,

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To stylish storage,

Phoebe Howard chaise

A cozy spot for lounging with a breeze, 

Phoebe Howard porch

To a porch that is comfortable all year long, we love every inch of Phoebe Howard’s peerless style. Are you a Phoebe Howard fan?

Thank you so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We love seeing you here! 

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In Good Taste: M & M Interior Design

Good morning, readers! Florida friends and everyone affected by Irma, you are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope you can get back home–too minimal damage–very, very soon.

We all know that home is one of the most important foundations of our lives, and that being away from it can be difficult. One of the things that we love most about M and M Designs, owned by the talented sister duo Leslie Martin and Kim Meardon, is that they don’t just create beautiful houses. They create homes that feel eclectic and collected, perfect for everything from entertaining to playing with kids.

These huge windows add tons of light, a feeling of openness, and, quite frankly, a big, fat design challenge. These designers totally rose to the occasion, making these windows the asset that they are.

What an idyllic little office! It’s the perfect space for paying bills and the window seat not only adds comfort but also storage, which is great for filing all those papers that tend to pile up.

This kitchen feels like home. Every detail is perfectly choreographed–from the rug to the lamp to the wood island–to make this large, functional space feel cozy and comfortable.

We know open floor plans are what most people want right now, but we still love our rooms to feel separate and distinct. This charming opening between the kitchen and adjoining room is the best of both worlds!

If a nursery for one is good, a nursery for two is even better! The use of this space is perfect.

From the rug on the floor to the Bla Blas on the bed, this is the perfect little boys room that, with a couple of tiny changes, will still be perfect when he’s a big boy!

We love playrooms, but multi-purpose spaces are really the best. This chic room works well for kids and adults alike.

Speaking of multi-purpose spaces, this darling settee is kid friendly with a sweet ballerina on top, but will work just as well when she’s more into lipgloss and texting than dolls and tea parties.

What is your favorite M&M Design space? 

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today! We always love seeing you here!


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