COSY INTERIORS: SLOW LIVING INSPIRATIONS
Photography by Tessa Neustadt
COSY INTERIORS: SLOW LIVING INSPIRATIONS
Slow living is a lifestyle emphasizing slower approaches to aspects of everyday life. This beautiful book shows relaxed home interiors as a reaction to discomforts in materialistic and industrial lifestyles. This are interiors designed and organized around natural materials, friendly furniture and kind distributions to create pleasant atmospheres in today’s living spaces.
Photography by Tessa Neustadt
Designer Crush: Jamie Davis of Portola Paints & Glazes
By Michelle Konstantinovsky on 11/12/17
Jamie Davis and his brother Casey may not be designers themselves, but they've got industry experts crushing in a major way. As the co-founders and owners of Portola Paints & Glazes, the duo offer an unrivaled collection of paint locally-made right in their West Hollywood shop using hand mixing techniques. Using their knowledge of pigment, saturation and matching all colors by eye, the Davis brothers design full-spectrum hues that reflect a broader range of light, elevating any environment. We talked to Jamie about everything from family dynamics to musical influences in our Q&A below. read more...
Nothing inspires interior design more than traveling the world and finding influences in other people, cultures, and customs. See some of our favorite rooms crafted with influences from around the globe, including Moroccan-inspired furnishings, vivid fabric choices, natural textures, and more.
Inside OITNB's Samira Wiley and Wife Lauren Morelli's Cali Bungalow: 'We Had an Opportunity to Be Uniquely Feminine'
“My goal was definitely color,” says OITNB writer and producer Morelli
BY MEGAN STEIN
Samira Wiley, star of Orange Is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Tale, and her wife Lauren Morelli are living a colorful newlywed life in their cozy Los Angeles abode. “The house isn’t huge,” Morelli tells Architectural Digest. “It’s a cozy little California bungalow.” Although Morelli bought the property when she and Wiley had just started dating, the OITNB writer and producer still took Wiley’s opinion into account from the get-go. “I always knew I was going to move in,” Wiley says.
How actress Samira Wiley and TV writer Lauren Morelli made Morelli’s house their home
Actress Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale) and television writer and producer Lauren Morelli (Orange Is the New Black) have only been married for seven months, but their Los Angeles bungalow looks like it’s a result of years of work tweaking and perfecting.
The couple’s home, featured in Architectural Digest, was home to Morelli before the couple wed, but it was quickly cleared out. “We started totally from scratch, and it's my first adult home, so it felt really nice to let go of the cheap, gross couch,” admits Morelli.
The house’s vibrant, fanciful design is by Stefani Stein, who worked with the pair to create a space that incorporates bold elements (the Lips on White wallpaper by Voutsa in the office; an ombre pink wall in the bedroom) with wood, marble, and white walls “which brought a sense of balance to the composition,” Stein explains.
Making design decisions was uncharted territory for both Morelli and Wiley, and they were glad to have a designer steering the ship. "I'm just starting to learn I can have opinions: 'Yes, I love that wallpaper. Yes, I love this,' Wiley says.
Newlyweds Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli Take AD Inside Their First Home Together
Photo by Emily Berl
When Lauren Morelli first hired Stefani Stein, Morelli's girlfriend Samira Wiley had yet to move into her Los Angeles home with her. But according to Morelli, Wiley was "always a consideration" in her design process. Actress Wiley backs up her wife of just seven months, saying: "I always knew I was going to move in."
The couple first met in 2012 when Morelli, a writer and producer for the Netflix dramedy Orange Is the New Black, wrote an episode that Wiley appeared in (Wiley now appears on another Emmy-winning show, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, as well as the comedy Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, which just debuted on YouTube Red on October 25). The pair officially became a couple in 2014, and Morelli proposed in 2016. They married in March 2017.
"Starting a marriage, and coming into a house that you weren't a part of in the beginning, and learning how to make it part of your own is something I'm having to do after the fact," explains Wiley.
Designers' Favorites Under $150
When it's your job to create beautiful homes, you learn exactly which items transform a room. These are the timeless picks and affordable luxuries pros swear by.
7 White Paints Interior Designers Love
As anyone who's wandered down the paint aisle at Home Depot can attest, there are hundreds of swatches and samples to cull through in search of the perfect shade. Between slight variations in undertones and the need to take natural light into consideration, selecting the best white paint presents a particularly daunting challenge. The stakes are surprisingly high—after all, the wrong shade can make your space look as startlingly bright as a hospital hallway.
Because the right color can make or break your space, we asked some of our favorite interior designers to reveal their go-to hues—and we're taking note of these pros' picks. Ranging from clean and crisp to warm and welcoming, we're narrowing the selection of seemingly endless swatches down to the six shades interiors designers swear by.
20+ Small Office Nooks That Work Hard
By Emily Evans
With some careful space planning and creativity, carving out space for a home office is easier than you think. From built-in desks off the kitchen to workspaces hidden behind sliding doors, these clever designers and homeowners know how to make their workspaces work, no matter how small the footprint.
THE TOP 20 WAYS TO STYLE THE END OF YOUR BED ACCORDING TO INTERIOR DESIGNERS
From Jonathan Adler to Jeremiah Brent, these design experts have thoughts on the matter.
BY JONATHAN STEINITZ
13 Tricky Interior Design Terms, Defined
When you’re renovating your place – or even just looking for a new rug – the last thing you want is to be bamboozled by interior design terms you’re unfamiliar with. Here’s our handy guide to some of the trickiest out there. And if you’ve come across a term that’s puzzled you, let us know – we’ll add it to the list!
Banquette: a built-in bench along a wall.
Chaise: a chair with a longer seat, so you can recline on it.
Credenza: a sideboard or buffet.
Drop-leaf table: a table with a hinged flap (or “leaf”) on one side that can be lowered or raised to decrease or increase surface area.
Ikat: fabric made using traditional Indonesian tie-dye weaving techniques.
Jute: a natural fibre use for rugs and baskets. Typically softer than other natural fibres, including sisal.
Kilim: hand-woven fabric made in the Middle East that traditionally features geometric patterns in rich, saturated colours. Often used for wall hangings.
Limewash/whitewash: a treatment for wood or masonry, to give an aged, translucent, washed effect. Often used on floors.
Rattan: a type of climbing palm that produces incredibly strong wood. It can be woven into furniture, much like wicker (though it’s typically stronger than wicker).
Sconce: a wall-mounted light fixture.
Sisal: a natural fibre made from the leaves of agave plants, often used to make rugs and baskets. Sisal is incredibly durable.
Toile: a style of printed pattern that usually features abstract prints.
Vignette: a grouping of items purposefully arranged for display. The best vignettes use a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and textures.
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34 Minimalist Kitchens
There’s an art to designing a minimalist interior that is visually appealing. Browse these sleek, clutter-free kitchens from Dering Hall talents and consider a minimalist aesthetic for your next project.
A Saturday with Stefani Stein
POSTED BY DECORIST EDITORIAL TEAM
One of the things our customers love most about their Decorist experience (in addition to their beautiful new room design, of course!) is the relationship they forge with their designer. Our designers take the time to get to know each of their customers—their needs, styles, budgets, what they like, dislike, etc.—which enables them to create personal room designs that are spot-on.
We think these relationships, between our customers and designers, are rather special. It's not just about the designer getting to know their customer, it's also about the customer getting to know their designer. And our designers are pretty cool, interesting and talented people!
So when we decided to create a blog series about getting to know these talented men and women we immediately thought of Elite designer Stefani Stein. Needless to say, we’ve been a little more than curious about Stefani Stein with her eclectic, Scandinavian, West Coast style. And so when we had the chance to peep into her Saturday itinerary, chock-full of her favorite L.A. spots (Stefani resides in the burgeoning neighborhood of Venice Beach), we had a feeling we were going to discover some design destination gems—and we were right!
When she’s not designing (or sharing incredible inspo on Instagram) this California native is hitting up some of the coolest spots that LA has to offer. Plus, we learned more about this fun, relaxed-yet-totally-refined designer as well. From Stefani's favorite weekend activities to why she’s all about the unexpected, we chat about it all.
So sit back, get to know Stefani, discover her crazy-good taste—and maybe you'll be inspired to visit LA or, better yet, start your own Decorist design project with Stefani today!
12 Trending Decorating Tips To Try This Week
by Mitchell Parker
Don’t forget pet-friendly design. There are a lot of great ideas in this 63-square-foot laundry room, but one way it really stands out is through its pet-friendly features. Here, a dog bed provides a cozy spot for the family pooch, while to the right of the cabinet sits a water station. The cabinet holds dog food, while the drawer pulls out to reveal food bowls.