Modern Farmhouse Home & Living
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A bungalow goes through a floor-to-ceiling overhaul, taking it from all-over-the place to black, white and hip all over.
Modern Farmhouse Home & Living
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A Dark and Dated Condo Gets a Bright, Coastal Makeover
Designer Stefani Stein revamps a Marina Del Rey beachside retreat.
By: Anna Kocharian
It didn’t take Stefani Stein much more than one step into her clients’ condo to know that it would need a head-to-toe makeover. “It was so dark and so dated,” the designer says. “The colors were intense throughout. It was just too much.”
And though her clients had reached out to her primarily to renovate the kitchen of the 1,430-square-foot condo, located in Marina Del Rey, California, Stein was soon enlisted to overhaul the entire home. The result was a complete transformation from an ultra-traditional, heavy color palette, and ornate everything to one that embodied a simplified, modern, and classic take.
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Inside a Los Angeles Home for a Young Couple
For this home, interior designer Stefani Stein of Stefani Stein Inc. was asked to create comfortable spaces with a neutral palette for a young couple expecting their first child. "This design direction perfectly complimented the architecture of the 1930's home in the Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood," says Stein. "We wanted to honor the original details such as the ribbon moulding and wainscot, but with a direction that felt fresh, age appropriate and reflective of their California casual lifestyle.” says Stein. Bringing in contemporary artwork, hand-picked fabrics and wallpapers, and adding a touch of vintage, Stein has created seamless spaces perfect for a family to grow into.
A Striking Transformation in Silver Lake
If you are like me, the new year comes with resolutions. For many of us, one of those resolutions is related to transformation – eating more healthfully, getting organized or updating our homes. About this time each year, I start to wonder whether my resolution is actually achievable and I search for encouragement to keep me on the right track.
This full home renovation by Stefani Stein for a Silver Lake, California family gives me hope that large transformation is not only possible, but also worth the hard work entailed in achieving it. I promise that these beautiful images will give you the inspiration you need to carry on with your own resolutions.
The kitchen is often the focal piece of a home. Although it can be seen as utilitarian, its aesthetic features shouldn't be overlooked. After you've picked your appliances, found an accent rug, and chosen the perfect cabinets, it's time to consider the backsplash.
Subway tile backsplashes have long been a go-to design element and for good reason. The glossy tiles are timeless and there is a wide spectrum of variations that can be made to match your personality and your home's décor. Branch out with new materials like marble or vary your layout with a herringbone or crosshatch design instead of the traditional horizontal stack bond approach. Take a look at these stunning kitchens for some much-needed design inspo.
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
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.
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.
If you need more design inspiration, check out these living rooms:
This classic color scheme never goes out of style!
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.
A Utilitarian Space Never Looked So Good: A Fresh Laundry Room Makeover
It has been estimated that the average mother spends five months of her life doing laundry. Unfortunately, typical laundry rooms are usually pretty uninspiring spaces in which to spend so much time. And chores are already something that we don’t look forward to, so why not at least make these spaces more stylish and enjoyable to be in?
Designer Stefani Stein did just for her clients in this beautiful laundry room makeover – a shining example of blending form and function. We asked her to share some ideas on how to create beautiful working spaces.