Desert Modern

In my mind, a desert home is very synonymous with a modern home. I picture lots of windows, lots of light, and a great play of contrast. White walls, ebony floors, and the perfect balance of minimalism and splashes pattern. I picture big thick slabs of marble, and an even bigger infusion of texture. Let’s not forget, there is also a splash of old Hollywood that would have every Palm Springs home with a sunken bar, oversized ice cubes, and a splash of glamour.

 

Michael S Smith Palm Springs Home via AD

I love the greenery and water elements of this entry. Michael S. Smith’s Palm Sprigs Home via AD

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What a beautiful dining area in designer Emily Summer’s Palm Springs home. Via AD

Kitchen Via Elle Decor

I love this small kitchen. Would be an even better Palm Springs bar! Via Elle Decor

Bar via Palm Springs Style 2

A great thick slab of marble on this bar via Palm Springs Style.

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A beautiful contrasting desert home via Elle Decor. Love the walls and coffee tables.

Desert home via Elle Decor 3

Incredible artwork, and desert landscape in this outdoor shower. Via Elle Decor

Emily Summers Desert Home via AD 3

The best kind of powder room style by Emily Summers via AD.

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A beautiful courtyard snapshot at Emily Summer’s Palm Springs home. Via AD

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White walls are the best way to go. So stunning. Emily Summers via AD.

Desert home via Elle Decor

A very relevant and easy masculine room perfect for the desert (or anywhere). Via Elle Decor 

Michael S Smith Palm Springs Home via AD 6

A great open and airy living area. I love the tall ceilings. Michael S. Smith via AD.

Emily Summers Desert Home via AD

Another view of Emily Summer’s desert living room. (I personally  would love it with a dark floor contrast to bring a little warmth). Via AD

Trellis Screened Door via Palm Springs Style

Beautiful sliding lattice work on this hidden bar via Palm Springs Style.

Kelly Wearstler Bedroom

A beautifully textured and incredibly cool mid century bedroom by Kelly Wearstler.

Michael S Smith Palm Springs Home via AD 2

A great living area for entertaining. I love how large it is, yet how perfectly scaled and proportioned it is. Michael S. Smith is amazing. Via AD

Bar via Palm Springs Style

A great thick marble bar via Palm Springs Style.

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I love the use of pattern in this desert bedroom. It is mixed perfectly with modern art and the amount of ideal soft ambience that a bedroom should have. By Michael S. Smith via AD.

Michael S Smith Palm Springs Home via AD 4

On a larger scale, this would be even better. I love this open, shiny, and modern take on a desert kitchen. Via AD  

Michael S Smith Palm Springs Home via AD 7

I love how the curtains create their own wall in this clean and fresh bedroom. The right amount of texture for an oasis. Via AD

Michael S Smith Palm Springs Home

Unbelievably beautiful. Michael S. Smith via AD.

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Natural elements create their own beautiful contrast in Michael S. Smith’s desert home. Via AD.

 

 

Old World California Charm

I love a home that combines timeless style and fresh curb appeal to create a truly glorious and charming oasis. That is exactly what designer Lauren King and Oscar Shamamian (from the amazing architectural firm Ferguson & Shamamian) have created in L.A..  From the front of the home where large potted boxwood greet you, to the inside where the color, pattern, and texture all melt together, it really is a truly beautiful home that will last the test of time.

Happy Monday! XO

Photos by Miguel Flores-Vianna from last month’s issue of AD.

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This is my dream… The soft shutters, the beautiful boxwood, and the welcoming tone.

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Rich materials contrast with the sun-filled light.

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Clean and simple kitchen lines.

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Really stunning molding works throughout this entire home.

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The grounds are beautiful.

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This room would look good 100 years ago and will still look good 100 years from now.

Lauren King and Oscar Sahamian designed Home in AD

I adore the blue painted ceiling.

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Feeling Foxy

Great design can work everywhere, but it is much easier to do with great architecture. I am always in awe of the beautiful detail that truly exceptional architects can create to make a house a home with just the bare bones (see how I made that rhyme lol). I found some work by The Fox Group that is based in Salt Lake City. They create beautiful spaces with the perfect amount of detail as well as sleek and clean lines.

Just see below at some of their phenomenal work. I have to say, their kitchens are just dreamy, and they definitely understand the art of the staircase!

All photos from The Fox Group Construction

The Fox Group via their website

A magnificent home that is beautifully landscaped.

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I love this kitchen and the fixtures!

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I mean, who doesn’t adore a checkerboard entry! The molding is stunning too!The Fox Group via their website.

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Really, they do a phenomenal job with  molding throughout their homes.

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Well appointed custom built-ins.

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Another beautiful checkerboard floor entry. TIMELESS!!!

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Minus the chair fabric, I really love the detail of this kitchen.

Luxe Laundry

Falling in love with a laundry room is not an easy thing to do. I mean, it isn’t a focal point of a house or a selling factor, but I am telling y’all, if you saw this laundry room designed by Dina Bandman  for the San Fransisco Decorator Showhouse you would quickly be saying “I’ll take it.” Who wouldn’t want to do a couple loads of laundry in a room complete with de Gournay wallpaper. Upon further look at Dina’s design work, I am not surprised she created such a masterpiece. She is definitely a designer to watch.

Happy Week! xo Christina

SF Showhouse Laundry Room 2017 by Dina Bandman

From the instagram of Dina Bandman

 

Spring Shower

Last Friday night called for showers in Dallas, but the most beautiful one happened on Saturday in honor of a wonderful and dear friend, Caroline. The setting was my favorite restaurant, Le Bilboquet, a restaurant I have frequented with her many a time. The side terrace with a boxwood wall and bistro chairs make for the ideal backdrop for any event. Beautiful flower arrangements in some of my favorite blue and white pots framed the tables. Gorgeous blue and white monogrammed napkins were my gift to the bride, and they tie in perfectly to go with the bride’s future china pattern.

Favors included votive size candles that were placed next to place cards created by my self-taught and incredibly talented friend, Margaret Moore. Her writing is incredible!! Overall, it was the ideal setting for a shower full of Rosé, french fries, good friends, and lots of laughter (and even a few tears)!

Enjoy these pictures of the festive and fun bridal shower!

Venue: Le Bilboquet

Napkins: Preppy Paper Girl

Place Cards: Moore Ink. 

Flowers: Cebolla

Favors: Diptique Candles

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Le Bilboquet provided the perfect backdrop for an even more perfect luncheon.

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Gorgeous monogrammed napkins by Laurie Byrne of Preppy Paper Girl @lboriginals.

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Cebolla Fine Flowers did the outstanding arrangements in my own blue and white vases.

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My very close friend Margaret Moore did the place card calligraphy. She is self taught and VERY talented!

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Bridal Shower by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 5

This beautiful cake was completed by Frosted Art Bakery. The fresh flowers made for the perfect spring touch. Also- the cake was SO yummy!

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Votive Diptique candles made for really sweet, simple,  and useful favors.

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I love how we split up the blue and white vases high and low. The more arrangements you have, the more you get a lush garden ambience- which was what I was going for!

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The gift table.

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