make it look easy

To me the best homes have an easy elegance about them. They don't try to hard, they aren't over decorated and they never look completely finished (maybe because they aren't!) These homes looked lived in, loved and comfortable - very much like the home of landscape designer Miranda Brooks and architect, Bastien Halard. 10-miranda-brooks_164123209816



When Brooks and Halard started work on their house they made a conscious decision to approach each floor of their house with a different theme or nationality (the first floor is French, the second floor is English and the third floor is meant to evoke New York City). Take a look through these pictures and see if you can figure out which floor each room is on.





By the way, you might not have guessed it but this decidedly rural looking farm house is actually situated in Brooklyn, New York!


Image credits:
Francois Halard for Vogue


greenwich village townhouse

I picked up Architectural Digest this month because the cover with Brooke Shields really appealed to me. Greenwich Village townhouses have to be some of the most beautiful architectural buildings in the world. Brooke Shields employed Brooklyn based MADE architects to design her home. This is the same firm behind Julianne Moore's former townhouse which is well documented. To be honest, the style of  this townhouse is a little more traditional than I normally like but there are so many personal elements throughout the home that make it interesting. I thought I would point out a few of the things that really make the home a stand out for me. Who knows, maybe you could use some of the ideas for your own home!

The stand out feature of Brooke's living room has to be the dark grey charcoal walls painted in Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray. It really is the perfect shade and a lovely compliment to her mix of traditional and contemporary furniture. The rug, you might be surprised to know, is from Pottery Barn.

My favorite feature of this room is the basic black and white colour palette punctuated with hits of rich red-brown leather and wood. While many of the elements of this room are quite ornate there is a simplicity and symmetry to the design of this room that keeps it from becoming too fussy.

If I ever redo my kitchen there are two things I would love to add to it. One is a wood burning fireplace and the other is a sit down eating area. If it weren't for the industrial size range and hood vent, you would have no idea that this room functions as a kitchen.

While some people might say it is the beautiful bathtub that makes this space, I think it really comes down to those floor to ceiling cream curtains. This little touch of luxury and elegance is something you don't see very often in bathrooms.

To see more photos of Brooke Shield's house pick up the March issue of Architectural Digest or check out MADE's website.

Photo credits:
William Waldron for Architectural Digest.

the friday files

With Henry's birthday party this weekend and a rush to get all our design clients seen before next week I'm going to make this one short and sweet and direct you over to HGTV. My latest moodboard is up and it's all about creating a cozy breakfast nook. Something, I'm sure we could all use right now!

Next week, I'll be back here with a special Christmas edition of Hello! Neighbor, some updates from Henry's birthday, object number fifty-one and one very BIG announcement.

Hope you'll join me. Have a great weekend!

the friday files

December really is the month of whirlwind activities. I've been out two nights this week and feel dreadfully behind on all my projects. I wouldn't change it though - sometimes you need to get out into the world and away from the computer. Having said that my post for today will be short and sweet. One simple image to take you into the weekend.

If you're itching to see more, head over to my Pinterest boards where I've been busy lately pinning all sorts of goodness. That site really is a visual wonderland.

Image Credit: Ailine Liefeld for Freunde von Freunden