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Heffe House: Bringing in Color with Accessories

by Betsy Moyer on March 8, 2012, 2 comments

I’m happy to report that my initial post about the Heffe House went over quite well with the dude. As mentioned in that introduction, he is diametrically opposed to a turquoise couch.  Color is at the crux of our “push and pull.”

If you are like Heffe…….. and hesitant to commit to color, here are a few examples of rooms that look colorful and lively, but aren’t packing a ton of investment. Accessories aren’t long-term, so its much easier to pack big pops of hue without a) breaking the bank….. or b) giving the faint of heart an anxiety attack when you ask them to drop $2500 on a deep teal velvet couch.

The first room comes from Sarah’s suggestion to check out the Ruffalo home that was featured in Domino in 2009. She has an exceptional memory. But even I remember that she found some of the real estate photos from when this Hollywood Hills home was on the market. See that “Real Estate Envy” post here. That’s the stuff that dreams are made of.

Anyway. Check the pic. These guys aren’t skimping on quality artwork, so that makes a HUGE difference. but largely the base is all warm woods, white wall, and browns. The artwork, lamp and pillows become big players in green, yellow and red. That little console by the door, with its red legs, is an easy and important addition. Overall though – the big ticket items aren’t crazy. They are safe quality choices.

Sunrise Ruffalo living room The Estate of Things

Here is another example. This image came to my attention from Amber ‘s shout out to Trina Turk’s spread in MatchbookMag. I grabbed it b/c those built-ins are strikingly similar to the ones in the Heffe House, so I thought it was a great image to hang onto. The pops of color in the books and the accessories on top of all that wood tone make this feel like a rich vignette. The major pieces here are again, are all neutrals.

Trina Turk Home The Estate of Things

Sarah asked if Heffe likes the moroccan rug. YES! Yay, the answer is yes. This is one large neutral possibility that I can totally get down with – without missing the flowery anthropologie option if it where my own indulgent choice.

In conclusion. Heffe is on his way. He totally pulled the trigger on a beautiful large piece last Saturday after a long ride down the bike path along the ocean.

I took him toLiveStyle in Venice, a store that I’ve blogged about before. Can’t say enough nice stuff about Francesca. She has a sweet high end bohemian flavor that I really appreciate.

We had a blast picking out the fabric and finishes for Heffe’s new monster comfortable couch. This pic provides a sneak peek. Expect a full colorshow once his arrives.

Follow the Heffe House Board on Pinterest.


Merging Dude Decor with Feminine Flourish

by Betsy Moyer on March 1, 2012, one comment

I stumbled upon this image when searching for examples of grey couches for the Heffe House Pinterest Board. I wasn’t giving it much thought beyond a couch color to show Heffe, until later – I looked deeper into what was going on here, and I realized that THIS is the perfect marriage of Dude Decor with Feminine Flourish.

If you remove the factory table and the funny green industrial lamp in the back left, and replace the irreverent artwork with a pinkish abstract – you’d have a pretty girly room – despite the clean lines of that tufted sectional. Just take stock of the patterns there. Suzani. Floral. and then there’s that wool blanket in plaid.

Just for Sarah’s benefit – I wanted her to know that I recognize the alium from the domestic efforts of our college days…. We called hers Beaker, and he was beautiful.

Lastly, they do need to replace that ceiling fixture. So what do you think it needs? A glammy chandelier? That industrial Conran Phane pendant that we love??  I was thinking a big linen drum shade could keep it teetering the line between the line of one gender over another. Pick your poison from the Conran USA options. I want to know what you’d put in there?



** NOTE: I’d love to see the rest of this home. That image that I found on Pinterest was sourced from a category page on Design Sponge, but I could only dig in that site for so long. Your knowledge – should you recognize this image, is much appreciated!




Mi Favorito

by Sarah on October 17, 2011, 3 comments

Good Morning, lets jump in to some eye candy to brighten Monday.

There is something about this entry that is just so damn fresh to me. I think its the combination of pink, the stone on the floor and the horizontal paneling.

wallpapered entry

an office in a dormer…because you gotta use every bit of space

dormer office

big country kitchen,

Jackie Lanham huge country kitchen

Jackie Lanham

blue + white ceramics, LOVE  them

blue & white ceramics

this kitchen thumbs it nose at your kitchen or probably most kitchens you could dream up

Peter Pennoyer architects kitchen

Peter Pennoyer

It’s the collected look that I love here,

living room C magazine

The beginnings of some of Amber’s work. Might I just say that I dig Amba’ and her blog. Amber you better show me the rest of this house when you’re done and I mean all the dirty details or I might just read your blog every other day–that’ll teach you. PS- Dan and I MIGHT be getting a new front entry this winter and I like this simple entry door.

amber interiors entry door

would you do this? Maybe I would if the fireplace were in the office or library, mine is…hmmmm

pink snapshots on mantel

Probably one of the best carports on the planet,

car port

well played…

art wall great styling

another grey bath vanity, these things are calling to me

charcoal gray vanity cabinet bath

Yes you absolutely need to let natural light in to that separate shower.

window in shower Smith & Vansant architects

Smith & Vansant

Campaign even in the bathroom

campaign vanity bath

Most of these images were found on Pinterest unless otherwise noted because thats where I live now. Its relaxing to live in a constant design daydream.


Jenna Lyons in British Vogue

by Sarah on September 8, 2011, one comment

J. Crew hits the UK (really? it took this long) and in celebration British Vogue gives Creative Director Jenna Lyons’ famed Brooklyn home some more air time.

The bonus here is the office.


jennalyonsvogueuk 2






Lyons home was also featured in Living etc. At Habitually Chic you get the full view of the place in architect’s photos and a good comparison of the Domino and Living etc. features.

Basically, you can get your fill of Lyons’ home.

photos by Todd Selby, images via a lovely being