The April issue of Elle Decor features some stunning homes and to me it’s the best issue in a long while. You should pick one up.
The best feature is the former YWCA camp from the late 1800s in Northern California that was completely reimagined by architect Gil Schafer and designed by Rita Konig.
It’s highly personalized and the rooms have heaps of character. Konig’s interiors and her personal apartments are testaments to the importance of accessories to layer your space and communicate your personality and experiences.
Said best in the article by Konig,
“The Harrises believe in details and discoveries, and they trusted me. So I’d buy something odd, like a ship in a bottle or a stuffed seagull–I mean, who bothers to stuff a seagull?–and They’d get excited about it. Others clients might say “That’s a detail; we can deal with it later.” But they understood that sometimes, little things matter most.” Details are what allows you to create the story that gives life to a house.”
It’s because of Konig that I always search for colorful vintage glass ashtrays.
The moral of this post quite simply is — loosen up and buy the accessory that can personalize your space, don’t keep putting it off. And do always mix the old and the new.
Here are a few other vignettes to wet your whistle.
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