Friday, November 17, 2017

Whether you’re talking about fashion, interiors or fine art I would argue that you’ve always gotta have a “wow” factor. It could be an object, a color or even just a vibe. Let’s focus on interiors today though… There are so many talented staircases designers out there opening up the possibilities for a BIG statement. More than ever, now I want a loft home…

staircases design

Image via Trendier

If you live in a big city like I do, you might think you don’t have the space for adding stylish architecture, but you do! Staircases for small houses just take a bit more planning, but great design comes from problem solving, so go for it. Just take a look at this space above!

Besides the Scandinavian-style interior, I’m in love with that white spiral staircase. It so smoothly blends in with the rest of the space. The combination of a spiral design and a white metal finish almost makes it look like sculpture art in the corner. This home has a great mix of materials and considers details very well.

staircases design

Image via TRNK

I just love how light and airy this staircase design is. The space is large enough to not have to worry about space saving, but open and empty space should always be a priority. It allows for a more relaxing existence.

Clutter is not just about hoarding ‘stuff’, it’s also an architectural hazard. You can fill a room with unnecessary elements if you’re not careful. For example, I only love a beautiful molding when there are high ceilings. Otherwise, keep all your corners clean and simple. Don’t create any unnecessary shadows with architectural elements if you don’t have to, no matter the size of your space.

staircase design

Image via  Dezeen

Did you think because you have a small and rustic, cottage-style interior that you can’t have a dope, modern staircase design?… You thought wrong.

I would love to call this home in France my Summer home, but I cannot. My only concern is the bad luck that might come with resting your head under stairs every night. Am I insane? Who’s with me?

Besides nailing the architectural design, this bedroom has utilized color as a secondary ‘wow’ statement. I like the idea of adding a little color to such cool tones found throughout the interior architecture.

Sometimes I love a 1-story home, but after finding these inspiring images I’m no longer sure again… Good thing my husband and I are NOWHERE near ready for home buying just yet. Now, a condo… That actually is in our near future so stay tuned in 2018!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

If you’re new to this blog or you just forgot because I’ve been MIA for a year, I was an interior designer before I was a graphic designer. Even though I left ID several years ago, I still love interiors! Whether I worked in the field or not, I believe interiors, fashion, art and design are all one in the same.

That being said, I love it when two or three of them get thrown in the mix together… Like these kitchens! Books (graphic arts) and fine art take them to the next level. Not to say these kitchens wouldn’t be awesome with just a blender on the counter.

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image source: Nordic Days

While we’re used to hiding away our laundry, nowadays there’s so many stylish ways to openly store and display our wardrobes, both in the bedroom and elsewhere.

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: ArchiloversMy Scandinavian Home, Fashionismo 

And since I strongly believe that all design is related, the style of your wardrobe should aesthetically relate to your home design. Therefore, hanging a few of our favorites out in the open with clothing racks (including our favorite editorials!), actually transforms it into decor.

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: Trendenser, The Style Files

And if you love fashion as much as home design, this is the most fun decor you could possibly add to your home.

Your home tells the story of who you are, and so does your wardrobe, so why not display it?!

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: Decor8, My Domaine, Apartment Therapy

Not just for decor of course, clothing racks are also a great way to add more space to the tiny closet systems many apartments come with. So, whether there’s a lack of space in the existing closets or there’s no closet at all (which I hear happens in NY a lot)… These open closets are ideal and actually look great.

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: We Heart It, La Maison de Anna G

Thursday, January 14, 2016

You know that space that men talk about, where they can get away from the world and just chill? Yeah, well women need one too, so how about we just create caves and leave the gender out of it? The answer is simple, some of us women want a pretty space, without all the leather and animal heads…

I was invited by Chairish to design my own woman cave, featuring one of their cool barstools… Here’s what mine would look like.

Woman Cave / Pretty Haute Mess

My space would be modern, but with lots of warm textures and a mellow color palette. The cloud pendant and poufy sofa are perfect for the type of space used for lounging. And I love these brass metal barstools with a pale yellow upholstery so my friends could chill around the bar area. Chances are though, there’d be more food than alcohol, knowing me.

Get this look:

Chandelier / Ikea

Sofa / RH Teen

Pillows / H&M Home

Pouf / Target

Area Rug / Urban Outfitters

Brass Sconce / Schoolhouse

Glassware / Crate & Barrel

Bar Cabinet / CB2

Barstools / Chairish

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ikea Hack_TV Console

My home photographed by Kimberly Genevieve

Let’s talk about IKEA and my home… I love Ikea, it’s been an awesome way to achieve the modern look I’ve wanted, without spending too much money. That being said, I had to do a bit of hacking to get the specific look I wanted for our TV wall (above). I purchased some of Ikea’s basic pieces and hacked them to get a more specific look.

You can change the look of any Ikea product and add a unique to your home just by adding some paint, new hardware or additional pieces (like my wood top).

I purchased two 2-door Besta system cabinets with a matte finish and no feet. I placed them on the floor together to look like one long console. Then, I added a custom wood piece to the top for a more finished, sophisticated look.

Ikea Hack_TV Console

Photography by Kimberly Genevieve

Pro tips:

  • Make sure you know the look you want before going shopping at Ikea. There’s lots of products to choose from that could be very distracting and then you’ll end up with something other than what you originally planned for your home.
  • Before beginning any Ikea hack, you should know that when it comes to their combination series, it’s best to go shop in person rather than online. There’s too many pieces, variations and finishes to deal with.

There were two problems I encountered:

  • I couldn’t find a wood piece at any hardware store long enough, thick enough and deep enough. Which is why I had to get the top custom made, making the hack a little pricier than I originally planned. Luckily I know someone who works with wood, but it was still $200. This extra cost was worth it though because the look I wanted could only be achieved with one long seamless piece.
  • The hack project would have worked perfectly if my wood floors were level so I wish I would have paid more attention and I could have created a solution beforehand. Now, I just have little cardboard pieces under a couple corners.

At the end of the day, I still achieved the exact look I wanted while saving a lot of money and for that, I love Ikea hacks!

Ikea Hack_TV Console

Photography by Corynne Pless

Side note: My home made the list of the top 10 home tours for 2015 over on The Everygirl… Considering they do one every week, this was fun news!


Thursday, January 7, 2016

This is what I love about NOT creating a blog calendar… I really enjoy blogging about what is catching my attention at the moment or what’s on my mind. I find it much more fun and I think it makes for better content, but you’ll let me know if I’m wrong, right? The downfall of course are those days when I’m totally not creative and nothing is on my mind…

Mint Kitchen Design / Pretty Haute Mess

Image source: Coco Lapine Design

While I love a black and white palette, I have been really caught up by shades of green lately, mostly mint. Specifically for the kitchen.

The idea that plants and greenery provide an element of freshness to any interior is why I think this color does the same. It’s clean and understated, but still colorful.

Green Kitchen Design / Pretty Haute Mess

Image source: My Paradissi

This is clearly a deep green option rather than mint, but I still love what it can do for a modern kitchen, especially with those white subway tiles!

Mint Kitchen Design / Pretty Haute Mess

Image source: My Paradissi

Mint Kitchen Design / Pretty Haute Mess

Image source: Remodelista

Monday, November 30, 2015

There’s nothing like a home featuring a mix of modern, bohemian and glam styles… More importantly, a perfect balance of those styles. Not surprisingly, this product round up below was inspired by a Chicago home belonging to an interior designer.

I know from personal experience that working from home is so much more productive and enjoyable when I have good design all around me. I feel more inspired. It’s a designer thing.


Get the Look / Pretty Haute Mess

Textured Wall Art / Etsy

Sofa / Crate & Barrel

Black Accent Pillow / All Modern

Shag Accent Pillow / Pottery Barn

Accent Table (Coffee Table x3) / Y Living

Armchair / All Modern

Side Table / West Elm

Jute Area Rug / World Market

Cowhide Area Rug / Wayfair