An Ace Up My Sleeve :: Ludovica & Roberto Palomba

I’m going to let you in on a little secret; I love modern design. Unfortunately, I have found myself conforming to societal pressures of liking certain genres of design that leave me feeling as if I have sold out. As a former designer and someone who in a past life traveled in rarefied circles, I have learned to appreciate and savor most styles of design. Occasionally, I find myself sitting in a quiet corner of our house immersing myself in books and images of design that inspires me.

A couple whose work simply challenges my imagination is that of legendary Architects & Designers Ludovica & Roberto Palomba. They are people I follow on a daily basis, and when they followed me on Instagram one day (out of the blue), it was simply one of the greatest days of my humble existence. They are cultured, talented intellectuals who transform objects and interiors into breath-taking works of art. Whether they are planning architectural or design exhibits across the globe or lending art direction to such brands as Bosa, Flaminia or Iris & Schiffini they have a combined talent which spans across global design. They are architects, designers and modern day visionaries. Ludovica & Roberto are also “The Ace Up My Sleeve,” today. Even if you aren’t a fan of modern design, you will soon agree that there is great beauty in their designs and artistic set creations. It seemed almost disrespectful to write with my usual dry humour, so I left out the project and home life updates; I simply couldn’t mention the mundane in the same breath as these incredible talents. They work and live in Milan, and reside in the 17th-century oil mill in Salento, which is a minimalist’s dream. Soaring ceilings and stark white walls provide a dramatic backdrop to sleek furnishings and their unique brand of style.

I hope you take the time to simply savor these images, and appreciate the incredible designs of this powerhouse couple…

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 Photo/ Francesco Bolis

The home of the Palomba’s…

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 Photo/ Franceso Bolis

 Modern design highlights the 17th century architecture in the Palomba’s residence.

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 Photos/ Franceso Bolis

The incredible architecture and furnishings blend together seamlessly.

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A restaurant design….

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Roberto Palomba for Swan, design by Palomba Serafina.

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The “Bruce” sofa designed by Ludovica.

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This street design is by Ludovica and the outdoor furniture by Roberto Palomba for Driade. I simply love the juxtaposition of the centuries old building and the modern design of the furnishings.

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Design by Lud0vica Palomba for Ceramica S’Antagostino…

I hope you enjoyed just a taste of the incredible world of the Palomba’s and for more of their daily life and creations you can follow them on Instagram @palombaserafina.

As always,

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZED.

Operation :: Kohler Master Bathroom

Next week we begin the total gut of our soon to be utterly fabulous Kohler master bathroom. Our contractor called yesterday and gave me a hard date (next Thursday). So now I’m in panic mode, once the tile is installed there is no time for second guesses, or thirds. We have the tile selection picked out, well sort of. That was until Mr. B. decided that he may not want to go with my idea of a bathroom encased in Carrera. Say what? He’s actually interfering with my dream bath selections? Let’s face it men are in and out of bathrooms unless you are John Stamos, who looks like he spends a lot of quality time in front of the mirror perfecting his pouf. Not so much for Mr. B. for reasons I won’t go into on this post. So it was back to the tile showroom (this morning), I’ll budge on the flooring, but I absolutely will not on the walls and counter-top surfaces, for one thing Kohler supplied us with a positively gorgeous vanity top. Then combine that with the fact that I have dreamed of Carrera subway tile since I took my first baby steps, and you can understand my frustration. In all honesty I’m more concerned with the shower niche in the master bathroom than making any last minute material changes. Yes, I am agonizing over every detail, because unless we move out of state I’m going to be at Casa B. for quite a few more years. So I want it to be a space that I am going to enjoy spending a lot of quality time in…and I can’t wait.

I humoured Mr. B. by making the last and final trip to the tile showroom and with our time constraints I have a feeling that I am going to win this design battle. As most designers know there is a lot you can do with different size tile in the same material, in our case Carrera. So with Herringbone, 12″x24’s,” and subway, the latter of which is going to be an “offset joint” pattern giving the most timeless look, and Herringbone tile on the floor and in the shower niche (I think), I am back to making another flooring decision. In this case, I may have to keep him happy because I want a boat next year. Fair trade off wouldn’t you say? So these are some of the flooring options I’m willing to consider to make my boating dreams a reality in 2015. P.S. As of this moment I have made a decision for the master bathroom floor tile, it was between the two below and I went with honed limestone. Also, stay tuned because next Friday, I’ll give you sneak peek into our progress…

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Yes, I found the “one,” it was a difficult choice but instead of the herringbone Carrera, I decided on the limestone…the showroom lighting was not conducive to photos…

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When I was considering Carrera this was one of my favorites, I was obsessed with the hexagonal tile…

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Yes, this was almost a reality  including the tub deck encased in Carrera…

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Designer/ Steven Gambrel

If I had an unlimited budget, I would have flown in Mr. Gambrel on a private jet and given him free reign on the “Master-bath Project”…

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After seeing the inspiration photos, I’m having second thoughts about the limestone…


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Finally, having a functional niche will be a dream come true. Top image-via Lisa Ferguson, Lower image-via decorpad.com

Next week I’ll be in Kohler, Wisconsin for their Bloggers Conference, and I’ll be reporting back on all the latest and greatest in product design from Kohler.

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Until then.

BE AMAZING. BE INSPIRED.

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The Details :: Moldings & Millwork

It was one of those weeks…I broke my iPhone, our cleaning lady shattered my favorite mirror (that was part of a wall grouping perfected over the years), Mr. B. and the Fashionista baked cookies (I’m trying to get in a pair of jeans from last year, and count the cookies as a very bad thing), and George Clooney got married (even if you don’t think you care lets face it you do). Luckily it’s Monday, and I like to think I’m starting off with a clean slate. So let’s go back to last week, I had a company ask to photograph one room in our home, using some of their products (which are drop dead & fabulous) causing a chain reaction of panic. Because, it’s not finished yet. The room functions as everything except it’s intended purpose which is a guest room. So yesterday I sat on the bed (okay laid on it and took a nap), and contemplated what I could do to make it just a little better. For one thing, I dislike white crown molding, but we have it throughout the house. It’s a safe choice, but in a year of living dangerously, I want something with more impact. When I was working with clients, I had a lot of fun with mouldings. Sometimes I had them painted the same color as the walls (even if they were Indigo Blue and I still dream about that particular room), once had them painted with a Chevron pattern for a young girls room, and on another occasion had the mouldings gilded to match one of the predominant colors in the wallpaper. So then I wondered, what to do with the stark white molding in the guest room? Who came up with the rule that moldings always had to be white? Because in my design book, they don’t. Well I still haven’t decided what to do as dawn breaks on Monday, but while I was sitting on the deck at Casa B. yesterday watching geese land on Greens Pond, I looked at all the possibilities on my iPad Mini (what’s a new iPhone without a coordinating iPad?). In fact, I was shamed into the purchase when the salesperson loudly announced that I had one of the first ones ever made, and made a snarky comment about whether or not it was internet compatible. So I bought a new one, and I’ll say it’s pretty cute with a sassy pink and coral cover.

While I was surfing the net with my new “Mini,” I didn’t quite find what I was looking for, but I did find enough proof to show Mr. B. that people (other than me) actually paint their crown mouldings a different color, and that it wasn’t another of my schemes to pull him away from the TV and football. Yes, unless a large section of the population does it, he won’t budge. I am sadly lacking in the DIY department, including painting anything (including millwork), so I am sadly at his mercy. I thought I would share some pictures that I thought were great examples on how to make your crown mouldings just a little more interesting..

 

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Paint it all with the same hue of paint, and change it up with different sheen’s, it makes for a bold choice.

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 Designer/ Phoebe Howard

I am positively obsessed with black mouldings, and Atlanta’s own Phoebe Howard does it so well.

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Designer/ Kelly Werstler

Contrasting patterns all made cohesive by using similar colour tones. Of course, black crown mouldings…

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An eclectic interior benefits from contrasting mouldings…

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I love blue, can you tell? The crown moulding in this boy’s uses a contrasting blue crown moulding to actuate the colour palette.

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This hallway is defined by black lines, and the black crown moulding gives the illusion of  lower ceilings serving to make this space a little less austere.

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Source: Luxe Magazine

A little grey, a little glam…

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 Designer/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

From a dining room I did for a former client…the wallpaper is from walnutwallpaper.com, and is called Celestial Dragon. The mouldings were handpainted a gilt finish.  The client was all about high drama…

As always,

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.

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