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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via @palombaserafina

A restaurant design….

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Photo @palombaserafina

Roberto Palomba for Swan, design by Palomba Serafina.

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 Photo @palombaserafina

The “Bruce” sofa designed by Ludovica.

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Photo @palombaserafina

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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via @palombaserafina

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.

Painted Floors :: The Sixth Wall

I’m totally obsessed with painted floors. In fact, I have hundreds of photos sitting in a file of floors that have been painted, lacquered and polished. Almost every day I look down at what’s under my feet, and feel inspired. If I could, I would re-do the floors at Casa B. or the very least paint them in a high gloss paint. But, unfortunately, would have to go through the Architectural Review Board in our home that consists of Mr. B. and the pint-sized “Fashionista.” So it probably won’t happen in this house. But, I have Plan B., which is putting painted floor tile on the wall in the Powder Room. Or better yet, buy a second home where I would have “carte blanche” over design decisions (more likely). There are fabulous examples of painted flooring in homes across the globe, some I have had the honour of stepping on (which was difficult because I felt as if I was stepping on a large canvas of one-of-a-kind art). In theory, that is exactly what they were designed to be artwork for your floors. Ceilings are considered the “fifth wall” so it stands to reason that floors should be our “sixth wall.” While I love a fabulous rug underfoot, I also appreciate other options. Some of my favorites have been in Show-homes and some examples, I just filed away after seeing them in one of my beloved shelter magazines or online. My dream interior would include something geometric and eye-catching, layered with a high drama gloss finish…

My obsession first began when I saw a foyer designed by Joel Woodard (a great friend of Celerie Kemble)…and it was simply put-stunning. Although, I’ve never met Joel in person, he and I exchanged e-mails a few years ago about an interior that he designed, and he was ever so gracious with sharing information. He “had me at hello.” There are several things that go far in this industry its talent and charm. In fact, I would go so far as to say that he is quite possibly “a design crush.” Soon he will be featured in a series aptly titled “My Designer Crushes.” Some I’ll be meeting in person, and some sadly will be interviewed by phone and e-mail. So stay tuned. The painted floor he designed was featured in one of Celerie’s books and remains one of my favorites.

If you don’t want to paint your floors, there is another option. Mirth Studios (totally free plug) has painted floor tiles that are positively breath-taking, in an “I’m totally going to rip out my floors and worry about the impact on my marriage later kind-of-way.” They are that spectacular. P.S. I had someone ask me last week if most of my posts are sponsored, and they are not. We do a few, but the majority of the time I’m simply sharing great things, my goal is to inspire others to create beautiful spaces. So why not share the “drop dead in your tracks” product from Mirth Studios? In fact, one of the pictures below is proof…

Next week, starting Monday we will be publishing blog five days a week..so check back often for more design inspiration…

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 Photo from Rusty Hinges in Halifax.

Yes, this is a painted floor, and it’s spectacular.

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Via Boston Magazine

Even with the absence of a design, this color is perfection.

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Via mirthstudio.com

My latest obsession-painted floor tile. These are from Mirth Studio (www.mirthstudio.com)

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Via houseandhome.com

I love the geometric pattern which adds a lot of visual impact to this small space.

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RL Goins

I fantasize about this room…

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Vicki Gladle Bolick/ theaceofspaceblog.com

From a must stop shop in NYC, Haus Interior (www.hausinterior). I couldn’t get past the painted floor…

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Designer/ Joel Woodard-Photo/ Peter Margonelli

This geometric pattern was the brainchild of the uber talented-Joel Woodard for the Kips Bay Showhouse.

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 via houseandhome.com

This space has it all, style, amazing cabinetry AND painted floors…

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Photographer/ Solvi dos Santos

If only I could paint the floors in my daughters room…

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Designer/ Mary McDonald

If you doubted the impact that painted floors can have…all you need to do is look at the design by Mary McDonald.

Have a fabulous weekend, and until Monday…

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.

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HGTV Urban Oasis 2014:: Part 2

Here is Part 2 of the tour with Lindsay Pumpa, HGTV Urban Oasis Interior Designer. Lindsay is a delight, not only was she hand-picked as the Urban Oasis designer, but she has a portfolio of work that is truly stellar (www.lpumpadesigns.com). Based out of Florida she has been the lead on the last three houses. She is engaging, talented and funny. Which was just what I needed after getting caught in a torrential downpour that was taking place outside this sanctuary. While she looked picture perfect, I looked like I had stuck my hand inside one of the Jonathan Adler light fixtures, and the electrical shock went straight to the top of my head. So you’ll notice that there are pictures of me with Lindsay suspiciously missing. I’ll be taking a rain-check on any photo opportunities.

Part 2 is all about the back of the residence, the one that is accessed by walking down a long hallway accentuated by bold horizontal stripes running down its length. An added treat was the custom artwork painted by various Atlanta talent lining the walls. The lucky winner will have their own personal art gallery of sorts housed inside this haven of luxury. Our next stop was the Master-bedroom whose walls are bathed in the richest tones of plum. This space reflected Lindsay’s love of a neutral foundation and layers of sumptuous texture, paired with modern furnishings and sculptural accents. Of course, what Master wouldn’t be complete without a fully equipped wet-bar perfect for cocktails or breakfast in bed all while enjoying the million dollar views. Quiet niches for relaxing, a leather wrapped bed to envelop you in modern comfort or a soothing colour palette all define a room that is designed for luxury living. Off the bedroom is an ensuite bathroom with state of the art fixtures, a Kohler (www.Kohler.com) shower with automated controls, and a soaking tub (also Kohler) overlooking the vibrant city of Atlanta. I do want to give honourable mention to the state of the art toilet, which was not only a full functioning bidet, but also had lights, a music stream and remote controls. A man’s dream commode wouldn’t you say? From here Lindsay and I made our way to the guest room, the first thing I noticed was the stunning sculptural light from AllModern, and the geometric pattern painted on the wall that skillfully mirrored the pattern of the rug. The painter was genius because it is a unique and eye-catching focal point (if only I knew his name I would totally share). This room is playfully wrapped in sophisticated neutrals and bold pattern, defining city chic. The Oasis was designed to ensure that the lucky winner is indulged and pampered. Like most who have entered, I am hoping that I will be the lucky winner enjoying this residence of sumptuous living complete with signature amenities of the five-star Mandarin Oriental. Yes, I even made sure to get to know the doormen, after all they’ll be seeing me a lot in the future. A girl has to dream, and it might as well be big, right? I want to thank the HGTV Design Team of Lindsay Pumpa, Jack Thommason and Gary McCormick and Kristin Alm from Scripps Networks for being such gracious hosts. Also, special thanks to AllModern (www.AllModern.com), one of the sponsors who provided all the stunning furnishings and accents that you’ll see here. And lastly don’t forget to enter for a chance to win- visit HGTV.com/urbanoasis. The giveaway runs through October 10th. P.S. If I don’t win and one of my readers happens to be the “lucky one”, can I at least get invited over for champagne and caviar?

Here is a video I produced highlighting the tour, and more pictures for your viewing pleasure completely uninterrupted and without any of my snazzy graphics…I’ll be adding a bunch of photos to Pinterest later today with tons more images…

For a video tour of the residence click the arrow above…

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 Photo courtesy/ HGTV.com

I didn’t get a good shot of the entire Master-bedroom so I borrowed an image from HGTV. From the plum coloured walls to the millionaire views this space is designed for your enjoyment and relaxation..

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Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

Luxe seating covered in plush lambswool, this space is all about luxury from the luxurious fabrics to the fully equipped wet-bar.

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Photo courtesy/ Vicki Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

The masterbath was huge and stunning. The tan and cream colour palette was the foundation for the basket-weave floor tile and the completely automated steam shower.

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Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

A standalone tub, perfect for soaking the day away…

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Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

Punchy geometric patterns from the floor to the wall…

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 Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

One of my favorite features the Foscarini Allegro Ritmico suspension light with a cool price tag of $5,063. from AllModern.

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 Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick- The Ace of Space Blog

Quite a line-up from the horizontal stripes to the stunning pendant lights…

I hope you enjoyed the tour, the pictures simply do not convey how beautiful this residence was…but if you win I suppose you’ll be able to see for yourself.

I’ll be posting more pictures this weekend on a Pinterest Board here: http://www.pinterest.com/bolickinteriors/hgtvs-urban-oasis-2014/

Check back on Monday to find out about our project with Kohler, it’s going to be gorgeous! Of course we are so excited to be partnering with this leader in the kitchen and bath industry.

Until then,

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.