Pop Interiors

Pop Interiors: Marrakesh Express Powder Room

One of the great things about being a designer is having designer friends. We meet up, share ideas and lunch, and sometimes wine (but not today). After having one of those lunches where time sits below the radar, my three friends and I ventured over to the new Kohler Signature Store in Burlington, MA. I was expecting to see a display of classic and conservative, yet elegant products for the bath. There was some of that to be found, but I especially got excited when I came across a smattering of sink basins with a great deal of personality. So I took lots of pictures.

So long, boring white ceramic basins!

So long, boring white ceramic basins!

I'm told that the Art Nouveau look seen in at least two of these sinks has been very popular for spring orders, but I feel that the bigger overall trend has to be that individual expression in design is no longer the scary prospect that it was not too long ago. (Courtesy of the recession and HGTV real estate shows that promoted neutral design for resale purposes.) To that I say hooray!!!!!! Homes in my opinion are the biggest canvases you will ever get the chance to work with and should be used as such.

If you are interested in having your home "live out loud" (see Emile Zola quote) but are overwhelmed as to where to start, I would like to suggest the powder room. Powder rooms are small spaces that are used infrequently so it's much more difficult to feel overpowered by pattern and color. Plus, powder rooms are frequently used by guests at, um, I don't know, parties, and a little drama never hurt a party. (A lot of drama could potentially hurt a party, but that's another story for another time.)

There were some fantastic sinks at Kohler this afternoon, but my eye was immediately drawn to a vessel sink of cut glass in emerald green. Here it is. Isn't it stunning?

Imported directly from the Emerald City...

Imported directly from the Emerald City...

I got inspired to create a powder room design around this gorgeous specimen and when I found the Schumacher wallpaper it kind of all fell into place. I am calling this the "Marrakesh Express" powder room since I had the Crosby Stills & Nash playlist still open from last week, and the design is both Marrakesh-y and expressive. What I enjoy most about this design besides the impact of the colors is that I feel that it has just the juxtaposition of organic and geometric shapes in order to provide balance in the space.

Okay so I think that now is the time to take the Marrakesh Express directly to dreamland (lame segue I know but it's late). Yawn....

xo, dk

Pop Interiors: Cover Girl Bedroom

I just got home from a trip to New Jersey visiting my mom and brother. Since the three of us are going to be on separate vacations for the holidays, we decided to have a mini celebration now. I was very touched by my gift: my mother decided to hand down my grandmother’s prized Bennett Bean bowl with the golden interior.

Boston to New Jersey is a five hour plus trip, so while I drive the dog and I rock out to my shuffle mix on Pandora. Suffice to say, I have a lot of 80s New Wave and Indie Rock on my playlist. Don’t judge. The beauty of Pandora is that they not only play the songs but give you access to the lyrics, band facts, and the album covers. Two in particular caught my attention. The first was International, a New Order greatest hits album; and the second was Passive Me, Aggressive You, the debut album by The Naked and Famous (side note: if you watch HGTV as much as I do, you might recognize their single “Young Blood” from a “Property Brothers” promo that had Jonathan and Drew posed like American Gothic).

Aren’t they pretty? The bright color combos inspired me to create a fictional design for a tween bedroom with tons of personality. The trick to keep the walls and trim white to ground all of that color – in this case I’d suggest Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year OC-117 Simply White. The second is to not go too crazy with pattern. You’ll see what I mean when you check out the mood board below:

The idea is to keep the furniture pieces sophisticated so that if the girl’s tastes change as she gets older, the décor elements can be switched out. The artwork is also a mix of some whimsical pieces and bold abstracts.

Hope you enjoyed this! I am now off to enjoy the rest of my Blue Monday. That’s a New Order joke. Once again, don’t judge.


Pop Interiors: The Clue Home Color Collection

People say in my presence all the time that they wish that they could have the job of “naming the paint colors”. Sounds like fun right? Thinking about this, I want to take things one step further and create my own color collection, influenced by my love of the culture that is pop.

One of the most obvious inspirations to me was the board game turned cult film “Clue”. I enjoyed the board game (even if I found it a little confusing), but the movie I still find to be an absolute treat (and also a little confusing). The Shakespeare-reading anglophile in me adores a good farce, and I went to see the film when it first came out in the theaters, back when you could only see one ending of three at a time. That was a strange marketing ploy, but I digress.

And how easy would it be to create a paint collection for “Clue”?! The characters’ names are colors for crying out loud. Turns out it’s a little harder than you’d think. Sure some of the work is done for you, but finding a shade that homeowners or decorators would want to use, even in a hyper-dramatic circumstance, can be more of a challenge. I also decided to create colors for the rooms and the weapons to balance out some of the louder shades in the collection.

Some of the colors are inspired by the game, others by the film. Mr. Green, for example is a lighter shade than would be expected, and I based it on an exchange in the film.

Mrs. White: Are you a cop?

Mr. Green: No, I'm a plant.

Miss Scarlett: A plant? I thought men like you were usually called a fruit.

My Mr. Green is a honeydew melon.

Mrs. White has a slightly bluish undertone reminiscent of blue flame in reverence to Madeline Kahn’s fantastic delivery in one of the film’s most popular moments:

Wadsworth: You *were* jealous that your husband was schtupping Yvette. That's why you killed him, too!
Mrs. White: Yes. Yes, I did it. I killed Yvette. I hated her, so much...
Mrs. White: it-it- the f - it -flam - flames. Flames, on the side of my face, breathing-breathl- heaving breaths. Heaving breaths... Heathing...

Let’s pause for a moment while I giggle at my laptop.

The game influenced my decisions for the conservatory and the knife. The conservatory isn’t really seen in the film so I selected a pale lavender seen on the card for the room used in the game. In some versions of the game, the knife has an ivory handle.

Enough of me talking about it, here’s the Diana Kennedy Interiors interpretation of the Clue Home Color Collection.

This was a lot of fun for me, and I hope to create more pop culture palettes in the future (Reservoir Dogs maybe?). Please let me know if there’s something that you enjoy that I can make a color collection for. I’ll sign off now with one last quote.

Wadsworth: ...and to make a long story short...  

All: Too late!

Good night!