Classic Sophisticated Dining Room

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Morning all, Kate Cabiltes here!

I've been following Boston based interior designer and owner of dreamy home decor boutique HudsonJill Goldberg for a minute now. When Domino shared one of her recent dining room projects in an article on making a home your own, I couldn't resist featuring this stunner. Home to mid century lovers, this room was filled with iconic mid century nods along with polished staples like a marble Restoration Hardware table. The green drapery is the pop of color that this neutral space welcomes. A classic room with some modern updates, this spot would be a gem to entertain in.

Here's how to get the look in your dining room...

Bubble Glass Orb Chandelier via World Market
Rita Arm Chair via Joss & Main
All White Paint via Farrow & Ball
High Back Bench via Rejuvenation
Endpaper Pillow via Jayson Home

Inspiration image via Domino

- Kate

Antoni Gaudi: Design Spotlight

Monday, July 17, 2017

It's Heather here with our Design Spotlight Monday! This week we are spotlighting the imaginative Catalan Art Nouveaux Architect, Antoni Gaudi.  Gaudi is revered as much for his highly individualized organic forms as for his complex understanding of geometry and structure.  His work is influenced by both nature and religion and largely transcends a single style or classification.

Throughly studying organic forms and geometry, Gaudi sought for innovative ways to express these forms in architecture.  He rarely drew two-dimensional detailed plans, but preferred designing in three-dimensional structural models and molding even the smallest detail as he conceived them.  Gaudi also involved himself in the details of all structural and ornamental elements.

Gaudi stood out equally as an interior designer.  Decorating most buildings personally from the furnishings to the smallest details, Gaudi was a prolific furniture, hardware and interior designer.  He considered detail and craft into his architecture including ceramics, stained glass, ironwork, and carpentry.

Check out our @neststudiohardware Instagram feed this week for more Antoni Gaudi.  A sampling of his work can be found below:

Martin Group SF: Design Crush

Monday, July 10, 2017

Heather Kilmer here with our Monday morning Nest Design Crush.  This week we are highlighting the chic interiors of Beth Martin of the Martin Group SF.  Martin has a knack for making modern interiors feel effortless.  "My work skews casual and bohemian," states Martin.

I love her soulful laid-back aesthetic juxtaposed with her eye for fine art.  Her neutral palette combined with luxurious wall treatments, exotic stone, personal treasures and art blend together to create a thoughtfully curated space.  Martin's intimate spaces have a genuine intimate, relaxed, and distinctively personal sensibility.

Check out our @neststudiohardware Instagram feed this week to see more interiors by the Martin Group SF.  A sampling of Beth Martin's work can be found below:

Artsy Living Room Haven

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hi, Kate Cabiltes here!

There are zillions of summer homes bringing me inspiration lately and this Hamptons beaut by designer Tamara Magel is a clear favorite. She reimagined this 12,600 square foot estate and executed a fabulous mid century modern update. Her plays with finishes and shapes is noteworthy as is her use of fun catchy artwork. My jaw dropped to the floor when I saw her living room. I love the use of this cheeky "Blah Blah Blah" artwork anchored by lots of neutral - but textured - furniture. What a stunning room this would be to entertain in after a day on the beach, no?!

Here's how to get the look in your living room...

Blah Blah Blah Painting via 1st Dibbs
Arrow Light via Apparatus Studio
Conrad Coffee Table via Made Goods
Calacatta Cielo Marble via Ollin Stone
Henley Wool Throw via Serena & Lily

Inspiration image via My Domaine

- Kate

Classic Series Install: Charter Lakes

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Monday, it's Heather here to highlight one of my favorite Nest Studio Classic Series installations.  Charter Lakes Properties, a custom home builder in the Park Cities area of Dallas, made all the right decisions in the millwork design for this custom home.  From the rich cabinet color, selecting satin brass oversized pulls, centering the pulls on the doors, to detailing the cabinet doors in satin brass, this built-in is absolutely stunning.  I just love the clean lined aesthetic in this room and how the cabinets are detailed.

Jess's Millburn Residence Kitchen Floor

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hi Everyone!  Jess D here.  We were so thrilled that House Beautiful featured my Millburn house's kitchen in its June 2017 issue and thought it would be a good idea to revisit the kitchen floor stenciling process before we dive into the painting of my new kitchen floor.
It's hard to believe this is what our kitchen looked like before we purchased our home.

After some demo, new cabinets, french doors, paint, fixtures, and of course Nest Studio Hardware, we replaced and primed the plywood subfloor.
 Here is the first coat of glaze I used to darken the floor and give it more dimension.
And this was the idea for the final concept.
I received my Shipibo Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils and flattened it out to prepare for the stenciling process.
I started at the top end toward the middle of the kitchen and then worked my way out using a dry firm foam roller applying very little pressure as per the instructions.Because I wasn't worried about an even coat - I wanted a patina'd look - the first few rows went fairly quickly.
The edges and corners, however, got a little rough.  Paint was starting to goop under the stencil despite how little pressure I was using and I spent quite a bit of time going back and wiping both the floor and the stencil.  The edges weren't as crisp because of the goopage and the fact that paint started drying around the edges of the stencil openings caused lines to be less straight.  By far the most challenging part was going in and out of the corners.
 I ended up having to use a brush and doing some hand fudging.  Here is what it looked like further along.
By the time I finished all the edges and corners the center was dry enough to walk on.  I was pretty happy with the results.  So I opted to use the dark charcoal grey that I had used for the glaze on the rectangles rather than the black paint in the original concept.
A few days later, I moved on to the next step -- clear coat.  I put on two coats of Polyurethane.
 In the end it turned out great and proved to be pretty durable.  It was also way less expensive that going the route of encaustic tile.  I give stenciling two thumbs up -- a huge impact at a small cost - which is why I decided to do it again in my current kitchen. Stay tuned for a play by play on that project coming up!

Bold Gender Neutral Nursery

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hi all, it's me Kate Cabiltes!
I came across the charming flat of London retailer Alex Eagle on Domino recently. Each room is thoughtfully designed and filled with beautiful vignettes much like one of her shops. My favorite spot is her 6 month old's nursery which is bold yet refined and can be appreciated for its design sensibilities. The paper mache animal head statement wall is adorable but the striped red and white wallpaper which lines even the built in shelves to make the stripes continuous is the best. The mid century furniture pieces that anchor the room bring help from some of the greats: Serge Mouille (the light), Fritz Hansen (the chair) and a white rounded crib from Anita's House. While the three-arm ceiling lamp she uses is amazing, a more cost effective (and colorful) alternative would be this Midcentury Chandelier from Pottery Barn Kids.

Here's how to get the look in your nursery...

Orla Red & Gold Wallpaper via Graham & Brown
Serge Mouille Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp via Design Within Reach
Elephant Crib via Oeuf NYC

Inspiration image via Domino

- Kate

Musso Design Group: Design Spotlight

Monday, June 19, 2017

Heather here . . . with our Monday Nest Studio Design Spotlight.  This week we are featuring the transformative work of Atlanta's Musso Design Group.  Musso takes their charge of inspiring clients seriously.  As evidenced by their work, Musso curates places of beauty that fundamentally lift the human spirit.  The Musso team states:

"Our deepest purpose is to help draw from within all we touch, those feelings that captivate and inspire.  Musso.  A source of wonderment.  A source of beauty.  A source of warmth.  A source of inspiration.  A view of life.  A way of life.  Our purpose is simple.  Help those we touch to live a life inspired."  

I appreciate how this firm poetically thinks and writes about design.  Their ideology seems to elevate their design work to something almost esoteric.  Their real life designs achieve a highly livable style.  Thoughtfully selected artwork, material objects, and furnishings blend together to create a cohesive interior, often with a wink, a nod, and a good dose of humor.

Check out our @neststudiohardware Instagram feed this week for more work by Musso Design Group.  A sampling can be found below: