At the end of each year, I double-back and rifle through all of my shelter magazines — from my regional subscriptions, like New England Home, Design New England, Boston Home to coveted national glossies, and then some. If I could have every publication land in my mailbox, I would! As far as recycling goes, I’m pretty die-hard about separating my glass, plastics and aluminum, and probably have more paper collected, than I do household trash, at the end of every week. That said, you’ll never see an Elle Decor in the recycle bin.
In this day and age of Pinterest, Houzz and endless design blogs, one could reason that storing images of homes and interiors in print is, in my case, hoarding, and should become obsolete. But, I still revel in physically paging through each periodical. It is pure entertainment, therapy, relaxation — a passion — for me.
So after a few days of reviewing and re-reading, here it is…
My 13 favorite rooms of 2013.
13. Built-in bunk beds in a Maine cottage designed by architect, Art Dioli, and interior designer, Kristina Crestin, feature functional drawers hidden in steps, barn board ceilings, v-groove paneling and a red, white and blue theme, plus industrial piping as bed rails. (New England Home, July-August 2013)
11. A family room by local designer, Liz Caan, is on trend with hints of 2014’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. A modern renovation by Marcus Gleysteen showcases clean lined beams and fireplace, warmed with velvet upholstery, my favorite sculptural Dunes & Duchess Candelabra lamps and a traditional French-legged tufted ottoman. (New England Home, September-October 2013)
10. & 9. These two rooms caught my eye, not only because of the overall decor, but also because of a singular piece of furniture, that resembles one of my own vintage finds.
#10 is the master bedroom of Monica Bhargava, whose home I recently blogged about.
The vintage bench at the end of the bed (above, House Beautiful, December/January 2014), and the antique 1800s Irish farmhouse table (below) in the middle of a Shelter Island kitchen (House & Home, July 2013) add texture and rustic charm amongst clean lined modern pieces juxtaposing old and new, in a kitchen with almost no upper cabinetry, an ultra-cool Tom Dixon pendant and three wing chairs.
8. A soaring ceiling. Old barn beams. Cow hides, linen and limed wood in a Napa Valley living room designed by Richard Hallberg (Veranda, January-February 2013).
7. Not all the rooms that I loved are neutral. Even though my lists of favorites tend to lean towards calmer environments, I do like pops of bright colors, especially when it comes to blues and reds — and combined with an animal print, like in this Ashley Whittaker designed kitchen? Wow. (House Beautiful, July/August 2013)
6. Maine designer, Tracy Davis‘ own light-filled office is contemporary with magazines efficiently stored on rolling carts over wide-planked wood floors. (New England Home, May-June 2013, p. 115)
5. A cleverly designed Vermont kitchen by Steven Favreau, where pine bureaus, a custom island, and a free-standing glass case are used for storage in lieu of cabinetry, along with a fun log-themed wallpaper. (Design New England, November/December 2013)
4. House Beautiful‘s September 2013 Bath of the Month with reclaimed barn wood on the walls located not too far from my neck of the woods, in Southborough, Massachusetts.
3. In a renovation of an 1896 home in New Jersey, interior designers Brent Heiberg & William Cummings used steel-frame doors as an entry into a fully tiled kitchen with no upper cabinetry, nor moldings nor window frames, creating a sleek look with stainless steel countertops, flat cabinetry and straight hood lines. What got me (besides the steel-frame doors)? The drawer hardware. (House Beautiful, June 2013)
2. Swedish architect, Gert Wingardh’s cottage on the coast near Gothenburg, designed a wall of slatted planks in the master bedroom, which allows light to brilliantly filter in. (Elle Decor, January/Februay 2013).
1. Mirrors. Who would’ve guessed that my hands-down, absolute favorite room of the year, isn’t actually a “room” per say, but a stairwell and landing in the 100-year-old Hollywood Hills farmhouse of Tobi Tobin.
With Piet Mondrian’s influence (as inspiration and a blueprint for her mirror placement), vintage pieces mixed with modern and traditional classics in a textural, neutral palette throughout the entire home…it’s all so yummy!
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t share the image of the breakfast nook in the house…
Three mismatched chairs — completely different, with varying heights, finishes and fabrics — that work together. (House Beautiful, May 2013)