Countdown: Ten Best Rooms of 2012


Last year I did a recap of my favorite rooms in 2011.  So, here is a follow-up post to that one. Interestingly enough, I discovered that the rooms I loved in 2012 had a similar aesthetic — a neutral palette with natural and textural elements — ALL except one.

10.  An all-white living room by Paul White & David Nault – Weena & Spook.

photo by Keller + Keller


photo by Keller + Keller

A monochromatic palette was chosen to show off the city and harbor views from Nault and White’s fifteenth-floor apartment.  The end tables, made from pieces of old Battery Wharf piers, contrast the clean white lines of the rest of the furniture, and the upholstered headboard (behind the sofa) softens the wall.  (New England Home, January/February 2012)

9.  Fashion stylist, Kate Horsman‘s dining room in her Vancouver condo.

photo by Janis Nicolay


photo by Janis Nicolay

Kate’s dining room boasts a natural and organic look.  My favorite pieces are the reclaimed dining table, custom designed for her by Union Wood & Supply Co., the painting by Patricia Larsen and the chandelier.  Tour the rest of her condo, here.  (House & Home, September 2012)

8.  Jim Gauthier‘s reading/napping nook at his New Hampshire beach house.

photo by Laura Moss


photo by Laura Moss

I have to admit, while I did pick out this great little nook, for all of it’s details — the high gloss bead board ceiling, the wide-striped painted floors, grasscloth walls and library sconces — it’s not the only room in house that stood out to me.  I love the entire home inside and out.  Check out the backyard bocce court and the rest of the house over here.

7.  Lisa Kauffman Tharp‘s first floor bathroom — a European-style wet room.


photos by Eric Roth | interior design by Lisa Kauffman Tharp

A wet room — there is a shower head but no enclosure so the entire room is an all-in-one shower stall.  Lots of references to threes here:  3 types of tile — limestone and subway tile on the walls, and porcelain floor tiles.  Kauffman’s idea of something old, something new, something borrowed (again with the threes).  Featured in Design New England magazine’s January/February 2012 issue, here.

6.  Lynda Reeves‘s kitchen at the 2012 Princess Margaret Showhome.

photo by Michael Graydon

photo by Michael Graydon

This kitchen is modern yet traditional with all of the Carrara marble and recessed panels on the island.  The symmetry in the kitchen divides multiple compositions into thirds, even just looking at the back wall with the double windows and sinks, where the pendants frame the space and the black lower cabinets exist with no upper cabinetry.  (House & Home, October 2012)

5.  Kim Dempster & Erin Martin‘s bunk room bathroom.

photo by Alec Hemer


photo by Alec Hemer

What’s not to love in this beach house bathroom?  The clever built-in lockers, high gloss ceiling and the brass sink faucets all stand out to me.  My favorite feature:  the wall paneling is painted in alternating bands of flat and semigloss paint!  (House Beautiful, July/August 2012)

4.  Kay Douglass‘ fearlessness with bold color in an Atlanta home.

photo by Eric Piasecki


photo by Eric Piasecki

My favorite room last year was by Kay Douglass.  Her style embodies everything I love.  Simple.  Clean.  Modern.  With bold pops of color.  I loved this huge yellow octagonal mirror placed right on the window of the master bedroom, but am inspired by every room that Kay did in the house,  here.  (House Beautiful, September 2012)

3.  Robert Stilin‘s children’s bedroom in a Hamptons home.

photo by William Waldron


photo by William Waldron

Concrete floors!  Shiplap walls.  A sliding door made from the original exterior barn boards.  Pure simplicity.  (Elle Decor, December 2012)

2.  Ruthie Sommers‘s entranceway.

photo by Francesco Lagnese


photo by Francesco Lagnese

Having just done an entranceway/hallway project myself, I know the challenges of creating an inviting space that sets the tone for the rest of the house.  This space is the exception to all of my favorite rooms in 2012.   It is bold and colorful with black lacquered walls, brightly upholstered doors and fantastic art grounded with an antique bell jar lantern.  (Veranda, November/December 2012)

1.  Kathleen and Tommy Clements & Briggs Edward Solomon‘s collaboration in the Hollywood Hills.

Hollywood-Hills-Residence_6


photo by Briggs Edward Solomon

The entire home is very minimalist, in lacquered stark white, with one surprise — a pop of lime green taffeta upholstery on a Gustavian settee (here).  Modern and rustic at the same time.  I’ve gone back to this photo several times this year, as a reference — because I love the bold, vintage Turkish kilim rug — or just for pure admiration!  (Veranda, May/June 2012)


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