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May 03, 2011

Classic Workmanship

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Sometimes people are surprised to learn that my decorating style is very classic. I don't tend to be trendy or "poppy" in terms of how I live. I prefer things that will look good for many years to come. Much like my choices in handbags I like to "buy for life" not for a season. That doesn't mean a room shouldn't evolve, but it shouldn't have a stamp across it's proverbial forehead telling the world it was styled in a certain year.

For these reasons I think Michelle Workman's recent spread in Veranda for Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony is breathtaking. She takes classic to an entirely new level. Even the way she arranges the room is very harmonious. I do think this skews a bit feminine for most, but I just love it. It's pretty but not precious. I do think I'd mix it up a bit more wiht more bare floors or a rug like this one... but really, it's an impeccable place.

The limited color scheme takes me back to Monique Lhullier's pad. This subdued palette is a common thread with many creatives. I think it's because we have so much "noise" in our head that we can't contemplate soming home to a lot of visual chatter. Clean & serene is the name of the game, and this gorgeous Southern California home offers generous amounts of both. More importantly, they wont' feel the need to redesign it come next year. It looks timeless. It looks like a delicious retreat for two high-powered stars. And that's what coming home is all about, isn't it?

See more on Michelle's site.

What the beautiful people are saying...

Stunning interiors! I love everything in these photos.
I used the Kraftmaid cabinets and stove in my class designs last semester. I would love them in my next home!
I just read that you attended Maryville Univ.. I'm planning to transfer there to finish my design degree also.
xoxo, B

Brenda, YES! I went to Maryville! Loved the intimacy of the classes. Sadly, they are not geared towards residential or furniture design (as they were just before I attended) but their art & design program is wonderful. Loved the location, professors & high competition nature of the program.

Thats exciting!


By the way, Crazy about that kitchen in these pix. You have lovely taste if you used those cabinets! Yum!

Something to say, gorgeous?

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