I’m so feeling Amanda Nisbett’s Apartment on One Kings Lane

Remember a few weeks back when I told you I was majorly crushing on orange?  Well the feeling is still going strong.  Amanda Nisbet’s apartment only affirms my affections.  Her home was featured last week on One Kings Lane, and I had an instantaneously joyful reaction upon seeing it.

I love how it’s unabashedly colorful and fun, yet it still comes across as polished, traditional and timeless.  There is color everywhere- the art, the windows, the chairs, the pillows- yet it works so harmoniously together.  This to me is updated traditional at it’s best.

AMANDNISBET apartment living room orange curtains

AMANDNISBET living room

The orange pillow (boiled wool by Holland & Sherry) with the purple trim.  So simple yet lovely and fun.

AMANDNISBET bar cart

Those orange curtains!  Insert kissy emoticon.

AMANDNISBET styling details

I like how she mixes mostly modern art with mostly traditional furnishings.

AMANDNISBET bathroom wallpaper lavender

Such fun wallpaper in this bathroom.  Makes me a little nervous with no splash guard around the tub.

Hopefully this is an adults-only bath?  Yet it would so cute for a kid!

AMANDNISBET regency console table

Note the vignette with no pop of color feels the most grown up.

AMANDNISBET- dining room yellow and lavender

I don’t think I’ve ever liked a yellow wall (and truth be told, that is my least favorite element about this apartment,) yet still, it works here.

For me its the lavender-orange combo that makes this home come alive.  I really  like the punchy with the soft.  Vibrant yet relaxing.  That being said, I like how the dining area doesn’t have any orange.  If every room had that combo it would come across as more matchy, ie, decorated to me.

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I’ll leave you with this quote from Mrs Nisbet.  Decorating hero for sure.

“I’m not shy in my decorating… To me, it’s always about contrasting seemingly opposite things, whether that be materials or styles. That’s where you get the most interesting design.”

— Amanda Nisbet in One Kings Lane

 

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INTERIOR DESIGN BY AMANDA NISBET

ALL IMAGES BY ONE KINGS LANE

ART ART ART and it’s impact on room design

When I find myself captivated by a pretty space, one of the first things I study is how the art is influencing the room design.  It’s crazy how much art changes the feel of a room.    Yet lots of people leave it as an afterthought when putting together their home.  It’s the cherry on top, it’s the finishing touch.

In my opinion, there is no wrong way to design.  You could start with a sofa, a painting, a fabric, rug,  photograph, whatever.  Art doesn’t have to be driving force, but it IS a strong influence.  Art is great way to contrast, soften, add color, add graphic emphasis.  You can use art to get more serious, or get a little cheeky.   Design for me is always a bit of a balancing game.  Adding a bit more traditional to a modern space,  a little bit of rustic to soften a glamorous one, etc.   A little thing like a picture on a wall can totally sway the vibe of a space.  I love seeing the way the designers below have decorated their walls.  Each room is quite different and the art really influences the personality.

loren taylor symphony house

Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House / Loren Taylor

flower print veranda

Veranda

parker kennedy for atlanta homes

Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House / Parker Kennedy

Gabriella Palumbo living room

Design Sponge (Gabriella Palumbo)

yellow sofa art on bookshelves house and home

House and Home

mindy kahling ilving room

Domino

liz damrich smpl

Liz Damrich via Style Me Pretty

Gabriella Palumbo bedroom

Design Sponge (Gabriella Palumbo)

amber lewis domaine

Amber Interiors / Domaine Home

symphony showhouse'

Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House / Matthews Furniture  & Design

natural wood and black wall no art house and home

House and Home

How bout that last one?  No art at all.  Sometimes bare wall are sexy too.

Currently Obsessed With… Denim and Stripes

Well I’m feeling like a big ole pile of crap today, so no big reveals or long posts this week.  I thought I would share two themes/trends that I’m wanting to use everywhere in design.  1) Blue and white stripes, ticking or whatever and 2) Denim- faded, soft  and perfect.  All over upholstery everywhere.  Stripes and denim… preferably together in one room!

We are mixing the two finishes in our upcoming Swarthmore project.  We will be doing a striped sofa paired with a denim wingback chair and built-in window bench upholstered in denim.  I’m super siked to see it come together.  Here are some of the inspiration images we used to work on the design.

 

A lot of these rooms are by great designer, Sig Bergamin

sig bergamin 2

sig bergamin

sig bergamin 3

I found I was most drawn to sofas with a varied stripe- wide and thin stripes mixed together.

stripe sofa 2

And I love the look of striped sofas with layered textiles, like with this ikat below.

sig bergamin stripe sofa

We will be pairing our stripe sofa with this gorgeous vintage suzani.

vintage suzani

Get the look…

sl jameson indigo pinstripe sofa

this sofa… yum

Then there is denim.  I love the classic yet casual look of it.

denim look sofa

I don’t technically know if this is denim, but Damn I love the look!

tufted denim

amber denim sofa

jessica alba sectional

Mix in some leather, jute rugs, rustic woods, marble and a touch of colorful textiles and you have yourself a smashing room.

I’m calling it classic, All-American clean style but with a bohemian twist.

Obsessed.

Favorite Finds of the Month- Soft, Sweet and a little Exotic

I tend to vacillate between a few design moods- loving bold,dark and exotic, favoring neutral, layered, and textural, etc.  This month I’m really feeling color, but in a very soft way.  I want pale pink, coral, soft blues, grays, maybe just a touch of yellow.  I like the sweetness of pastels balanced by touch of global influence: a bench that looks like it belongs in Morocco, a gilt mirror with an Italian flair, a chandelier with an exotic shape.  Pastels can get so girly and that’s just not my thing.  You need to throw in something rough, patina, something not so perfect.  Finish off with a few modern and masculine elements and you have yourself a winner.

Here are a few pieces that I am totally crushing on this month.  They all fall into this soft, sweet spot I’m loving with interiors.

DM faves soft and sweet

pillow / chandelier / painting

rug / bench / mirror

And a few rooms I’m feelin’…

colorful melbourne home

{Miranda Skoczek’s home}

nuevo estilo space pastels

{Nuevo Estilo}

soft pink boho room skona hem

{Skona Hem}

ellen pompeo trailer

{Ellen Pompeo’s trailer}

Goes so well with my fave vintage flatweave rug we have for sale on our instagram (@designmanifest)

armenian vintage flatweave rug design manfiest

striped multi-color vintage flatweave rug- design manifest

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Project Profile: Chestnut Hill Living Room.

Today I wanted to share my own thoughts on a recent project; the living room in our client’s Chestnut Hill Home.   This project was featured on Style Me Pretty Living back in April and I have been slowly working my room through each room sharing details.  This home was one of my first major decorating projects and challenged me to create a space that was much more neutral and traditional than my own style tendencies.  I’ve been delighted with the results and relish the opportunity to tackle more neutral spaces.  I find pushing my own boundaries really help me grow as a designer.

I wish I could call this post a Before and After, but sadly I have no “before” photos of our Chestnut Hill Living Room Makeover.  Just imagine an empty white room with high ceilings, crown moulding and no furniture.  We tackled this room after previously working with our clients’ on several projects including the family room, powder room, bedroom and dining room.  By the time we got to the formal living room I knew my client’s tastes quite well and this one came together harmoniously and quickly.

Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Project- Living Room wide

The room is a smaller square space and our first challenge was working out a floor plan.  When thinking of space planning I always ask how a room will be used.  In this case, they wanted a more formal, yet cozy space to read the paper, entertain, have a glass of wine and relax.  We opted for four chairs around an ottoman as it felt more intimate.  My client’s husband’s main request was that he be able to put his feet up on the ottoman.

1 Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Project Living Room

With the ottoman as the driving factor in the room, I knew it needed to be special.  I sketched up a custom octagonal piece and presented it to my client.  The legs had a slight Moroccan flair and the faux snakeskin fabric had definitely attitude.  My client could have easily said “NO” or “that’s too bold” but instead she told me she was scared, but trusted me.  Boy am I glad she did, because we absolutely LOVE the result.  When doing a neutral space you need a few surprising elements and some interesting textures!

3 chestnut hill living room ottoman

Keeping consistent with most of the first floor, we used bound sisal rugs and off-white walls.  This flow from room to room really tied the rooms together and created a soothing effect.  Each space has it’s distinct feel yet you also could swap pieces from room to room and they would look great.  I love creating flexible design.  Some people never shift rooms around.  I will walk in a year later and everything is exactly how I left it.  Others evolve in their spaces and continue to tweak.  Neither is wrong.  Your home, your happy place.

black bamboo armchair with cushion- design manifest

Keeping that airy feel, we opted for creamy sheers.  They are stationary panels-not functional- just a little something to add softness to the space.  The shutters provide all the privacy they could need.  (Side note- loving shutters right now and I just want to use them everywhere!  Well at least at my house.)

For additional seating, I found these vintage bamboo chairs and had cushions made in a Kelly Wearstler weave.  I love a little black, a little eclectic and a little old in every space so these chairs checked off quite a few boxes!

living room wingback lounge chair

For the main seating, we used 4 wingback lounge chairs from Lee Industries.  I love how they are super cozy, elegant yet not too massive either.   The proportions were just right for the room.  We let the chairs curves do the talking and used a quieter simple linen.   The pillows provide just enough pop.

My client used personal pieces for art on all four walls.  Above is an antique rutter found on the Cape.  My client’s vacation up there and it feels very “them.”  I love that it is not traditional art, but is still beautiful and tells a story.  I think its so important for a room to have these little bits of personal character.

vignette on vintage tea table

Besides seating, we filled the room with two tables.  Above is an antique tea cart that sits between the two front windows.  Below is a wood console table that fills the long empty wall.  While it’s not an antique, it matches the tea cart quite well.  By limiting the finishes in this room it felt softer and more serene.  Sometimes I feel like in an effort to be layered rooms can have texture overload.  Wood, metal, stone, lacquer, rope, lucite, animal print…. it can all be lovely mixed together, but sometimes less is more.  (And sometimes more is more.  It’s personal ;)

wood console table flanked by floor lamps- design manifest

For the console table, both my client and I were in sync with our desire to flank the table with floor lamps instead of placing them on the tabletop.  This was great for two reasons.  1) It filled in this long empty wall nicely and 2) it left room on the table for collectibles and plants!

Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Project- Living Room sideboard detail

My client commissioned the painting above the console table.  It is based on a vintage family photograph.  I just love that!  As for the fab lamp shades, we added the black trim ourselves.  I love the little bit of definition it adds to the lights and the wall.

There was this framed moulding above the fireplace that was a little bit perplexing.  We discussed filling it with paper, art, paint, even taking it away.  We ended up mounting antique mirror inside the frame and floating a piece of art over it.  In my opinion you can never have too many mirrors in a room- I love the brightening and expanding effect.  (When done in a tasteful way.  Scary 80’s plate mirror would be an exception.)

art hung over mirror- design manifest

A couple of white pierced garden stools do double duty with providing a little visual texture AND a place to plop that glass of wine.  I like the mix of shapes and lines we used in this room: round, linear, curved, octagonal… it helps make the square room flow better.

white pierced garden stools as side tables

And that is my two cents on the Chestnut Hill Living Room design.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!  You can see the whole project HERE.

Images by Courtney Apple

If you live in the Philadelphia area and would like to discuss your own home project, please contact me at naomi@designmanifest.com