Friday, December 19, 2014

Tips on Decorating A Bedroom

1. A Comfortable Rug
Nothing ruins a morning like stepping onto a cold, hard floor.Do yourself a favor and make sure your first step into the day is cushy and comforting. Already have carpet in the bedroom but it’s not enough? Consider layering a smaller rug by the bed, a similar idea to what’s seen here in a room by Adeeni Design Group.



































2. A Theme
The first thing a child will consider when putting together their first bedroom is a theme. Adults tend to shy away from a decorative theme when envisioning their bedroom. But even when it’s not Spiderman or Princess-powered, a theme can is a unifying device. This Southhampton cottage bedroom designed by Timothy Whealon includes stripes used throughout to create a streamlined yet funky touch. Notice how they’re not all the same width, color, or even direction.



































3. The Right Amount of Throws and Pillows
There should be enough pillows so that your bed looks sumptuous and welcoming when made, yet not enough that getting in bed requires 10 minutes of excavating. The sweet spot is usually between 1-6, depending on the size of your bed. The shown example is from designer Lindsey Coral Harper.



































4. A Place to Sit
This room designed by Robert Passal has more than a couple seats. A good spot to sit down will serve you well when reading something you can’t afford to fall asleep during, or need to have a conversation with your partner not in bed. It’s also great for putting on shoes, or for not working on your bed.



































5. No Tech!
Technology will keep you up later than necessary and consequently keep your minding churning longer before you can drift off to sleepIt’s hard, especially in an increasingly-connected world, but if you leave your phones and emails at the door you’ll be happier. There will be more room for furniture and accessories you love for their own sake: not how they keep you tied to the online world! This bedroom is designed by AurĂ©lien Gallet.



















6. Collections
LA-based designer Kelly Sutton shows how keeping a cluster of pieces that make you smile will go a long way, especially in personalizing a bedroom. This is also a great way to incorporate pieces you’ve acquired over the years but can’t quite figure out where to put them. Make sure they’re in your line of sight upon waking up and their true purpose will be revealed.



























7. Nighstands
A nightstand with all the necessities looks lovely, but that’s not the only reason you see it so often in magazine spreads and on blogs. The combination of a cup of water, a good book, a plant or flower, and lamp (seen here in a San Francisco bedroom designed by Lisa Gutow) shows a stocked nightstand for interrupted-sleep. Don’t feel like it has to be stunning to be perfect. The more idiosyncratic and “you” it feels, the better it will accommodate your needs during the night. 
























8. The Mattress
Your bedroom wouldn’t be complete without a perfect mattress. This mattress from Saatva Matress provides great lumbar support and cool temperatures. We recommend choosing a mattress and foundation-height based not just on your bed frame and headboard, but also the height of your night tables and window sills. A low-profile headboard may call for an 11.5-inch model, while higher window sills make sense with something higher-up, like a 14.5-inch.
Look at objective measures of comparison when making the call: What type of steel is used? What type of foam? Are the coils individually-wrapped, making the bed responsive to your body?



























9. Photographs, but not of family
You should have as many family photos as you wish in other rooms in the house, but it's best to keep the bedroom's artwork less emotionally loaded. Elegant and calming photographs in this room by designer Ryan White evoke good feelings much like family snaps do, without reminding you of specific people while you're trying to fall asleep.



























10. DRAMA!
Even the brightest, most cheerful bedrooms need an element of dark, sexy glamour. This bedroom by Windsor Decorating Design has multiple. The moody wall paint, the theatrical chandelier, even an oversized gray headboard conveys an elegant and sultry atmosphere. Notice how clean lines and touches of white keep it from looking like a bordello. Balance is key. Stick with one or two pieces.

*This article was originally posted on www.elledecor.com

SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on theSanta Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Her design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

Barnard is currently working on commissions of private residences in the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica Canyon, Brentwood, Los Feliz & Palos Verdes Estates. Other recent projects include the corporate offices of National Geographic Entertainment in Beverly Hills, the headquarters of Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher Reeve Foundation in Culver City, a Backstage Celebrity Eco-Lounge for both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Teen Choice Awards and a Sustainable Penthouse on Ocean Avenue for an out of town couple with super meditative space requirements. Think total relaxation and harmony with the universe.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Healthy Home: A New Standard Sets the Bar for Wellness


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SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Her design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

Barnard is currently working on commissions of private residences in the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica Canyon, Brentwood, Los Feliz & Palos Verdes Estates. Other recent projects include the corporate offices of National Geographic Entertainment in Beverly Hills, the headquarters of Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher Reeve Foundation in Culver City, a Backstage Celebrity Eco-Lounge for both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Teen Choice Awards and a Sustainable Penthouse on Ocean Avenue for an out of town couple with super meditative space requirements. Think total relaxation and harmony with the universe.
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Drop Dead Gorgeous Bathrooms



 


 





 
SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Her design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

Barnard is currently working on commissions of private residences in the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica Canyon, Brentwood, Los Feliz & Palos Verdes Estates. Other recent projects include the corporate offices of National Geographic Entertainment in Beverly Hills, the headquarters of Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher Reeve Foundation in Culver City, a Backstage Celebrity Eco-Lounge for both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Teen Choice Awards and a Sustainable Penthouse on Ocean Avenue for an out of town couple with super meditative space requirements. Think total relaxation and harmony with the universe.
 
 
 
 

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SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.



Monday, November 3, 2014

Awesome Teen Bedrooms
















SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Her design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

Barnard is currently working on commissions of private residences in the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica Canyon, Brentwood, Los Feliz & Palos Verdes Estates. Other recent projects include the corporate offices of National Geographic Entertainment in Beverly Hills, the headquarters of Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher Reeve Foundation in Culver City, a Backstage Celebrity Eco-Lounge for both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Teen Choice Awards and a Sustainable Penthouse on Ocean Avenue for an out of town couple with super meditative space requirements. Think total relaxation and harmony with the universe.
 
 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Beauty and the Beach


A powder bath with a locally made bespoke vanity, 
marble countertop and rose pattered wallpaper. 


Having lived in the home for over two decades, the homeowners were ready for a new kitchen and had ideas about how it could reflect both of their personalities. Sarah Barnard Design strategized to create a "great room" that would honor the traditional 1913 architecture while making the space feel larger and more conducive to group activities. Careful consideration was given to each of the occupants' styles to merge their love of gardening and surfing. Adding elements of both aesthetics, Sarah Barnard was able to contrive a garden-centric home with various motifs of the beach.


The dining room features an impressive coved 
ceiling and artwork by a local artist.



This traditional 1927 home was rehabilitated to 
honor the architecture and reflect the 
homeowner’s interests in gardens and surfing.


This glorious, locally made, limestone mantle 
was designed to pay tribute to the home’s Spanish 
roots while conveying the homeowner’s love of 
roses in an unforgettable way.


This custom kitchen works overtime with 
dishwasher drawers, multiple spice nooks, 
walk in pantry and espresso machine.


A priceless and personalized display of artwork
made by the homeowner’s now grown children.



The formal living room celebrates beauty and grace, 
is outfitted in natural textiles and isn’t afraid of dogs 
on the furniture. 





SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior 
Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath 
Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute 
for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) 
and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in 
Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). 
She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors 
and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bringing the Garden Within





   


Bringing the Garden Within

Inspired by the ethereal colors of a garden, this blog 
guides the personal designer to enjoy nature's aesthetics 
inside their homes. The following post encompasses 
the essence of the plant Sticks of Fire. 
Placed right next to the Mesa Rose 
lounge seat, the colors become each other in a 
natural manner. The irony of having man-made objects 
and fabricated colors enhances the conversation 

Dunn Edwards 
Mesa Rose
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Dunn Edwards
Beaming Sun
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Dunn Edwards 
Orange Daylily
DE5145 





















An obvious floral pink could drastically 
turn gaudy, so sophisticate your palette 
with a faint coral. Inspired by the plant 
Sticks of Fire, the coral seat covers will 
emphasize the entire ambience of the room. 
Coral furniture outside will heighten the sense 
of temperature announcing that Summer has 
arrived. Hints of coral can allude to the 
imagination of the perfect coastal getaway with 
rays of deep sleep. Tones of earth and ground 
consist of more than one shade of each color. 
Off whites and dark corals/oranges harmoniously 
interact, equally emphasizing each other. A lack 
of colors can enclose the viewer’s eye, but 
having multiple shades–in this case earth 
tones–broadens the eye to see beyond the 
room, just as people do in their own reality.











 
Dunn Edwards 
Violet Gems
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Velvet textures from Wisteria flowers of orchestrate 
every color surrounding it. Though this 
violet is not as saturated, this deep lavender is so 
prevalent, it is hard to bypass and ignore its 
elegance. Alongside white cabinets and white 
appliances, the violet lavender invites your guests 
and family members into your kitchen by warming 
the cold paleness of the white.







Dunn Edwards, Sour Apple
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You love your garden so much that you want 
to bring it inside but can’t. All you need to do is 
bring the essence of your garden inside. Start 
with the greens and mimic your way around the 
room. Add texture to portray the grooves in leaves 
and the consistency of grass. Sour Apple does 
not submerge your home with your garden, 
but merely echoes the environment.











Dunn Edwards, 
18th Century Green
DE5460












Including a moist moss textureand color to 
your room will illuminate its natural sheen. Such a 
color can accentuate any one piece of furniture 
in the entire room. Choosing an organic shade 
will make it easier for each piece of 
furniture/accessory to adjust to its color. This 18th 
Century Green is suitable to light-dark wood 
exuding a natural habitat which could create 
a calming environment for a home-office or 
study space. 




*The paint colors given above are only suggestions and may not be identical
to the colors in the photos




SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior 
Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath 
Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International 
Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology 
Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building 
Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 
Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa 
Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in 
green interior design and historic preservation.