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Designer Living – Kathryn M. Ireland

Written by on 17th February 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

My admiration for textile and interior designer Kathryn M. Ireland borders on creepy but I thought I would come out of hiding and share some of my very favourite pictures of her interiors so that you too can gain an appreciation for her oh, so comfortable California style.  Known for her generous use of layers of colourful fabrics and a love for Spanish style architecture she has become wildly famous and sought after by the Hollywood elite; even so, she remains a favourite of mine.

Her textiles and pillows are so cheerful and inspiring.

On her approach to design: KI “It’s simple, because it’s what I want my own house to be — unpretentious and welcoming. It’s that thing of letting a room evolve. I don’t think too much. I don’t put too much importance on any one thing. I’m just attracted to certain objects and somehow I know it’s all going to work.”

On Mixing all those patterns: KI ”Confidence. If you do things with confidence, they come off. A house, like a dog, takes on the persona of its owner. If you have confidence, your house will have confidence.”

On why her casual style is so appealing: KI“I think it’s just the way I mix things up. I want it to feel fresh and approachable. We’re all drawn to warmth and amusement, fun, food, laughter. At the end of the day, I want conversation and friends and a glass of wine, with my dogs lying in every-one’s laps. That’s what it’s all about.”


Creating casual, comfortable and effortless looking style is not, in fact, effortless.  Let me help you achieve your design goals by giving you the confidence to use pattern & colour and to mix old and new pieces to create a casual “lived in” interior that you will love! email me anytime nicole@scottdesigns.ca

 Photos from House Beautiful Ojai Article; Interview Responses from House Beautiful Ursula Brooks Cottage article

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Designer Living – Tommy Smythe

Written by on 9th February 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Everyone loves Tommy Smythe, Sarah Richardson’s deisgn partner in crime, so who wouldn’t want to see how Tommy lives when he’s not working?  As I researched Tommy’s apartment for this designer living post I learned that new photos of his current abode are going to be featured on the mylucsiouslife blog!  All the better! I’ve taken a peek at the new pictures and the rooms are bright and ecclectic with painted furniture and cheerful patterns and accessories.  (Quite the opposite of  the apartment featured here!!)  Tommy’s former home (featured below courtesy of Tommy’s facebook page) is an excellent representation of  traditional masculine style reminiscent of a Ralph Lauren ad campaign.  Enjoy (I’ll post pics of Tommy’s new place in a future post)

Tommy on his design style:
“Traditional [mixed] with modern to create unfussy spaces meant to be lived in. ” – Design Inc

Tommy on what he doesent like:

“Fakes — I know it’s tempting to seek the look for less, but I don’t like knock-offs. If you can, save up and buy the best you can afford. It’s worth the wait and it’s infinitely more stylish to respect originality and integrity in design. ” – Style at Home

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Designer Living – Modern Loft

Written by on 27th January 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Seeing how designers live in their own spaces is so interesting….it really is a reflection of their pure uncensored creativity with greater risks and BIG pay offs in terms of style.  Here is what I hope will be the first of many glimpses into designer minds and interiors.

What a great way to start; I simply LOVE this modern loft!

Subject: Valerie Pasquiou, Interior Designer

On How she broke into the design business:

Valerie: If you can believe it, my big break came on my second job. Essentially, for the last year that I was doing set and production design, a friend of mine came up to me and said, “I have a 5,000-square-foot house, and would you consider doing it?” And I said, “Okay, I’ll help you.”

On Risk:

Valerie: I will say that I’m much less cautious than other designers from  America. I’m not really concerned with having everything match. I never have been. I’m not quite sure where the myth that things must or should match came from.

Source: http://loftlifemag.com/mu/?tag=interior-designer - see article “Accidental Expat”  Q & A by Cate West Zahl, Photography by Tom Ackerman

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