Contemporary and Mid-Century Modern Austin Elegance

Welcome back from the weekend! Austin interior designer Alexis Lane of Lane Design Studio, LLC has a finesse for contemporary and mid-century modern design. She is dedicated to producing fresh designs that create comfortable and welcoming homes for her clients because she enjoys working from her heart. Her motto? “Keeping Austin Fun and Funky!” Enjoy some of our fresh finds from her portfolio below..

The neutral and black color scheme is really quite astounding...we love those pendants over the kitchen island.

Sleek and sophisticated design brings the outdoors in with wide windows

She peacefully brings in the mid-century modern with tact, note the wooden crated coffee table and black slitted chair

To see more of Alexis’ designs, leave her lots of comments and love in her design portfolio!

Style Guide: Transitional

Transitional style is a blend of contemporary and traditional designs. Often difficult to pin down, the style can be easily confused with eclectic design, which is not a blend of design styles but more a collection of disparate styles that live in harmony. Transitional furniture takes classic furniture pieces and mixes in contemporary materials, fabrics and finishes while softening the formal details and ornament of formal furniture and décor.

Furniture in the transitional style tends to have clean lines like modern and contemporary pieces but feels more sophisticated with its references to the traditional. Curves can combine with straight lines to balance feminine and masculine attributes. Transitional furniture tends to be more comfort oriented than pure contemporary, with ample scaled pieces and overstuffed seating that maintain clean lines. Fabrics range from high tech micro-fibers to textured chenilles, with solids to graphic patterns. A traditional wingback chair can become transitional by changing the upholstery to a mod geometric or contemporary pattern. A contemporary style sofa upholstered in velvet will feel transitional.

While transitional style has deep roots in historical design, this trend is rather contemporary in that it did not emerge until the 1950s-60’s. American decorator Billy Baldwin was perhaps the first to mix modernism and traditional design. Other designers like David Hicks, who worked in traditional style but was known for his modern, graphic prints, followed and further developed transitional style. Contemporary designers who could be considered masters of transitional style include Mark Cunningham, Jonathan Adler (who leans towards vintage modernism), Genevieve Gorder (HGTV), and Nate Berkus. Retailers that focus on transitional style include Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn.

This living room by Rafael de Cardenas has the clean lines and sophisticated color palette of Transitional style. The sleek blue upholstered black lacquered accent chairs recall art deco style in a clean, contemporary manner. The overstuffed grey sofa is neither modern nor traditional yet references both styles.

Mark Cunningham’s contemporary living room is softened by the transitional style furnishings, including the arm chairs and sofa. Rich, charcoal and grey upholstery create a transitional color palette. Mixing the transitional seating with a contemporary coffee table gives the room a more contemporary edge without giving up comfort.

Designer Steven Gambrel’s living room is a fantastic example of transitional style that references the traditional. Traditional details on the curtains look graphic and contemporary rather than fussy. Mixing patterns in a single palette is a transitional trend.

The daybeds and neutral palette in this sitting area, designed by Lynda Murray, are great examples of transitional style’s clean lines. Micro-fiber upholstery is a transitional fabric trend as it combines the soft pile of velvet with high tech durability.

This living room, designed by Betty Wasserman, demonstrates the comfort and scale of transitional furniture that maintain the clean lines of contemporary style yet have the ease of cottage living. The upholstered ottoman used as a coffee table is a big trend in transitional style, where pieces have multiple functions. Images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

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San Francisco High-end Getaway With Sweeping Views of Bay

There aren’t a whole lot of things that scream “wow” to you on first impression, but these designs certainly do. Today’s shuffle includes the work of San Francisco architect, Mark English, and his associates at Mark English Architects. Together they consistently create beautiful modern architecture specific to the location and each client’s desire. Mark English Architects has designed numerous residential spaces throughout California, Texas and Mexico and has a special interest in building in the urban context, hence why half of their work occurs in San Francisco. Having worked as a carpenter on his first home design at the age of 19, Mark lends his artistry along with practical knowledge gained from years of hands-on building experience. As a licensed architect, Mark has supported the profession through active participation in the local AIA’s Small Business Committee, coaching his peers in new strategies for social media marketing and promoting principles of energy-efficient design, and green building programs.

Below the reinvention of an early 1960’s unit near Aquatic Park in San Francisco takes its place. The feel the clients were going for was one of a high-end hotel getaway – sleek, exciting, and alluring. Sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge fill the space. Simultaneously the curves of the oval living area echo the breakwaters in the port area below and the arches of the Golden Gate Bridge. Other features include a 6′ slab of iridescent Laurentian green granite, built-in furniture, and a hand-finished venetian plaster wall. Not far off is a view of Alcatraz Island.

Here’s what Mark English Architects said: The apartment had been untouched, and we removed all non-bearing walls, moved plumbing and completely transformed the space. The materials include custom designed built-in illuminated ultra-suede sofa, white marble flooring, radiant heat, Venetian plaster and sparkling Laurentian Green Granite slabs.

A curvaceous built in sofa and the curve of a hand-finished venetian wall echo the bay below.

This oval-shaped theatrical living room features sweeping views of the San Francisco bay…

To the right is the slab of Laurentian Green granite serving as the back wall in the master bathroom behind

Kitchen featuring low profile built-in cabinetry creates an airy sense of space

Hiding behind the living room wall is the master suite

High-end, pied a terre lives up to its goal

The project was completed by Mark English Architects collaboration with interior designer Gary Hutton and associates. Feel free to browse more of his modern designs here.

Manhattan High Rise Living With Expansive View

Please welcome New York interior designer Susan Arann of American & International Designs to our blog today! Susan is known for her passion for design in all forms.  It comes as no surprise that prior to launching her career in interior design, she operated a highly successful fashion boutique. Today she is best known for her expertise in color trends as a member of the Color Marketing Group.  She has now become the design talent behind successful restaurants, hotels and living spaces in the New York area as well as abroad for over 30 years. Check out the Manhattan Millenium residence her team shared with us below. The design features Hunter Douglas window treatments and sweeping windows unveiling expansive views of the New York Skyline…including the statue of liberty!

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Spectacular Tampa Bay Residence by Design Styles Architecture

Today our top shuffle is from Design Styles Architecture based out of Clearwater, Florida. The firm’s passionate culture for design learns from all past genres to create new styles as they incorporate the influence of others into their own styles. As Architects, they believe they can make the lives of some even better. And they certainly do!

This 5200 square foot beautiful home with 5 bedrooms, covered verandas and a 3 car garage takes its cues from the old world european style. Designed with an open floor plan to allow for frequent entertaining, this beauty allows a family to live on the water with an opportunity to enjoy phenomenal views of the Tampa Bay. Its vaulted ceilings and ornamental wood beams amplify the home’s space and beauty. Check out some of our favorite glimpses below…

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Style Guide: Scandinavian

Scandinavian style finds its roots over 200 years ago during the reign of King Gustav III. While traveling in Europe, he was so taken with the neo-classical furniture and décor so popular in France during Louis XVI reign in the late 1700s that he ordered his furniture makers to copy the style. The people of Sweden readily adopted the new style and the Swedish Gustavian style was born. Later, Swede Carl Malmsten in the early 20th century popularized the Swedish style we know today which combines modern elements with antiques and reproductions. The weather of Scandinavia also plays a role in the development of the style; long dark winters with little natural light necessitated the need to create light and airy interiors.

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This traditional Scandinavian style living room is decorated with delicate, ornate, light and airy furnishings which are indicative of the early Swedish style.

Traditional Scandinavian interiors are replete with pale-hued furnishings, floors and walls which all work together to brighten the Scandinavian home’s interior. Most everything is painted, bleached or stained from the furniture to the walls in light pinks, blues, greens, grays, yellows and white. Fun accents of red and gold add to the brightness of the décor. Furniture is painted, bleached or lightly stained and has clean lines and sensuous curves with tapered legs. Wood furniture is made from alder, beech, birch and white pine. Delicately carved designs are common on fluted furniture legs, tables and mirrors. Walls are painted in white, pale colors or wallpapered. Patterns tend to be stripes and soft florals on a white background. Stenciling is also popular. Decorative objects are ornate and often made with silver or glass.Image Above via

The dining room pictured here shows the heavy French influences of Louis XVI on Scandinavian interior design.
The Scandinavian modernist tradition emerged in the early 20th century with designers stepping away from more ornate styling and concentrating more on function. Influenced heavily by the English Arts and Crafts movement, modern Scandinavian furniture is less ornate with sleek straight lines in light woods with round or tapered legs. Pure white interiors are common with accents of crystal and gold or silver.

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This contemporary Scandinavian living room shows the straight lines and sleek designs of modern Swedish styling. Furnishings lack ornamentation so popular of traditional design.

Today, many Scandinavian designers mix the traditional with the contemporary such as the eclectic interior designs of Stockholm-based interior design firm, Svenskt Tenn. They are on the forefront of one of the hottest trends—maximalism—rooms filled with bold accents, unique furniture and interesting textiles. They are well-known for mixing modern and traditional Swedish styling for an eclectic design.

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The fun and bright designs of the maximalism trend as photographed by Johan Carlson. Furnishings are traditional and contemporary, patterns are bold and brightly hued and expansive.White walls set off the furnishings and add another layer of light to the room.

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1963 Central City, TX Home With Expert Craftsmanship

Architect Gregory Thomas, AIA in conjunction with project manager Jim Venable of CG&S Design Build have created an oasis of sorts in Central City, Texas where they bring Central City living to its best! With green grass to surround it creating a natural landscape – this space facilitates a smooth connection with nature for its avid birdwatching and gardening homeowners. Expert craftsmanship is seen throughout the home through the use of Ipe which was chosen for its warmth and durability as a decorative trim for the interior and exterior wall surfaces. We get a sneak peak of this project which will be featured in the upcoming Outdoor Living Tour coming up on May 21st in Austin, Texas. The driving tour will feature 9 top notch outdoor living spaces in the area.  Photography by Jonathan Jackson. Check out this beautiful home, originally built in 1963!

The front yard features native buffalo grass lawn. The courtyard is enclosed by an Ipe fence panels while the Ipe-clad carport is entered through a metal-clad sectional garage door for security. The entry arbor adds to the curb appeal and provides support for climbing plants.

The screened porch adjacent to their extensive gardens and fountain, was added to the back of the home.

Cypress ceilings contract with the stained concrete floor; they also add a light touch to the natural flavor of the home.

New screened porch added to extend the living and dining room outdoors for all four seasons.  This space was designed the maximize the view of the garden and the birds in flight. Decorative sconces, copper gutter cove lighting, integrated sound system, and custom-designed end tables take the floor.

With the owners already seeding the garden, soon to come is a garden full of spring wildflowers as well as a small orchard!

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Modern and Chic Miami Beach Home With Views of Biscayne Bay

Miami interior designers Todd Davis and Rob Brown began Brown Davis Interiors in 1994 when the rising stars joined together to share their exuberance for classic architecture and extraordinary craftsmanship. As joined forces, they have designed two residences for the Clintons, Secretary of State, the British Embassy residence and an array of exceptional contemporary and historic renovations.

The firm practices “couture” interior design where every choice made is an exclusively intimate reflection of the client, creating distinctive and elegant places which resist conformity. With Todd Davis’ exacting eye for architectural integrity and Rob Brown’s gift as a colorist, together they form residential, hospitality, and commercial spaces that are harmonized and remarkably situated in New York, Washington DC, Maryland, Florida, and Maine. Enjoy this modern home which is comfortably chic in Miami Beach…

Pool and garden

Front steps over Koi pond

Living room with views of Biscayne Bay, painting by Russell Crotty

Modern and simple kitchen

1960's Italian Brass table, Milo Bauman dining chairs covered in Mongolian sheep skin, painting by Jason Martin, a similar piece by Jason Martin is viewable at the Tom Ford Boutique on Madison Ave, NY, NY

Master Bedroom with views of Biscayne Bay, vintage rugs and chairs

Master Bathroom

Comfortable Den

One of two guest rooms

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What's Happening At Studio Ten 25 Today…

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That’s right, today we’re over at Studio Ten 25 for Abbe’s “Week of Chic” series to talk about interiors that are inspired by Audrey Hepburn! Her films have inspired interior designers and decorators for decades….here’s just a small snippet:

She has a Funny Face, and sometimes she enjoys a Roman Holiday or Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  She is Audrey Hepburn and, believe it or not, her films have inspired interior designers and decorators for decades. Take a look at these Audrey inspired interior design ideas (Read more…)

Dramatic Waterfront Nantucket, MA Residence

Jump in your Winnebago and LET’S GO! With summer just around the corner, this dramatic waterfront property is but a dream for those scorching summer days. Residing near the glistening waters of Nantucket, this mixed classic cottage-style, modern home boasts a mix of the calm and cool with the vibrant and eclectic.  The brilliant architects over at Workshop/Apd, along with the keen interior designing vision of New York Interior Designer Jonathan Adler, collaborated with Jean-Marie Massaud in designing this whimsical waterfront home. Just a glimpse of the exteriors of this home is reminiscent of beach houses you see in torrid love stories, dramatic as it is beautiful.

Take a step back and  notice that against the white backdrop of each room, there are splashes of color artfully crafted throughout. An eclectic twist on a traditional beach house, the rooms have personality and depth, brought to life by the whimsical accents like the regal mirror that adorns the spot above the fireplace or the unique hanging chair in a cozy nook. Each and every furnishing adds character to an otherwise traditional beach house. But see, this is no ordinary home…it may be the dramatic setting, or the Nantucket Breeze we long to feel waft in and out of hair, or the simple contemporary spaces that boast an eclectic twist that draws you in…. but whatever it is, there is something truly captivating and alluring about this home. We are delighted to share more glimpses of this property with you, so please, indulge.

Welcome to this delightful waterfront Nantucket home...Join us for the rest.

Grab a book, step into the hanging chair and retreat.

An eclectic twist on dining room design.

Vibrant hues and accents bring the rooms to life.

Cozy den design.

Cozy and wonderful, isn’t it? Be sure to check out more of Workshop/Apd’s Designs here. If you dig it enough, be sure to rate & add to your LookBook today!