Dreaming of Summer – Florida Room

It’s been ‘officially’ Summer for two weeks now, but unfortunately, it hasn’t really been Summery here in Seattle.

Temperatures are -slowly- rising now, but it has me day dreaming of warmer climates, like maybe even moving to Florida where it is almost summer all year long. A girl can dream, right?

Because I’ve been daydreaming about living in a warmer climate, I started thinking of what I could do, in terms of interiors, Florida home, and the ocean is not in sight. So I came up with this mood board for a coastal, Florida room, that will transport me to another state – geographically – and of mind!

Florida Room


In my head, Florida has always been an synonym of warmth and beach. It is, after all, a multicultural state, sometimes referred to as “the capital of Latin America” due to its diversity, so I wanted to reflect this on my design.

I wanted to showcase a lot of natural fibers (the jute rug, the coffee table and the chair) but keep it clean and modern without looking too rustic. Of course, a coastal room is always associated with blues and teals, but I wanted to kick it up a notch and mix in some fire in there that would better describe the vibrant nature of the state.

So here you have it. This is the Florida living room of my dreams. Maybe I can implement some of these items in my own decoration, and have summer year-round?

*Thanks to Douglas Elliman for encouraging me to think about my ideal “Florida Room” that I can enjoy even when the weather is not perfect.



A/NT Gallery – Commercial Project!

For about six months now, I have been a board member at A/NT Gallery, a local artists’ collective founded in 1988 that works with under represented and under served artists in the community and provides them with a space to show their art.

After many years at a location close to Downtown Seattle (and right next to the new Amazon campus), A/NT Gallery was able to secure a space at Seattle Center, home of the famous Space Needle and many other resident organizations that do amazing work and have incredible missions and vision.

Because the new location will see a much larger amount of traffic – especially during summer months – the board has decided it is time to amp up some of the operations and give the gallery a much deserved face lift.

I have been brainstorming some ideas, especially around the decoration and functionality of it all, and have been looking endlessly for ideas that inspire me in this endeavor. This cause is very close and dear to my heart, and although I am approaching this project as if it were a client, it is very low-budget and will take months to accomplish. Not necessarily a bad thing…

The space is huge and very apt for a gallery: lots of wall space and compartmentalized areas that make it great to have special exhibits or themed or juried shows. At the same time, it has a main lobby area that is ideal for a reception desk, modern storage options and a large conference table that could double (triple?) as work shop space and event setup options.

This reception space alone is about 400 sq. ft. which gives us many options in terms of layout and functionality.

Some of the images that have been inspiring me these past couple of weeks:

I don’t think that all of these spaces have things in common, but what I am drawn to is the simplicity in the design.

When you walk into the gallery through the main doors, you see a recessed nook that could potentially house a reception / greeters desk with our devices (computer screen, cash register, printer, etc). The wall is a little over 18 feet so it has potential for many things, but I am envisioning either a planked wall or some fun and modern wallpaper (like what Emily Henderson did in her studio refresh.

I came up with this mood board with some ideas, and will tackle some projects in the coming weeks.

A/NT Gallery - Commercial project

Stay tuned for more!

Sources: 1. Saville & Knight 2. Studio refresh by Emily Henderson 3. 4. H2 Design + Build Before and After office reveal on MyDomaine. 5. Potafiori Cafe in Milan (again! the space is too beautiful and so inspiring) 5. H2 Design + Build Before and After office reveal on MyDomaine.

Trend alert: Rugs in kitchens


I’m pretty sure that this topic has been blogged about and talked about ad infinitum, but we continue to see more and more kitchen with rugs in them.

Having textiles on the floors of kitchens can be tricky – although they look beautiful and can add pops of color and liven a space, it is also a potential attraction for crumbs, stains of all kind and, in my case, use and abuse.

There are many options for rugs for the kitchen, ranging from neutral, natural materials to more fun and funky. I personally do not have a rug in my kitchen, but it’s because I haven’t found the right one just yet.

Here are some of my favorite uses of rugs in kitchens (sources at the bottom of the post). They definitely do make the space!




Transitional Kitchen
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Sources: 1. Lauren Leiss’ kitchen 2. Domino 3. Mallory and Mike’s IKEA kitchen 4. Simone LeBlanc’s home on Paige Jones 5. Barbara Purdy Design via Houzz 6. Honestly WTF  7. Playa Vista Residence by Veneer Designs

Would you use a runner in your kitchen?

Designer Spotlight – Brian Paquette


I first came across Brian Paquette, a Seattle-based interior designer, on Instagram. After doing some research, I quickly fell in love with his style.

His eclectic style and combination of pieces shines a spotlight to furnishings – something I highly admire – and he can work around bad architecture – or complement good architecture!- flawlessly, like what he did in the Mercer Island rental by painting walls and trim and changing the look from a 90’s orange look, to a modern, crisp look.

He also combines patterns in such a unique way, it makes it look natural. As a design enthusiast, I am always impressed by the combination of patterns and mix of styles that result in breath-taking products.


I also love, love, love that he uses Michelle Armas pieces for his projects!


His use of moody tones, like blues, grays and blacks, complement perfectly the Seattle weather. And although it does get sunny in the city during the summer, these colors make interiors cozy and comfortable for the residents.


This project, for a young, tech-company executive, mixes masculine touches with more classic furniture for a stunning end product.

I day dream about living in a space with velvet everything, but with a fluffy cat, this idea will take me nowhere but directly to cleaning all. the. time.



To me, his style reads young and relaxed yet seems sophisticated and fresh, something that, according to my eye, is a welcomed combination.He is great at creating spaces that cater to families, too, and that combine style with function, like what he did for this transplanted family.



Source: 1. Brian Paquette Interiors; all others My Domaine.