When looking for new and refreshing inspiration, what better place to start than the homes of some of our favorite designers? When not restrained by their client’s own personal preferences or budgetary restraints, and with extensive knowledge of and constant exposure to antiques, materials, and products, interior designers can be counted on to create the chicest, most stylish spaces for themselves. We’ve selected a few of our favorite designer rooms to create a fantasy home where impeccable taste and interiors expertise reign supreme. Come on in!
We start by entering into Windsor Smith‘s enviable foyer, which was featured in the pages of House Beautiful. A round conversation piece sets the tone for the spacious yet welcoming room, where shades of gray beautifully harmonize thanks to the classic flooring and antique mirrored accents.
The living room of our dream home has a similar eclectic vibe as we have in the entry. This space, in the home of designer Kristen Buckingham, which was photographed for Elle Decor, features an unusual collection of pieces from various styles and time periods that work together to project a collected and layered vibe. The unusual coffee table arrangement and stark differences in the style and materials of the tables help to enhance the features of each while layered lighting in the sconces and chandelier add even more dimension.
Moving into the dining room, we opt for a slight shift in our home’s interior style. An excellent example of tension and dimension, the sturdy, solid dining table in Nate Berkus‘ Chicago apartment seen in Elle Decor, is centered beneath a delicate, shaded Murano glass chandelier, balancing feminine and masculine elements with harmonious results. Graceful linen drapery and soft velvet upholstery soften the look, yet set a casual, comfortable tone for the space. We could definitely see ourselves spending relaxing evenings sitting around this table hosting dinner for friends.
The next stop on our tour is the Washington D.C. kitchen of designer Darryl Carter, as featured in Elle Decor. The traditional lines of this classic room work wonderfully with the more eclectic designs seen in the other rooms. Unusual elements like an iron baker’s rack, a large fireplace, and an entire wall of doors and windows give the kitchen charm and character.
In his lakeside retreat, designer Thom Filicia has balanced masculine, nature-inspired elements with lush textures and cozy materials to create a warm, welcoming feeling — exactly what we want in our home’s family room. Layered art and structured lighting keep things interesting while the cozy sectional piled high with interesting throw pillows is just begging for a family movie night.
A glamorous departure from the other, more understated spaces in our dream home, Campion Platt‘s Florida bedroom, as seen in Architectural Digest, makes for the perfect retreat in our dream home. Rich textiles and shimmering accents — like the vintage glass light fixture — will help us feel like a celebrity while unwinding after a tough day.
In contrast to the feminine details of the bedroom, we’ve opted for a much more modern, masculine master bath. The spa-like space from designer Ken Fulk, as seen in Architectural Digest, features organic wood and stone finishes not to mention a fabulous open shower and soaking tub. Generous skylights flood the space with natural light which is reflected by a variety of mirrored surfaces, creating a feeling of being alone in nature — the ultimate dream for every bubble-bath fan.
The masculine theme continues into the office of textile and interior designer John Robshaw, which was showcased in Elle Decor. A bright, cheery blue paint covers the walls and ceiling, while a variety of vintage furnishings and, naturally, layered textiles warm up the space. Simple woven shades and a reed footstool inject an organic yet ethnic vibe, while a drum-shaded light fixture introduces a more contemporary component.
For an outdoor escape, we’ve opted for Martyn Lawrence Bullard‘s amazing jungle-like oasis. Fabulous built-in seating, tons of cozy throw pillows and Moroccan-themed lanterns, poufs, and furniture create a hidden garden feeling. Perfectly complemented by the luscious landscaping, this outdoor space is like a Mediterranean fantasy — the perfect retreat for our ultimate designer dream home.
Photographs: 1. Windsor Smith photographed by Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful 2. Kristen Buckingham photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor 3. Nate Berkus photographed by Pieter Estersohn for Elle Decor 4. Darryl Carter photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor 5. Thom Filicia photographed by Eric Piasecki 6. Campion Platt photographed by Ken Hayden for Architectural Digest 7. Ken Fulk photographed by Douglas Friedman for Architectural Digest 8. John Robshaw photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor 9. Martyn Lawrence Bullard photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor