Hi! How are you today? I hope you’re feeling good. I’m very happy to have my dear friend and interior designer Mary Ann from Classic Casual Home to guest post here today. Mary Ann will be launching her new series called “My Style” where interior designers can share their own style with her readers. I loved when she asked me if she could share her style on my blog and I’m glad to have Mary Ann with us today. She’s a sweetheart and very talented! I know you’ll love her post.
Thanks so much, Luciane, for inviting me over to your fun blog. Aside from the gorgeous photos you show,
I love to read your uplifting and thoughtful posts.
So what is “My Style?” Hmmm.
Recently, I was hired by a woman from another part of Newport Beach, California to do her home in “Lido Style” (Lido is the island we live on). I had never thought of it as a particular style before.
And Maryland woman inquiring about my online services said…“I recently found your blog and love your style, fresh and not fussy”. In fact, I have done e-designs for families in all different parts of the U.S. and Canada… so it’s not just a specific coastal look.
Here are seven elements that I think define “My Style”…
Traditional lines and antique furniture used modern ways.
Natural fabrics and slipcovers, with fancier fabrics, like velvet and silk, used as luxurious small touches. Wood floors with seagrass or light pattern carpets like geometric or faded Orientals.
Window treatments like grass Roman shades and linen curtains with details like a self welt or tape or fringe.
Modern art and fresh flowers and healthy plants. Some trendy (not really expensive) elements to keep it fun…like with pillows and accent pieces (hello Home Goods and West Elm–which reminds me to say–I like mixing high and low).
Careful editing of bookcases and surfaces. To me, this creates a sense of calm.
LIGHT AND AIRY:
As much natural light as possible and several white shades with playful colors in the living areas. I like more serene hues in bedrooms.
Source: James Michael Howard
Some modern pieces look cool (like a wire metal chair) but if you wouldn’t want to sit in it for more than five minutes…forget it. I like down and feather wrapped seats and pillows. Worn leather. Lumbar support. Good reading lights and a place for your drink. Cashmere throws.
It’s important to make it YOUR home with your family’s heirlooms, collections, travels and interests.
So, that is My Style in a nutshell.
I hope to have Luciane over to my place soon defining her gorgeous style as a part of a new series.
Thanks so much!
Thank you so much, Mary Ann for sharing your style with us. Your taste is outstanding and very inspiring to all of us. I’m 100% with you when it comes to have a comfortable home. We work so hard all the time, the least we can ask for is to come home to a beautiful and comfortable space.
By the way, it will be a pleasure to be part of your new series!
Isn’t Mary Ann amazing? I hope you stop by her blog and say “hello” for me. 🙂
Thank you guys for being here today.
I hope you had a great time!
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Have a wonderful day, my friends and we’ll talk again tomorrow.”
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So fun to be here, Luciane! Have a great day!
What is the green floral fabric on the pillows in the top picture. Beautiful!
So inspiring- hope to incorporate some ideas in my own home.
Love seeing two of my favorite bloggers under “one roof”! Love this post…..beautiful interiors, so inviting, warm but still very elegant, love the California way of life:)
Beautiful post as always Mary Ann! And thanks for turning me on to a new blog 🙂
Sherry – the green floral in the first picture is Celerie Kemble’s Hot House Flower…it’s a beauty 🙂
I think you summed it up wonderfully. I’ve loved your sense of style from the first post I read when I discovered your blog, Mary Ann. As an aside, you also have an amazing ability to entertain in a fabulous, yet not fussy way (based on your posts of entertaining at home)! Have a great day! M.
Love your style Maryann. What a treat to visit both of you on one blog. Have a great day!
What a beautiful summary of the things that make your unique style beautiful! Great post.
“Classic . Casual . Home” is one of my very “fav” blogs and I love everything Mary Ann does. Her style and taste are everything I love and want my home to be. Thank you for sharing her 7 wonderful design “style” tips!