Modernism Week ~ A Designer’s Delight

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Modernism Week ~ A Designers Delight by Robbie Maynard

Considering the spectacular nature of the Modernism Week event, it’s no surprise that with 77,500 attendees, this was an official record-breaking year in attendance for the 11-day festival.  And since this included full-community participation, an estimated $28.6 million in revenue was generated for local businesses, with more than $1 million going directly back to community neighborhoods and partner organizations, resulting in a record high for Modernism Week.  See my entire story on Blissfully Domestic.

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s extraordinary, record-breaking event, you’ll want to get Modernism Week 2017 (February 16-26, 2017) into your plans for next year.  For more information, you can visit www.moderismweekly.com for the latest news and updates on next year’s events.

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Modern Masterpiece

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I took a trip to Palm Springs during Modernism Week and the highlight of my trip was touring the Christopher Kennedy Compound Show House.

Surrounded by the scenic and serene San Jacinto Mountains, this location perfectly illustrates the glamorous and modern Southern California life style. The astonishingly talented designers from around the world culminated their vast talents and created an incredibly picturesque and delightful experience.
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POWDER ROOM
The powder bath above, by Atlanta Designer Michel Boyd, is the ultimate in artistic sophistication. This is a favorite of mine with an overall serene feeling and a bit of a surreal undertone. This powder room is the ultimate master piece. When you walk in you feel like you are walking into an impressionist painting.

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LIVING ROOM
As soon as you enter the living room, you start to take in the beauty and balance of all of the sculptural forms creating this incredible living room by renowned designer Michael Berman. In the masterfully designed living room, Micheal has included items from his own product line by Kravet.  Michael also has an impressive slate of products by Walker Zanger, Brown Jordan and Rohl.

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ENTRY
As you enter you are visually whisked away to the captivating golf course view. Once you digest this sublime scene and come back to earth, you are delighted by the majestic feel of the elements in the entry which create a perfectly welcoming and modern foyer, designed by Colin Blanchard and Kenneth McRobbie, proprietors of 31 Westgate located in Halifax Canada.

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ENTRY
Right off the entry you will find this beautifully designed little spot.

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DINING ROOM
Leave it to Martin Lawrence Bullard to create a glamorous, elegant and sophisticated environment which tantalizes the senses. The lush pallet of emerald and fuchsia juxtaposed the black and white create an environment fit for royalty. This must be my favorite color scheme of all times.

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Dining Room concept board by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

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LIVING ROOM
Modern beauty and balance best describe this enchanting space by Michael Berman Limited.

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Living Room concept rendering Micheal Berman

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I was so excited to be able to rendezvous with a good friend Jeanne Chung, Los Angeles area Interior Designer, Founder and editor of the Cozy-Stylish-Chic blog.

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KITCHEN
This sleek and spacious Kitchen is designed by the master mind Christopher Kennedy himself.  The Eggersmann cabinetry is distinguished by unique stone fronts and exotic veneers along with technological feats in cabinetry compositions and ergonomics.   An incredible focal point in Christopher’s space is the inventive use of an interesting variety of Tech Lighting pendent lights creating a modern floating glass sculpture.

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KITCHEN
The sleek and stylish counter tops are available through Cosentino.

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Christopher also designed the Pure Leaf Tea House located in the perfect spot close to the pool with the spectacular San Jacinto Mountains in the background.

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MASTER BEDROOM
Kelly Ellis is one of my all time favorite people and multifaceted design talents. Here Kelly has created the ultimate design encompassing the concept of bringing the outdoors in. This vanity design by Kelly is a super inventive design solution. The extra thick counter top by Consentino is one of my favs here.

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Master Bath concept board by Kelli Ellis

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LAUNDRY ROOM
The amazingly talented Denise McGaha created this incredibly functional and aesthetically pleasing laundry room. The color pallet is sublime, pivoting from the Pratt and Lambert Whirlpool Blue Cabinets.  Denise incorporates an extremely creative way to store your laundry detergent in glass jars. So stylish and brilliant!

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Laundry Room concept board by Denise McGaha

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DRESSING ROOM
This space, by style expert and writer Kelly Lee, is an absolute show stopper. With it’s fun flamingo feel, highlights include wall paper by Justina Blakeney for Hygge & West in bubble gum and emerald hues and the vanity desk by Kate Spade New York along with benches and mirror by Lamps Plus.

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Dressing Room concept board by Kelly Lee

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TEEN BEDROOM
Carson Kessley’s  space has a super splash of colors. Aqua, hot pink and tangerine are perfect for a teens room .

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Teen Room concept board by Carson Kressley

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TEEN BATH
In this teen bath by Trellis Home I just love the scheme of turquoise, fuchsia, tangerine and green! Great work by  Allison Mattison and Liza Sharp . Wall paper by Trellis Home for Guildery .

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Christopher and me.

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GUEST ROOM By Justin Shaulis
Beauty in the boudoir, this space speaks to me on so many levels.

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GUEST ROOM by Justin Shaulis based in New York City.

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Yes … I got the  memo to ware aubergine.

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MASTER BEDROOM by Julia Buckingham
Julia has a signature style she calls Modernique.  She illustrates it very well in this Master Bedroom by showcasing her unique style along with her accessories line for Global Views.

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MASTER BEDROOM by Julie Buckingham

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DEN BATH by Keith Fortner for Studio Kennedy
Keith has created a spectacular blend of modern textures emulating a visual symphony. The light fixture by Corbett is absolutely stunning!

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DEN BATH concept board by Keith Fortner

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DEN by Patrick Dragonette

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Here I am with Christopher Kennedy and Jeanne Chung, I am already looking forward to Modernism Week next year.

Bye for Now!
xo
Robbie Maynard

 

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Blog Tour KBIS Fancy Finishes

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During my recent trip to KBIS, The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, I learned about the newest products and innovation in the kitchen and bath industry and met some remarkable designers and bloggers from all over the world. This was such an incredible trip and I will always be grateful to Florence von Pelet and Veronika Miller of Modenus for making this possible and for  inviting me to be part of the phenomenal Modenus Blog Tour!

Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging about all of the amazing products I discovered at KBIS, one thing I cannot get off my mind is some of the incredible finishes I discovered at the show. My clients want finishes that are beautiful and durable and I found some amazing new products that my clients will flip over. I look for products and finishes that I can customize so that my imagination and creativity can flow without limitations.

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This spectacular custom finish is blue automotive paint. This preservation center is part of the unbelievably innovative Freedom Collection by Thermador, with this system I am able to conceal or customize my clients refrigeration in any way I please.  http://www.thermador.com/

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Innovative under counter refrigeration by Perlick. Crushing on this hot pink Zen Credenza by Rose Dostal, AIA, ASID. I must have this! https://www.perlick.com/

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We can count on Kelly Wearstler to create something incredibly mind-blowing as she has done with this
marble tile design for Ann Sacks.  http://www.annsacks.com/

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During KBIS I was delighted to learn that Wilsonart has much more than Laminates, they now have Quartz, shown here, plus many other stunning and functional engineered surfaces. http://www.wilsonart.com/

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I am infatuated  with this incredible faucet by Kallista, there seems to be a trend toward fixtures resembling  jewelry.  http://www.kallista.com/home.kls

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Here is the prefect example! This striking drawer pull by Top Knobs matches my necklace… love what I’m seeing.
https://www.topknobs.com/

Blog Tour 4
One more just to prove my point, these superb Top Knobs pulls resemble beautiful jewelry and no outfit or room is complete with out the proper jewelry.

Bye for now!
Robbie

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Summer in Paris ~ Seine River Cruise

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One of my favorite parts of our trip to Paris was the Bateaux Parisiens river lunch cruise. The tour was a wonderful experience, it was a beautiful and comfortable cruise on the Seine River. We passed by many of the major sites, the Louvre, d’Orsay, Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower. This was an experience I will never forget.

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Beautiful detail of Notre Dame.

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Musee d’Orsay

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Eiffel Tower

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In love with Paris! xo Robbie 🙂

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Summer in Paris ~ Flea Market

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This summer a dream became a reality for me. I have always dreamed of living in Paris. This summer my family and I rented an apartment in Paris. The experience was incredible! far  beyond my expectations!! One of our most exciting adventures was shopping at a Paris Flea Market. The Clignancourt Flea market is one of the largest in Paris, my favorite areas was called Marche Vernaison. This is where we found tapestries and other small items. I did not purchase any furniture or large items. The shipping cost is fairly high for only a few items, it’s better to ship a larger amount and fill a container or half a container. I was interested in a chest which was very reasonable at $600.00 but the shipping would have been an additional $600.00.

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West Week Los Angeles PDC Keynote by AD

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This years West Week at the Pacific Design Center was riveting, packed full of insightful seminars and speakers. Some of the highlights of the week included two incredible keynote presentations.
The first Keynote was moderated by Architectural Digest Editor in Chief Margaret Russell. Panelist included AD100 interior designers Alexa Hampton and Michael S. Smith. They discussed their recent projects Smith’s Palm Springs home and Hampton’s Manhattan apartment.

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maggie russel and me

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The second Keynote was presented by Luxe. interiors + design Editor in Chief Pamela Jaccarino with author, product designer, diva of design and one of my favorites Mary McDonald.

PDC FB Page Mary and me

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Some of my instagram posts made during the presentation.

 

Wishing you well!
Robbie

 

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Design Legends of La Cienega

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The Who’s Who of interior design were in attendance at the 2015 Legends of La Cienega , a star studded event in Los Angeles attended by authors, editors and internationally acclaimed interior designers from around the world.

Nationally renowned editors that were in attendance included Newell Turner, Editorial Director of The Hearst Design Group, Sophie Donelson, Editor In Chief of House Beautiful, Clinton Smith, Editor in Chief of Veranda Magazine, Jenny Bradley, Senior Design and Lifestyles Editor of Traditional Home Magazine, Pamela Lerner Jaccarino, Editor in Chief of Luxe Magazine and Doretta Sperduto, interiors editor for House Beautiful Magazine , amongst others.

Others in attendance shown below.

Left to right, a Los Angeles interior designer, Jennifer Boles and Scot Meacham Wood. Jennifer founded the well known Peak of Chic blog and she’s the co-author with Scot – who is himself a well known interior designer and a House Beautiful contributor – of the book, “In With The Old”.
Me, Robbie Maynard, with Newell Turner, the editorial director of the Hearst Design Group.

Left to right, a Los Angeles interior designer I don’t know, then Jennifer Boles and Scot Meacham Wood. http://smwdesign.com/

Jennifer founded the well known Peak of Chic blog and she’s the co-author with Scot –  who is himself a well known interior designer and a House Beautiful contributor – of the book, “In With The Old”.
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Linda O’Keeffe, a well known design writer and the author of many design books including, “Brilliant”, “Expressive Modern” and her most recent book, “Heart and Home.” Linda was the creative director of Metropolitan Home magazine for 16 years. http://lokdesignmind.com/
That’s me again in the photo booth toasting Adam Japko. http://winezag.com/about-me-and-wine/
Well known LA interior designer, product designer and design blogger Christian May of Maison 21 http://maison21.blogspot.com/ with Jeanne Choe Chung, Los Angeles interior designer and the author of the popular interior design and trend blog, Cozy Stylish Chic. http://www.cozystylishchic.com/
L to R, Jeanne Choe Chung of Cozy Stylish Chic, Rich Pedine, a well known public relations guru in Los Angeles and one of the PR representatives for LCDQLA, Taniya Nayak, an interior designer and TV personality who is currently the host of HGTV’s House Hunters On Vacation* and the Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible http://taniyanayak.com/ and me, Robbie Maynard, owner of the interior design firm, *Robbie Interiors* in San Diego.
Kathryn M. Ireland is a British born, Los Angeles-based interior designer and textile designer, the author of 5 design books and was one of the 3 stars of Bravo TV’s popular program, Million Dollar Decorators*.

I have met Kathryn several times and she exudes hospitality, fun and wisdom! She is all about entertaining, in the best sense of that word.

http://www.kathrynireland.com/

 

Adam Japko, the owner of Esteem Media, publishers of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine and New England Home magazine and the founder of the Design Bloggers Conference and the Garden Bloggers Conference.

Adam also loves wine and is an authority on it and has a well regarded wine blog, Wine Zag

http://www.esteemmedia.com/

L to R, Denise McGaha, a Dallas-based interior designer and the brand ambassador for Currey & Co, with the lovely Jennifer Mehditash of Jennifer Mehditash Design, based in New York and Los Angeles. http://denisemcgaha.com/

Jennifer is also the editor-at-large for California Home & Design magazine and made me feel very welcomed. Thank you, Jennifer!   http://www.jennifermehditash.com/

My new interior designer friend from San Francisco, Ben Dhong. Ben was recently featured in House Beautiful magazine [ congratulations again, Ben! ] and I also enjoyed meeting his client, Terry Levy. http://benjamindhong.com/
Until next year! XO

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La Cienega Legends 2015

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I had the pleasure of attending one of the most nationally anticipated interior design event of its kind, La Cienega Legends in Los Angeles. Here are some of my favorite showroom finds and windows designed by some of the country’s leading designers.

Hollywood at Home Showroom

 

Designers have transformed the windows based on this years theme  “Where Muses Dwell”  here are some of my favorites.

Designer: Stephen Shutts Design  Showroom: Sherle Wagner  Muse: Eden, The Quest for Paradise.

 

Designer: Platner and Company  Showroom: Stark   Muse: Rose Cummings

Designer: John Wooden  Showroom: Mansour    Muse: Diego Giacometti

Designer: Jane Hallworth   Showroom: Lee Stanton  Muse: Mother Nature Warrior

Designer: Annette English    Showroom: Downtown    Muse: A world of Beauty.

If you were in attendance or have seen the LCDQ windows please let me know your favorites on my Robbie Interiors Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/RobbieInteriors?ref=hl

Thanks you
Robbie

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The Art of Accessorizing

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I was so excited to be asked to contribute to the San Diego Home Garden / Lifestyles eClub. Take a peek and learn some of my tips and tricks on accessorizing.

http://www.sandiegohomegarden.com/The-Art-of-Accessorizing/

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Meeting Vern Yip

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I had the distinct pleasure of meeting  HGTV Deserving Design Interior Designer Vern Yip he is quite interesting and has a great sense of humor.  Yip double-majored in Chemistry and Economics at the University of Virginia, and later received a masters in management and architecture he planned to be a doctor but his heart was not into it.

To my pleasant surprise we have something in common the same design philosophy we both believe  in creating  timeless interiors that our clients will love for many years

Vern has a masters in Architecture and he like to created architectural interest in his spaces by using geometric patterns in his fabrics. He used tall geometric print drape panels  to create architectural interest in his Atlanta home, I have never heard of this fabulous idea before , it’s brilliant !

Vern Yip adds architectural interest to this space with his geometric print fabrics. He likes his
fabrics to be durable and timeless functional and beautiful.

Vern was the Host on HGTVs Deserving Design and a Judge on HGTV design stars.

 

The motif on this pillow was inspired by a figure that was in Vern’s mothers home.

Love the textures, colors and prints of Vern’s new line By Trend they are durable and timeless
functional and beautiful.  Vern likes to design for  real life families with kids and pets like his family.
He uses durable but beautiful fabric to stand up to everyday family life.

Since appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in November 2010, Vern is dedicated to help fundraise, advocate, and educate in support of UNICEF’s global mission.

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