Beautiful Homes Wallpaper, General

Designers We Love : Diamond and Baratta

I am pretty much obsessed with the New York design team Diamond and Baratta.  Their bold style, whimsical exuberance, and use of pattern are remarkable, whether they are working on a Miami apartment, a Hamptons cottage, or a Western ranch.  From rugs to wallpaper, pillows to fabrics, their spaces incorporate so many geometric patterns, stripes, and other repeats.  Most of the design elements are designed by the duo and custom made by artisans for each of projects, so you can’t really buy this stuff anywhere (unless you hire Diamond and Baratta!) but if you are interested in patterns and how to use them in a space, look these guys up — their portfolio is the best lesson book in how to do it.  A few photos from their website are below, but check more out here.  Truly inspirational!

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Wallpaper at the Madonna Inn

Have you ever daydreamed about throwing caution to the wind and re-designing your bedroom with a wildly exuberant, over the top color palate? Spend a night or two at the Madonna Inn and you might satisfy your urge without re-decorating your room (and possibly ruining your design reputation). Located in San Luis Obisbo, California, this legendary “resort style retreat” offers 110 boutique rooms, each decorated with a unique theme. With a kitsch factor that only Graceland could outshine, these rooms boast meticulous attention to design detail and an extreme visual stimulation that I have to admire. The resort includes a spa, steakhouse, cafe, and more. Cavern “Intern at Large” Karli Hendrickson went to the bakery on her road trip- thanks for bringing this place to my attention!

To see images of all the rooms and to learn more about the inn’s fascinating history, check out its website. This is a California institution that I definitely have to see in person some day. These rooms are like Wallpaper Heaven!

Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn


Floor Patterns

As a pattern enthusiast, I love graphic designs on the floor as much as on the wall. Here are some rugs that caught my attention recently, from Loloi Rugs and from my personal design hero, Jonathan Adler.

Rugs not only increase the cozy-factor of a room but also accent any colors and patterns you already have. Rugs can bring rooms together or they separate areas of a larger space. They provide a great outlet to express your design sensibility, and they are one more opportunity to add patterns to a space.

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