Thursday, December 8, 2011

And the Surprise: Design Manifest!!!


So I know y'all were *DYING* to know what the surprise was, right???


Well, whether you were waiting on pins and needles or not, you are in for a treat! Naomi from Design Manifest is truly one of the most talented and creative gals around when it comes to making a space spectacular...and her own personal loft is no exception! She just had it feature on Design Sponge (how RAD is that?!?), she is our very own celeb! So does that make me like Ryan Seacrest or something??? I guess I don't really want to be Ryan...unless I get his paycheck (c:

I am a huge fan of Naomi and her crazy talent and witty sense of humor...she is just an all around great gal! She was even sweet enough to give us some of her best tips on making your own home a place that screams *you*!

Tips to create a well-edited Maximalist Space.
(Aubrey: Yeah, screw minimalism, bring it on!!!)

1.  Pick a few themes and stick to them.  My place may seem like a bunch a randomness that magically works together, but I actually followed a formula.  I chose two main colors (pink and blue) and layered on the following elements: rustic/woody, bamboo, black, gold, a little bit on animal print.

2.  When working with bold pattern or color choose one or two statement pieces per wall/area and keep the rest neutral or one of your key elements.  For instance- my focal patterns in my living room were my wallpaper and my pillows.  Everything else is neutral, black, gold or woody!

3.  When planning a vignette, remember that things look best in threes.

4.  Pay attention to scale and balance.  I'm always worried about things being "visually heavy."  I added the shelf of pretties above my television to balance out all that black below.  Also, make sure you have a mixture of high (tall) and low elements.

5.  Don't be afraid to mix patterns!  Just make sure the scale of each is different.  Pick up some swatches and live with them for awhile.  I like my patterns to coordinate but not necessarily match.  It feels more effortless, but believe me, it requires A LOT of effort.

I'm busy running around my house like a mad woman gathering as much pattern as I possibly can...but I'm pretty sure no matter how hard I try, the fabulousness of Naomi's loft just isn't there!

That girl has got mad GAME.

And since I know you are *DYING* to see more pics of these fab should really head on over and say hi at Design Manifest and join in worshipping her gorgeous pad!

It turned out absolutely perfect, Naomi, all your hard work and projects have paid off in a *BIG* way!

And for those of you that are looking for something fabulous for Christmas, look no further and WIN IT HERE!


Naomi@DesignManifest said...

thanks for the lovely write-up dollface! Hope everyone enjoys my tips.

Meanwhile, I'm sure my next place will be totally minimal. No, that hurt to say that. Maybe less maximalist? Who knows, for now I'm relishing this design!


sampenner said...

Absolutely gorgeous loft! I like that Naomi said screw minimalism! I agree! :)



modern jane said...

I great surprise. I already loved her but lately her word is gold to me:) Thanks for the tips Naomi!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I adore Naomi and her maximalist divine. These are some fabulous tips- I'm applying some of her genius in my own living room as we speak. Thanks for the feature Aubrey- such a great way to start my day!

Bud and Leo said...

absolutely beautiful! love that cobalt wall! thanks for the inspiration :)

natasha {schue love} said...

Wow, I am on design detail OVERLOAD!! What a fabulous space. I wish I had a fraction of her eye for style!!

Leslie said...

These are great tips! I'll definitely keep them in mind. :)

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Naomi's blog is fabulous! She gave some great pointers today, I love her bold use of pattern and color.

Anneke {RustiChic} said...

-) I think personalized spaces like this are the most beautiful....when they really do scream "you". Lovely! :-)

Amanda Hill said...

Love her tips...girls got it!

Inês Pereira @Perfect-home said...

Lindo, lindo, lindo. Eu também nunca gostei do minimalismo! Qual é a graça que tem?

Alicia xoxxo said...

Beautiful!! Gorgeous!!!
PS-Miss Aubrey, how is that sweet family doing and esp their little boy? I have worried and prayed and worried some more. Truly heartbreaking. Can you contact me with their address? Thanks Xo!

adventuresindinner said...

Delicious spaces! I LOVE the fuscia table especially. There might be a paint project in my future :-)

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

oh my goodness! Those blue walls are gorgeous!! What an amazingly styled home!! I'm seriously digging it!

Da me, da noi said...

Such a wonderful apartment, screw minimalism! :)
Aubrey, thanks for introducing me to Naomi.
I love the first image with the blue wall and pink table.

emily said...

What wonderful tips! She has such an amazing space. It's so beautiful! Hope you've been doing well!

Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

fabulous tips and a fabulous space. Now to get my husband on board... :)

Haley @ Cardigan Junkie said...

This post has so many of my favorite things! Wallpaper, campaign furniture, and patterned pillows... so inspired. Great roundup, lady!