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House Beautiful December 2018

The House Beautiful reader is someone whose home is her bedrock. She is always improving it because the process – and result – delights her. Happiness in her home comes from easy luxury and highly personal style. Her home is a gift to share with family and friends.

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from our editor

In a room designed by Alexa Hampton at the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.Clockwise from right: Chic navy makeup towels from Weezie; the fragrance people can’t stop asking me about; a pair of Pals socks; a Faber-Castell marbling kit.FROM THE NEW LEGO WINTER VILLAGE FIRE STATION SET—LOOKS LIKE ME AND MY TODDLER!I had planned to fill this page with holiday gift ideas, but as I reviewed myfun finds, I hesitated. Somehow, focusing too much on “stuff” didn’t feel right for this season of gratitude and togetherness.It’s not the first time I’ve grappled with prioritizing things over ideas in this magazine. One of the open secrets of House Beautiful is that we continuously remind readers (and ourselves!) that it’s the experiences good design affords us—not the furniture or the decor…

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gift guide

SKATING POND1. Snowflake Marshmallows $12.50 for 10. Megaboom 3 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker In Lagoon Blue. $200. Espresso Coffee Machine In Pastel Blue. $450. Pommed Rib Lounger Slippers $38. Balancing Blocks By Fort Standard. In Ocean. $48 for a set of 10. Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Fondue By Aux Anysetiers du Roy. $29. Cat Moneybox By Pols Potten. Porcelain. $70. & 11. Bang Plates From $80 each. Antonio Mattei Biscotti $25 per tin. Printed Pencils $20 for 24. Lucite Faceted Bangle Bracelets $38 each. Small Nova Tumbler Non-leaded crystal. $59 for four. Lapis Facial Oil By Herbivore Botanicals. $72 for 1.7 oz. Background: Vinyl Lacquered Wallcovering in Royal Azure, available through a designer; Crystallized Edible Flowers $15 per…

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high gloss

WATER’S EDGE 1635BENJAMIN MOORE“For a client’s library that opens to a garden and pool, we chose this beautiful blue-gray to give the illusion of bringing the outside in. We color-matched the shade to a true lacquer paint for a mirror-like shine that regular high-gloss paint can’t achieve. The process was laborious—this room took eight coats—but the end result is absolutely show-stopping.”PALOMA CONTRERASH00730FINE PAINTS OF EUROPE“Some clients fear that red can be too bright and hectic, but this deep, rich shade—which we used in the library of an Upper West Side apartment—is anything but. The result is a room that feels exotic and warm, equally suited to curling up with a good book or entertaining guests late into the night.”ALEXANDRA PAPPAS AND TATYANA MIRONCOPEN BLUE SW 0068SHERWIN-WILLIAMS“I grew up vacationing with…

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the 19 for 2019

Mulvany & Rogers’s mini Buckingham Palace.NO.1 MORE THAN A LITTLE EXCITEDSmall is going to be big in 2019, as dollhouses are finding a receptive new fan base among young adults mesmerized by all things teeny-tiny. (They’re also playing pivotal roles on TV—see HBO’s creepy Sharp Objects.) For Brits Kevin Mulvany and Susie Rogers, a husband-and-wife team who’ve been making miniatures for more than three decades, spending up to two years crafting a single residence in one-twelfth scale isn’t unusual. mulvanyandrogers.comA photo op at the Color Factory in New York City.NO.2 Say CheeseInteractive, Instagrammable pop-ups—part fun houses, part branding exercises—are the hottest tickets in town. Designed as photogenic backdrops for selfies, they have rooms where visitors can flop into an all-yellow ball pit or be showered by rainbow confetti. “They resonate…

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on the rise: jared hughes

White walls are what my nightmares are made of!” says Atlanta-based designer Jared Hughes. “I need to feel color in my environment.” For proof, look no further than his own bedroom walls, coated in a brilliant saffron hue. An affinity for bold palettes was something Hughes picked up during his time as a floral designer in Charleston, South Carolina, where he fell for the Holy City’s singular blend of Georgian architecture and chinoiserie influences—characteristics that eventually found their way into his color-saturated, multilayered interiors. Since opening his eponymous firm last year, he has continued to explore the dichotomy between the traditional and the exotic, always adding a splash of the unexpected. Take the minimalist white-plaster side tables he designed for a client’s bedroom that sit among Rococo-style bergères, a hodgepodge…

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going to town

PINKS1 & 2. TRIMS AND TAPES “I love the tension of classics modernized with contemporary designs.” Fraktur Tape in Gris/Clay. Cabana Linen Tapes in Shade/Poppy and Pool/Navy.3 & 4. WALLS “The quiet geometric print plays off the energy and presence of the floral.” Rapture Silk Paper in Petal. Brink Paper in Blush/Gold.STRIPES5. SLIPPER CHAIR “Dramatic lines bring boldness to a small, sculptural chair.” Sereno Stripe Cotton Blend in Malt/Onyx.6 & 7. SOFA AND PILLOW “Setting the sofa stripes on the diagonal creates movement, which is echoed in the pillow.” Oblique Cotton Blend in Beige/Noir. Askew Linen in Sienna/Navy.NEUTRALS8. ARMCHAIR “A refined piece in a subtle hue adds simplicity amid all the complexity.” Stroke Linen-Cotton Blend in Pearl/Sand.9. PILLOW “To me, this mohair velvet is a neutral!” Montage Cotton-Mohair Blend in…