I have been crushing on DeVol's instagram feed for a while now as well as the design work of Jersey Ice Cream Company. Definitely a look and one I love. Having a similar feel I thought I'd write a little about the two this Saturday morning, while in the Forest and looking for inspiration on a new project.
So on my resent trip to NYC I made it a point to go by the showroom on Bond Street which had just opened !! (here). It was just a pretty as I pictured in my head.
Who is DeVol ? Well you can read all about them here, or a previous post of mine here, their history and such, but in short - an amazing design firm of some 30 years specializing in beautiful English Country and French inspired kitchen design. The look is something I would want to come home to. It exudes cozy, home, sentimental, collected, original, sweet - just words that come to my mind when I am in space with this look. The look isn't hard, isn't modern (though the function is), isn't cold. It's a look that does make you want to slow down and just breath and reminiscent maybe of summers away.
Took a few pictures of their showroom.. take a look !
Love it all.
Now what does Jersey Ice Cream Co, have to do with DeVol? Well first of all.. nothing to do with ice cream and everything to do with design. They are a design team who doesn't believe in out with the old and in with the new. They transform old farmhouses in the Hudson Valley (as well as collaborate on pretty cool boutique hotels) to give their clients a unique dwelling of function and character. Meet Tara Mangini and Percy Bright.
Their plaster walls, somewhat of a signature look, they believe add depth to a room (as do I) and their use of flea market finds, vintage pieces and an overall cohesive look is nothing short of magical. There's something special about history and age. Creating a unique space that doesn't scream big box, chain or e-commerce.
What is their method? They move in during the renovation, smart. They spend their time moving from house to house leaving gorgeous renovations and designs one right after the other.
Between the two, I am finding all sorts of inspiration. Take a look at a few images of their work.
The Minwawa Project
Staying true to the space, this 1887 Arts & Crafts home, finished, is a step back in time with it's original details. The feel is divine. What an amazing get-a-way this would be.
I love the mis-matched chairs and dark walls. I used a similar color in my mountain house in both a bedroom and the exterior. Client's often think it will be too dark, but it never is !
This kitchen, easy and simple with the open shelving below, gorgeous plaster wall and vintage utility sink. Trim color does not have to be white throughout, please, please.. so much better complimenting the cabinet color.
Nothing better than a claw foot tub and a little afternoon natural light. Simple ship lap and large vintage stone sink. Leaving the wood window trim was definitely the way to go.
Bunk Room for late night chatter under the covers.
Two cozy bedrooms, I particularly love the spindle bed (have a black on in mind for phase 2 here in the Forest). The break in the plaster walls from white to off white is such a simple thing but made all the difference.
This kitchen is a showstopper for me. I came across it a while ago. Not only is the stove divine the slight glimmer of the tile adds such an amazing overall feet. Located in Rockport, Maine, I can just small the lobster boil. Timeless for sure.
The London Flat
This is probably my favorite. I adore the colors, and not to mention it's in London, what a fun reno this must have been. So much inspiration in that city ! I am sure they found all sorts of accessories in nearby shops.
Old mantles, leather sofa, plaster walls, airy sheers and perfect.
Old Chatham Farmhouse
This is farmhouse done right. Exposed wood joists, wide plank floors and built in cupboards. I read they lived in the barn while working on this amazing place.
I tell people all this time a little less is best, and I mean it.
All so pretty.
I love the cement sink with the wood base...
and last but not lease...
The Lokal Hotel
The next time I am in Philly this is a much. The Lokal. This place has six unique one and two-bedroom units in this 19th century brick building in the Old City.
Pretty amazing I wouldn't want to leave...
Maybe it's because I'm on vacation up in the mountains, maybe it's my love of vintage done right, but I know I love this look and can't get enough of it.
Two of my favorites.. DeVol and Jersey Ice Cream, thanks for the inspo this am !