Apartment LOVE: Monelle Totah



There are some homes that I can look at over & over and never tire of. These are the FAVORITES. We usually see them a million times splattered all over blogland and to me, Monelle Totah's home featured in Elle Decor a few months ago is one of those. It gets to the point where I almost feel bad posting because I know everyone's already seen it, but I just have to because I love it so much. Monelle is the head designer at Williams-Sonoma home so it's no wonder her place is GORGEOUS. Her living room is my favorite spot:

All- white with small hits of black and silver. It's sophisticated & just insanely beautiful. With its leggy furniture pieces, exposed wood floor & the color palette, it feels airy & open. That coffee table = yum yum!! Accessories are layered to perfection & it just feels ready for cocktails in there!! I'm also loving the dining room (below). It's a bit softer with a little more age due to the antiques, but has the same nice graphic punch of the overscale striped rug that the zebra hide had in the living room. I love seeing the silhouette of the table under the simple linen tablcloth. Such a relaxed elegance...

Below is a stocked little secretary & stylish mail-collecting spot. (At least that's what I'd use it for! ;)

The kitchen is light & airy & freah. The glass cabinet doors makes it feel larger than it is:


Of course I'm loving the white slipcovered headboard & general feeling in the bedroom (below). Also, check out her tired nightstand on the right side of the bed. How great is it for stacking books?! The two ottomans at the end of the bed are great touches (would be full of clothes at my house ;) and something about the green hydrangeas in the arrangement just seals this space for me. I love that hit of green! I have no idea what her budget was in this space but I think it could be fairly easily created on a tight budget. Headboard, ottomans, prints on the wall, books, seagrass rug... And I love the old sawhorse/bench under the window. I've seen them a lot while out shopping (Lucketts usually has one! - very inexpensive) and always consider buying them! (They're a little too skinny to be comfortable sitting on for any period of time though but look amazing... probably great for putting on shoes & setting books on... haha now I want one!! don't go to Lucketts!! just kidding ;) And for me, if I make a splurge in a room (which I usually do) it tends to be on the lamps...



I love seeing little stands & table & chairs in bathrooms... Do this one stay around after the photo shoot I wonder? Sadly, non of my bathrooms are big enough for any of these pretty extras... yet ;) hee hee... I'm also loving the toile in the shower area:


This bedroom has a perfect little galler wall & I love the splashes of gold and orange in the all-white space. How easy is this room to switch up seasonally?!! love it!

And the modern chair & art playing off the with the frilly chandelier & painted bamboo dresser = WOW
And finally, one last shot of the main area. It's just beautiful and if we didn't need striped rugs before, now we do ;)


Also, if you haven't seen already. Brooke from Velvet & Linen is having the COOLEST GIVEAWAY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh I won't spoil the surprise if you don't already know, but just go over there.
Have a great weekend & I took photos of our finished bedrooms (finally) and will be posting Mon!!! We're painting those nursery stripes -ahhhhhhh!!!
xoxoxo,
Lauren
ps- I just have to tell you about the weirdest dream I had last night: I was at K-Mart and Martha Stewart was there because of her products (I think she's stopped selling there in real life?) and she was helping to put carts away in the parking lot. I thought that was very nice of her. ;)

29 comments:

Jessica said...

These pics are all STUNNING! Love them! :)

Mary said...

I've never seen these pictures before. This was a nice to treat for a Friday. Can't wait till Monday to see your bedrooms.
Have a fun weekend!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Martha Steward putting carts away, somehow I don't think so! What an interesting dream...

Love this home...it is in SF right? Makes it even better! I had an 800 sf home in SF, loved it but dreamed about a more spacious abode such as this. (Lottery?!)
Thanks for sharing, I really enjoy hearing other people comment on rooms that I have seen before because something always gets pointed out that I've overlooked.

Good luck painting the nursery stripes, most certainly you will do a fabulous job. What colors?

Janell

Carolyn said...

I didn't know those bedrooms were hers. They are both 2 of my favorites. I love the color schemes in each so much. Can't wait to see your finished bedrooms..prob. just as wondey!

inthetweeds said...

Ahhhh yes this home was AMAZING! I tore out each and every one of these pics. Such gorgeousness!!! I want that living room and master bedroom!

bluehydrangea said...

This home is in my favorites file and I could never could tired of looking at it!!

Velvet and Linen said...

Wow, this home just glows!
I really like the grey she used on the walls in the dining room. I seem to be drawn to grey, black and white color schemes lately. The whole home has that casual elegant vibe.

Thank you so much for mentioning my give away!

xo
Brooke

LindsB said...

This is one of my most favorite homes that Elle Decor has featured. Its my favorite because I LOVE every single room in the house. Normally I love one or two rooms, or elements of a home. But with this one, I love EVERYTHING!!

Have a good weekend, and I cant WAIT to see bedroom pics!!

trouvais.com said...

I love your dream! All great photos and I can see why you're drawn to them...they're so you! Very crisp and fresh. Nice. Thanks, Trish

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

I just love that home! I forgive you for writing a post about it ;).

Erin said...

I've never seen these pics either! That living room is what I imagine heaven to look like! But I love the bedroom too...all white with the gold and orange...it's perfect! Have a great weekend! (That dream is tooooo funny, by the way!)

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I met Monelle back in Sept. in Paris at the Objet show and she was just as sweet and down to earth as can be! I loved her apartment as well so meeting and getting to spend time with her was a small thrill!

Viera said...

all picks are just stunning. Have a great weekend too. Have fun painting.
X
V

christi said...

i adore the kitchen and bathroom photos. the kitchen looks small but very well planned. i like that!!

Catherine Davila said...

just discovered your blog...I too live in a suburban split and boy do I wish I had your eye! Keep it up and I look forward to future postings...

Merci New York said...

Love the living room. The monochromatic colors are great and really make the zebra rug "pop"!

Lindsey Conrad - Nabors said...

Amazing home! I love every room! Love the living room and then I just love how she has done her secretary! I have one and seeing hers really gave me some ideas!!

Thanks for sharing. I always love seeing fabulous homes!!

Greet said...

Lauren,
You have showed a lot of good pictures! I filed some!
Yes I red about the give away from Velvet and Linen! Unbelievable!

Have a nice weekend!
Greet

Michelle said...

Love that master bedroom and the art in the next one! Great space!@

Best,
Michelle

my favorite and my best said...

me too lauren! one of the best, so relaxed and elegant.

Windlost said...

I know, I just loved this space when I first saw it. Such a gorgeous combination of traditional and modern elements, fresh clean colours, pretty and handsome all at once. Really a gorgeous home.

P.S. Brooke's giveaway is only for the US. I am so sad. But I am very cheered by your funny Martha Stewart dream! : )

xo Terri

Thomas said...

Don't feel bad for posting these pics...i actually don't remember seeing this and I get Elle Decor in the mail. Love this!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

What a great home...there isn't a corner I don't adore. And the whole look can change with the simple addition of different colored flowers.

Greet said...

Hi Lauren,
I tagged you on my post of today!
xx
Greet

Maria Killam said...

Okay the only colour that is just a little too cold for me is the blue gray in the dining room - otherwise, a beautiful space, love the stripes, love the Zebra rug, just beautiful!!

Red Door Home said...

What a wonderful blog! I am a follower of Greet at Belgian Pearls and saw she nominated you for an honest scrap award - congratulations! I look forward to learning more about you and following your blog.

pve design said...

Gorgeous and I love your dream!!!
pve

Nishant said...

. This was a nice to treat for a Friday. Can't wait till Monday to see your bedrooms.
Have a fun weekend! Work from home India

Deliciously Organized said...

This house has been one of my favorites for a while now!!! And it always makes me miss my home...san fran!