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Rose Thicket — Charmed, We’re Sure

Rose Thicket collaborators design a derelict shed to bloom anew as an English-inspired tea cottage

On a Tudor Revival estate in Pasadena, Bee’s Bliss Tea Cottage looks like it popped out of a book by Beatrix Potter but has its own story to tell. Built as a brick shed in 1916, the badly neglected structure was a caretaker’s workshop when Trevor and Justina Freel, the husband-and-wife collaborators of Rose Thicket, transformed it into a thing of natural beauty for the 2017 Pasadena Home Showcase House of Design.

“Our vision was to create an exterior landscape of an English cottage-style forest garden of California native plants and an interior with a structure of traditional Tudor architecture filled with furniture and objects of contemporary Shaker minimalism meets the free spirit of California,” say the Freels. A beautiful, environmentally sensitive space regenerative to both earth and soul.

In not interfering with the building’s historical exterior brick, the Freels maintained its integrity. They did, however, replace the rotted front doors with counterparts of brass leaded glass and a honeycomb-like motif referencing an ever-present theme—bees. Bees to pollinate the California native plants, bees to populate the apiary. “Mother nature is considered in everything that we do,” the duo explain. “We always seek to be with nature, not against nature.” 

This harmony plays out inside cottage, which is small but with entry and sitting areas, a swinging bed and kitchen space. “Behind every object in our design is a craftsman who makes [it] with their hands,” say Trevor (who designed furnishings made with traditional wood joinery) and Justina (who contributed fine-art pieces). The faux timber frame structure is meant to evoke the look of a traditional Tudor building, while natural lime plaster colored with mineral pigments helps to passively regulate humidity and temperature. Electrical lighting is the only trace of technology—by design.

“Many times modern design is removed from nature and therefore can feel cold and sterile,” say the Freels. “With our storybook cottage, we wanted to bring you back to a place you have forgotten.” But will not soon forget.

Photography Courtesy of Allison Maginn  |  rosethicket.com

Floral Fantasy

Project Portland Home by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design (above)

 

Make your home feel like a garden oasis with big-impact floral motifs. Here, a flourish of embellishments for making any space bloom.

1.) Missoni Home

Passiflora Cushion
$308, us.amara.com

 


 

2.) Cement Tile Shop

Cannes II
$82.80/box, cementtileshop.com

 


 

 

3.) Roberto Cavalli Home

Golden Flowers
Dessert Plate
From $146, us.amara.com

 


 

4.) Chivasso by Jab Anstoetz

Dream On
$127/yard, thomaslavin.com

 


 

5.) Jonathan Adler

Delphine Credenza
$3,950, jonathanadler.com

 


 

6.) William Sonoma

Novelty Patterned Jacquard Cashmere Throw
Izmira Floral, Blue
$299, william-sonoma.com

 

Curated by Karine Monié
Photography Courtesy of Amara, Cement Tile Shop, Thomas Lavin, Jonathan Adler, William Sonoma, and Lincoln Barbour

Glamorous Shine: Metallic Accents

Metallic accents in silver, gold, brass and copper exude a refined look and perfectly combine with soft textures and neutral tones

 

1) Kelly Hoppen  |  Marble Cosmic  |  $50, kellyhoppen.com

 

2) Tom Dixon  |  Eclectic London Diffuser  |  $90, tomdixon.net

                        

 

3) Pols Potten  |  Wire Ball Table Tray in Copper  |  $261, amara.com

 

4) Leclaireur  |  Sunset Mirror  |  $1,930, leclaireur.com

 

5) Leclaireur  |  Leporello Bar Stool  |  $2,228, leclaireur.com

 

6) Skultuna  |  Lunar Candle Holder in Copper  |  $101, amara.com

 

7) Baker  |  Tower Chest by Darryl Carter for Milling Road  |  $6,660, bakerfurniture.com

 

Curated by Karine Monié
Photographs: Courtesy Kelly Hoppen, Tom Dixon, Amara, Leclaireur, Baker, and Mary Costa Photography (lifestyle)

Paper Chase

Embrace the bold colors and patterns of contemporary wall coverings to refresh any room

1. BRUNSCHWIG & FILS CHANDIGARH AQUAMARINE

Price upon request, brunschwig.com

2. PETITE FRITURE CONSTELLATION 2 BY LESLIE DAVID IN “ENCRE”

$230, petitefriture.com

 

3. KELLY WEARSTLER CRESCENT IN LAKE CREAM

$540/10 yards, kellywearstler.com

 

4. SCALAMANDRÉ EAST INDIA IN “ORO,”

298$, scalamandre.com

 

5. COLE & SON MIAMI (PRODUCT CODE: 112/6032)

price upon request, cole-and-son.com

 

6. PIERRE FREY SOCORRO (FP404001)

$270/yard, pierrefrey.com

 

Curated By Karine Monié  |  Photography Courtesy of Brunschwig & Fils, Petite Friture, Kelly Wearstler, Scalamandré, Cole & Son and Pierre Frey

The Power of Purple

Inventive, audacious and contemplative, Pantone’s 2018 color of the year—Ultra Violet—brings freshness and mystery to every home

Curated by Karine Monié  |  Photographsy Courtesy of Jonathan Adler, Z Gallerie, Boca Do Lobo, Lindström Rugs, Brabbu

 

  1. JONATHAN ADLER LAVENDER BARGELLO HONEYCOMB THROW PILLOW, $165, jonathanadler.com.

     

     

  2. Z GALLERIE AMETHYST CONDUIT 1, $599.95 – $999.95, zgallerie.com.

     

     

  3. BOCA DO LOBO DIAMOND AMETHYST SIDEBOARD, $28,110, bocadolobo.com.

     

     

  4. LINDSTRÖM RUGS ANGULUS, $90 per sq. ft., lindstromrugs.com.

     

     

  5. BRABBU BEGONIA ARMCHAIR, from $2,650, brabbu.com.

     

     

  6. Z GALLERIE ZARA PILLOWTOP OTTOMAN, $549, zgallerie.com. Lifestyle by Jonathan Adler, jonathanadler.com.

LIONEL RICHIE EMPIRE FLUTE AND VERSAILLES CHARGER

LIONEL RICHIE EMPIRE FLUTE $143 each) and VERSAILLES CHARGER ($93 each), LionelRichieHome.com

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