We got a head start on holiday decking out the Collins Cottage at Lido House Hotel in Newport Beach for the special season ahead. The full tour is coming soon (update: it's HERE), but we had to take advantage of these sales and share with you all our festive finds!! Happy decorating!!
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FESTIVE FRONT DOOR
We only got the 30x48" Happy Howlidays Mat, but included the others for festive alternatives by the same designer. Love the oversized style.
Faux wreaths and garland brought the fresh green feel into the cottage, without the worry of keeping them alive. These whimsical wreaths hang in the windows of our octagon-shaped living room and front door, while a smaller and stiffer wreath completes the kitchen decor.
Cedar garland stepped up our stair rail game with its feathery branches, also battery-operated.
ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
A sunkissed-color scheme and natural textures kicked off our coastal-chic Christmas tree (love the shape + sparseness of this one). Then we sprinkled in one-off ornaments for personality, each adding to the beachy theme. If you've been up to Topside, the rooftop bar at Lido House Hotel, you may recognize the mermaid!
This capiz shell star topped off the tree with the perfect amount of seaside sophistication. We originally ordered this one, but it didn't come in time for our install so the Amazon dupe did the trick!
A woven tree collar conceals the faux tree base and adds a touch more of coastal character. We also considered these -- zigzag woven tree collar • black woven tree collar • hammered brass tree collar -- and bet they would make a great holiday statement!
Your book collection is about to get more spirited! These beautiful covers make a statement on coffee tables and shelves while offering sweet stories and recipes to share.
HOT COCOA BAR
DECKING THE DECK
Our "stay awhile" sign is home of the festive photo ops. Sunbursts sparkle in the sun on the green wall and would look great hanging from a roofline or fence. String lights keep the sparkle strong all night long. There was a lot of DIYing (and time) involved in the painted surfboard designs and wooden presents so no finished products to link there but let us know if you want some tips for the handmade pieces!
Around the octagon lounge, fluffy garland and oversized ornaments hang for a pop of holiday color seen from above and below. We got the blue, orange, white, red and gold ornaments, and also spray painted these gray ones pink to coordinate with our colors inside.
WRAPPED IN STYLE
The style doesn't have to end with your tree decor, continue your scheme into the gift wrap for an extra special touch. You may even get style points with the people on your gift list!
We styled this palm tree art with tiny red bows for a coastal take on traditional Christmas and leaned the piece in our kitchen shelfie.
Our woody model carrying a tree and surfboards didn't make it in time but this classic red truck was a great book topper in our living room set up.
We hope this jumpstarts your holiday decor shopping with some festive new additions to your collection!
Follow along on Instagram @blackbanddesign for more styling tips.
We channeled some of our favorite characters for this year's annual office costume party. From Hulu to Netflix and many networks in between, there was a lot of binge-worthy entertainment to celebrate.
"Flip" through our Reel on Instagram to see what to watch next!
Starring Wendy as Queen Elizabeth
Starring Greg as King George III
The Great British Bake Off
Starring Mary as a Contestant
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Starring Rachel as Mrs. Maisel
Starring Kate as Dwight
The Handmaid's Tale
Starring Rylee + Megan
Starring Jillian as Cruella de Vil
The Queen's Gambit
Starring Kim as Beth Harmon
Starring Mike as Ted Lasso
Starring Annie as Blair Waldorf
Emily in Paris
Starring Samantha as Emily
Starring Tanya as Eleven
Game of Thrones
Starring Alanna as Khalessi
Starring Lea as Damian
Starring Payton as Joe Exotic
*Cue the ending credits*
We hope you enjoyed a fun and safe Halloween!! Let the countdown to next year begin!
Costumes of Blackband Halloweens Past
JUNIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER (RESIDENTIAL) - Blackband Design, Orange County
Blackband Design is a full-service, internationally awarded interior design firm. For nearly 20 years, Blackband Design has brought a fresh, sophisticated, and unpretentious style to homes across the United States while offering a personalized approach to every client. Our team of talented and down-to-earth designers executes creativity across all architectural styles, works collaboratively in our Costa Mesa design studio and finds fun in the fast-paced environment.
We are looking for someone with bold, brilliant ideas, who is passionate about design, a self-starter with initiative, a problem solver and is detail oriented.
“MUST HAVES” EXPERIENCE + SKILLS:
- 2 to 4 years interior design experience.
- Interior design school certification.
- AutoCAD and space planning experience.
- Photoshop and PowerPoint.
- Strong understanding of the design process.
- New build and renovation experience.
- Ability to read and comprehend construction documents and architectural drawings.
- Review and edit shop drawings and construction documents.
- Able to make FF&E suggestions.
- Window treatment experience is helpful.
- Allied member of ASID preferred.
- Working in the design studio.
- Assisting designers and design projects.
- Developing proposals and budgets.
- Assisting with presentations.
- Working directly with clients.
- Material specification.
- Working on projects from beginning to end.
- Selecting furniture, fabric, and lighting.
- Working with suppliers and fabric reps.
- Creating product tear sheets.
- Working on in-home installations.
- Running errands.
Salary: Dependent on experience.
Availability: Immediate availability preferred.
Hours: 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday 9:00 to 5:30.
To Apply : Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Junior Interior Designer Application” Please include any relevant work in your email – a link to your portfolio, website or blog, Instagram, Pinterest, or anything that makes you stand out.
Job Type: Full-time
RUSTIC GARAGE MEETS GUEST HOUSE GALORE
We wouldn't save the best* for last if this was just a garage, and this barn-like build is definitely more than a place to park the cars and quads. The Farm's carriage house brings the rustic charm to the modern main house and offers two additional guest suites (sleeping at least six little bodies), a bathroom and a mudroom to keep the wonder of the wilderness out where it belongs.
*Picking favorites at The Farm is pretty much impossible, you tell us — which is your favorite part?
THE CARRIAGE HOUSE
CARRIAGE HOUSE: HISTORICALLY SPEAKING, A STRUCTURE DETACHED FROM THE MANOR OR ESTATE ON THE PROPERTY THAT HOUSED HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES AND SOMETIMES INCLUDED STALLS FOR ANIMALS AND LIVING QUARTERS.
THE FARM'S BARN-INSPIRED CARRIAGE HOUSE TAKES US BACK IN TIME AND SETS THE TONE FOR A GOOD OLD FASHIONED STAY ON THE PROPERTY... WITH THE MODERN LUXURIES OF TODAY, OF COURSE.
CONNECTED BY THE STEEL-FRAMED GLASS CORRIDOR
WASH THE WORRIES AWAY
Resilient, natural materials cover this wash room in style so clean up can look good and weather the storm. A soapstone sink makes a statement in the steel vanity and the floor-to-ceiling plaid mosaic hides any hints of splashing. This mudroom houses a full shower to rinse away the big messes that carefree country living can entail without tracking the evidence inside.
THE BUNK ROOM
FOUR PEAS IN A POD
The kids may call dibs on this room but guests of all ages can appreciate a sweet built-in bunk design... at least around here they can! Rift white oak carries in the natural element cohesive with the rest of the home and gives the bunks their structure. The corner tower wastes no space carving out a stairway nook on the other side.
BLACK + WHITE BATH
There's no gray area in this high contrast design, just a touch of muted green. Timeless subway tiles and paneling add dimension to the colorless walls while a cross pattern fills the dark floor with some fun.
THE DOUBLE ROOM
DOUBLE THE LOVE
These hanging headboards and soft purple linens are the bunk room's toughest competition. Paired with a geo-detailed dresser, two wardrobes and a hanging chair in each window nook, we can see why guests would choose to stay here.
Fun fact: The "hanging headboards" are mounted to the wall with z-bars but the custom curtain rods really complete the whimsical look.
SEE MORE OF PROJECT SANTA YNEZ
A COLLECTION OF NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN NEWPORT BEACH HOMES THAT YOU CAN TOUR FROM ANYWHERE + THE BLACKBAND FAMILY'S HOME IS ONE OF THEM!
47TH ANNUAL CDM HOME TOUR
The annual Corona del Mar Home Tour fundraiser is a favorite for design-lovers near and far. Homeowners in the area generously open their homes to be toured by community participants and supporters flying in from coast to coast, all benefitting CDM's Middle and High Schools. Southern California is known for their neighborhoods to be full of top notch dream homes so this isn't just any school fundraiser — it's an exclusive look into magazine-worthy interiors designed by local professionals and homeowners with an eye for design.
This year’s virtual addition offers a unique opportunity to get to know a more in-depth story behind the designs of the six homes and the stories that make them personal. No bobbing through a crowded home peeking around heads to see the details — the professional film crew is capturing all the good stuff for you! You'll get exclusive access to "walk through" these incredible homes on your screen, hear from the homeowners and designers that brought them to life, and even learn from masterclasses with local professionals.
Another bonus: These tours will be streaming for several days throughout February so give your Netflix series a break and soak in the inspiration from these limited edition on-demand shows. Streaming begins February 10th.
Sit back, relax and get your tickets HERE!
THE BLACKBAND FAMILY HOME
This tour is extra special to the Blackband family and Blackband Design team because we're unveiling Greg and Wendy's personal home! Their slice of paradise on Balboa Island has been thoughtfully renovated to maximize entertaining space and reflect their favorite styles from around the globe. It's a one-of-a-kind showcase of Wendy's personal style and it's sure to get you thinking outside of the box!
ROOMS WITH A VIEW
The Farm is a dream, countryside retreat built to be shared with the luckiest of family and friends. Nature's beauty radiates through the larger-than-life picture windows in each suite bringing the idyllic scenery into the sleeping spaces. Guests can't go wrong when it comes to which room they're checking into in this home... can you pick a favorite?
JACK + JILL SUITES
STYLE IN FULL SWING
An oversized pivot door with wood-stained planks arranged to create a chevron pattern makes for an architectural statement and offers a warm welcome upon arriving at the first guest suite of the hallway.
A complex color story of muted greens, inky blues, sun-kissed pinks and golden hues mix with natural elements throughout the suites. Each room tells the story with its own flair of personality while relating to the home as a whole.
IT'S ALWAYS ALL IN THE DETAILS
Bedrooms peek-a-boo through a Jack + Jill bathroom that complement both sleeping spaces with its cool tones and seamless wood flooring.
CONCRETE OR QUARTZ?
Quartz slabs were mitered together to create the illusion of a thick, concrete countertop. Integrated sinks follow suit with their minimalist style mirroring the simplicity of nature.
When slabs (or other building materials) are cut at a 45 degree angle so that two come together to form a corner.
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
Warm pops of color give the "yellow room" its name while neutral furnishings and a decorative rug keep the overall style sophisticated.
INTIMATE + INTENTIONAL
The design team approached these guest rooms with the same attention to detail as the rest of the home. We wanted the suites to feel special and thoughtful... a sense of bed + breakfast charm in a luxurious, private retreat.
GUEST BEDROOM + EN SUITE
ONE WITH NATURE
The serene views on display in each room were the foundation of the designs. We didn't want to bring in any colors or silhouettes that would compete with the surroundings, so we kept the furnishings low and muted. Tall headboards against the recessed walls balance the height of the room and bring coziness to the open-air space.
Layers of textiles on the beds and a mix of materials on the nightstands add so much depth to the design without distracting from the setting.
Taupe-y tones in the suite are given new life with fresh patterns and effortlessly enhance the down-to-earth ambiance.
SEE MORE OF PROJECT SANTA YNEZ
The Newport Beach chapter of National Charity League hosted their annual Holiday Boutique this past weekend and it was a huge success! We loved seeing so many familiar faces shopping and it was great to meet so many new ones! Wendy Blackband and the team of NCL women who coordinated the event want to extend a huge thank you to the small businesses and local community that came out to support, even in the rare rain storm. Shout out to OC SPACE for the awesome, rain-protected venue for the event!
If you weren't able to make it to the Holiday Boutique on Saturday, you've still got an opportunity to shop these special vendors!! Listed below are shopping codes to use at the specified websites for 20% of your purchase to benefit NCL Newport charities such as Second Step - a safe haven for families in our community that have been affected by domestic abuse.
ONLINE SHOPPING CODES
These codes are valid November 8 - 14, 2020 unless otherwise noted. With these codes, 20% of your purchases will go back to the Newport chapter of National Charity League to benefit its local charities. A few of these vendors have offered additional discounts to you on top of their NCL donation. So there's never been a better time to start crossing off that gift list... Happy Shopping!!
CASON COUTURE - use NCLNEWPORT for Free Shipping
CRESENT MOON YOGA - use NCL2020
GLITTER FOR BREAKFAST - use LOVENCL
JOY DRAVECKY JEWELRY - use NCL2020 for 30% discount
MEDDOCK INTERIORS - use NCL2020
NAKED GRANDMA PEPPER JAM - use NCLHOLIDAY
ROCK GODDESS JEWELRY - use ROCKG1120
SIMPLY STRAWS - use NCL HOLIDAY for 15% discount through December 31st
SOCIAL BUTTERYFLY DESIGNS - use NCLNPB20
STATEMENT HOME - use NCL2020 for Free Shipping
STUDIO SUZAN - use NCLDAY
THE STRAP LAB - use NCL2020
Lots of plans were canceled, changed or postponed this year... Halloween at Blackband Design was not one of them! We had another great team costume party at the office and found some extra fun to celebrate in this crazy year of 2020. Check out our characters in action on IGTV and have a very happy Halloween!!
WENDY: FLAMENCO DANCER
CANCELED PLANS: FAMILY VACATION IN SPAIN
"SPAIN TRIP WAS CANCELED, SANGRIA WAS NOT"
GREG: DOCTOR B
CANCELED PLANS: NON-ESSENTIAL DOCTOR VISITS
"WASH YOUR HANDS, KEEP SIX FEET APART, WEAR A MASK"
MARY: RAIDER NATION FAN
CANCELED PLANS: NFL STADIUM EXPERIENCE
"CAN I GET A HAIL MARY?"
ASHLEY P: VACATIONER
CANCELED PLANS: TROPICAL VACATION
"VACATION IS ALL I EVER WANTED"
RACHEL: DISNEY ANNUAL PASS HOLDER
CANCELED PLANS: DISNEYLAND
"TOO MANY BLACKOUTS"
KATE: CORONA BRIDE
CANCELED PLANS: ORIGINAL WEDDING PLANS
"LOVE IS NOT CANCELED"
KENDALL: QUARANTINE BEAUTY QUEEN
CANCELED PLANS: HAIR SALON APPOINTMENTS
"FROM CUTE TO QUARANTINE"
MEGAN: OLYMPIC SWIMMER
CANCELED PLANS: SUMMER OLYMPICS 2020
"...JUST KEEP SWIMMING..."
JILLIAN: RODEO QUEEN
CANCELED PLANS: RODEO
"THIS AIN'T MY FIRST RODEO AND I SURE HOPE IT AIN'T MY LAST"
KIM: FLIGHT ATTENDANT
CANCELED PLANS: FLIGHTS
"PLEASE KEEP YOUR SEATBELTS FASTENED, IT'S BEEN A BUMPY YEAR"
NICOLE: COACHELLA ENTHUSIAST
CANCELED PLANS: COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL
ASHLEY T: COSTA RICA TOURISTA
CANCELED PLANS: COSTA RICA VACATION
TRACY: MET GALA SOCIALITE
CANCELED PLANS: RED CARPET APPEARANCES
"LIGHTS, CAMERA, ZOOM"
SIERRA: MLB STADIUM VENDOR
CANCELED PLANS: MLB STADIUM EXPERIENCE
"SAFE AT HOME... BASE"
CANCELED PLANS: ZOO DAY
"LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEERS, OH MY"
EMMY: THE BACHELORETTE
CANCELED PLANS: THE BACHELORETTE, SEASON 16
"THE MOST DRAMATIC SEASON YET"
RACHELLE: CORE POWER YOGA INSTRUCTOR
CANCELED PLANS: YOGA STUDIO CLASSES
"NAMA-STAY AT HOME"
CANCELED PLANS: GRADUATION CEREMONIES
"NOT A LOT OF POMP IN THIS CIRCUMSTANCE"
MICHAEL: CONCERT GOING COWBOY
CANCELED PLANS: STAGECOACH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Thanks for following along! We hope you have a happy and safe Halloween and find joy to celebrate everyday!
A TOUR OF THE EXTERIOR + OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES AT THE FARM
For a home so strongly inspired by its setting, it's only fitting we share the spaces that connect the untouched nature to the newly crafted estate.
A WARM WELCOME
A stone, wood and iron gate marks the entrance to The Farm while the winding driveway sets the tone for all the beauty and adventure to be experienced atop the property.
A pair of deep occasional chairs provide seating for two on the front porch without blocking any of the window views. We intentionally tucked a few more intimate seating arrangements around the home for quiet escapes to unplug and reconnect.
INDOOR - OUTDOOR
The main living space extends out to the front porch with its huge pocket doors leaving these woven rocking chairs an obvious choice to soak in all the serenity beyond.
Check out our main living tour for the backstory on these rockers!
Acres of rolling hills, growing vineyards and undiscovered trails make up the beautiful "backyard" of this property. With all of that adventure around, we made sure to create comfortable spaces to relax and breathe in the fresh air, close to home.
DINNER PARTY PARADISE
Rustic barn doors off the family den open wide to a terrace-covered dining space encouraging effortless indoor-outdoor entertaining.
The light sweeping in through the doorway fills the otherwise dark + moody den — a must see in this tour!
DINING AL FRESCO IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER AT THE FARM
The infinity edge pool is surrounded by seating options to further soak in the sun or doze in the shade out of the splash zone.
Golden hour brings the most magical lighting through the whimsical trees reflected on the water.
A dark sky ordinance in the "neighborhood" limits the need for exterior fixtures and maximizes the ultimate star-gazing experience.
THE CARRIAGE HOUSE
There aren't necessarily outdoor living areas set up with furnishings around the carriage house, but there is way too much curb appeal inspiration not to share! Stay tuned for an interior tour of this garage and bunk house...
LIGHT IN THE TUNNEL
A glass corridor connects the main house to the carriage house with stunning steel-framed panes. Upon arrival to this photoshoot, photographer Manolo Langis halted his greetings to capture this golden hour glow at its prime.
LIFE AT THE FARM