Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Designer Crush...Who'll I'll Be Calling When I'm All Grown Up!

Sometimes you come across a designer whose work just speaks to you. Okay, I find it actually happens quite often! But in this case, the work of Interior Designer Benjamin Dhong is appealing through its quiet sophistication and calm. They are the kind of spaces I imagine I will desire I'm "all grown up." 


The palest of blush grasscloth paired with marble and detailed cabinetry, and a peek of the David Hicks inspired Vase wallpaper in yellow from an adjoining room reflected in the mirror.


A bath tub enclosed with drapery sporting green velvet trim, accessorized with a sunburst mirror and a pair of tulip stools covered with more green velvet. And I'm trying to figure out the wall treatment, is it paneling or faux bois wallpaper?


Here it is again. I appreciate the humor of the wood stump placed against the finish of the wall. And the Greek key detailing around the edges of the window covering is a small detail that adds greatly to the overall success of the design.


A mix of navy and white cabinetry just doesn't get much more classic and chic, especially paired with the carrara marble.


Bookshelves don't have to be overly styled to be interesting...


...and a white kitchen with all the usual suspects - subway tile, marble, stainless steel appliances and nickle fixtures - will always be a favorite of mine. For color, bring in accessories and flowers of any color. 


A large window framing greenery just outside with simple greenery placed in a vase at the landing is beautifully serene.


I've posted this bedroom once before on this blog, taken with the restrained use of wallpaper, lining only the recessed area behind the twin beds with a cheerful pattern. 


Finally, photography. It's something I don't have enough of in my own home now, but it can add a lot of interest and spirit to a room. This large photo of trees running down a road or a path, perhaps, brings a wonderful sense of calm placed above a rustic wooden bench.

What would your "grown up" home look like?

22 comments :

  1. I love his style. That upstairs foyer with the skylight and just the most perfectly styled console is so heavenly. Thanks for sharing him with us. Have a great day.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com
    P.S. Mentioned you in our post today! Thanks for the RnB tips.

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  2. Beautiful! These spaces have an uncluttered sophistication which I just love.

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  3. I'd take that navy and white kitchen in a heartbeat.

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  4. I love every single one of these rooms! I want to be grown up now. :)

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  5. Love love love! I was taken back by how much I loved the navy and white kitchen (being a hardcore white kitchen lover). Beautiful beautiful rooms. Great inspiration for sure! Thanks!

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  6. I love the last photo...the simplicity of the photograph with the bench.

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  7. Forgot to say - I'm pretty sure I read somewhere else the faux bois is the wallpaper from Nobilis.

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  8. I think his style is so relaxing too! Just beautiful!!! Bringing in color with the accessories is great! That way as new color trends COME and GO, you don't have to spend a lot of money to change things up.

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  9. Love the bathroom walls! Is it wall paper or wood paneling??

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  10. Hi Janell,

    Okay, it's official.....I'm ready to be a grown-up! Love these elegant rooms! thank you!

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  11. This is sooo my style--always was, I guess I have an old soul...

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  12. I like his style! Calm, classic with a contemp twist. And I LOVE those blue cabinets! Tempting!

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  13. Fabulous post! was not familiar with his work! great to see new designers! love following your blog!
    Jamie Herzlinger

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  15. I love the accents on the bedroom! Even if you have cheap beds, the wallpaper and the wall accessories can really give you a fresh look of the room.

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  16. Yes...Michele is right...it is from Nobilis and it is $$$ I have wanted to use it for years....great images....

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  17. In the white kitchen with the subway tile, where is the light from? My mother is in the process of building her new house and this light is amazing.

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