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Baiyina A. Hughley
Los Angeles, CA
Interior Designer, Television Personality, Blogger, Furniture Designer, Fashionista, DIYer, Flea Market Finder, Design Diva, Mental Bjork Fan
Interests: world travel, photography, blogging, interior design, flea markets, electronica, british & french design style, design publications
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On any given day I'm busy working on various design projects. I just received my Dedar fabric samples in the mail and in the process of organizing my office made two separate piles of fabric and paper stuff...Naturally with the magazine on top. I looked over and low and behold realized that my sample was the very same as seen on this month's issue of House Beautiful. How's the for a sign? Guess I should probably use this one. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at Quirky Living
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Here are some of my favorite shots from the most recent issue of Lonny Magazine! These looks can easily be replicated with your own accessories and art. This credenza is a gem. Here its used in a nursery but it would work easily as well as a sideboard of tv credenza. I wonder if it's custom or vintage? So very cool. A clever play between modern and traditional. Love bronze and white together. Lucite is a sexy way to display your coolest costume jewelry. I adore lucite! In fact, I recently purchased a killer lucite side table. Yay for archival... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2010 at Quirky Living
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Many moons ago when I was trying to figure out what to do with my tiny one bedroom apartment in Philadelphia, my Aunt Nancy would drive down from Manhattan in her black Honda Civic hatchback and take me on early morning hunts to the coolest Flea Markets and thrift stores in and out of the city. It's on these junky adventures that I started to build my passion and obsession for design. Nancy always had the BEST apartments. Here's a look at her a master bedroom and the cheeky pillows she's currently producing and selling at the Pittsburgh Flea. Ahh,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2010 at Quirky Living
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Oh yes, "The Selby is in Your Space" is finally out in book form! I guess I'm sort of a voyeur so I love peeking into the homes of the coolest people around to see how they live and design. Photographer Tom Selby takes the most evocative photos of people in their space...from less known yet super creative individuals, to masters like Christian Louboutin (god he's unbearably hip in his sneakers). Check it out at Barnes or just hit up his addictive website. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at Quirky Living
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Mar 16, 2010
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The inspiration just keeps flowing. Stripes and chevron prints play off each other--black and gold accents grounding a striking coral paint choice. From Blount Design (go Atlanta!). I congratulate your very bold clients. Second, I briefly mentioned John and Jason's quirky chair a few posts ago. Recently added to the Apartment Therapy, this lovely reading nook. A rich chocolate and coral color family weaves the pillows and window treatments together quite distinctively. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2010 at Quirky Living
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This sweet fireplace sit in a sophisticated yet whimsical playroom for Jules and his siblings. So simple and pretty. This makes me happy. You can see more pictures of this family's Australian home, peppered with handmade and one of a kind vintage finds here. st As a child, Mary had a hard time sleeping in her own room until her parents designed this sweet little nook fit for any little girl. From the painted floor to the private little bed oasis, this modest little room makes my heart melt. Read her story here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at Quirky Living
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This chair is the perfect example of a Quirky Living perspective. Take an unusual textile, perhaps vintage and use it to upholstered a starckly modern chair. I'm a big fan of both mixing styles and having a sense of humor about it. This chair sits in the over the top home of John and Jason, owners of John Loecke Inc. a design firm in New York City. You can view their home here at Apartment Therapy. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2010 at Quirky Living
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If you've read my blog you know that I have a style obsession with the Brits--so ofcourse, I'm loving these Union Jack pillows. I'm tinkering with the idea of doing a DIY pillow, but if I get lazy...here are some other resources: Rendering of my new sofa The very pillow here is from Vivienne Westwood for the Rug Co. I'm pretty sure this is from Living Etc. Check out that chaise. Wow! If red, white & blue is not your color scheme, Etsy is a good and affordable option: Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Quirky Living
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Lonny Magazine NEVER ceases to amaze me. It's the best design magazine out there and it's available only online. There's so much design inspiration in this month's issue that its hard to share just a snippet but here are my top picks! Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design rocks! Pretty storage solutions for pretty things Victoria's cheery apartment Lizzy's Calming Entryway Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2010 at Quirky Living
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Take an hour out of your day and watch the most fascinating design show on British television. Iconic designer Phillipe Starck's reality design show "Design for Life" features 12 British product designers--young hopefuls who are all competing to win a coveted 6 month placement at his world renowned firm. Both Starck's character and philosophies are as bold and matter of fact as the success and acclaim he has achieved throughout his career. The frenchman unabashedly proclaims the need to reinvent British design...there are after all only three or four good designers in Great Britain. He reminds me of my own... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at Quirky Living
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British design staple Living Etc. is going bonkers for color this month. Check out the cover (just spotted those chairs at the Long Beach Flea Market this weekend--sans the blue frame and cushion) and a few pages from this month's issue. You can pick up the mag at your local book store--it'll cost you around $8 US. Also peek inside Jimmie Karlsson's London home: Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at Quirky Living
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I get so excited by visiting homes, whether through magazines, books, online or walking through the very doors, of other creative folk--fashion designers, photographers, architects, graphic designers, artists... Bottom line--design translates most any medium. The home of Danish fashion designer Malene Birger easily shows a transition from her keen fashion sense to the monochromatic gorgeousness of her home. I'm generally a fan of color yet, Malene creates a dynamic presence of contrast and texture in a purposefully limited palette. Listed below are some pictures of her sophisticated pad, juxtaposed with her flattering clothing. You can read the original article at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Quirky Living
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Ignore the fighting and the debauchery and check out the new Real World House in D.C. I'm loving the gray, white and yellow color scheme in the entry and carried into the communal office space. I like the classical touches of the chair rail and molding detail that lends itself to the architecture of our nation's capitol, yet, in the spirit of MTV--the vibe's young, fresh and hip. Now I'm really inspired. Check out Canadian House & Home's Designer Emily Walker and her charming home. Starting with a base of yellow, gray and white, she chose purple as her accent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2010 at Quirky Living
Happy New Year readers! I spent a mellow holiday season here in LA with friends and am so excited for 2010. It's going to be a good one--I can feel it. To be honest I've never been big on long lists of resolutions but as always, a new year calls for reflection. Similarly themed, Style has just debuted an edgy new show along the same lines entitled "What I Hate About Me." Now before you judge, this show takes a positive spin on flaws. Each week a brave guests bears all, taking claim to the things they hate about themselves--and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2010 at Quirky Living
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Last week I had the honor of redesigning the Arts & Crafts Room of the Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta for a pilot we shot for TLC. The center serves disadvantaged--yet amazing kids, providing them with a safe haven for fun activities after school. The Arts & Crafts Room serves hundreds of kids each week and was anything but inspiring. We installed sturdy laminate wood flooring, crisp white ceiling planks, custom desks, tables, storage and reworked the existing lighting. My favorite element in the room? A completely mobile stage--to encourage the kids to find their own inner stardom. Check... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2009 at Quirky Living
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If you're anything like me you probably love grabbing a latte and hitting the design section of your favorite bookstore. Now I'll admit, I haven't picked up Architectural Digest in quite a while but today I'm glad I did. This gorgeous, minimalist design interperts traditional Islamic decoration which leans towards geometric form as decor rather than iconic imagery. This high rise takes a minimalist approch to furnishings, allowing interesting finishes to take center stage--such as a clever map of Paris ceiling relief and stunning antique marbe wall finish. image source: Architectural Digest Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2009 at Quirky Living
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I came across Ryan Korban's NY apartment last week when I was tooling around on the net. He is the Creative Director of Edon Manor an incredibly chic, eclectic and glamorously styled shoe boutique in Tribeca that pays homage to English style. Ryan's apartment epitomizes a similar sensibility I hold so dear to my heart--a little bit of city, a little bit of the countryside mixed with classical pieces and eccentric finds that peak our curiosity. Below are the images that moved me. Now this is what I call organized chaos. Have a little to avoid a museum like feel... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2009 at Quirky Living
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Bryan Boone's LA loft located downtown in the fashion district pulls off a Jonathan Adler-esque point of view at a fraction of the cost. As he explains on his Apartment Therapy home tour, most of the pieces were found from a near obsessive scouring of for sale items on Craigslist. Bryan certainly knows his style and that combined with a neutral color base of black and white, bold graphics and a symmetrical furniture layout proves that you don't need to break the bank to achieve a high-end look. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2009 at Quirky Living
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The best thing about working with couples is figuring out the best way to define each partner's sense of style and refashion it into a home that represents them both. Here are some photos from a recently completed a condo for two. The lamps pillows, wall art and side tables were all vintage finds. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2009 at Quirky Living
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1. Boho Luxe Jewelry - Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores! Buyers for the store travel the globe looking for unique and limited finds. As a HUGE fan of interesting jewelry, these two top my list: 2. Updated Wing Back Chairs - Constellation Chair from Spruce Home (Austin, TX). Available at Etsy. 3. Decorative Plates - Interior Designer John Loecke knows a thing or two about one of my favorite decorating tricks--using decorative plates as wall art. Typically a more traditional form of decor, the look can be modernized by using porcelain and melamine plates or finding ones with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2009 at Quirky Living
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Here's a delicious home office from Burnham Design here in Los Angeles. Using that same moody brown color as a basecoat, every thing else just seems to pop. Notice how she painted the coved ceiling? Likely took some convincing of her client's but the result is chocolately delicious. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2009 at Quirky Living
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I love, love, love these home offices and the best thing is that they're really easy to re-create. Here simplicity rules. Just pick your color scheme--two base colors and an accent, create a work surface and add shelving. Make it your weekend task and get your home office in check. (image from Decor Pad) (image from Decor Pad) Here's a home office from blogger and designer Jen Ramos of Made By Girl. I love her style. After touring her home on Apartment Therapy I realized we sure have a lot of things in common, including a few of the same... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at Quirky Living
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How cute is this? I just got back from Colorado and you know what--I'm not your typical log cabin girl. I never could handle all the wood tones and panelling. In this space the architecture rings true to cabin life, yet the white beams seem less oppressive, also allowing that gorgeous stone fireplace to pop. Did you know that the peak rooflines are a prime example of American Western architecture, used to prevent roofs from caving in after heavy snowfalls. The higher the peak the easier it is for the snow to slide. What really sets off the room though... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2009 at Quirky Living
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Actress Sienna Miller's flat is on the market. Her 2.095 square foot, two bedroom three-bath home located in St. John's Wood London is listed for $1.6 mil--about $750k less than she originally paid in 2007. Regardless, her home immediately caught my attention. The main room's relaxed bohemian look reminds me of my time as a young designer in San Francisco when zinc table tops, weathered woods and cool, neutral color tones were the epitome of San Francisco design. The direction is eclectic in nature. Industrial elements in the loft style architecture of the space, concrete floors (from what I can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at Quirky Living