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A Clean Slate With Destined to Design handmade and vintage goods

Jessica Comingore is a designer, photographer and blogger living in Los Angeles, California. With a background in interior design, she currently spends her days running her own freelance design and photography studio. In her off time, Jessica authors the lifestyle blog Destined to Design, which she started in 2007, and is the online editor of notable print publication, Kinfolk. Aesthetically, Jessica’s work combines a love of vintage with a minimalist twist. She’s a firm advocate of the “less is more” approach and enjoys integrating history-rich and modern elements in new and unexpected ways. 

With the new year just beginning, I’m all about paring down my surroundings to the necessities and maintaing a simple palette of natural woods, whites and nature-inspired hues. I find that waking up to a clean home and a thoughtful interior provides a sense of ease and allows inspiration to flourish. So why not kick off 2012 by minimizing what you’ve got and sprucing up your space with a few timeless pieces? Below, a few pointers.

Modern Oasis Bedroom


[Clockwise from top left: Modern mobile from AMradio; Black and white wave poster from rinnshop; Modern bohemian throw pillow from Organic Shine Society; Vintage Danish style lounge chair from CoMod; Green blown glass bottle from Pine and Main; Grey & peach zag bowl from up in the air somewhere

I think the bedroom is a place to integrate soothing colors and bring the outdoors in. A beautiful black and white ocean photo and a green glass vase at your bedside will do just the trick. I’m also coveting modern Himmeli mobiles lately; I think they add the perfect dose of intrigue to an otherwise refined and simple space.

Minimal + Industrial Dining Room

[Clockwise from top left: Small urban chandelier from urbanchandy; Iron and wood reclaimed dinner table from Blake Avenue; Eames dowel base side chair from CoMod; Vintage Persian rug from old new house; Set of 6 wooden salad bowls from backgarage]

The dining room is a place to have some fun, since it’s doesn’t get as much traffic as other rooms in the house. These dowel base Eames chairs are an absolute favorite — their orange hue makes them a bit quirky. And you can never go wrong with a classic oak dining table; paired with a black and white Persian rug, you’ve got a timeless backdrop for a funky industrial light fixture overhead.

Vintage-Inspired Office

[Clockwise from top left: Mid-century modern Westwood lamp from Marzipan Mummy; Industrial modern school clock from AMradio; Desert landscape drawing with vintage photo from spencer studio; Mon petit notebook from juliakostreva; 1950s Eames wire chair from CathrodeBlue; Ash and brass pencil cup from farrahsit

When it comes to my workspace, I’m all about function. I prefer to be surrounded by whites because, as a designer, you tend to work with a lot of color throughout the day. (But a little brass accent can go a long way, too.) This mid-century table lamp is beautifully designed, and it pairs well with a simple DKX side chair (did I mention my love affair with Eames?). For the walls, I love the juxtaposition of old and new in this desert landscape print and the throwback feel to the schoolhouse clock. But even a minimalist needs a little color sometimes, and this Mon Petit striped notebook hits just the right note.

Freshening Up Your Kitchen

[Clockwise from to left: Antique colander from Pine and Main; Reclaimed and recycled floating shelves from Blake Avenue; Parsley print from juliakostreva; Antique rolling pin from Pine and Main; Handmade unisex reversible apron from Knock Knock; Rustic white pottery dish from Pine and Main]

The two qualities I think every kitchen should have are cleanliness and coziness. These wood and iron floating wall shelves are the perfect place to display your spices, and this parsley print is a nice way to incorporate some food artwork without being too literal. I’d love to sport a reversible linen apron while cooking up a pot of soup. Also, since I don’t have a lot of storage, I like to keep all of my counter containers white since they’re in plain view.

A Relaxing Living Room 

[Clockwise from top: Set of 3 porcelain hanging containers from farrahsit; Crocheted floor cushion from lacasadecoto; Vintage metal magazine rack from CoMod; Southwestern stripped throw from Pine and Main; Mid century modern inspired side table from CoMod; Feather natural photograph from Miles of Light]

Relaxing in a simple and inviting living room is the ultimate way to unwind. These porcelain hanging planters add a bit of greenery, and this nature photograph from Miles of Light is my current favorite; it’s simple, yet so beautiful. A crochet floor cushion and toasty wool throw make for a great place to bundle up; make sure to grab some reading material from this simple mid-century brass magazine holder. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to move in.

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