Friday, July 9, 2010

Betsy Burnham


 Meet my new design crush


betsy burnham is the principal designer of burnham design, a boutique interior design company in los angeles. originally from the east coast, burnham graduated cum laude from dartmouth college with a degree in visual studies and fell into interior design by way of the fashion industry. burnham’s design style has been called “high end and sophisticated while remaining warm and inviting” and an “unapologetic mix, that layers pattern, texture and periods.”

betsy counts as inspiration the work of designers albert hadley, david hicks and bill blass, and architects addison mizner and david adler.

she is addicted to accessories, loves menswear-inspired fabrics and fervently believes in mixing thrift with couture

burnham lives in the hancock park area of los angeles with her husband mark, children carson and will and their two chihuahuas.

I discovered Betsy Burnham when she graced the pages of Lonny magazine. Her design aesthetic wowed me.  Yesterday I came across a "new to me" blog, Decor Demon, and a brilliant post about the recent "revamping" of Betsy's tween children's bedrooms and once again I found myself completely taken with her design sensibility.




Here are some photos, courtesy of Decor Demon, of daughter Carson's new bedroom & bathroom.














Check out my other blog Il Tuo Tesoro to see her brother, Will's room,  and the latest "treasure" up for grabs right out of one of the photos of his room!



30 comments:

lisa golightly said...

Really smitten with that union jack dresser and necklace. Her warmth and humor and taste are quite evident in her designs. Off to see what more fab things you have up your sleeve at Il Tuo Tesoro !!!

SPLENDEROSA said...

Totally agree with you! I love her attention to even the smallest detail, and overall the work is lovely to look at. That Union Jack check rocks! xx's

The Zhush said...

Adore this lady AND Decor Denom as well...but somehow missed this, so thanks for posting here! Off to check out Il Tuo Tesoro! I love it when you speak Italian to me! Ciao!

vignette design said...

I love her design sensibility too. Thanks for the introduction to her and to Decor Demon!

cityfarmer said...

how have I missed her all this time ...
she is on the cutting edge, is she not??

thankas for the heads up ....

no matter what I rant about I will ALWAYS love your header!!!!!
soooooo going against what I posted about ... don't go changin'

listen to me

shari @ little blue deer said...

That Union Jack dresser is to die for! She is super talented, and quite a pedigree, too! XO!

Debby said...

Love the Union Jack dresser!!! xo

Deborah said...

That bedroom is absolutely beautiful.

artist Pamela Hunt Lee said...

I find the necklace of old pins interesting..

Kathysue said...

Hey Kiddo, Ashlina did a post on Betsy also. She is getting some great coverage today. She definitley likes whimsy and I love her tweens bedroom. The knobs on the dresser are so cool!! Great colors are used, just lots of eye candy, Have a great weekend, treasure hunting,Kathysue

Holly Goes Lightly said...

Simply love Betsy's style!

Cashon&Co said...

Your not kidding Terri! Wow! My fave on here though? That bath wallpaper mixed with the snaleskin mirror. Off to go see your other blog! Btw, your comments on TSPebble was so beyond nice and really meant a lot to me. Xoxoxoxoxoxo

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I love the British Flag chest, our Canadian flag (red maple leaf) just wouldn't have the same "cool" factor. Right? Love her style.
Have the best weekend, maybe a lovely cycle. Much love XO

Lisa said...

Therese,
You are so right. Betsy Burnham does mix it up a bit and she does it beautifully! Love that British bureau mixed with the Parsons desk and Chinoiserie drapery! Wow! Thanks for the introduction.
I would love to know who or how you found the inspiration to start your fantastic blog.
It's a question that I answered in my current post. Stop by if you get a chance. Now I'm off to see more of Betsy Burnham. Have a great weekend.
Lisa

Beach House Living said...

Therese,
So sorry dearie. You are right a bit overwhelmed at the moment busy. Hope all is well.

Joseph van Essche said...

Love the mix, the color and the fresh clean fun!
pve

lisaroyhandbags said...

I love her use of texture, pattern and hits of colour! That union jack dresser is fabulous!!
Have a great weekend! xx

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Terri! Betsy really does stand out from the crowd and I can see why you like her style. I love almost everything in her daughter's room {still have to pop over to you other page for Will's room} except the Communist statues.....!
Thank you for your wonderful suggestion on my giveaway post. I do get Wisteria and just have to dig my latest catalog out when I check out all of the other choices that readers suggested. I am having so much fun with this! Okay, off to I.T.T. to see that other room! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. xx Suzanne

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Terry dearest! SOOOO nice to see your visit and to know that YOU ARE NEAR THE TAIL OF THE YAK! Oh, did we have a blast! I stayed with family in Santa Rosa actually, but when we were picked up at the airport at S.F, my sis in law said we must go to see the shop. Glitter lover that I am, I had a hard time deciding whether it was this shop or some other fun places in the city. All in all, what a glorious time! Then it was off to L.A. where if it wasn't for family and friends, we would have avoided all of that and stayed up north to go visit our honeymoon haunt, CARMEL. What magic....so you live up in Berkeley? DIVINE!!! And, I love your sense of design, and this designer has it all.....so nice that you have come to visit. Have a splendid day my dear, Anita

Angie said...

She's fantastic! I found her about a year or so ago and feel in love with everything I saw. After checking out Decor Demon I realize there have been a ton of rooms I've seen and fell in love with and didn't even know she was the designer!? Thanks for the heads up! ;)

pascale.revert said...

The curtains are lovely !!
eowiin

pretty pink tulips said...

Well.....I believe I'm crushing, too!!! Such amazing work. I'm off to see the boy's room! xoxo Elizabeth

SogniSorrisi said...

Love the bright colours and ethnic/eclectic elements.

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

i love that chair...great designer to crush on!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Oh, I am in love with that curtain fabric....lucky kids! Off to check out this new (to me) blog as well as your other blog which is also new to me....fun!

Everton Terrace said...

The Union Jack dresser is awesome - my british mother would love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for becoming my newest follower - I have done the same here, fun blog!

Charlotta Ward said...

Yes I agree. The attention to detail is great and there is always a nice twist - her love for accessories shows!

x Charlotta

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

WOW! Can see why you are smitten!
Gonna have to try to paint a dresser like that Union Jack!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Is Betsey not one heck of a fun designer?! Love her fun, eclectic style; not to leave out her kids have great names too! Oh to be so cool.

She had me @ Union Jack.

Hugs xx deb

Splendid Willow said...

Wonderful Therese, first of all, so good to hear from you and to be back here.

I clearly need to read up on Betsy Burnham. Love her style! And her approach: “ An unapologetic mix, that layers pattern, texture and periods.” And anybody who can mix
thrift with couture so well - gets 5 stars in my book!

Thank you for the introduction. And let's not lose each other in this deep sea of blogs!

(As promised no SC without contacting you! Peter went without me for a weekend but we are all due to go later summer/fall. I am just hopping to Sweden first!)

Much fondness, Mon


P.S I am so glad that I can write long comments againg, without being "pushed out". But now I have that same issue with Sue's blog again! It is only with you two ladies! But I won't give up.