Always a pleasure when someone selects a room I've done to be featured in a houzz.com idea book! Here is a fun book on rolling kitchen storage, featuring my bar cart from Spaces & Places 2010! Enjoy a peek…
Posts Tagged ‘decorating’
Monday, April 9, 2012
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Newly-married couples often must work toward blending their worldly goods. There are always a few pieces embraced by one spouse that the other spouse simply cannot stand to look at. Maybe it's a reminder of a former life, or maybe it's just plain or ugly or both! Case in point, the sofa seen in this picture.
Try not to be distracted by the ghastly pink carpet! The sofa is curvaceous and feminine, but a previous decorator chose to swaddle it in what appears to be a bathrobe. Blah, bland, boring! My client's first inclination was to replace it. In examining the cushions, I noticed the high-end manufacturers' label and decided to rethink the "pitch-it" plan. (But seriously, how is it possible to make a VERY expensive sofa look so damn ugly? Same designer doubtless chose the pink carpet. Enough said.)
As we were working through the melding of households, my clients purchased a new home. The owners of the home had a very definite "look" — one that involved the extensive use of faux florals with feathers — six feather florals in the living room alone! Yikes. Here's the before (featuring four of those florals):
Frankly, I can't imagine anyone sitting in this room without falling over fast asleep. A snooze-fest of muddy colors. It looks like it came from the Bombay Company catalog. But notice the room has good bones and great light. It just needs an injection of life and beauty, in other words — my client's personality!
So back to our poor, under-appreciated sofa and my glamorous, vivacious client. She favors blues and silver with a little touch of modernism. Cool, crisp, graphic but not cold. And Barbara Barry rides in to save the day — a match made in design heaven.
This is Barbara Barry's Inlay, in Delft from Kravet — a confection of blue, cream and silvery gray.
And herein our frumpy sofa sheds her ugly-duckling bathrobe, shows a little leg and celebrates her curves:
Improved, yes? The unchanged Baker chairs and the inherited artwork are wonderful supporting players, but the sofa leads this living room symphony! Thanks Barbara Barry for unmasking the swan!
Friday, August 26, 2011
If you've been looking for traditional fabrics with a slightly modern sensibility, something that fits effortlessly into your traditional home, then Parlor Textiles is a terrific option! And amazingly, they are eco-friendly too! Intrigued yet? This company wraps social responsibility in a beautiful package. The fabric itself is a blend of eco-friendly hemp and organic cotton. Made in the United States, their process uses water-based inks, heat and pressure rather than chemicals to print the patterns onto the cloth.
Take a peek at a few of their patterns. Any one would seamlessly work on a wing chair or drapery, with Oriental carpets, in a trad home. Equally lovely in a modern setting, the patterns have an Eastern flavor. Very versatile from a design standpoint!
I'm loving the Indian Deco Floral — so stunning in it's simplicity! Do you have a fave? Visit their site for more options.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Imagine if you will a room, not overly large, rectangular in shape. Now add into this space five windows, three doorways, six built-in bookcases and one fireplace. This sounds like a room with quite a lot going on, doesn’t it? As some of my readers may remember from an earlier post, I was contemplating painting my home office all one color, in high gloss. Yes, this is the room in question, and yes, I finally did it.
Once upon a colonial time, rooms were mostly painted one color, before the advent of “white-trim-and-colored-walls” as an American design mantra. Recently premier shelter magazines have shown more and more rooms without (gasp!) white trim – beautiful rooms with walls and trim all wrapped up in one rich shade. Libraries, offices, living spaces with traditional or eclectic décor — I will admit I was both intrigued and a tad envious.
My office, with its white woodwork, tiny slivers of painted wall and numerous portals, was a visually distracting experience. But the view out the windows is lovely and green. Ah, inspiration! Could I erase the line between indoors and out, setting my desk in the yard, at least virtually?
Out came my fan decks, searching for the perfect green. But this one is too yellow, this too blue, this too gray — I felt like Goldilocks. I decided to use the custom-blended olive green (in Benjamin Moore's Aura, naturally) previously relegated to those tiny bits of wall — a color I loved, but never had enough of. Green decorating, with the color green — two favorites rolled into one task.
Down came the five enormous balloon shades left by the previous owner. Even designers need an incentive to replace what were clearly custom, albeit weighty and grandmotherly, window treatments. (Those window treatments I happily donated to a fellow designer's tag sale to raise funds for Komen CT). The influx of light was astounding.
Sometimes painting a room simply means moving all the furniture into the center and covering it with a tarp. But is my case, everything was already in the center of the room. The desk had been nigh impossible to get through the narrow doorway, so it was staying. And if it was staying, I was staying too, with files and computers and projects, oh my!
And those six, overstuffed bookcases? All needed to be emptied, onto the floor of this not overly large room. Stacks and stacks to be navigated around, sorted through and eventually re-shelved. Surely I can endure the disruption for a week? A little voice in my head is wondering if there really is anything wrong with white bookcases and trim. Hundreds of books made their way to the town library. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
But I carried on – and the result is truly… lush. That’s the best way to describe my home office’s new aura (no pun intended), like sitting in a rain forest. Those of you who thrive in all-white spaces may shudder, but this room now embraces me in glorious, warm, contemplative color. The new, spare Roman shades, in Quadrille’s Conga Line (moss & aqua on tint) trimmed with Robert Allen’s Cabin Weave (surf), add a funky vibe without being cliché. It feels so like working outside, I’m tempted to swat the mosquitoes.
Sorry, can’t show the rest of the room without blowing the mystique that designers live in pristine spaces. It’s a working home office that looks like total disarray – and not in an artful, dressed-for-a-magazine way!