Friday, January 2, 2015

Rethinking the Look of Things No. 54 - Upholstered Doors

As Shakespeare Sonnet 59 has been paraphrased:

If there is nothing new under the sun, but that which
Has been before, how are our brains cheated,
Which, toiling to create something new, mistakenly
Brings forth something that already exists
O, that history could go back
Even five hundred years
To show me your picture in some old book,
At any time since thought was first put down in writing!
That I might see what an earlier time would say
To this wonderful beauty of your frame (mind, body, and soul);
Whether we are improved or they were better,
Or whether the cycle of years has yielded no better results.
O, I am sure of this, the wits [talented men] of former times
Have given praise to much worse subjects than this. 


So goes much in the world of interior design. For it is said that the idea of the upholstered interior door was for the sake of diminishing sound in English country estates, this too is "nothing new under the sun".  The newness comes from the application in the eyes of a talented interior designer.

As with application, the results depend on the talent of those involved. It takes talent to select just the right fabric, just the right design, just the right trimmings, and just the right skilled upholsterer. All worth it in the end. Oh the welcome these doors bring!

Think timeless and classic when considering upholstered doors. These are a fixture in your home. And the expense of doing it right needs to have a return on that investment by lasting for years to come.

Why not allow the enjoyment of a well-designed room start at the very entrance into it?

Done well, these are not props, these are functional doors; not for whimsy, but part of a good design plan. And this is no trend to follow, you either have the right application or you don't. So do not force it. But on the other hand, if you have it do not run from it. Open sesame "to the wonderful beauty of your frame".

Image Sources: Miles Redd, John Saladino, Joy Tribout, Houzz, House Beautiful, Hickory Chair, Pinterest, Peak of Chic, Paint Shoppe

Monday, December 29, 2014

Gotta Love No. 54 - Symmetry and Harmony

If you are a frequent reader of this blog you might find this post to hint at contradiction. Rest assured I am still a believer in breaking the "design rules". Breaking them by encouraging one to show their willingness to be free to express personal style. 

Not a fan of chaos in our homes, symmetry is very important to my design aesthetic. This doesn't mean you can't wear a ponytail in the most formal of settings if that is your style! That's where partnering symmetry and harmony are the key.

Take another look at these room images that show symmetry, harmony, and a spark of fun! There is no contradiction. Spot the fun first, then the symmetry and harmony will make sense. 

Not to worry, if you have worked with a good designer you already have symmetry and harmony in your home's design. You just have been enjoying the fun, the things that make you smile. The symmetry is in the background, the harmony the result.

I call symmetry in design, conformity with a twist of mischief!

So whether it be a polka dot chair fabric, a modern cocktail table that makes you feel devious, an animal print, or the like. Enjoy your ponytail with symmetry!

Style is harmony!

Image Sources: Traditional Home, Elle Decor, Amelia Handegan, New England Home, Things That Inspire

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rooms I Love No. 19 - Something About a Room that Breathes

I love these rooms because there's a solace in a room that seems to breathe contentment. There's a beckoning. A beckoning one finds hard to resist. These are rooms that aren't lacking personality or fun. 

From the vibrant accent pillow to the mix of tailoring and nature, there's a confidence without apology.

These rooms give a nod of approval to breath, show your personality and fun side. And do it with confidence.

Image Sources: Home Bunch, Coco Cozy, Elle Decor, Mix and Chic

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Well Dressed Home No. 57 - Chandeliers Dressed for the Holidays

Every well-dressed home has perfectly-selected chandeliers in all right places, expected and beautifully surprising locations. And every one of those gems should be dressed for the holidays. 

Don't over do it. And most importantly, be careful to select with care. Remember these are electrically-powered and safety is of the utmost importance! 

A delightful surprise will be that you probably have all that you need in your stash of Christmas decorations. Give those treasures a fresh look! 

Indoors it is best to use artificial greenery for multiple reasons. One being the safety precautions, the other is to keep in mind that live greenery will drop needles and leaves. We all have enough on our plates at the holidays and the ease of entertainment is a priority. A host should enjoy their gatherings without worry. And I am a strong believer that if preparations are detailed and followed, the host/hostess can sit and enjoy their guests.

Let your chandelier be dressed for the holidays, just don't let it steal the show. After all, family and friends, joy and peace, memories and conversation, celebration of the birth of a King; those are the treasures of the season.

Remember your outdoor chandeliers! What a beautiful welcome. Don't have a hanging chandelier - create one! 

Every room of your home should be a special reminder of the Christmas season. Add a touch in every room. 

Merry Christmas! Peace on Earth, good will towards men!

Image Sources: Pinterest

Monday, October 27, 2014

Be Inspired No. 76 - The Lumbar Pillow

Be inspired to change your outlook on the accent pillows for the sofa, banquette, or settee. A simple long lumbar pillow in a wonderful fabric could just be simple perfection! This lumbar pillow is not for any style, it won't work and shouldn't be part of just any seating style. But when the match is found it is done so beautifully.

As with any accent pillows, the lumbar pillow shouldn't have to be taken off the seating piece to achieve comfort, rather it is part of the comfort. And scale is important in determining the right size.

This might just be the wow and unexpected accent on your seating. It could be constructed using a fabulous sari, batik, or kilim rug for that matter that holds memory from a favorite trip.

The lumbar pillow can be the only accent pillow on a seating piece or in addition to other accent pillows. This will depend on the piece and its scale.

The more I see this design element, the more I love the idea of it. It gives all the right reasons to use that dramatic fabric in a room's design. 

Reminds me of a trendy pair of shoes that are so fun you must have them. And then you try them on and they are one of the most comfortable footwear ever! Double bonus! Be inspired!

Image Sources: Elle Decor, Etsy, Decor Pad, Pinterest, Little Green Notebook, Amber Interior Design

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