Wednesday, October 22, 2014

At the Window No. 9 - The Italian Strung Drape

Just as in the fashion world where we have all learned you just don't mess with classic style, be it the hard way or by wise advice, so goes the design of window fashion. At some point it all comes back to it being the choice of fabric, hue, and accessory that keeps a classic on trend.

I find this to be the case with the classic styling of the Italian strung drape. Graceful and sophisticated. Best only when well-tailored. never sloppy, and only suitable when paired with the right layers in a room.

The Italian strung window treatment is a refined look, yet gives the appearance of a relaxed sweep of the fabric. As with any classic, this treatment can be a fail when put in the wrong hands. But oh so right, when done to perfection! I sometimes wonder if there are rooms where this would be so fitting, but the standard stationary panel is presented instead. 

Like a classic, the Italian strung treatment can be so at home in a number of ways. It can be the "Chanel look" jacket with its matching skirt or designer jeans, both with pearls, and still looking amazing.

When the Italian strung drape is tailored correctly, it will look just as beautiful on the back as it does on the facing side.

Pulled high or pulled low, its gracefulness won't falter. Sheered on, board-mounted, or on a beautiful rodding, the Italian strung treatment at the window is still open for your style interpretation. Or in other words, a bit of free form or finely tailored?

Personal Ad: Window where fused sunlight is necessary, but closure is an undesired effect? Meet the Italian strung drape. Match made!

Silk is my fabric of choice for the Italian strung drape, but then again, it is a classic fabric!

Image Sources: Traditional Home, Nicky Haslam, R. H. Rowley, Pinterest, Cote de Texas, House Beautiful 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gotta Love No. 52 - Agate

There is something about an organic element in our home that adds balance like nothing else can. Gotta love agate as one of these elements. What is agate? Classically it is associated with volcanic rock, and may also be found in other varieties of rock as well.

Agate can be introduced to a space as an accent wall, as a fabric, as an art form, or an accessory. No matter how this element is introduced it is dramatic. Because, whether a bold or subtle introduction, it lures the eye to its beautiful complexity and movement.

I absolutely love the book matching of agate on an accent wall. Whether it is done with a slab of agate, an agate wallpaper design, or an upholstered fabric wall it is truly stunning!

An accessory or other small accent, like agate hardware on a cabinet, is one of those elements in a room that you walk by and give a smile of admiration to.

One thing I do know about agate is that I cannot decide whether I love it more when it is illuminated or au naturale. Though, highlight may not come from illumination, but rather from what it has been formed into or what media it is paired with.

Does a drink refresh more when presented with an agate coaster? Do fire flames choreograph a more refined dance when performed inside an agate fireplace? Are the treasures stored more special when stored in a stack of agate boxes? I'm going to say most probable to all questions. 

Agate takes restraint. It is an art form that is appreciated in moderation. Suited best as an accent wall, rather than the entire room's walls. Presenting best when a small part of a tabletop story. Used as an accent fabric design, rather than the main fabric. You'll know when just enough is accomplished.

Be brave, because that accent wall may look overwhelming, but all it might take to present agate in all its beauty may be to book match or mitre the panels. It can be amazing when a tilt or angle of a piece is all it takes to reach perfection.

Gotta love agate. So go rock it out!

Image Sources: Cole and Sons, Groundworks, Houzz, Pinterest, Elle Decor, DKOR Interiors, Roche Bobois, Dans Le Townhouse, Interiors by Studio M, Emporium, Fine Art America, West Elm, Kravet

Monday, September 22, 2014

Well Dressed Home No.56 - Silhouettes, Not so Creepy.

What is it about silhouettes that can delightful or creepy? Perhaps the pleasant reaction to the silhouette is whether we know or recognize the subject that the silhouette was created from. I think that the enjoyment of a silhouette is that, as well as the simplicity of this art form. 

A black and white silhouette of the familiar profile of a family member is classic. And what a fun twist on this classic on wallpaper, dishware, and fabrics for the home! 

The combination of the classic profile silhouette and an ode to cameo jewelry can be so chic. Even edging on hip.

When unlimited, the subject of a silhouette still remains classic. Think silhouettes of the family pet, beautiful trees, fashion trends, Chinoiserie images, and the newest addition to the family tree.

Silhouettes, whether tucked in a room in a family portrait kind of way or in the love of architecture or a design style, can be part of your style no matter traditional, transitional, modern, or global-inspired.

Another thing that is clear, you don't have to be shy about your love of a silhouette. Silhouettes are not so creepy.

Image Sources: House Beautiful, Osborne and Little, Thibaut Designs, Elle Decor, Etsy, The Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica, Pinterest, Beezer, Barbara Barry

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rethinking the Look of Things No. 52 - A Little to the Left - Vintage Photographs

Let's rethink how we frame and display our vintage family photographs. Who says they have to remain in those glass-domed oval frames, I'm sorry but those frames are just creepy. Honoring our family heritage shouldn't mean old-fashioned. 

Black and white, as well as sepia tones of vintage photographs are pretty cool. A clean, simplistic ode to these great color tones in matting and frames gives vintage photography great attention.

Rethinking how you frame your vintage photographs just might have you also rethinking that hidden family wall usually reserved for the upstairs hallway.

Image Sources: Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Lonny, SDVETS, Pinterest

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rethinking the Look of Things No. 53 - "De-masking" Damask

Using a damask pattern in a modern setting also can mean keeping the reverence of the traditional ideal of it, but revealing a bit of your twisted self by inviting it in with no regret.
Willow Bee Inspired

Excuse my made up word. (or enjoy it!) But I'm rethinking the look of things by "de-masking" damask. A classic fabric design that translates beautifully into wallpaper and rugs as well. One that has a love for a more transitional or even modern style doesn't have to fore go this beauty.

Rethinking the use of damask in our world is sometimes as simple as using an enlarged, over exaggerated version of the pattern. Or finding it in a fun color palette.

Using a damask pattern in a modern setting also can mean keeping the reverence of the traditional ideal of it, but revealing a bit of your twisted self by inviting it in with no regret.

To me a room well-designed holds something that says "I'm comfortable showing my true self."

I doubt I am the only one who is drawn to a design element that lures me in and I am unable to explain why. A damask pattern is one of those elements no matter what media presented. Show me a silk damask, especially in a fun color, and I need to reach out and introduce myself to it.

Show me a damask pattern that shares two other loves of mine, ombre and aged metallic, and I need to check my composure.

And I just proposed my undying love to this stag damask! My made up word of "de-masking" is in the column of Gotta Love!

Image Sources: Designers Guild, Schumacher, Pinterest, Flicker, Kenneth James, Polyvore, Elle Decor, Churchill, Veranda, 
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