Modern Monday: Vintage Staircase

Modern Monday’s inspiration is this traditional white staircase dressed in vintage gold accessories.These elegant gold mirrors in various sizes and shapes bring visual interest and light to the staircase and wood floor hallway. You can consider duplicating this concept for your hanging collectibles. That stunning crystal and gold chandelier complements the mirrors and white space perfectly.

Image courtesy of House Beautiful.

Tabletop Tuesday: Royal Gold

Tabletop Tuesday is a traditional setting of royal blue, white and gold. The combination is often a classy, even royal holiday favorite.

I have paired this festive, yet soothing setting with a trio of cobalt glassware including a white wine glass with a crystal stem, a big red wine glass with a tall stem and a solid blue water goblet.

The repetitive pattern around the main China plate is an ornate scroll. The scroll design element is part of the flatware design as well. The smaller plate has a simple gold rim. Vary your plates like any great design combination to bring fun and style to your table.

Modern Monday: Brass N Blue

Modern Monday features the refined design aesthetic of Sarah Richardson. Sarah is known for her command of color and brilliant pattern mixes.

In this white kitchen, she achieves a dimensional balance between the length of an all-white wall of cabinetry with the bold royal blue island and chairs. The room’s elements including color, chair style, chandelier style, subway tile and accessories are rather traditional. However, she modernizes the space through the size, wide plank flooring, built in marble and brass table, elegant brass Edison style bulb pendants, glossy blue paint and integration of fabrics and patterns.

Take a risk. Try options you would never consider. These details create this magical kitchen.

Modern Monday: Cosmopolitan Craft

Modern Monday opens the windows to a kitchen of simple craft and charm translated with refined modern simplicity.

The long table is a combination of wood and stone on two levels. The organic materials speak to our rustic sensibilities and the joining of them is a modern design detail.

The table length and placement along with the dancing (alternating) pendants overhead lead your eye toward the oversized window and the comforting beam of natural light. Of course the moss plates conveniently harmonize with the outdoor shrub. Simple, elegant and intentional design can make modern warm.

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Tabletop Tuesday: Golden Leaves

Tabletop Tuesday is a gratitude setting. The color schemes reflects seasonal hues of gold, brown, auburn and orange with leaf designs. Vintage gold flatware and glassware accompany this setting.

Did you know that leaves are symbolic of fertility and growth? In traditional Chinese symbolism, leaves represent a tree that encompasses all of humanity. May we express gratitude for all that we have and ask for abundance for all living beings regardless of the season.

Modern Monday: Eclectic Living

Modern Monday: Blue Crush

Modern Monday steps into a couple’s Parisian living room designed by Studio KO. The blue velvet sofa and Brutalist sconces are custom designed by KO. The midcentury barrel chairs are designed by the Brazilian Modernist Jorge Zalszupin.

Did you notice the zebra area rug and the oversized bold green palm leaves on the fireplace mantle? The ceiling to floor window and the mantle to ceiling mirror over the fireplace beam lots of natural light into this space.

Tabletop Tuesday: Gilded Age

Tabletop Tuesday features this white, black, gold and bronze patterned China plates stacked to create a unifying ensemble.

An oversized black plate is used as a charger and is accented by black glassware, gold silverware and a coordinating modern candle holder. This setting mixes shapes, patterns, colors and style periods.

What will you create on your table today?

Modern Monday: Monochromatic Pattern Play

Modern Monday’s gorgeous living space is a design extravaganza by the one and only Martyn Lawrence Bullard. He is a master of creating predominantly monochromatic rooms layered with just a few colors but with an abundance of texture, patterns and objects d’art.

He creates symmetrical lines yet breaks the rhythm with surprising placements of furniture, accessories and /or art. Indulge your senses in this latest project featured in Architectural Digest.

Tabletop Tuesday: Turquoise Key

Tabletop Tuesday is an uplifting setting of turquoise and gold featuring the eternally classic and modern Greek key pattern. This setting repeats the plate colors of white, turquoise and gold with the linens, flatware and glass. For contrast, I included these fun pear-shaped red candles.

This repeating geometric pattern was originally a border used in architectural details and pottery. In Ancient Greece, it symbolized infinity and the eternal flow of life as characterized by the flow of the river Meander. That river is the origin of the motif name.

Food and fellowship are part of the eternal flow of life. Both are vehicles to sustaining ourselves. Take heart in your ability to enjoy meals by yourself and the ones you share with others.

Now if I were just near my favorite Greek restaurants, this plate would be loaded!

Original table art designed by Yvette Craddock.