Blog posts dedicated to interior design, furniture, home accessories, lighting, area rugs, paint, trends and how-to style and decor ideas.

Modern Monday: Transitional Retro Dining Room

Modern Monday takes us to Arkansas. Yes, there. This room has an abundance of delicious style that it is hard to find a starting place. My favorite dilemma. The ceiling. That marbelized treatment in the tray ceilings is a visual treat with a mix of past and futuristic touches. Lower your eyes to that retro […]

Friday Finds: Danish Felt Lighting

Nearly everyday I encounter exquisitely designed items of furniture, fashion, floral arrangements, tabletop accessories and more. These discoveries inspired me to start Friday Finds. I feature items I love to share with you. If you are interested, then let’s talk about bringing any of these items to your space when applicable.

To kick off my series, direct your attention to these sophisticated chandeliers and pendants fabricated out of felt from Antwerp. Two charming and stylish European men chatted me up on  a recent travel excursions to a furniture, tabletop and gift market. Their store is dedicated to sustainability and houses upcycled and vintage items of furniture and home accessories. Their mission to keep beautifully designed objects out of the landfills and to find them new homes.

Cheers to that!

 

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Modern Monday: B + W Bed

Modern Monday invites you to bed B&B Italia style.

The iconic Italian brand designs elegant furniture with streamlined finesse. This bedroom features a glossy white bed with curved lines. The side table is a portable egg-shaped stand with a sleek silhouette. The white area rug has an abstract pattern in black that plays off of the linen.

The design takeaway is that in an all white space, you can layer style using one color by adding different textures and finishes to the items in which that color appears. You can choose one contrasting color and repeat that for a high-impact space.

Image: B&B Italia

Modern Monday: Wood + Teal

Modern Monday sets a big table for a lovely meal surrounded by beauty and balance. This symmetrical room achieves style, dimension, height and drama with its chandelier, furniture, mirror and accessories without any one item overpowering the other. It’s like the perfect tango or a symbiotic relationship in nature.

Coffered ceilings are often in traditional/transitional homes. This design details is an elegant feature that provides depth and also signifies a level of grandeur to a room through the illusion of visual weight.

This spacious room gives the large wood table with elegant two-tone fabric chairs (with contrasting textures) in teal and aqua plenty of breathing space. Space to layout a spread amongst loved ones. It balances intimate exchanges between guests and hearty exchanges across the table.

Did you notice the flowers hydrangeas? That lush flower symbolizes heart-felt gratitude for some cultures and for others a note of boastfulness. It is your decision. Just give and receive with style and soul.

Credit: Bridgehampton Weitzman Halpern Design

 

Modern Monday: Primary Ribbons

Modern Monday embraces the freedom of summer. The freedom of unrestricted movement. The deep breathes of childhood that power full belly  laughter. The criss cross of patterns,  spirals, shapes and colors spinning into a synchronized expression of unity.

This dining room, specifically the art, ushers in those playful summer memories. The room is anchored by the extremes of the grayscale spectrum anchoring below with white through the chairs and above with the black lights. At the visual midpoint, the honey-colored wood table and matching mid-century modern chair legs is nearly the same color as the paint which makes the colors seem to flat. The painting incorporates pastels and nearly full pigment hues stroked with delicious texture to create a balance of energy through color, space and shapes. Colors, shapes and materials ground you in your space and drives the physiological energy right to the soul root.

Celebrate summer. Celebrate life. Celebrate design. Celebrate the privilege and pleasure of mealtime with loved ones and strangers.

Room by Arent & Pike

Modern Monday: Space Age Spectrum

Modern Monday celebrates tech titan Google’s Tel Aviv office space that fuses the spectrum of black and white into a space-age, techno chic atmosphere. The Jacobsen-style egg chairs are the ideal dramatic touch for a minimal space. Their dynamic  presence is enough to fill a room with style. The optical illusion wallpaper provides the perfect backdrop to the chairs and seamlessly blends into the carpeting.

Black and white is a classic color combination that yields itself to broad selection of color and pattern combinations.  It is amazing what can be accomplished using two contrasting colors with an infinite amount of imagination.

Office design by Carmenzind Evolution.

Modern Monday: Parisien Peacock

Modern Monday showcases the bottom level of a two-story Italian restaurant situated in Paris; specifically in Jean Paul Gaultier’s former flagship store. The staff even wears JP’s signature striped marine styled T-shirts.

The space features existing brick walls, raw cement columns, grey columns, peacock blue banquettes, green marble tabletops and wicker chairs and dramatic chandeliers.

I appreciate the bold colors of teal and green grounded with wood, wicker (synthetic), brick and cement and brightened with white paint.

Tres bien. Allez!

Via Fork and 30s magazine

 

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Modern Monday: Velvet Daydreams

Modern Monday is a romantic interlude with dreamy green velvet sofas, ceiling to floor windows dressed in white pleated fabric, global artifacts and sculpture, a range of natural substrates and topped off with a dynamic geometric gold chandelier. I particularly like the green glass vases, wood box, concrete vase of grass on the side wood console and the frame art above it. The bar cart in the front left-hand side of the photograph repeats the metal and adds luminosity with the mirrors that echo the sunlight flowing through the windows.

Doesn’t this room make you want to lounge all afternoon with a stack of fashion magazines and juicy book? How would you use this space?

Modern Monday: Mid-Century Velvet Dining

Modern Monday begins the week dining at this Mid-century modern walnut table with curvaceous brown velvet chairs with brass frame and legs. The vintage chandelier repeats the metal color and shapes of the chairs and table.

Brown and blues are a complementary color combination that grounds and soothes your energy. The blue textured wallpaper adds more visual interest to the room. The silent rumbling of the framed, ocean photography offset by the abstract art in the hallway add to the story. The vintage, ethnic area rug repeats the blue and white in the wallpaper, baseboard, frame and opposite wall.

Repeat patterns, colors and shapes as you scale your furniture and art to your space. Although this area is small, it is big on style. Photo: Catherine Kwong.

Modern Monday: Grey + Brass

Modern Monday features geometric lighting that makes an artistic and metallic statement in one configuration. Notice the monochromatic paint on the ceiling and walls. This room is a reminder that functional items can easily serve multiple roles in your space.