The design inspiration in this soft contemporary home came from the warm oranges, reds, and yellows from the movie Indochine based in 1930-50 and the vintage interior styles of films from the mid-1960’s, where color is strong and kept to the furnishings. The homeowners had a love of elegance, art deco, antiques, and Hmong culture hence the gold, black, warm woods, and ethnic influences. Can’t you just see Marlene Dietrich or Hedy Lamarr flowing down the curved stairs in a sumptuous gown? Susan Gilmore Photography.
In this remarkable architecturally designed home, the owners were craving a drastic change from the neutral decor they had been living with for 15 years. The goal was to infuse a lot of intense color while incorporating, and eloquently displaying, a fabulous art collection acquired on their many travels. Photography by Lisa M. Bond.
Art & Crafts Reinterpreted
In this fairly new Arts & Crafts built home, we chose to use the philosophy of the A&C era, “truth to materials, simple form, and handmade” as opposed to strictly A&C style furniture to furnish the space. Using natural fabrics, reclaimed wood, copper, iron, stone, and antique accessories, the architecture and the furnishings now encompass a complementary, and fresh, relationship. Photography by Karen Melvin.
In this lovely home, the goal was to utilize many of the vintage items from the homeowners’ families as well as items purchased on their travels. In addition, punches of color combined with a touch of contemporary was desired. A challenging blend, but one we were able to pull off by changing the proportions of the desired elements within each room.
I designed this kitchen for a client with muscular dystrophy who loves to cook but was having difficulty due to accessibility. Her goal was to have a beautiful, colorful, and most importantly functional, kitchen that did not look institutional where she could cook independently without needing her husband’s help. Priorities were the ability to scoot items across counters, access all cabinets easily, and have many resting and working areas. We succeeded and she is now cooking up scrumptious delights without any assistance!
The aim in this open living/dining room was integration. The living room had an existing, wonderful warm feeling with its varied and textured upholstery, rug, and casegoods. The dining room, however, was contemporary Scandanavian teak furniture. Blending was accomplished through identical window treatments in both rooms as well as added color and texture in the dining room. Success!
French Country Asian
In this lovely new home, we designed an open floor plan for ease of having many grandchildren and family members visit as well as to accommodate a disabled homeowner. The intention was to create intimate and inviting areas within a French Country style space with a nod to Asian.
Rustic Old World
Our aim was to inject color and life into this Family Room with a rustic and inviting feel for TV watching, but also a feeling of elegance for entertaining, as the room is adjacent to the kitchen. We designed a custom coffee table utilizing reclaimed barn floorboards for the ultimate in rustic, surrounded it by velvet, a bit of sheen, and tapestry.
This fabulous home has soaring ceilings and numerous windows. The goal was to update, add color, and integrate the linear movement and simple lines of the architecture into the modernized spaces creating finished room groupings with a minimum of pieces.
Details, details …
Details are crucial, and the glue that holds it, and brings it all together. Whether its simply adding the right pillows and accessories, or incorporating architectural accents within the room, details are like the frosting on a cake. They help a room feel finished and sophisticated by integrating all of the larger design elements.