Authentic antiques or modern reproductions, intaglios have so much to offer.
The client asked for a place to enjoy watching old movies with large gatherings of friends, so I set out to create a haven for just that.
This space started out as your typical vanilla box basement with no character. In fact, the long, narrow room with two awkward access points presented a challenge right from the start. The client asked for a place to enjoy watching old movies with large gatherings of friends, so I set out to create a haven for just that.
I covered the walls in Mahogany Yacare Crocodile by Ralph Lauren. This rich, textured backdrop set the stage for the rest of the room. To alleviate heaviness from the dark walls and lack of windows, I chose a zebra pattern chair and two-toned sofa. Along with the light cabinetry and striped wool carpet, these choices keep the walls from overpowering the space.
The rug is from Turabian and Sariyan, a local carpet vendor whom I absolutely adore! I chose this particular ottoman because it serves as both a foot rest and a convenient place to rest drinks or snacks. The combination of materials and textures in this room ties the entire space together with an intimate, cozy feel: suede, velvet, crocodile, and wool. The variations in patterns, from the zebra chair to the sofa pillows, add complexity and interest.
Finally, to suit the main purpose of the room, we installed a wet bar to either side of the main entrance to the basement. It contains necessities such as a fridge and microwave for the all-important popcorn. The brushed counter is from Walker Zanger and is a continuation of the chocolate feeling from the walls. As an added interesting touch, I used antique mirror for the wet bar back splash. Not only does it look fantastic, it works to reflect light in a dark space.
The final transformation of the basement proved everything my clients hoped for and was a project I completely enjoyed!
A well-placed lamp gives a room a splash of color, a functional sculpture, or an interesting accent piece.
Lamps do a lot more for a room than simply provide a light source. Light is important, but so is color and style! A well-placed lamp gives a room a splash of color, a functional sculpture, or an interesting accent piece.
These next two lamps illustrate how a unique piece and a custom shade become a work of art.
I love the lamp below. It’s more like a glowing sculpture, unexpected and whimsical!
When I met with this client to design their dining room, their desire to break away from the traditional shingle style exemplified by the home’s exterior architecture totally inspired me.
When I met with this client to design their dining room, their desire to break away from the traditional shingle style exemplified by the home’s exterior architecture totally inspired me. They wanted simple elements with no clutter or fuss. Because the room began as a blank slate, we started with a completely fresh palette.
In this room, I truly enjoyed using so many creative and unique elements. The cowhide chairs from Ligne Roset provided adult seating around the dining room table and, combined with a bench on the other side of the table, make an unconventional seating arrangement. The lovely drizzle chandelier from Ochre acts as a fantastic piece of jewelry for the entire room. On the walls, digital art prints reinforce the dining room’s modern feel. In addition, I loved the window treatments for this dining room. The pattern reminded me of delicate lanterns floating through the sky. The large looped wool carpet from Patterson Flynn & Martin softens and warms the room.
I was honored to be an A List Winner for At Home magazine’s Winter 2011 issue with this dining room. In the magazine, the dining room was described as “bold, brash, and contemporary, a perfect combination to make a traditional home feel modern.” What an amazing experience, to be recognized for doing something I love!
If you’re looking for something bold and dramatic to add to your home, zebra prints certainly fit the bill.
If you’re looking for something bold and dramatic to add to your home, zebra prints certainly fit the bill. It’s difficult to open any design magazine these days and not see a zebra print area rug. The black and white contrast goes well with many color palettes and looks modern and exotic at the same time.
Zebra stripes don’t have to stay on the floor, and they don’t only come in black and white. Take a look at this nursery featuring zebra patterns in pink and brown.
Accents in a zebra print, like pillows or this mirror from Oly Studio, are another great way to incorporate zebra prints into a room.
It’s certainly possible to use zebra patterns in a space in other ways as well, from wall art to accent pieces. Finding unique ways to show off this trend is a challenge that also allows you to personalize a space and make it into something unique.