Does color take your breath away? Wherever you find it? Sunsets and sunrises, in your garden or as you are driving the grays, greens and neutrals? This bedroom below is a lovely transposition of the garden above.
Taking the same pinks and greens and working with stronger hues is also a possibility. And different styles as well have been used for each room. We are English Country and Classic Traditional, left and right accordingly.
This isn’t about whether you buy art to match your living room or if you buy the art you love.
No, it’s about what does the art you love say about your style. What you love is a manifestation of who you are. So do you love landscapes or you do love portraiture or do you love abstracts? And again the pattern, color, and shapes of the art add other pieces of information. If you love to shop galleries and visit museums you can take notes or pictures there, but there is art everywhere or there should be – absorb it and see how it makes you feel.
Our technicolor bovine would fit in nicely over this gorgeous bed. The pastel striation on this horned beauty is whimsical and matches the mood of the Victorian bedroom below. The contrast of the sumptuous velvet and the trio of retro t.v, chandelier and the radiator keep company very well with the delightful moo.
Pattern anywhere can be inspirational for you. A dress with the right colors or just the right floral pattern, perhaps a geometric pattern. Could be a wallpaper you see in a restaurant or country club. Everyone has a phone that takes pictures, snap a shot and transfer it to your inspirational file. Send it to your interior Designer! Do you want this to be the theme for your bedroom or living room, something like this for your drapery? No need to figure it out right away. The important thing is to gather what colors, pattern, textures and shapes that you love. After you have collected a bit you can review and see what the patterns are.
It could read something like this: You really love
florals and always soft blues and even lavender figures in there once in a while.
Or you really love geometrics and you are always attracted to strong, bold colors.
Taking care of a kitchen that is beaten-up or out-dated is a difficult job. Paint can be your life saver. Here they painted the back wall this pretty green and with the glass door your dishware has become your collectible, it must be clean and orderly – like sculpture. (Removing your upper cabinet door is another option.) Use whatever color you like best or goes best on the back wall. Removing the old hardware is a pretty neat trick as well. Places like Anthropolgie have gorgeous knobs by the drawer full, find a favorite and make the switch. Count twice before you go.
This kitchen (below) used paint effectively as well. Different cabinets unified by the same color blue.
The fabric used as curtains are probably pretty dishtowels. The rod hardware is simple stuff to find at your hardware store. The white bowls atop the cabinets are perfect showstoppers.
Making do on a tight budget is somewhere we have all been. First apartment, after a divorce, downsizing for any number of reasons. Go bold with color and pattern. Experiment with others cast-offs. Keeping everything clean and organized is always the best way to start.
Home is where your heart is and where you hang your hat. Why not make is something more than a fridge and a bed? Even if you are somewhere temporary. These temporary affairs can go on for years. Why come home to white walls and boring? Even white walls can be made beautiful with art and object de art.
The bright pillows and the blue jars on the mantle make this sitting area very pretty. It is a place you would be happy to share. Filling in your fireplace with books, stacked logs, flowers or candles is all the rage. Try these ideas out. See which one works best for you.
If you never considered making your home pretty it certainly is time to take matters into your own hands. What if you think you have no eye for good design? Do you notice that you feel better in Longhorn Steakhouse than in a McDonald’s? What about a Diner Breakfast compared to Paris in Town? Then you are feeling the difference of good design. Here is another demonstration of good budget decorating. Using things from different rooms where you need them. Plates are usually a kitchen item, but the color and pattern they bring to this bedroom is delightful. Asking a friend for help is always a good option.
I found this dining room on pinterest and it exemplifies what is necessary to create a fun, beautiful room on a budget of nothing or next to nothing. You need to go wild with color and pattern. Don’t turn your nose up at other people’s cast offs and experiment with what you have and what you find.
This next dining room has been finished by Lauren-Rubin Architecture, but their design protocols were not expensive or difficult. They put a great color on the wall. Added an assortment of art and hung everything salon style. Any table and chair will make the room functional. The chandelier is something you can find at consignment shops or yard sales. Paint it if it’s not the right color or so banged up it needs cosmetics. The fireplace may seem expensive but there are many apartments and homes that come with such eye-catching details.
Here is our second feature of Robert Couturier’s design. He has been designing for three decades and luxury is his passion. If you would like more of his awesome design, check out his new book, “Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises”
Isn’t the ceiling gorgeous? The curved decorative plaster is quite stupendous. I think most of the attention and perhaps the cost is there in the ‘sky’. This is a great example of a room in neutrals. Do you see how beautiful works any number of ways? With bright colors, with soft colors and with neutrals.
Isn’t this the cat’s meow? Designer Amanda Nisbett loves color and this is her specialty. Other designers only do neutrals; it’s important to find the designer who can design what you love. I like to design with you, what do you love, color or neutrals? Color is such a pick-me-up I find. What’s your experience? Color comes in all sizes, small, medium and large. Here is pink done in a completely different way. It really is just as strong as Amanda’s, but the pink is not as bright and there is more than one shade of pink. The use of black is the same in both – it moderates, balances the strong pink. (The black is on the wall not the floor.) The books, like the zig-zag pattern in the rug, soften the strong pinks. Is pink for you?
Have you ever seen such a gorgeous kitchen in your life? Of course it’s not everyone’s style. If you love a farmhouse kitchen this isn’t for you. But just because we would never wear a bikini doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the beautiful woman who does. Good design is good design. Appreciating beauty is important in our tumultuous world. Wherever we can find it. A smile, a thank you. Squirrels running up and down trees, your puppy curled up or licking your nose. It’s good to keep an inventory of such delightful happenings. I hope this kitchen and other stuff you see, beautifully designed stuff, is on your list.
Combining your dining room and library is an excellent way to get more use out of your formal dining room. It becomes tremendously more functional. The room is now full of conversation, on every page and in every chair. This dining room is traditional and formal.