This Copenhagen apartment is bright and sunny. Happy blue goes a long way making that happen. Two great sofas and two great pendant lights are the bones of this living room. The rest is all personality. Books, art and music. Does it get any better than that?
How’s this for straight, clean lines? A kitchen with no on-deck appliances, no jars of spiffy handtools. A fantastic wall of window with view attached. A sexy fan and beautiful floors. Yummy!
Belgium is home to eleven million. A densely populated land of almost 12,000 square miles and the population speaks Dutch, French and German. That amount of land is between the size Maryland and West Virginia.
Belgium is a very wealthy country and was an early participant in the Industrial Revolution. It was a founding member of what has become the European Union. Brussels is now host to the headquarters of NATO, the de facto capital of the European Union. Being a port city it always had good trade options. A very long history in the arts, Jan van Eyck and Peter Breughel and the Baroque style of Peter Paul Rubens. In the 19th and 20th Centuries they have added many original artists. Rene Magritte, Jan Fabre, Guy Huygens and Luc Tuymans. Victor Horta contributed a great deal to the always popular Art Nouveau style via architecture and design.
Practicality doesn’t seem to be this rooms priority but I’m sure those elements have been removed for sake of a great photograph. Bastamante is a classical designer whose favorite color is white. He has designed around the world including New York, Miami and London. Remember that design is solving problems – function foremost. Followed by beauty. The earthy textures against the bright yellow wall is so humble. The velvet drape and huge ottoman say safety and comfort. The industrial chandeliers, mirror and red sculpture are artful accessories. Here is another room where the classic is more obvious.
If this doesn’t delight you on any rainy day I don’t know what will. Niloufar has done a bang-up job of creating a space that is fun and classic at the same time. The pink chandelier lighting, the yellow walls and multi-colored chairs is like a room full of gumballs or gummy bears. All the white, drapes, floor and furniture, is doing a great job of keeping the room cool. And the symmetrical consoles and art either side of the fireplace with glass surround also calms the room.
Beauty is not a fleeting moment or configuration.
Beauty is not an isolated moment or configuration.
Beauty is a constant. Beauty is always with us.
Let’s take a look around the world and see this reality. We will go to Paris first. It is the Fashion Icon of the World and has made a huge contribution to the Art World. Let’s not forget Versailles. Every detail is gorgeous perfection in this palace. French Designers have a canny sense of placing modern with antiquity. We might never stop this world tour of interiors. The wonders we have in store!
Projects come in all sizes. What can you handle time wise and budget wise? Window treatments, bedding and side tables all come under small projects. Of course if you are looking for custom drapes and bedding it moves into large rather quickly. This bedroom, though could be done in a weekend and not a lot of greenbacks. Pretty sheers and bedding can be found at any department store like Target or Kohl’s; remember that their online selection is a lot bigger than the in store inventory. Of course you have to be ready to return the items if they aren’t exactly right. If you do want custom work, contact your favorite designer, showroom or workroom. Small furniture pieces like this night stand are easy to find as well. Remember to measure your space so that you have the right fit.
1. If your budget can stand a bit more that Target, you can go to Pottery Barn, West Elm, CB2, Z Gallerie, ABC Carpet & Home.
2. Even a more indulgent pocketbook would put you in the range of DWR (Design Within Reach), Anthropologie and Arhaus. (Pier Imports is in the middle there between one and two somewhere)
3. If you can hit near the top that would be Mitchell Gold, Andrew Martin, Bungalow 5 and Hickory Chair
4. The top players are multitudinous. Bunny Williams, Holly Hunt, Ralph Lauren, Kurated Kravet, and Dimitry to name a few.
The carpet here is playing the game.The room is neutral letting the view be the center of attention. With an interesting view both sides of the room, the seating area takes a back seat but not without making a strong statement along the way. The day bed opposite the green paradise is a great place to enjoy the view. The sofa, pavilion ottomans, campaign chest and the carpet are like neutral but strong guards, providing a safe place for the occupants. The furniture mimics the straight lines of the buildings on the one side and the trellis pattern in the carpet mimics the foliage on the other side.
This carpet is playing it’s own game. The walls are a linear pattern, even the drape seems to have a horizontal line. The vertical line of the art and chandelier add quite a bit. The splashes of color in the carpet are quite playful. Almost a children’s room but it’s not in any way. I think everyone is having fun in this room.
This beautiful Navajo carpet is art for this room. The focal point is the free-standing wood burning stove. So it’s much like the art over the fireplace mantel. But upside down or opposite. These two are working in tandem. Of course we can’t see the entire room, so these remarks are only true as we see in this pic.
This carpet is a great addition to this room, but it isn’t leading the parade. The gorgeous proportions and architectural detailing are the music makers. The seating has to be stunning to stand up to the perfect long lines of the crown molding. The floor has long lines that impel the curves and dots found in the soft pieces. In fact the three curvy rugs are perfection against the linear statement made by the walls and floor.