Decorating with the view is smart. It does become the focal point. Here we have a glass wall that allows the view to be appreciated. Spectacular or not. Our view is expanded. Our eye has something other than a blank wall to reflect on. Glass from it’s infancy has been a spectacular way to expand, raise our style of living. This Penthouse has low-profile furniture. Nothing too high to block the view, No complicated patterns that would distract from the view.
Origin of Glass:
Glass was created in Egypt in 3500 BC. First came Glass beads and this was probably a by-product of metal working. Jewelry!
From beads we went to vessels. Bowls, Vases & Urns. Glass was rolled or annealed (process of cooling). The creation of Glass was a luxury and kept secret for millennia. Glass blowing started in the first century c.e. and with the discovery of clear glass, (through the introduction of manganese dioxide), the glass blowers in Alexandria, began to use glass for architectural purposes.
The next big change to glass was to add lead oxide to the molten glass; this improved the appearance of the glass and made it easier to melt using sea-coal as a furnace fuel. The process was first discovered by George Ravenscroft in 1674, who was the first to produce clear lead crystal glassware on an industrial scale. [wikipedia]
From this date we have thermal glass – so we can use it despite raging heat and brutally cold weather. These gorgeous rooms (above & below) with glass walls certainly expand your living space. This much glass takes a lot of attention. It has to be clean. It is expensive. What will you do for privacy? It’s not really for the first time home-owner, fresh out of college. This is probably a penthouse. There are many ways to get a similar view without the penthouse price. Check back! Usually – Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturdays!
Adding Color to Your Home. A Dream Come True.
This would be a fantastic Design project for the New Year 2018, introducing a new color into your home! This is Pantone’s Color for 2018. This purple is an exciting color, difficult to work with because it’s a strong color. It’s not navy, which is so classic it’s considered a neutral. But even there Navy, is a dark color and you need to be prepared for it. Adding lots of white.
Do you have a wish list? Is it mental or written down? Writing dreams down on paper helps to make them come true. Putting it on paper, makes it more concrete. Posting it where you can see it everyday keeps it in the forefront of your mind. You will notice purple more, see it in new ways, quiet ways – strong ways. Maybe you can add a pillow for a start. Buy a purple set of dinnerware! Purple art in a neutral room. I’m using lilac as examples. (Below) You can see how adding color doesn’t have to be a wallop like above. Try one of these ways to add softer color to one of your room! (below)
Multiple Ways to Make Dreams Come True.
Figure one is by Froghill Design. Figure two by our favorite Pottery Barn. Figure 3 by Santo Pietro Design. This Living Room is a beautiful blend of colors. So much you are not sure what is real and what is being reflected. The art is a dreamy pinky purple, lavender. Figure two you might miss the lilac, purple pillows they are so soft. But it’s a very nice addition to the room. Figure three, the lilac is in the wallpaper and in the bench seating at the end of the bed. If you don’t want wallpaper or palm trees, a pale lilac wall color would be perfect. So pale it’s almost white, or one or two notches above that. Dream in color? Dream with soft lilac or bold purple? Go for it! xoxo Lynda
The Water Element’s colors are blue and black. Blue is famous for being calming, a view of the water calms us, relaxes us. The blues of this living room (above) make it a very welcoming room, comfortable.
Feng Shui philosophophy encourages us to place things, to have things that will allow energy to flow through the room. The energy is turned up with the bright white ceiling, and globe chandelier. The greens, the potted plant and the vase of fresh flowers are a nice addition as well. Green is the earth’s color the archetype, peacemaker. So the room is Feng Shui Balanced with those three energies, water – metal – earth. A bit of wood with the coffee table. I’m a bit worried about the doors that are blocked by the sofa. That blocks the flow of energy. Not seeing all four walls prevents us from making a hundred percent accurate review of the room. The fireplace seems to have the hearth closed, that too makes me wonder. A fireplace is a good way to add energy but with it closed, it might be purely decorative or a non-working flu. I have to say there needs to be a few adjustments to this room to create a better energy flow. There is a lot of great design in this living room, The blues are beautiful, the seating is perfect for entertaining. The blue and white combination is classic. The globe lighting, the sculpture and intricate fireplace are fantastic focal points. Click for more Feng Shui Tips
Designers Dream Room:
The amount of white in this bedroom (below) make it a Metal Room, the Alchemist. The black bedframe is the water element. The green bouquet is earth, the peacemaker. The wood floor and other furnishings are the pioneer. This room is nicely balanced Feng Shui. Can you see the difference between these two rooms? Doesn’t the first room just make you feel stuck, restricted? There is not a good flow. You do feel restricted. These are constraints that make designing a room such a difficult job. With a view like the one in the bedroom below, there are few problems. Hats off to all designers!
Feng Shui Gold Living Room:
The ‘personality attached’ to the metal element is the Alchemist. This is their dream come true. The color white is in abundance. Clean and Pure. The gold cocktail table is united with the gold chairs and pillows.
It’s like gold dust, but you do want to stay and not disappear into fairyland. Oh that’s pixie dust. Sorry. The metal element is high energy and the wood console is important because it tones things down, balances, neutralizes the space. If you didn’t have the majestic wood console, the energy would fly through this room, this one important feature is doing quite a lot to make this room work.
The large portraiture is doing quite a bit to offset the high energy, she is adding softness and a welcome. Where white and metals, can be seen as cold and sterile, she is adding warmth and friendliness. Decorating with Feng Shui principles in mind is pretty smart and pretty beautiful.
Feng Shui Silver Bedroom:
The bedroom below is also a vision of loveliness, but in a completely different fashion than the above bling. Gray is the second color associated with the metal element and the Alchemist. This bedroom looks totally comfy and cozy. A Zen atmosphere has been created with the oversized wallpaper pattern. More repetition in the Greek key patterned carpet. This repetition is soothing. The settee is plush, but it’s also silver in color which again makes this a perfect Alchemist’s room. Designed to perfect comfort. May your New Year be full of Perfect Comfort and Happiness. xoxo Lynda Louden Interiors
Pioneer: Feng Shui Wood Element
We will end our 2017 Blog Posts with the Feng Shui archetype, the Pioneer. This the wood element. It really means trees. [to me] This stunning paneled wall (above) has become the feature wall. The Chevron pattern is energetic despite the somber colors. A Pioneer leads the way into new territory. Let’s all be pioneers for the New Year! Lead the way with kindness, compassion, love and generosity. This room could use a bit of fire, and perhaps more metal. Perhaps red books and a red lamp? Maybe a pillow. Pink might works as well, a bright pink, fuchsia. The room is perfect as it is, but if you wanted to change things up – perhaps dress it up for a party, those might be good options.
Pioneer Colors: Green & Brown
This living room (below) has a very nice mix of woods, the bookcase, the floor, the coffee table and the bench. It’s perfect Feng Shui with the green plants. Remember The Urban Jungle is a very popular! Click for More Information! Having plants is like having kids or pets. They need tending. You have to find their sweet spot. Every plant is different from the other. They do love company!
Wood represents growth. Trees are always reaching for the stars. Stable and growing. Wood is a healing element. I haven’t figured out quite why – other than it’s spiritual or symbolic qualities. Click to Read More So if you believe we are part of the same universe this does make good sense. Trees and plants are vibrant and add health, decisiveness, wealth and prosperity to your room and you! Happy New Year! We will continue the New Year with the Alchemist and the Philosopher. Metal and Water respectively.
Feng Shui Bedroom
This would be typical of an Earth Feng Shui Designed bedroom. (above) Earth Colors are beige, and other neutrals like sandy colors and skin tones. Light yellow. Green is not here because the color green belongs to the wood element, for trees. Earth is stable and nurturing, so the bedroom (BR) is a good place to design with earth colors, remember pink and red are passion so they would work in the BR as well. Feng Shui is not about rules, but what works considering all relevant factors. The brick wall represents stability, another good feature for a bedroom where we rest, nurture ourselves, restore our bodies for the next day.
Feng Shui Living Room
Below is an neutral living room (LR) that could be designated Feng Shui Earth Design. It is a NYC Home and despite the exciting view, calm is everywhere in this earth-toned living space. Earth tones invigorate your mental health. The LR is where we relax and visit with friends, maybe do some homework, it’s a good place to be mentally alert, and with these soothing colors, the brain relaxes, which makes it work better. The Earth archetype is the Peacemaker. Doesn’t that fit in beautifully? Calming colors and Calm People. Feng Shui Design and the Interior Design Principles are not rigid. Always design with the occupants in mind. What are their preferences, what are their needs and what do they love? Click if you want to learn more about Feng Shui.
This is a high energy room, (above) thanks go to the gorgeous red comfy sofas. Red usually says it all. And red along with pink and purple are high energy Feng shui colors. The plush, non-conforming sofas say come and join me! The room is balanced with the dark floor, which represents water. The wood framed windows nurture the fire. Feng Shui art/science blends seamlessly with Design Principles. The softness and non-conformity of the seating are balanced by the square pattern of the floor and coffee table. Really almost every other item in the room is a straight line. Which makes the room work, or the energy flow. Do you think this is a Wizard’s Room? Wizards represent the Feng Shui Fire Element.
Let’s contrast the high energy living room that boasts red with a bedroom (below) that is soothing and still has a medium amount of red. The below bedroom falls in the Metal Element. White and gray are the colors of the Feng Shui element, Metal. The soft furnishings, carpet, drapes, sofa make the room inviting. Both are using red with completely different results, don’t you think?
Violet & Neutrals:
Decorating with Violet. Violet is combination of red and blue, which makes it difficult. The balance is what’s difficult. Red is a strong color, Blue is more palatable. Depending on what you add things will sparkle and shine or be not quite right. So adding one lilac, violet, lavender in a room that is completely neutral except for one piece, sofa, chair, carpet makes it doable, livable. (above) The purple geometric pattern in the carpet is color repetition which makes for cohesiveness. The blue chair works, because blue is a component of purple. They are related. More from Pantone
Violet, Violet, Everywhere:
Now we go to a room that is enveloped in lilac, violet, lavender. So many pretty names. When you color your walls with such a vivacious color, you go from safe to adventuresome! Remember we decorate with who we are. Are you adventuresome and yet you decorate with neutrals? It may be you need that balance. Think about violet, lilac, lavender is this who you really are? Do you want to express yourself, share yourself with others? Why not try violet, lilac or lavender?
Decorating with Violet in Big Way:
Decorating with violet is pretty. Pretty tough. Pretty brave. Pretty Pretty. You have to adore the color if you put it in a room that you are in all the time. Like the living room above. If you are just stretching your arms with color, put a new color idea in a small room, one that you are not in often, like a second bathroom.
Violet doesn’t work like blue which is so popular it works like a neutral. This living room is using violet monochromatically. It is the only color in the room, and the violet pretty much stays a pastel. The entire envelope of the room is violet. Four walls and the drapery. The neutral chairs take the top off – so it becomes more readable, more accessible. To the viewer, to the visitor, to the one who loves the room.
Decorating with Violet in Big Way, Safe Way:
Adding color with an accessory, the bedspread (below) is a safe way, easier way to add a difficult color to your room, accent with that color. The beautiful neutrals in this room work with the violet bedspread. It might not be that the color is difficult. It might be that you prefer neutrals and want just a bit of color. Notice the variety of neutrals in the room. Creamy sheers, chambeige walls, coffee dresser, expresso headboard, gray, silver carpet. The violet vase is a good reminder of the importance of repetition. Repeating the same color, makes the room feel ‘collected, cohesive. The same way the creamy sheers tie the chambeige walls together.
The Violet, although the main attraction, has a great deal of assistance from all the neutrals, beautiful in themselves. Let me know how you feel about color, violet or whatever your favorite color is, whatever you dream about. xoxo Lynda
Now we move on to Penthouses. Sorry for the chasm in between garage sale finds and penthouse design, hope you didn’t get injured on the way over. The point is – everyone needs a pretty space. A space that is carefully curated with what you love – that you are happy to come to. It might be you are a billionaire – but you want to surround yourself with vintage everything. It might be you are a billionaire and want to surround youself with bling. Either way is great!
Let’s see what makes this room so fabulous, what makes it comfortable, what makes it doable:
The chairs in front of the fireplace must be heirloom or museum pieces or at the very least totally custom. Are they comfortable? No. Do they have to be? No. The fireplace wall is masterful design. The glass cocktail table merges into the fireplace making it a gorgeous marriage. The black side tables, the black trim on the cocktail table, the charcoal fireplace surround make a beautiful path for your eye.
This is a good example of using dark colors, with a lot of light and bright for balance. To avoid a ‘dark’ look. But we still have dramatic!
Budget Dramatic: Black is still the rage. Black and White. Here is an excellent way to do drama on a budget. (below) Black walls, stark white bedding. Interesting lighting and accessories. We don’t know what makes the black wall such an interesting pattern. Is it wallpaper? The paint technique? Or the imperfect wall surface? The design savvy here is the drama with voluminous use of black and white. The simplicity of a bed, side table, and a window. Add a light, a plant, drapes – ready set go! Great Design.