Talk about color! Blue is the dominant color. But there is orange and green and yellow. Lillian August Her Webpage for More Great Stuff This is a great lesson, how-to for accessorizing a room. Blue is the basic, the foundation. Splashes of bright color keep the dark blue from becoming too much. The two white sofas also balance the blue chairs and blue walls. Accessorizing 101: Vases with flowers, the usual books on the cocktail table, pillows, animal prints, different tables of wood, glass and marble.
Carpet anyone! There is so much out there! It’s incredible. Any color you want. Any price range you want.
You can shop anywhere for inspiration and then go for what you can afford! Carpet can be confusing.
Here is a nice page. Learn More About Carpet
Attic Bedroom in soft teal
Now isn’t this the cat’s meow! Simplicity that states perfection. I’m sure the design necessities of storage and the closet thing have been figured out. Maybe this is just a bedroom and you go somewhere else for your morning get-ready routine. I thought the room in the back a bathroom, but I’m not sure. I don’t see any air conditioning either but rather open windows. We do know this is an attic bedroom. Gorgeous. Functionality might depend on the time of year, the guest/occupant, and life style of said occupant. And of course we do not know what has been removed for sake of the photograph.
Only decorating with two colors. Minimal furniture. Rustic minimalism. Take notes all you folks who do very well with almost nothing!
Isn’t this a pretty stairwell? Talk about good design! The blue and white is perfect. The bead board ceiling is a great detail. It looks like a bed there at the corner doesn’t it? So we are in the basement or there is an attic above us. Pretty neat use of space. There is not a thing out of place in this room. The variety in woodworking is sumptuous.
When working virtually you are dependent on good communication. And this can be via the phone, email, texting or skyping. I’m sure there are other methods – but those are the ones I’m current with. So much can be communicated with pictures, but I always find it difficult to help others appreciate the value of an inspiration file. An inspiration file helps you learn what your style is. So let’s say you don’t gather inspiration pictures, a designer needs to know who you are and what you like. What do you love to do? What are your hobbies? What do you do for vacation? What are your favorite restaurants? If you were to collect pictures of your favorite places, favorite things, favorite ties, it would become apparent that you like strong colors, that you are formal or casual. That you are a little bit funky. That you are entirely classic. You would see the ‘threads’ repeat themselves through the pictures you have collected.
This is a picture from this client’s inspiration file. Do you see the similarities? Strong colors? Straight lines. Not casual – not too formal. Architectural details that are a vibrant. The trapezoid windows surrounded by an old brick, the glass half wall at the top of the bannisterless staircase.
It’s difficult in such a small space to add such striking details, but we have done a good job. The five inch base molding. The striking lighting. The large red window shade that shouts ‘hello!’. The diamond floor pattern. The sconces and the oval mirror are the cats meow. I do want to highlight the importance of updating the hardware at renovation times. Toilet paper holders that pivot. Industrial lighting is still very popular. Placing something classic next to something trendy, like the industrial lighting and the mirror add excitement to the mix, ,making this small utilitarian room fun. I usually have options. I did decide on the sconce with the shade. But you always need a back-up.
And last but not least here is the specification for all the pieces that make this bathroom dream come true. I did divide this into a good, better, best affair. Let me know and I will send you a copy! Send me the room you need help with! Make the world beautiful, one room at a time.
If this room is a personal oasis I think the seating area needs a bit of modification, unless the room is already a secondary room, such as a home office or a family room that’s used in the evening. I would turn one of these comfortable chairs so I’m not facing the center of room unless I’m sure the room is mine. Another idea would be create a space between the chairs and the French doors.
I think is a good time to bring up the point of privacy, intimacy – a place – a time we have blocked out for ourselves. It would be like invisible tape or marker that says ‘my space – my time’. It does bring to mind the idea of cozy, something small and private. A spacious, large room doesn’t fit the requirements of quiet time. There are no borders which declare we are safe, alone. A large spacious room says welcome, visit, what can I get you? Cozy says alone and quiet.
I used this example in my Thursday Newsletter, Beautiful Interiors. I show it here because the carpet, the corner shows a physical boundary, the carpet makes the outline that says mine. Even in a yoga class full of students – your mat quantifies your space.
We interact all day in so many ways – alone time becomes a necessity. Create your personal oasis.
This is Tiffany’s dramatic, gorgeous beautiful window, an absolutely wonderful part of the Season’s Festivities.
Another part of Christmas I adore is the card exchange. We shop early for our cards, we debate or shall I say negotiate, which cards we like best, we end up buying at least three different boxes so that all parties are satisfied.
I save all the cards that come with family pictures so that I can see the children grow up! It’s a miracle, from five year olds to twenty-five! Every year it’s a delightful time to review these and receive the latest one to add to the collection.
One joy I especially treasure is the Christmas letter. A special one comes from Jean. Always a lovely letter, filled with good news. How her family is doing, how the granchildren are growing, what goals have been reached, what big decisions have been made the past year. I enjoyed receiving a Christmas Letter from someone new this year and it inspired me to try my hand at this endeavor. Not that I can replicate these precious moments of someone else’s life or even want to, but it so beautifully and perfectly conveyed the Joy of Christmas. Five year olds tearing off wrapping paper that you know was carefully taped in place, with Merry Christmas or the wrinkle free crisp paper’s logo front and center. Bows and ribbons for decoration all go to shreds as kids tear away these beautiful wrappings. As soon as they are done, the instant they have one open, it’s on to the next one. Not that this was ever my experience, but I watch my grand nieces and nephews do this and I am in awe. This is part of the joy of Christmas. Imagine the anticipation of waiting – no wonder the year between this one and the next one always did feel like forever. Now those twelve months feel like one month. January to December – Swish! It’s done! Why does time fly more quickly as we grow older? We certainly have lost some of this exuberance of Christmas, of opening gifts for the mere joy of it. That’s why it is such a blessing to have these babies, these youngsters among us, they remind us of the real joy of the Holidays, to be loved and cared for.
Our year was splendid. The golf course was renovated and we thoroughly enjoyed taking a tour in the golf cart many evenings with Maggie our Westie – who I think enjoyed the ride more than we did! Which of course compounded our own joy. It was a nine month project. Very exciting. Not too noisy, not too dusty.
Jim’s golf game has improved splendidly, I have had several exciting Interior Design Jobs, I have rejoined Toastmasters. We did a trial evacuation with Hurricane Matthew. Went to Sebring, two hours northwest of Tequesta. We were spared by a hairsbreadth! Another excursion took us to my niece, Lauren’s baby shower in Baton Rouge. We drove there and back with Maggie, what a splendid time we had. We got to see how my sister and her family have put their lives back together after the Baton Rouge Flood. Twenty four inches of rain, the interior had to be totally renovated. This was true for the entire neighborhood. Incredible. Volunteers drove by with meals. Others came by and did your laundry for you. Just amazing, beautiful stories of people caring for people.
We went to NJ to celebrate a friend and a nephew’s birthday! Eighty years old and six years old! What a treat! That was in October and all the trees were orange. That was icing on the cake. I went to the Norton Museum’s Festival of Trees and that was so awesome I can’t believe it’s their tenth Anniversary and it was my first visit. I’ve had at least two puppy parties and if you haven’t had one or been to a puppy party, boy are you missing a fantastic event! Our love to you and enjoy your Holiday and Your New Year! Lynda & Jim Louden
This delightful daybed sets the stage for this organic room. The rough timber tables, the modern sculpture, the hide layered atop a sisal, all wonderful textures layered against the shiny blue daybed. It’s very much like an ancient Chinese bed but in bright blue. Each of these pieces stands on their own beautifully, but blended this way we are given an oasis of rest or community. This is basically a contemporary room with the rustic tables that mix things up a bit. The rough texture is repeated in the polygon totem, again repeating a pattern or a texture, ties a room together.
The bright blue paint is contemporary, the rustic cocktail tables are organic as is the polygon sculpture. A bed in a room, usually means the bed is the focal point. It is the largest item in the room. With this bed painted bright blue the remainder of the room needs to be neutral. The room stays restful even with the powerful punch of the blue bed.
Another good design tip, layering carpets is a nice touch, but remember that they are good for tripping – so only do this when all occupants are strong and lithe. Layering is a very professional way to decorate a room. It’s a great way to change a room, a little or a lot. You can modify the room seasonally by changing out the area carpet and/or pillows. Store your carpets rolled, keep them together with wide masking tape, they don’t take up much room, and you have a refreshing change.
I’m a bit off topic here, but it seemed an easy shift given the white hide in the room. Love to all. Your comments and questions are always welcome.
This feature wall is a great example of balance. You are almost torn between the chair and the wall. You appreciate the perfect balance that is between these two items. Then there the is spectacular carpet and chair and pillows with the orange and white ovals. The red wall actually becomes quiet. I may change my mind and say the carpet the focal point. Although I am hard pressed.
The contemporary style does not change an iota here. Every single piece raves bold and modern. The repetition does soothe the mind as one follows the patterns around the room. This is not for everybody, but everybody needs, wants, loves something different. We all want beautiful rooms, and there are so many ways to create a room that delights each person. You can have a handsome feature wall or you can have an outrageous carpet. Your pick.
Notice that all the colors have the same intensity, this is important when combining colors, The blue, red, yellow and greens all have the same strength. Designer Baratta has done a fantastic job of designing a great space with more than a few surprises.
There is a lot to be considered when viewing a room via a photograph. You certainly cannot see the entire room. You don’t know the lighting scenario, how much natural light is coming into the room. This room is so strong I wonder what the rest of the home is like, there usually is a theme that resonates throughout a well-designed home.
It may be the photographer has taken liberties and moved the recliner front and center because it is so awesome and why not make it center stage?
Again lets review and add on to our knowledge of feature walls. Feature wall are the focal point. Every item or most every item, in the room will reflect the style of the focal point. There will be repetition of the color and patterns used, and last but not least, you don’t want to do something this powerful with every room in your home.
For those of us who love words and inspirational thoughts this would be a marvelous feature wall. Your feature wall is your focal point, so it sets the stage for the room. Everything must tie into, reflect, repeat and balance this intentional eye catcher.
Let’s see how this room by Crownpoint Cabinetry does this. The room is casual rustic. The fireplace is the focal point and the feature wall. The black wall is repeated in the dark stripe in the banquette upholstery, the table legs, the window frames and the picture frame. The neutrals on the wall and floors balance the black wall. The neutrals of the stacked wood and the banquette link.
The proportions are just right. The large wall and the happy bird fit in well with large table and seating.
Do you notice the repetitions of three? Three points of interest on the fireplace wall, the art has three eggs in the bowl and the table vignette is composed of three, corn stalks, green plant and the glass bottle and stemware. Three is a number that works beautifully every time.
The bulky table, the industrial look of it, ties in nicely with the black fireplace wall. They are happy together. A dainty table would not fit in quite as nicely. The eagle and the eggs are even a bit of whit, of humor. It’s something you might catch the second time you review the room. It might make you smile every time you see it. The idea of a French Fry is delightful and I’m sure makes everyone grin.
This is the wonder of good design, it engages the senses. It makes you feel good, but it also can make you smile. If that is a chalkboard wall, you could change your picture or change your quote as you like. What a wonderful idea!
A feature wall is quite a stunning design project. It does require good planning and should affect the entire room, you certainly could not do it as an afterthought. I think the table was the starting point or the homeowner wanted the built in fireplace and that was the beginning. I hope they love birds and maybe that was the starting point. But you do see how a feature wall needs to be well thought out. It’s not like changing the pillows on the sofa. Good luck and have fun!
Dramatic color and dramatic art make this an exciting living room. It is very comfortable at the same time. Autumn colors are vibrant and jewel toned and this is an excellent example of how to do it right. This is a very adult room I have to say, I can’t imagine youngsters here. Something about it is so seductive. It looks like a bachelorette pad. Everything in the room has to measure up to the focal point, and the art is the focal point. The chandeliers, the stone, or faux stone wall measure up. Floor to ceiling drapes are managing. I’m not liking the shutters too much. This could very easily be a studio apartment done on a budget. And then we love the shutters because they are one hundred percent functional.
We are on trends, so lets get there. Earthy colors, mixed metals and a fantastic feature wall just about does it, don’t you think? Feature walls used to be what we see below, one wall in a different color. Todays feature walls are coming back with more interest than just color, now they may include pattern, collage or a montage.
This feature wall makes more sense because it ties in better. The bed is part of the feature wall, so the teal has company. The white sconce mirrors the wall color. The white bedding brings in the white walls and ceiling. The room stays light and bright and colorful, despite color only being used on one wall and the roman shades.
This is a trend we mentioned for 2016 in our January 14th Beautiful Interiors. Oversized Art – What is so fantastic about this installation is they have opted to hang it off-center. The entry door is opposite this magnificent art and that makes for a stunning entry. Breathtaking. So you can make a note – this is a rule you can break. Art doesn’t have to be centered over the sofa.
The popularity of gray is another trend we see manifest in this modern chic room. It provides a calm backdrop for the exciting art and keeps the room balanced, The large wall, window wall, white ceiling and long sofa and bench are all in good company.
There are so many good lessons in this room designed by Elizabeth Valinno. First, her art is her focal point and that makes two, from this she derives her color scheme. We learned this as an excellent option in Design School, use art as your starting point. The gray, whites, black and red in the art are repeated throughout the room. Third is her excellent ability to blend pattern. Just focusing on the sofa, there are four to six patterns depending if you count the nubby cocktail table, the carpet, and the polished floor.
Fourth is repetition. The repeated square pattern throughout the room. How many can you count? At least fifteen squares, many more if you want to take it that far. The squiggle carpet and the round rattan table become very important as does the gentle slope in the wooden bench below the windows.
Variety with height is clearly evident, the large art against the small duet of portraiture and the large window and wall against the low-profile sofa.
Two more trends for Autumn 2016 are neutrals and statement rugs as depicted in this home office by Carrier and Co. Layering rugs is a third for that matter. For all that I adore color, neutrals are just as powerful. Combining metals and not worrying about matchy-matchy is also in evidence here in this remarkable room so full of treasures and at the same time so calming. The shiny gold lamp, the dark industrial bookcase, the shiny chair templates makes up three of the metals calmly co-existing.
There is room for guests and plenty of open storage. The desk could so easily become a table so that the rooms versatility is multiplied many times.
The versatility of rooms is so amazing. Four walls, floor and a ceiling can be fashioned any ole way you love. Work in whatever style you love, with whatever colors you love and with whatever things you love.
Beautiful your rooms. Work with a designer, do it yourself, but my all means Do It!