The Art of Display

The Art of Display

What a  beautiful tableau…personal and chic without being to overly contrived.  Sometimes it is the small spaces that make a space special more than grand or expensive gestures.  What is about this little corner that is so wonderfully nuanced by the interior designer? First off,  it is in fact a “nook”, and they have made it beautiful by adding a console/bookshelf that fits in perfectly…right choice, right space. It is not about the furniture, but what is ON the furniture in this case.  The table is simple and is the same color as the walls, which makes the items on display really pop. A smart mixture of symmetry and asymmetry is employed.  The lamps are symmetrical but the art isnt, while the bold vase arrangement feels very ikebana.  Below, the three stacks of books are nicely counterbalanced by the bowl. The power of numbers in interior design – normally we like odd numbers but in this case two is working nicely on the top shelf – 2 books, 2 frames, 2 lamps.  A tray with three items on top left balances the three stacks on the lower right shelf. Subtle eclecticism – I love that the art frames on the wall and shelf do not match, but they are all classically understated. Color – a refined palette of neutrals accentuated by three bits of blue in the painting, picture frame, and book ties the whole ensemble together, and a little punch of orange is a delight. Picture from Lonny Magazine Check out our blog regularly for more home decorating...
A Dramatic Entrance

A Dramatic Entrance

There may not be a lot to this space,  but what there is, we LOVE!  This is a great example of how a few grand gestures can really make a room.  What makes this entry foyer by so dramatic? The orange ceiling of course!  This brave interior designer has put bright orange grasscloth wallpaper on the ceiling instead of doing the predictable feature wall. The contrast – you will never go wrong with a strong black and white theme mixed in with splash of intense colour,  and don’t be afraid to mix very dark brown woods with the black, it keeps it rich. Bold pattern – The modern fabric on these traditional chairs by Marimekko is both modern and large in scale, but the chairs are relatively small…the combination is unexpected and fun. Right size right place – The large mirror and slim furniture is the perfect way to open up the narrow space and make it seem larger. Lighting. – Entryways are great place for a statement chandelier.  This one does the added job of  bridging the gap between the modern and traditional themes of the house. To get the look, Eco Chic has a range of great grasscloth wallpaper.  Their Santa Barbara Console Table has a similar look, but for a really slim console, perfect in a tight space,  check out the Console Page  They also have some nice big mirrors and for  black and white artwork check out Paper Cartel.  The Chloe chairs have a striking black and white fabric and are nice and petite, and our interior designers can get them made here on the Gold...