Friday, December 31, 2010

Traditional is always beautiful and elegant

Traditional living rooms are often designed to reflect symmetry. Furniture that comes in two, as the chairs of wood can be used to help create a focal point in your living room. A closet or a fireplace could be your focal point, flanked by two pieces of furniture on each side. Emphasize your stay ideal focal points using two pieces of identical size on each side.

Timeless Traditional Rooms

In the traditional living room mostly we can see the furniture wood such as tables, chairs, bookshelves and cabinets. Especially in English country style, They created their sofas and chairs and overstuffed and comfortable, with coverings of velvet or leather.In the traditional living room mostly we can see the furniture wood such as tables, chairs, bookshelves and cabinets. Especially in English country style, They created their sofas and chairs and overstuffed and comfortable, with coverings of velvet or leather.
Traditional living room design calls for soft lighting to give the room a dramatic feel. The Color palettes in a traditional living room include combination such as burgundy and gold, hunter green and burgundy, and other richly toned hues. Emphasize your living room's color scheme by using repeated colors and patterns on drapes and upholsteries. Make sure your design is elegant and not redundant.
If we see the architectural and also furniture designs from 18th and 19th century Europe, we can say that the living room was dominated with traditional style. English styles such as Hepplewhite, Queen Anne, and Chippendale are also commonly designed in traditional living rooms.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A custom day bed covered in hemp

picture courtesy of Southern Accents and Veranda

International flair

photographer: james merrell house beautiful
More subdued shades of lilac with Venetian touches
Spanish style entry looks like they just cut open a fresh cantaloupe.

Louis XIV fauteuil

photo: tim street-porter house beautiful
How wonderful is this Louis XIV fauteuil sitting in front of the fabulous charcoal taffeta curtains!! A pretty picture to be sure.

Rococo Revival chair in Blue

photo: carlos domenech veranda

Pink and white and retro, baby!

Photo: francesco lagnese house beautiful

Unique designs

This is just stunning…that chandelier reflecting in that mirror. Imagine how great it would look at night!!
This is wonderful. How about dropped down over a small table, or your kitchen sink, or front porch, or in a box window. Love it!
love all the graphic details in this room and the contrast…makes the white chandelier stand out.

Country House Decor in the City -William Howard Thompson House

With a creative eye and a passion for salvaged antique treasures from Europe, an entrepreneur proves that country style can be right at home in any setting — even an elegant city house. Anyone still believing that country style must be limited to farmhouses need only behold the home of Annie Brahler for compelling proof to the contrary. Located in Jacksonville, Ill., the stately, six-bedroom house is a landmark of that city's historic district. On the outside, it is pure architectural sophistication; on the inside, it's country through and through. Beneath a crystal chandelier, a small table off the kitchen provides an intimate dining nook.
Vintage silver gets repurposed as bud vases
Pictured: Eight-year-old daughter Isabel's bedroom has a bedstead that belonged to Princess Lillian of Belgium.
Dividing the living room from the sitting room is an archway rimmed in tooled leather and guarded by carved indian heads
Dressed Up & Dressed Down Tasseled, buttoned "ball-gown slipcovers" dress up gilded dining chairs. Their opulence is underscored by the bare oak floor, outlined in walnut parquet, which gives the room the youthful look of "wearing an evening gown without shoes," Annie says. The Drexel claw-foot table was dark brown until Annie coated it with Sherwin-Williams "Pulmonaria" semigloss paint, deliberately avoiding a precise match with the slipcovers. "I don't like things to be matchy," she adds.
Annie in the Garden The daughter of Dutch immigrants, Annie lives with her husband, Richard, three children, and three dogs in an imaginative re-creation of the interiors inhabited by her ancestors, with antique "farmhouse castoffs" she unearths at barn sales throughout Europe. These she imports through her business, Euro Trash, a thriving enterprise that employs a carpenter and two seamstresses full-time. Like a tableau by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, these rooms combine opulence with an irresistible lack of pretense: Elaborate crystal chandeliers and chairs covered in simple linen look as lovely together as a 17th-century servant girl with a pearl earring. Here, all members of the Brahler clan make themselves at home as they please: "My kids and dogs are welcome anywhere," Annie says. "This is definitely not a museum!"

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Charlotte Homearama

The Charlotte Home Builders Association is embracing the country's excitement for right sized homes. For the Homearama Simonini Builders is introducing Right Sized Living; homes where space is designed to maximize living and minimize empty space. Homes where everyday living is is inspired by the best in design, finishes and innovation .
Charlotte's most unique new community ... Robbins Park in the lake area of Cornelius, NC is a perfect melding of a residential community with preserved parklands and an actice recreational park.
Photos by John Moore

Friday, September 17, 2010

Designer's Notes The library is filled with deep chocolate fabrics, leather, dark wood and orange accents. It’s a place to relax, watch TV and read a book. Always remember to have varied light sources in a room that serve many purposes, including lamps for reading, accent lights for art and candles to set the mood. David Scott Interior Designer; David Scott InteriorsWebsite: All rooms from this designer

The Fat Lady Sings

Designer's Notes The inspiration for this bold dining room is the colorful artwork "The Fat Lady Sings".
Genoveve Serge Interior DesignerGenoveve Serge Interior DesignPhone: 805-499-8998Fax: 805-499-6100Cell: 805-427-1155E-mail: genoveve@gs-interiordesign.comWebsite:

A Rock and Roll Living Room

Designer's Notes
This rock-n-roll living room is filled with shades of purple, silver and black. The black crystal chandelier reflects subtle shades of purple on the wall when the sunlight comes through.
About the Designer(s) Genoveve Serge Interior DesignerGenoveve Serge Interior DesignPhone: 805-499-8998Fax: 805-499-6100Cell: 805-427-1155E-mail: genoveve@gs-interiordesign.comWebsite:

Mixing but not matching

Steven Miller: The Soul Solution

When designer Steven Miller first visited the newly built home of a professional chef in Los Altos, California, two things immediately struck him: Its stunning views of San Francisco Bay, Belvedere Island and the city, and its cold spec-house appearance. His design goals for this well-traveled, entertaining-focused family of four were to maximize the Riviera-like vistas and minimize the soul-less character of the structure while honoring its Mediterranean references. “I wanted to give it a true sense of history—to make it look as if the owners had lived there a long time, amassing pieces culled from many years of travel to far-flung places,” says Miller.
LIBRARY: In the library, Miller enhanced the appearance of the built-in cabinetry in a manner that draws attention to the objects within by lining the rear panel with subtly textured silk wallpaper. A Berber rug in the same pale gray-blue hue underpins less subdued furnishings: a pair of the homeowners’ armchairs newly upholstered in JP Garten printed cotton fabric, a Miller-designed ottoman, and unmatched side tables from McGuire.
LIVING ROOM: To set the stage for the living room’s Euro-eclectic scheme, Miller left the windows uncovered and replaced the tract-home-looking wooden fireplace surround with Renaissance’s beveled concrete model. He then circumscribed a black Chinese-style coffee table brought in by the owners with a Donghia French-style sofa upholstered in a blue Pierre Frey fabric, an undulating Dutch reproduction commode, a custom lacquered pedestal table from Holly Hunt, a Wiener Werkstatte-inspired mirror, and an Italianate Michael Taylor side chair. Anchoring the arrangement: A silk and wool rug of Miller’s own design featuring a scroll pattern based on an illustration of a Versaille garden. Good things that came in twos here: Baker’s Tommy Parzinger-designed floor lamps and Miller-designed floating ottomans—fabric-covered poufs resting on Viennese-style plinths.
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Interiors by Charlotte Moss

The two-bedroom unit was conceived as a New York pied-à-terre for a couple who met in Rome and married in the hills of Tuscany, blending the historicism of the Italian countryside with their new, urban lifestyle. By Catherine Lee Davis
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Beauty of Wood

©Davis Frame Co., Inc.Beautifully crafted ceiling beams have an artful appeal that has all the graceof old barn beams plus the excitement of modern architecture.
While the location is a rare treasure, interior elements can be found in every part of the country. First, the plain white walls and barnlike exposed beams are timeless. The white kitchen is enlivened by interesting counter stools and playful lighting. In the larger dining area, oak furniture is sleekly styled yet enduringly warm.

Inspiration from Hotel relais La Corte dei Papi, Italy

Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Tuscany, bordering Umbria near Cortona, Hotel La Corte dei Papi, a prestigious 4 star relais, welcomes guests within the heart of Tuscany's countryside in refined elegance.
The antique countryside villa has once again turned to its hospitality tradition thanks to the skilled restoration effort that renewed it to its original form. La Corte dei Papi now welcomes guests in to a luxurious atmosphere of charme.
The restoration of the antique period dwelling and surrounding land placed special care in maintaining the original decorative elements, terracotta floors, exposed beams of the vaulted ceilings, while enriching the rooms with all the modern comforts. Each room's decor includes antique furnishings and luxury detailing.