I attended Room & Board’s fall accessory launch party. They highlighted personal style by showcasing several local interior designers, each accessorizing their own vignette. Thx R&B, it was fun!
1) Keri Petersen’s installation was colorful with splashes of teal and salmon, but was grounded with the cowhide ottoman and neutral sofa. LUV the vintage bar set!
2) Brian Paquette. Pure. Sophisticated. Masculine. The beauty of each element unfolds before your eyes, like a gentlemen’s bespoke suit.
3) Leah’s space was divine. The peach tones mixed with the “Vermont Slate” sort of colors (sofa & rug) is rich yet comfortable. Layers of pattern add to the sophisticated palette.
What are your color conundrums? Color can be confusing. So know the basics and choose color with confidence. First, know yourself and your personality. Second, ask yourself, what is the function of the space and how will it be used?
All bark, no bite.
My nature hikes are becoming a great source of inspiration, with such good examples of color combinations and textural mixes.
E is for Elephant.
Design influences the decision making process in arenas we don’t even think twice about. But somebody thought THIS decisions was a good idea. At a local parking garage each level is labeled with animals, to help you remember where you parked. This is a good idea. But somebody took it a step further and thought “lets put sound bites that correlate with each animal!” This in of itself is a good idea, but when selecting animals, something went awry. If you parked on the A Level the noise of an Anteater ensues when you push the button to call the elevator. (Slightly bizarre, but not earth shattering.) I, however, parked on the E Level. With my mind in a million other places, I pushed the button to call the elevator and nearly freaked out when instantaneously, a screaming noise came at me, from out of NOWHERE! WHAT WAS IT? WHERE WAS IT! AM I BEING ATTACKED?!! Was this design choice really that good of an idea? Late at night, when you’re by yourself on the scary upper levels of the parking garage…. really?
I haven’t parked on the B Level yet, but I imagine a grizzly bear roaring a mean growl and small children scattering and crying.
Orange as a neutral? Try this! By hanging a collection of artwork, all framed exactly the same in a grid system, you’re creating a space that is “predictable” to the brain. The repetitive elements are understandable and comfortable. But the bold orange background keeps the space fresh and anything but boring.
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Life on the water.
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