The following pictures show great example of the importance of attention to detail in design. I love details. They’re the magic secret and who doesn’t love magic secrets?
What I’m lovin’ about the above room is that there are a LOT of lines in the room, so the designer made sure that there’s some curves to balance things out and make the space feel comfortable. No curves would have made it stiff and overly formal. And look at those accent pillows on the sofa to the right. That little pop of blue really does it for me.
Oh, that blue lacquered wall! Wow! I could eat it with a spoon. And I can see some lacquer on the bottom of the beam across the wall, too. Details!
The detail I want you to pay attention to in this blue room is at the top of the drapes. That litle border of gray silk (or whatever it is) brings the eye up from sofa. Nicely done.
This beige sofa (my favorite color for a sofa) is brought to life with those pillows, especially the bold introduction of primary colors right smack in the middle. The green vase full of fat peonies on the coffee table is nice, too, although I’ll bet that’s just a staging accessory. The peonies (is that spelled right?) are exactly the same color as the sheer drapes!
These photos come from House Beautiful, a lovely magazine. Hope you have a great weekend.
While I’m still thinking about how much we enjoyed “Date Night,” I want to mention that we also recently saw “Despicable Me” with the grandboy. Another funny, funny movie! That Steve Carell is on a roll at our house. The movie made the 5 year old giggle and totally kept his attention the whole time, but Hub and I laughed throughout the show too. Excellent!
I enjoy designing custom bookshelves. They can be built to suit a client’s wants and needs, fit into just about any space and give a plain room some nice character. Even if the built-ins are going to span the entire wall, I don’t want them to overwhelm the space. The way I do that is to really watch the depth. The above cabinet shows a completed project that the homeowner loves. The entire piece is only 12 inches deep, which is lovely for books, but kind of narrow for other uses. BUT I just had doors put on the lower half, installed shelving inside and laid down that non-stick shelf liner (in black) on those shelves.
Two of these cabinets give the client a ton of storage space for china and glassware in the room, while leaving plenty of space on the rest of the wall for books and collections. You can see that the homeowner could easily add another shelf inside, but it’s important not to pack things too tightly–makes it a little dicey when pulling out those antique goblets and cake servers. We put baby locks on the doors since the room is also used by children. They don’t even know all that breakable stuff is nearby (hope they don’t read this blog)! It works really well.
Grandboy and I went to have lunch with my sister-in-law at her workplace, Quintiles, last week. She thought it would be a fun field trip for Alex, and it was, but it was even more fun for me. The place is fantabulous! Just a beautiful space, top to bottom.
The decor is very mid-century modern, presented in a totally up to date way. Finishes were consistent, comfortable and organic. Marble, stainless steel, river rocks, leafy plants, glass and water are used over and over again, on each floor and provide a lovely flow to the building.
Everything is easy on the eyes and the ears. Colors are blue and green (I’ve mentioned the impact of that combination in a recent post). I got the sense that this company really values it’s employees as they’ve been given a great environment to work in–not to mention a lunchroom with lots of delicious choices (including the best chicken salad I’ve ever tasted). Loved it!