Street art, graffiti, mural. It’s all semantics. The power is in the color. The boldness in front of a black background is so striking. Only the brave would dare to be so adventurous with their home or commercial space. But it’s doable if done right. One could have a similarly themed piece on an accent wall. Remaining walls a warm white. Try a deep charcoal sectional, zebra or another graphic black and white pattern in an area rug. A bright orange contemporary accent chair, low black lacquer coffee table with chrome accents. You see it right? Oh, can’t forget the colorful throw pillows to connect to the mural. Oh, everyone will want to visit and will leave with their mouths singing the praises of your oh so hip and chic home.
Allow me to be a bit pensive for a bit. Over the past few months I’ve struggled in my creativity. When trying to help a friend with her home I had trouble tapping in to what she felt was homey. I came to the conclusion that I was thinking about it too externally. I was in a space of what is fashionable, current trends and increasing equity instead of looking at HER. What makes her feel comfortable and at peace. As a decorator my goal is to create a home. Some small section of the earth that makes a person feel that special way. Comfort, relaxation, pride, and peace. These for me are words that describe a home. Not particularly a particular on trend sofa or drapery choice. By looking more inward I was able to tap into her vision and together find those just right pieces to create those aforementioned feelings. Only then was I able to tap back into my creative space and make her and myself happy.
So you know how you can go to Marshall’s, Burllington Coat Factory, or other stores of the like and see this ready made art? I often think “Oh lawd, this stuff is so cheesy” but on this particular visit I was struck with a bit of inspiration. Luckily I had my sketch book handy and documented what was in my head. I thought, why not make a full wall installation. That instantly takes inexpensive art up to the next level and gives your room a very chic look. Of course, I felt a Chesterfield sofa (my favorite type) would look perfect paired with an Arco lamp and a contemporary coffee table. Although this is a VERY rough sketch, I think you can see where I was going. Now, I just need a room to execute this in. Any takers?
"….the designer must be able to see - make a concentrated effort to absorb the essence of the project. Seeing is a very difficult thing to do. Most people "look" at a lot of thing but never ‘see’ anything. Looking is emotional; seeing is an intellectual process."
Albert Hadley, The Story of America’s Preeminent Interior Designer
So I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art for inspiration as I often do. These stained glass panels caught my attention and I got to thinking. They are not like the ones you see in churches or at grandma’s. This glass is contemporary and fresh (even though they were created at the turn of the century by the great Frank Lloyd Wright). I love stained glass in windows but because they are so beautiful, think of them not as potential windows but as art pieces. This would be wonderful as a wall installation in any home. Not only would similar pieces add color to your home but the visual interest they give as the light changes position and seeps through and bounces off of them is priceless. You can think of them as moving art. The really great thing about them is that if you don’t find ones you particularly like, you can always get panels custom made. Besides all of that, imagine the reactions of your visitors when they say “hey, I would’ve never thought of doing that”. Then you can just smile that knowing smile, then send them over here to my blog. Happy “window” shopping.
Fit for a king or queen? Believe it. This grand high backed chair is more than up for the task. You say “but that upholstety is garish”. I say that is an easy fix. Train your minds eye to a glossy black painted finish on the wood and a black and gold brocade fabric, then tell me you would not want to play king or queen holding court for a day (or lifetime). Exalted indeed.
This mirror is definitely for the Federalist at heart. I scoped this gem on a recent trip upstate (they always have good stuff) and began to covet it. Now you may say “Samiayah, what in the world would I do with this mirror?”. To which I’d say, just about anything. For instance, you can go full “period style” and place it in your entry way with a fantastic Federal style bench. Or if you’re feeling more eclectic, like me, try one with a little more visual punch with animal print or a graphic pattern. You can also place the mirror as the centerpiece to a vintage mirror installation. But, if you’re feeling really fun, give your guest a little taste of the funhouse and mount it in the powder room. It would probably guarantee that they won’t be in there for too long. Interesting and fun design is only limited by a limited imagination. So have a great time with it!
You know how people have fantastic bar carts fully stocked in their homes? Seeing these fabulous retro coffee and tea pots got me to thinking. Why not have a coffee and tea bar cart? There are people like myself that live on tea and coffee and love to serve it while entertaining. Why not do it with style? One of these pots with decorative teacups and saucers, a French press, milk frother, and chic containers to hold your coffees and teas, you can’t lose. I can read it in the leaves!
“The details are not the details, they make the design.” – Charles Eames
Clearly, It’s a Great Option
Plexiglass, acrylic, lucite. Semantics are of no concern, its all about the look. Translucent furniture will quickly add that “oh how about that?” effect to any place (if you are or aren’t going for that). I especially think acrylics are a winning addition to a small space. Since they add little visual weight to your space you can have the function without your space looking cramped. An added bonus is the freshness that they can bring. When the light changes in a room and travels through the piece to create that interesting shadow or reflection on the wall or floor, it’s almost like having moving art. Acrylics run the range of styles and prices so shop around. I’ve linked to a great online site that even does custom work. Test the waters with an accent chair (like above), side table, or bar stools. You just may surprise yourself.