I’ve just begun to rediscover Eugène Atget, one of the great photographers of the early 20th century.
His straightforward compositions belie the heavy subject matter he brings to each image. Each exposure is a meditation on impermanence & solitude.
These are photographs that remind me of the world at dusk, when colors become indistinct, shadows run into each other, and foliage turns into a black profile against the sky.
His pictures seem shrouded in a gray mist, which (in a way) reveals as much as it conceals.
Have an empty wall and looking for a neat way to preserve your child’s picture – try a custom silhouette. While there is an old fashion flare to it, the background wallpaper gives the picture a fresh look. Once upon a time Ashley had these pictures made for her furry friends.
They can be found everywhere on Etsy. We particularly like Relish Design Studio.
Throughout the showrooms in High Point, we couldn’t help but notice the painted furniture pieces. And they weren’t what you might expect. Painted furniture can sometimes look coastal, but these pieces took on so many different styles. Check them out below!
In the Hickory Chair showroom, their Surry chairs were painted in a stunning deep orange tone. It provides such a nice contrast to the wooden table, neutral floors, and neutral walls. To the right, a simple chest was accented with a Greek key pattern. Adding a graphic like this takes a plain silhouette and makes it a focal point!
Another chest took on a tribal look with the interesting motifs shown above. Hickory Chair has skilled artistans that can paint a piece any way you wish!
The Jonathan Adler showroom was filled with painted pieces in white. Their lacquered finish has such a modern look! Also popular: two-tone finishes. Whether its just the drawer fronts or the frame of a table, contrasting painted areas with stained brings great interest and lessens the dose of color.
Hickory White introduced three new finishes in a spice orange, slate blue, and butter yellow. The distressed tones reminded me of a colored version of the driftwood finishes that are popular now. They have a certain richness that would be appropriate for any season!
For the third and final chapter of Johnny’s house transformation, we proceed to the dining nook in the kitchen and the foyer/stairwell.
The only thing that changed in his space was the light fixture. In making your style mark on a space- nothing is as easy as switching out that builder basic lighting which can often date the house. We chose this pendant from Arteriors- and it’s egg yolk yellow interior casts a beautiful warm glow when it’s illuminated. We re-purposed Johnny’s existing leaning bookshelf from the living room and put it in the nook.
In the foyer- another lighting surprise! This simple lantern looks like an updated version of a classic colonial fixture- but makes a dramatic impact when you arrive.
Last but not least- something you can try too! Paint that oak stair rail black (with an oil-based paint) and it modernizes the stairs instantly.
Thanks to Johnny for sharing his home on the blog!
Photography for this series taken by Lauren McKay
This dining room was on the cover of Elle Decor, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since! Even though it wouldn’t fit in with the style of my own house, the design, by Larry Laslo, is playful, bold, and formal all at the same time. With plans to join friends and family this weekend for Easter dinner, I thought it was the perfect time to share this dining inspiration.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Today our studio has seemed a bit like the RDU airport, a thoroughfare of multiple clients, piles of fabrics and furniture catalogs, along with presentations in multiple locations, even our lunch room. Looking over some photos I snapped on Thursday at a drapery installation, I think I’d like to go on over there and settle down here: in this quiet corner of our client’s study. This composition represents a mix of things she loves: Pineapples, the color blue, a fantastic semi-antique French Baker Chair, and her floor to ceiling wall of books.
Drapery Fabric: Donghia’s Spice Market Warp Print in Blue & Grey Salt
A mirror may be the last thing you want to stand in front of in the morning. (You hate to see the sheet marks that run across your face or how bad your hair looks after tossing and turning all night.) Mirrors always tell the truth, whether you like it or not, but they can also be quite deceiving.
Traditional mirrors hung on the wall have a similar affect. Lately I’ve been drawn to mirrors with mirrored frames, like the Hovan mirror from Uttermost. Where it lacks a wooden or metal frame, it gains versatility and can be combined many other finishes.
Bradley-Hughes manufactures mirrors in a varity of antiqued styles. They can be applied to walls or their furniture. This picture really shows how the mirror doubles the amount of light from the sconces.
Mirrors deceive the eyes and add visual interest to spaces. With so many ways to use them, which do you think is the fairest of them all?
Here’s a little color (or shall I say colour?) inspiration for your weekend. I was perusing the Designers Guild website for some fabric and came upon their paint products. The hues were remarkable and decidedly European in their saturation levels.
I love interiors with personality, spaces with pieces that you can’t help but talk about. It may be a fabric, a chair, a work of art or an accessory. When I spotted these accessories from Global Views, I imagined them quickly becoming the topic of conversation.
Climbing Men to Scale the Walls