I am often asked for interior design trends and typically my answer is a new product, new technology, an interior design style, etc. Right now however, my answer is not so straight forward.
My thinking is a large driving force in design is coming from outside the home This is not out of the ordinary, but what is, is the contradiction of influence. The turmoil in the world and our robust economy are colliding in interior design.
The world is a scary place right now and as a result I believe people tend are clinging to their homes . They want more organization (in design as well as stuff management) and clarity. However, on the other hand Colorado’s economy is booming and as a result homeowners want their homes to match that excitement.
Clarity and excitement in interior design are sometimes contradictory. However, with careful sculpting they play together.
The room shown, is one example of a room that has both clarity and excitement. Its overall feel is clear, crisp, organized but not short on excitement. The colorful rugs, silk wallpaper, and three sided fireplace add the pop.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The Pantone colors of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity (typically there is only one color).
I am puzzled by this choice. I was convinced it was going to be a shade of green? Perhaps 2017’s color of the year will be a green. I feel like green is coming back around after a decade of it not being a player. Below find information about 2016’s choices from Pantone…
Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.
Nierman Weeks, a family owned lighting and accessories company is one of my favorite companies. I am especially impressed with how their designs are based in antiquity but work remarkably well in modern interiors.
I just love their mirrors in this picture!
The newly remodeled, Gurneys Resort and Seawater Spa (when I was young it was simply called Gurneys Inn) in Montauk, NY is wonderful. The design is clever, upscale but remains casual.
The East End of Long Island is a very special place for me. I have fond memories and I just love being here…spectacular beaches, interesting little towns, galleries and wonderful food.
This is going to sound strange but It looks different here too. I have heard other artist say the East End has unique natural sunlight. For me its that and more. I see light here as if it originated from a prism – this is hard to explain.
A highlight of every trip to the East End is the Parrish Art Museum, a one of a kind exhibition space that captures the essence of the area – arty, still, light and unique. Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Neuron and Ascan Mergenthaler formed a partnership and prodcued this wonderful structure.
The building’s construction is post, beam and truss which allows the space to have an open artist studio feel.
Around the perimeter of the exterior walls is a concrete built-in bench. The bench humanizes the building by introducing a human element and scale to the structure.
Evidence that leather upholstery doesn’t have to be brown, white, black, ivory and red to look great.
While traveling around Indonesia, I was blessed with a stay at the Bulgari Resort in Bali. The interior design and exterior design is out of this world. I was blown away!
One of the many outstanding things was the use of lanterns.
The top picture shows the restaurant that has terrific ocean views and 20 or so electrified lanterns hanging overhead. It sounds busy but in reality it was surprisingly still and romantic.
The lower picture is of the entrance to the villa that we stayed in. A single very high, arched modern sculptural lantern spots the entrance. Besides the sheer spectacular beauty it was very practical. A source of direct light high above provided a nice shower of light.
For me, the interior and exterior design of the Bulgari will stay in my mind for a long time (probably forever). I can recall so many details, like I am there right now. I suspect that’s because the details were so remarkable.
Here are some of my favorite pieces of outdoor furniture.
Umbrella, Dining Chair and sofa from Cie Et Janus, Chaise from Sutherland, and Chair from Summit,
I wrote a few weeks ago about incorporating chaise lounges into the interior design of a living room… So, when I came across this stunning chaise from Plum furniture, I couldn’t wait to share. It is so graceful in its scale and proportions. Just lovely!
As a side note, observe the drape’s length. When a drapery is made an inch longer than the floor it creates a nice break (or rest) like shown above.
When designing drapery length there are no set rules. I approach each space differently. Style, length, consideration for ceiling height, furniture placement and function all come in to play.
There are many faces of European interior design. Palaces to farmhouses to urban boutique hotels to pied-a-terre – its a big spectrum. Their rustic is more complicated and their contemporary more modern and neither seen much in the States
Pictured is one of the many styles that was incubated in Europe. The style is hard to pinpoint, not eclectic, not quite contemporary, historical, organic yet chilly.
The father of this style is the French interior designer, Christian Liaigre http://www.christian-liaigre.us/en/
(this is not a Christian Liagigre designed space)
Taken in Holland