Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Six years ago, I purchased a set of chairs from Scott's, a monthly antique market in Atlanta. They were in good shape, although the upholstery needed to be redone. However, I had spent my budget on the chairs, so one of them sat in my front hall 'as-is' for years, and the other one was relegated to the attic. On occasion, my husband complained about having a ratty looking chair in the front hall, but to me there was a certain charm about the chair in its original upholstery.
Here is the transformed chair in the context of my front hall. I purchased the triptych at the Trinity Artists Market; I love the look of the contemporary art contrasted with the French chair, and pulled together with a sisal rug. I hope you enjoyed the chair transformation that took a mere 6 years to complete!
Please stop by Between Naps on the Porch to see other transformation projects in Metamorphasis Monday!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The Atlanta Symphony Showhouse is one of the most anticipated design events of the year in Atlanta. The buzz started early for the 2009 showhouse, which took place in May. Not only were there some nationally known designers who designed rooms - Robert Brown, Kay Douglass, John Oetgen among them - but this year featured a novel concept: three beautiful residences in the new St. Regis Hotel. The residences were large - over 3,000 square feet - and each residence had its own design style: one was traditional, one contemporary, and one transitional. Because the style of each residence was well defined, it made each residence flow very well.
Although the traditional residence was my favorite overall, there was one room in the transitional residence that absolutely took my breath away. It was the master bedroom, designed by Cheryl and Alison Womack (a mother-daughter design team). It is interesting to reflect on this room given the topics that I have posted over the past few weeks - light on two sides (this room had beautiful light and windows on two sides), steel windows (I can't say for sure whether they were steel, but the trim was painted black and had the same effect).
Where to start? There were so many beautiful elements to this room. My favorite look on a bed is a crisp white blanket cover with quilting, and an accent of color in the pillows and the headboard. Clearly, this bed brought together all of those elements, and it was so streamlined and unfussy. The headboard was quite high, but given that the ceilings in the room were 12 feet, the height was the perfect scale. The gray and yellow palette for the room was unexpected, but the gray was the perfect complement to the yellow; the room was cheerful and bright, yet sophisticated at the same time. The yellow velvet used on the bench was actually the inspiration for the color scheme of the room.
The beautiful murano glass lamps are from The Mercantile, a new home decor store in the Brookhaven area of Atlanta, and were sourced from Swank Lighting. All of the fabric in the room was from Lee Jofa or Kravet; much of the fabric was from Lee Jofa's new line Threads, which is described as an understated and luxurious addition to the Lee Jofa line.
Two of the paintings in the room were by artist Jen Bradley - the one seen in this picture, and the one above the bed. The colors and mood for the painting were so perfect for the room, I was surprised that palette of the painting was not the color inspirations for the entire room! Jen Bradley is represented by the Bennett Street Gallery in Atlanta. The round crystal pieces are actually mounted antique newel posts; they were really beautiful in person.
The Womacks must have been delighted to find this beautiful murano glass lamp made in the 1950s, by Swank Lighting. The color was absolutely perfect in the room. In an interview with Alison Womack, she said how much she and her mother like shopping for the perfect pieces for the rooms that they design. This is very evident when seeing how beautifully this room came together, and spying the unique and one of a kind pieces used in this room.
A view of the painting and the Swank Lighting lamp, seen together. The chandelier is also murano glass, by Myran Allan.
This was one of my favorite vignettes from the room. The chest in an antique 18th century Louis XVI style commode with a Queen Anne mirror hanging above. In the literature, Alison Womack says that the darker piece gave the room an element of sophistication, and I agree. I love the clean, straight lines of Louis XVI pieces, and feel that they work so beautifully with a transitional style.
Monday, June 15, 2009
As much as I have blogged about formal dining rooms, I have barely mentioned a room that is used many times on a daily basis: the breakfast room (or casual dining area) that is usually found within or adjacent to the kitchen. I might have mentioned breakfast rooms in the context of an architectural feature, or maybe as a sidekick to a kitchen post, but I have never really focused much on breakfast rooms. I wonder why? Is it because the breakfast room can seem somewhat ordinary given its everyday use? Or maybe because my own breakfast room is shamefully neglected from a decor perspective. It could be that breakfast rooms are often lumped together with kitchens. Whatever the case may be, the homes that I have visited recently have given me a new appreciation for the function of the casual dining area, the different possibilities of its placement in a home, and the beauty that can be created in this area.
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