Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chic Contemporary Design

Chic Contemporary Design is so much fun! It breaks all the rules and let's you mix modern styles with classic eras.

Before, this demilune (half circle console table) was a very traditional black, trimmed in gold, painted fruit piece of chaos. I kept the asian pulls on it to keep it eclectic. The oyster-colored paint was done in a strie (brush dragging) technique sealed with a sheer shimmery top coat. Don't be afraid to paint furniture. If it's in my house, I don't care if it's from a famous designer. If I don't like it, it's not worth keeping.

The lamp is done by Uttermost and the mushroom colored lampshade color coordinates well with the modern chair on the right. You may not think that placing a modern chair next to a European bergere is even an option, but that is the definition of "transitional design". A lotus-patterned rug by Surya's Natura Collection helps separate the two seating areas. Olive and icy grey raised flowers add pattern, color, and texture as well as another layer of softness to the room.

The fireplace tile is done in an offset pattern similar to subway tiles. An antique fireplace screen and horse are a nice contrast to the new tile.

People still aren't sure about putting rugs over carpet. The reason this is done so often is to introduce another layer of softness and pattern into a room. Here's a close-up example of how good it can look.

"Gold Swirls", a giclee by Lisa Kowalski, provides a little personality to the once traditional olive velvet sofa. I had the couch fully reworked for a more modern feel. The back cushions were cut lower as well as the t-back shape changed. Also, most people don't think of having a skirt removed but it can quickly update the entire look. This is a simple change that makes a big difference. Skirts make furniture appear heavy, especially dark upholstered pieces. Removing them can really freshen up your space.

These green lily pad plates by Global Views are some of the most unique plates that I've seen on the market. I love how whimsical they are and the half-circle pattern really helps emphasize that point. Orchids also fall into the same theme of whimsy. Recently, I went to market in Atlanta and orchids seemed to be everywhere. They add to that same whimsy evoked through the lily pad plates and both nod to the sculptural elements in natural design. The orchid is simply mounted into a rich moss in a silver glass bowl.