Wanted to show you these – really pretty and really fun new pendants. Not sure where I will use them, but I love them. By Dima Loginoff
I do love this room. I love the furniture, the custom hand-made tile around the fireplace, the Art Deco chairs, many details. I just have no time now, but will talk about it more soon. I love the white washed horizontal wood paneling, my custom designed consoles for each side of the fireplace…….. I WILL do more detailed information later.
- What Do Your Customers Like & Want? Find Out: Run a Survey! (rubylane.com)
- Make a great budget country kitchen with natural stone tiles (savingaddict.com)
- The Great Gatsby & The Art Deco Design Period (design-magnifique.com)
We submitted our design for the Brookhaven Holiday Inn Express just before the holidays. It is a long process to get it approved and built. But it is on its way. Our contractor has been doing as much as he could while waiting for our final approval from IHG – Intercontinental Hotels Group.
Our concept is very loosely based on the style of many old houses in the beautiful historic areas of Brookhaven. Of course, I do mean “very loosely”. IHG always wants the Express to have a contemporary look. And we are providing that. But I think it is important to do something that ties the hotel to its locale. Brookhaven is a beautiful town. So I wanted to add architectural details that said “early 20th Century”. But these same details have a very contemporary side, of course.
We are adding a fireplace in the front lobby. It is surrounded by marble and glass. —and very elegant. But it has a real coziness to it at the same time. Our feature fireplace is more of a rectilinear shape and sits in a dividing wall between the front desk and the dining and lounge areas. Originally, I wanted to have it completely floating in glass, but we had to add the center wall to hold the flat screen TV on the opposite side. We are placing two “MADMEN” style lounge chairs in front of the fireplace. I’ll show you our color scheme soon. After showing the client 4 schemes, she loved the final. You will too, I hope.
I”ll give you a few more details soon. We used some really nice touches taken from old houses. My favorite will be in my next blog post. Our columns on each side of the fireplace are 2 of 4 that make a square in the lobby. They will be covered in a small mosaic tile. This is going to be SOO pretty!
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Before I go back to the cafe’ tale, I wanted to show you the use of the sofa that I called “The Perfect Sofa”
And PS – I can have it made for you in any fabric and size you desire!
Deep tufting, perfect bullet shape, and just touches of color.
- How to choose a sofa bed (johnlewis.com)
The upcoming production of William Faulkner‘s novel “As I Lay Dying” has brought Faulkner back to life. According to Wikapedia, he wrote the novel in six weeks and he did not change a word of it. It was Faulkner’s fifth novel and consistently ranked among the best novels of 20th century literature. Recently, Faulkner came into my life as I designed the lobby for the New Albany, MS, Holiday Inn. He was born there, I was told. And so I used quotes from his novels and writings as the artwork for the hotel.
“Given the experience between pain and nothing, I would choose pain”. Wow.
Can’t wait to see what James Franco does with the movie.
- Five Great Faulkner Quotes (jthorsson.com)
- Faulkner’s Greatest Novel (thedailybeast.com)
- Listen to William Faulkner Reading His Nobel Prize Speech on the 50th Anniversary of His Death (openculture.com)
- As I Lay Dying (thehuntformrrightnow.wordpress.com)
- William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury to be published in coloured ink (guardian.co.uk)
Let’s look at one more aspect of our updating efforts. Your artwork….also traditional? Lots a really beautiful landscapes and still lifes? I have no doubt that they are truly wonderful and that you love them. I would never tell you to get rid of them. ….OR would I? mmmmm…w.e.l.l…… Let’s put it this way. I know many artists who are making sure they add a few abstracts to their portfolio. I will tell you about one of my favorite artists, Don Jacobs. He is an amazingly talented painter and muralist here in the Jackson area. His work is photographic, if he wants it to be. But just recently he said he needed to do more abstracts. Now, Don is SO GOOD at realism, but I asked him to do his version of your baisic “color splash” painting. This is his answer.
He called it “The Approach”. I love it! I’m sure the photo I took with my cell phone does not do it justice. But I would place this in any contemporary or traditional or transitional interior anywhere! It is truly a tranquil view of water with mixed clouds.Is he talking about the fact that it feels like I am looking at the island in the distance and I am approaching it? Or is it the approach of a storm forming in the distance? The future owner of this painting will have hours a pleasure pondering the rich colors and forms that are in this canvas. And the, almost, tone on tone use of a multitude of blues is truly moving, emotionally.
Just the addition of a few new pieces of artwork in your home can bring on a fresh look. If you add one or two abstracts, I love what it will do to a traditional interior. OR if you prefer to find a piece like Don’s, I know you will enjoy it for years. If the piece is gallery wrapped and the work goes all around the sides of the canvas, don’t frame it. This one we are hanging without a frame at all. – Gives it a casual loft-like feeling.
- Geometry in Art (ngkaihui.wordpress.com)
- Art Takes a Stand, Says New Online Gallery for Interior Designers (prweb.com)
We must, simply must, address the PUDDLE GATE situation. I LOVE my puddles. Yes, we are talking about draperies. Beautiful, elegant, sophisticated, oh so lovely, draperies with a puddle at the base. BUT – the design police will not let me use them anymore!!! SO, I am finally ready to go with them. I don’t really have a choice.
OK – I know it may be more “practical”. And in today’s economy, anything lush is not what we are doing now. So I give up. I don’t mean to sound cynical. I even, basically, agree. I just don’t want to be dictated to by trends. Well, Celia, get over it! OK, I guess I will. We are installing a new project tomorrow. And, yes, our draperies have a break, not a puddle. I’ll send you a photo of the installation later this week. Not pro shots, that takes a little more time to accomplish. Just a snap shot.
The point is, several of these truly beautiful draperies CAN be updated very simply and quickly. We can take them back to our workroom and take up the hem. Yep, that is all it takes. Just like a dress that is just a bit too long. Some of these luxurious rooms should not go too short. It would not make sense for the overall look. But we can simplify the puddle. I think a full break, one that gives us just a little fabric still on the floor, will be enough to bring us up to date. Again, I don’t advice going crazy over this. But I know things can be updated and simplified very easily.
I know we can all handle this transition, if we take it slowly and not go overboard. We can smooth out the lines of our rooms with just a few instructions to workrooms or other contractors or vendors. So don’t panic. Help is on the way. You don’t have to start over! We will tweak. I’ll address the next step soon.
As I mentioned a few days ago, I want to explore a few ways to bring my traditional clients up to date. Most of them are not interested in going 100% contemporary. And we have gone to a lot of trouble and expense to make their homes beautiful and comfortable. Yet, they are traditional. Well, let’s face the facts, the work is spinning as fast as it can toward contemporary design. I think this is a good thing. –overall— But let’s not all jump on the wagon TOO TOO fast. Let’s take a look at these fantastic traditional interiors and think…OK – how do we update these to the world of today without ruining our look and all our work. This is a truly lovely bed. It has the proverbial “clean lines” (so tired of that saying) and it is a simple design. But look closely. It has taken a few Neoclassical details , simplified them, and made an exquisite piece. This bed could go with almost any style. and this particular finish is luscious. OK – the reveal – it is a Baker piece. Thanks, guys, for an almost perfect bed. I’ll explore some ideas and updates soon. Let’s do it.