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Just to through it in, these are really neat. Yes, it looks like chicken wire with glass! I love the other two also. Looks like old, blown glass. And the “old look” light bulbs are about as new and hot as can be. Has a soft elegance about it, doesn’t it. Thomas Edison would be proud.
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.
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.
I learned so much in all my years as an interior designer in New York. I loved it. and I still love it. It is energizing, stimulating, inspiring……….all of the above. I am back and forth now, but every time I am in the city, I learn something new.–still. I finally gave up my Chelsea office/apartment. Now I share a tiny office on the Upper East Side. And that works well for me. I can service my New York/New Jersy clients well from there.
With a search for a way to transition my long standing clients into a more contemporary and updated style, I ran across this fabulous bed. The lines of it blend well with traditional looks, yet still brings us all into the 21st century. I love this one.
The existing kitchen was tiny and dark and very closed in. Now they have lots of light, space and openness. I think they are happy, and so is their adorable puppy. Many comfortable family meals and evenings will be spent here. A few nice details were the Ikat rugs, the Pierre Deaux chandelier, the antiuqe leather chairs with great hobnails, and I especially loved using her flea market finds, family antiques, and a few newly found antiques. Great stuff. Oh yes, a beautiful contemporary painting by Richard McKey of Jackson.
When you want to add a pretty tassel trim across the top of your draperies, use flat inverted pleats. This will help the trim to lay flat and keep the tassels in a row. This one is a black tassel across a very subtle green and ivory silk stripe. It was tricky to pleat it just right to make the stripes look right. But our workroom is the best!
The black picks up on the black inlays in the furniture. Just the right aged gold hardware gives it the grace and style needed.
I’ve used this in a quiet dining room. It makes for good digestion to have a pretty room in which to dine, now doesn’t it.
I used a fabulous antique French farm table, circa 1860 in this kitchen area. Yes, it was not…inexpensive. But the chairs were! The client had purchased these simple kitchen chairs before we meet. But they were too perfect for the farm table. So we used a soap paint wash on them and gave them a white washed look. It gives them the feeling that they were in that “old farm house” with the table oh so long ago.
A few additions to complete the look were old wooden bowls to hold your daily fruit. And for a simple server in the background, we found a pine chest, also a really old piece, but I’m, honestly, not sure on the date. It had the right look. In the seat of each chair I added a comfy cushion made from a Cowtan and Tout fabric. It is very fresh and pretty. I added a very colorful Heriz rug underneath the table. It adds great color and the geometric shapes in the Heriz are casual enough to work here. Every piece does not have to be the best antique or the top of the line. I find this is a great mix of antique and “not so antique”. But they are very happy together.