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
Finally, I am starting our new column, “You might try this…” And yes, if you are a fashion fan, you will recognize that I have stolen an idea from the wonderful Diane Vreeland. In her biography, it talks about a column she used to write on fashion tips called “You might want to..”
We’ll start with one of my favorite decorating directions. BOOKS. Lots of books. You might want to try using books as a full wall of decorations. With the use of Kindles instead of books, I love the look even more.
Of course, the lighting makes this work. I have indirect lighting along the dome down this hall. And we used copper leafing to make this ceiling glow. Natural light comes from the line a french doors that are parallel to the bookcases. And an occasional fern or other potted plant adds to the comfortable look. I love what the antique rugs do to this long gallery of books. And I have used high gloss lacquer paint all the way. It is a wonderful cinnabar color. I then just added a few of the clients unique accessories here and there. Try it, even in a small area. By the way, I love books in the dining room too!
- Our Top 5 Favorite Fashion Biographies (collegefashion.net)
- New York Fashion Week, Spring 2009: Diane von Furstenberg (fabsugar.com)
- Diana Vreeland Wouldn’t Survive a Day in the Information Age (lalanyc.com)
- Fabcon: Diane Keaton (fabsugar.com)
- Front Row: Penelope Tree, Beguiling the Camera Again (nytimes.com)
- Bookshelf Refresh: Easy Weekend Organizing Project (apartmenttherapy.com)
My last word on the cookbook. Our kitchen area was selected as the inside back “flap”.
Here is the latest kitchen project that we have completed.
http://ping.fm/p/TfsgQ – I am using this all wood chandelier in a master bath. We want all warm
neutrals to pick up on the warm tones in the granite. I will use chocolates
and creams throughout. It is very large master bath and, with the marble on
the floors and the pale cabinets with dark granite, this will be oh so very
elegant and luxurious. Find it at Currey and Co.
Celia Barrett, A.S.I.D., I.I.D.A.
CELIA BARRETT DESIGN, LLC
3000 Old Canton Rd., Ste 505
Jackson, MS 39216
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I was recently working on the lobby of a well know hotel chain project. It is located in an an area that is steeped in tradition and history. I had presented the design with some traditional elements because I thought the local people would like that. But I was asked by the corporate office to change those elements to a more contemporary look.
I do understand that. The hotel has an image they are trying to keep consistant in all their hotels. And they do allow elements in the design that ring true to the area. So I think the local peolple were happy with it also. And when a traveler stops at this hotel, they have expectations that are met. I was just fine with the changes. And the fact is, they had very good points and I really like what we ended up using in the lobby. We have now worked with several franchises, and they all want the contemporary look. I LOVE the sleek lines and patterns used.
Wouldn’t it be fun to design a “Grand Hotel” type lobby that dripped with Louis XVI neoclassical touches, old luxury and lots of marble. OOPS – I guess that has been done….. – ……I need to go to Paris. Immediately!