The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly – Restoration Hardware Rethought

Another  furniture market has passed, and, we have some observations from the beginning of 2012 until now, regarding home decor and furnishings.

  • You will be seeing more and more of “the Restoration Hardware look”. It is everywhere , and,  in almost every furniture and accessory line! (That is not a bad thing. However, caution must be used.)  CAUTION!
  • THE  GOOD:   There is a lightness and freshness with white & natural linens and scrubbed natural wood finishes, using metal & architectural accents.
  • THE BAD:      There is a very predictable formula for “the look” with the Shabby Chic’ness of ‘ore. CAUTION!  Please use the elements lightly, and, not all together. The use of  photographer’s lighting as lamps is a fad. It’s okay, if you want to play that game for a little while. That goes for anything on large metal wheels, as well.
  • THE UGLY: You will see yourself in someone else’s living room, after spending $$$ on this look, and, then having to spend more $$$ to replace the look, sooner down the line than you thought. It is not timeless.

         That being said, there are very nice ways to pull this look together and make it hip and classy.

  •   Use classic, clean-lined upholstery in natural fabrics, combined with traditional interesting wood-framed chairs.
  •   Add large art for color and design.
  •  Use nicely scaled lamps and tables. Wood can be light in SOME pieces, but, use warm tones in most wood pieces to give stability and ground the look.
  •  Add color to the walls. The use of grays is the formula color here. However, you are not limited to that. Besides, paint is easy to change.
  • Use organic and collected accessories to create dimension and character to rooms.
  • Use natural fabrics in drapery panels and/or metal blinds or soft natural window shades at windows.

 And, of course…Seek professional advice.  (Couldn’t resist that!)

Timeless Interior Design


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It’s in the Details……Window Treatments

Well-dressed windows don’t just happen. There are issues to think about.

1.  Function. We consider privacy,  the exposure or lack of exposure to light , and, the need or not to shield the light and to what degree, and the aesthetic  to be achieved. Usually, more than one treatment is required for a window.

Kitchen Chandelier with amber crystals


2. Consideration of the surrounding elements. These include the floors & wall surfaces and the furnishings in the space. We take our cue from the stone on a counter surface or an architectural element or a piece of art, etc.

Decorative Tile over stove


3.Fabrics & trims combine to add design and color to the surroundings. The most successful designs complement instead of standing alone. Great window design with it’s details are the finishing touches to a room.

Medallion motif in print & amber crystal trim over reeded woven shades

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Adding COLOR for a Miami/ Midwestern client

In Miami, we have a client who loves her Midwestern roots, but, must have the Miami essence around her. Her house had taken on a drab, neutral color scheme, until, she screamed out for COLOR to brighten her surroundings. COLOR entered the picture, playing off her great, colorful collection of art.

A wonderful silver metallic wallcovering with white,  turquoise, geranium red, & blue was added in the foyer with a large, antiqued mirrored console and mirror. Her beautiful hand-blown glass vases are showcased against the reflective surfaces.

The upper foyer was covered in a turquoise grasscloth, against which the colorful art was spotlighted. A burnished silver ceiling was the setting for the large silk drum shade chandelier with crystal beads hanging in rows in the center. Into the adjacent living room, a turquoise chaise with accent pillows in whites, reds, & jewel blues complemented the warm wood floors and leather sofa. Colorful pillows and a striped velvet sofa blanket gave color & texture to the sofa. A bright  red print covered host chairs in the dining room with grayed-blue silk draperies.

The client has told me she doesn’t know what she likes best about the transformation, except that she is thrilled to have COLOR around her & every area drawing her to the other.

We  hear she keeps peeking around the corners to see the sparkle of the chandelier at night!

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A European Parlor

A European Parlor

A European Parlor

Silk swags & jabots with sheer austrian shades pair with damask covered gilded wood chairs & inlaid tables to create a European parlor.

Architectural details include hand-painted wainscots that anchor the height of the space. A large crystal chandelier is reflected in the antique glass mirror. A graceful iron staircase with honed travertine floors sweeps to one side.  The colors are warm and elegant.

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Welcome to our blog!

   Look for our upcoming blogs that will keep you coming back for more!  

   We want you to know about :

  •           our fascinating travel adventures & related design discoveries
  •           the anatomy of a living  room—taking a room before, during, & after it’s   transformation
  •           blue & white design—fabrics, porcelains, etc.
  •           a yacht re-model
  •           window designs- before & after

   These are just some of our upcoming blogs.  We are constantly inspired by new ideas!

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