Thursday, October 16, 2014

Interior Design: From Concept to Reality

We posted a design concept a few months ago and we thought you may enjoy seeing how it all came together in a real life space!

Design Concept:
Real Space:
How fun is that!?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Interiors: Fall Back to Black

It's October which means the color black can be found just about everywhere!
Although Halloween plays on the color's inherent darkness and ability to evoke a sense of moodiness, black doesn't always have to be an intimidating hue.
When used correctly, black can lend a seductive sense of sophistication to your space and who doesn't need more of that?
Another advantage of using this "shadowy shade" is that it has a great sense of depth which can highlight any detail in your space, making it a bold statement against an otherwise neutral interior.
Okay, friends!
Prepare to be inspired!

Some might be worried about mixing black in with lighter woods.
This is a great example of why you shouldn't be: 
Black floors - tres chic!

A vintage-inspired black oven makes a bold statement in this bright and light kitchen.

Here black draws attention to the unique ceiling.
It highlights the beautiful door in this study.
Black and white - always a winning combination!

Other design elements just pop when placed in front of black!
How gorgeous is that black armoire against the stark white wall?

A wide range of colors playing nicely with the black doors and grayish blue walls.

A black and gold combo shines in this eclectic sitting area.

Black cow hide rugs are a great way to integrate this sexy, dark hue into your space:


Using wallpaper with a hint of black allows you to have fun with this sexy hue
without having to commit to an entire wall.

Black built-ins pump up the glam in this wardrobe fit for any fashionista!

Keep in mind that black is a very versatile color.
Just as there are multiple shades of brown, green, or pink,
black offers tons of variety so have fun playing with it!
And don't forget to test all of your favorite shades on the walls in your actual space to check how your home's lighting affects the hue before you fully commit.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Interior Design: Scale and Proportion

We know, we know!
Who wants to talk about a scale?
But, you will be happy to know that this type of scale has nothing to do with the extra 1 or 2 lbs we are cheerfully gaining as we head into the year's cooler months.
As far as interior design is concerned, scale and proportion have everything to do with whether or not a space appeals to the average eye.

via Marie Flanigan Interiors
 You know the feeling.
You walk into a space and immediately think:
Everything about this feels right.
I love every inch of this room and it all seems to live in perfect harmony.
Can I please live here?
That's what we're all searching for when set out to design our spaces, and scale and proportion can help get us there!
Let's get technical for a second:
Scale refers to the relationship between two objects, one with a commonly known size (known size: your room itself or your own human body).
Proportion refers to the general size of two objects without knowing their literal size (this is moreso about the shape and size of various items and how well they all complement one another).
In the design world, these words are often used interchangeably, but now you know the difference in case you ever want to wow your party guests ;)
There are basic rules you can follow when it comes to scale and proportion, but all great designers know that there is some wiggle room and we often play with those guidelines in an effort to create unique and playful interiors.
via Houzz
via Marie Flanigan Interiors
The enormous mirror adds a playful touch to this open concept space.
via MandyStraight

A unique and oversized light fixture grabs the attention in this space.
via Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
Playing with scale is fun - use a larger piece of art to fill a wall
to create interest and a beautiful focal point.
via Pinterest
Harmony :)
via Marie Flanigan Interiors
A lot of pieces, but all complement each other and this space perfectly.
via Marie Flanigan Interiors

Here is a great example of playing with scale and proportion as they relate to fabric patterns.
via A Perfect Gray
Another example of art filling a wall - gorgeous!
via Kelly Hoppen
This spacious, open concept living space still manages to feel cozy
because all of the design elements play so well together.
via Decoholic
Scale and proportion are often used in commercial spaces to help attract attention to important areas -
these oversized lighting fixtures most definitely attract the eye!
via Hatch Design
More fun with scale: this oversized headboard is a show stopper!
via Pinterest
The art here could be considered oversized for this space,
but it looks stunning in conjunction with the other design details.
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Large windows offer a unique opportunity to play with scale.
via The Pursuit Aesthetic
Don't forget that from your furniture and drapes to your smaller accessories and lighting,
every aspect of your space contributes to your overall sense of unity.
via Peter Pennoyer Architects

For some lucky individuals, achieving unity through scale and proportion comes naturally, but don't let the straightforward definitions fool you. It is not always a simple task and working with a design professional is often the best way to go especially if your home has some tricky architectural details.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BEFORE & AFTER: Briargrove Powder Bath

Who doesn't love a good "Before & After"?
They inspire us and encourage us to think outside of that comfy little box we live in.
They demonstrate how one space can be completely transformed with the use of color and material, making everyone see it differently.
Frankly, that's uplifting and we can all use a dose of uplifting.

Today's B&A comes to you from Briargrove, Texas where our team catapulted a residential powder bath from the cooler side of the color palette to a world full of warmth!

The space had great bones - just look at that gorgeous vanity! - and we wanted to take it from a room our clients simply like to a room they LOVE.
They gave us free reign to play and we had a blast infusing rich texture and interesting details, creating a powder bath that serves as an elegant jewel box for their home!
Isn't it incredible how different the vanity looks here?
It's the same exact piece but it has a whole new presence in this warmer space.
What's your preference - a warmer or cooler space?
We hope this leaves you feeling inspired and that you carry that feeling with you for the rest of the day :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

American Icon: Bunny Mellon's Legacy Reminds Us All to Stay True to Ourselves

Rachel Lambert Mellon, known to the world over as "Bunny Mellon", was an absolute inspiration.
An avid art collector and self-taught horticulturist,
Mrs. Mellon valued simplicity, order, and originality, making her a highly respected design idol.
via The New York Times
Although Bunny was not an interior designer by trade, the heiress had an exceptional eye and was intimately involved with the design and d├ęcor found throughout her multiple estates.
Sadly, Bunny passed away in March but her legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of creative types everywhere, and in light of her Oak Spring Farms estate going up for auction in November (proceeds will benefit the Gerard B. Lambert foundation), we felt compelled to highlight this remarkable woman's talents in the world of design:
via The New York Times

"She was involved in the business of nature and beauty; of design and implementation..."
via The New York Times

"She didn’t pay attention to what was in fashion; she didn’t think about future financial returns. Instead, she had understated and original taste, buying what she loved, free from the dictates of decorators and investment consultants."
via The New York Times

Home in Antigua via Architectural Digest

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"Relatively small, intimate houses were Mellon’s preference, livably elegant and skirting clear of pretension"

via Architectural Digest

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 "Make it look like we just brought it down from the attic," Mellon told Bruce Budd, one of the decorators she worked with (the roster also included English master John Fowler and American tastemaker Billy Baldwin).
via The New York Times
via Architectural Digest

Bunny's unique sense of style is a reminder to us all that design is less about following trends and more about constructing a space that speaks to your heart; a space that has been built over time and that is filled with furniture, art, and color that you adore.
Of course, if "staying true to you" becomes a difficult task, there are talented interior designers in just about every city who are prepared to help you pull everything together ;)

More about the Mellon Collection Auction

Sotheby's is serving as host to the 9-day estate sale extravaganza featuring 10 floors of Mrs. Mellon's Oak Spring Farms furnishings, porcelains, paintings, and contemporary art pieces.
Read more about the estate sale here:

And, in case you're in the market, the 2,000-acre Oak Spring Farm itself is up for sale and is priced at a mere $70 million...

(If that didn't read as a joke to you, then please make sure to let us know when you close and we would be happy to pop by for a visit!)