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Forgive the extended absence. End of summer travel, kids’ illnesses, client projects, and school starting tomorrow, are all to blame!
For the last couple of weeks though, I have been thinking about what seems to make a room beautiful to me. Some rooms, like some people, just instantly create a connection and for me this is usually caused by beautiful tensions. In people, I’m drawn to kindness and good manners coupled with a dark sense of humor. In design, I like elegance and beautiful lines, coupled with rustic finishes, patina, and that quirky off-kilter piece that keeps a room interesting.
I think this is why Axel Vervoordt and Darryl Carter were such important designers to me when I was getting started several years ago. I was drawn to the classic architecture juxtaposed with the primitive pieces of furniture that served double duty as both functional and artistic.
This primitive demilune table being used as a vanity in Darryl Carter’s Virginia farmhouse was tremendous inspiration for me.
Initially I combed salvage yards looking for rusted antique tools that I could display on top of beautiful lacquered turned leg tables or even a buffalo skull that could be hung on classic architectural elements such as picture molding under a coved ceiling.
It was this image, below, on the cover of Elle Decor a few years ago though that was my aha moment in design:
I still don’t know if I have seen a room as beautiful before or since! The gorgeous gate leg table, the rustic barn sign (found on the side of the road) and the whole room done on a white background, floor to ceiling that makes the room feel like art itself was breathtaking. Everything is a play of opposites from the rustic elements mixed with the elegant to the neutral color palette of black and white.
What moves you in design? Can you find this play of opposites in your home?