There are many layers within an interior design scheme. Once the architectural details, cabinetry, flooring, furniture and vertical spaces (walls, draperies) are set, it is time for what can be the truly fun part – playing with accessories! Our design philosophy behind accessorizing a space is edit, edit edit. We find that many homeowners want to cram as much stuff into their rooms as possible, arbitrarily placing items because they like them, not because they work with overall design scheme. Every piece has a job to do. Each accessory vignette needs to be crafted within its own space, as well as how it fits into the room as a whole. Above we picture one of two niches that flank a fireplace with a stunning art piece hung above it. To keep the balance and flow throughout the room, we needed to fill the large-scaled niches with oversized, simple pieces that would compliment the artwork while standing on their own. The Asian ceramics added interesting shapes to a room that had a lot of rectangles in it, and the rich blues and whites complimented the artwork and furniture. The mirror brought reflection to the flat wall, and the framed intaglios introduced another shape and a tone-on-tone three-dimensional quality. Pops of green through the apples and the plant soften the look, while pulling in an unexpected color into the overall look.
We created a complementary design in the other niche with similar accessories, balancing the two spaces around the fireplace. Bringing in varying heights and shapes within the ceramics and the other accessories added visual interest without overwhelming the other elements in the room. Not all of the space within the niche is used, allowing negative space to become part of the show as well. Remember, less is more when it comes to accessorizing a room. If you have any questions on designing with accessories, send us an email, or give us a call at 317.253.8966.
Bringing our clients’ unique personalities to their spaces requires us to be always searching for new sources for our design elements. Artwork plays a large role in our designs and is a highly personal decision. So, we are excited when we run across local artists like JD Naraine. An artist all her life, after years off from painting JD found her way back to her gift when she became a young mother. She began painting children’s portraits on commission, but when her children became high school age and were looking at college, she decided to expand her work. She studied with artists all over the country, in particular Carmelo Blandino, who helped JD take her traditional background into a more contemporary approach. She works quite a bit from the figure, taking inspiration from models. Her subjects are either male or female, though she often masks gender and ethnicity by creating her figures in movement with color and shape. We are fortunate to work directly with JD on behalf of our clients, and chose the pieces pictured here as options for a current client’s living room. We are bringing an elegant feel to the space and felt that JD’s pieces exemplified the look we are creating.
Do you have a favorite artist that we should meet? Send us an email or give us a call at 317.253.8986.
One of the challenges of interior design projects is balancing design dreams with realistic budgets. Our clients will fall in love with a piece of furniture or a fabric that could either increase what they are looking to spend, or end up limiting the overall design. We believe that beautiful designs are worth the investment; however we make sure our clients’ funds are used wisely and efficiently. We had a recent example of this delicate balance in a living room remodel. Our clients desired a soothing, transitional design featuring neutrals, patterns and texture rather than bright color. Soft blues and pops of red were introduced for contrast and interest, including a blue rug with bits of red in it, as well as a stunning piece of original art featuring red. We came across a gorgeous embroidered silk that brought the whole color scheme together, but at a steep price. By using it on just one throw pillow to sit on a couch placed vertically between the rug and the art piece, two elements were tied together perfectly! While expensive for a throw pillow, we were able to bring in a much needed element without pushing the budget out of balance.
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