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Project Breakdown: Kid-Friendly Living Room

Remember the mid century style cocktail room we showed way back?  This is the playroom / family room, which was a design challenge as we had to accommodate the whole family.  The room is geared towards the kids overall, but we wanted to create a space equally as comfortable for adults.  This was accomplished by blending neutrals with pops of bright color and furniture that is child friendly AND has great design.  In addition to the large living and playing space, there is a small office off to the side.  Although it is an office for the parents, we carried the “fun” element into the streamlined space with a bright alphabet wallpaper, which is a nod to Architect and Textile Designer Alexander Girard.   Girard made a name for himself in the 50’s and 60’s working with designers like George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.  His work was often vibrant in color, bold in pattern…

Forget-Me-Knot

We wanted to share a little tip we used on the beach house project a few months back.  Remember that wide open loft space on the second floor with sleeping bays on each side?  Well, to create some privacy without sacrificing the light we gave each bed a set of drapes that could be closed completely to the outside room.  Instead of spending a fortune on custom drapes we used standard store-bought panels with grommet holes and made up the difference in height by adding sisal rope. The result is a casual but clean and nautical look…perfect for our white and airy loft space! It was easy, here’s how we went about it… Figure out the distance that needs to be added then practice with a long piece of rope to work out how much needs to be added to make up the knot itself.  Once you have a…

More than storage…repurposed cardboard lighting

Graypants, a company out of Seattle, is busy bringing new life to cardboard.  These pendants, better known as “scrap lights”, bring cardboard out of the realm of shipping material and elevate it to an elegant and functional source of light.  There are many different sizes and shapes available and all are made from repurposed cardboard boxes. I love that the various “grain” of the corrugated cardboard creates different lighting patterns and the inherent color of the cardboard itself only further adds to the warm glow of light.  It would be easy to go very wrong with an idea like this (good execution is everything) but the simple form of the pendants marries the casual materiality to create a perfect union.  These lights are perfect above a dining table or better yet as a large cluster in a restaurant.

Roped In

Whether used for function or decoration rope demands your attention.  Fluid and strong- there is a natural beauty in rope’s simplicity. Try lightly coiling thick rope in glass vases as seen above for an easy tablescape. OR Take a cue from Thom Filicia: this Showhouse handrail is both statement and function. These are a few of my favorite rope ideas: 1.  Entwined Belt 2.  ch25 Chair 3.  Harborside Buoy Ottoman 4.  Lauren Daybed 5.  Rope Knot Necklace 6.  Bubble Chandelier 7.  Coiled Rope Knob 8.  Found My Animal Adjustable Rope Leash 9.  Judd Large Glass/Rope Cloche 10.  Rope & Nickel Tray

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