Posts tagged ‘casual’

November 21st, 2012

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 and graphic.  (Note that we ended up with a Nelson clock and an Eames chair in the space…just a couple of the greats).

 

 

The above image is the proposal rendering we drew of the space. As you can see, not much changed from the rendering to the final implementation, except for some small details like the rug and coffee table.  We incorporated a few custom pieces of furniture such as the long floating walnut credenza, built in walnut shelves, and finally the lacquer and bookmatched walnut veneer office area.  These pieces are  important because they are; (a) appropriately scaled to the room and (b) sophisticated elements that help tie the playroom into the style of the rest of the house.

 

 

Rethink Tips:

 

Try starting with a neutral background and add in pops of color through the use of accessories and bold graphic patterns.

Maximize play-space by maximizing storage availability. Think vertically!

No need to waste empty wall space. A blackboard or corkboard are creative tools that both children and adults can take advantage of.

When designing a space intended for children, try adding in furniture that is scaled appropriately, this will help break up the heights in the space and make it more personal to them.

 

 

 

To  Get  this Look:

1.  Eames Fiberglass Rocker

2.  Maharam Alphabet Wallcovering (designed by Alexander Girard)

3.  Nauris Kalinauskas Puzzle Rug

4.  Room and Board Lind 42r Cocktail Ottoman

5.  Robert Abbey Havana Floor Lamp

6.  Angela Adams Birch Morning Rug

7.  Johnathan Adler  Graphic Pillows

8.  Blu dot Paramount Sectional

9.  Offi Nest Play Table

10.  Girard Wooden Dolls

11.  Maharam Bespoke Stripe

December 13th, 2011

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 total measurement cut the piece and use it as a template to cut the others and ensure that all the loops are the same.

 

*Note: try and stay as consistent as possible- ie. If your first four knots are overhand, be sure to follow suit with the rest or it may end up looking crafty instead of purposeful.
April 25th, 2011

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.

March 14th, 2011

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

May 6th, 2010

Clean & Modern vs. Town & Country