Sunday, August 19, 2018

CREATING A COLLECTED LAYERED SPACE

 When it comes to layering, I'm all about stacking design element upon design element to achieve a cohesive look.  I layer art or mirrors over bookshelves or windows, stack empty frames upon each other, and even layer holiday decor.

My sunroom was no exception when I pulled it together with texture, pattern, and color.
I then tied it all together with a nature-inspired thread.

MY SUNROOM

LOOKING IN FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM
 I started with a  Stark sisal rug and layered it with a hide rug.  The rugs add texture and a base for the layering that comes next.   The zebra cushion on the faux bamboo chair is one of the patterns in the room.  You'll see that mixing different patterns with similar hues is one of the ways to make the room cohesive.

LAYERED SISAL AND HIDE RUGS

The zebra pattern on the chair cushion, the draperies and pillows in the Imperial Trellis fabric, and the West Elm pillows with the garden benches, while different designs, share a color and work together.

MIXING PATTERNS

The neutral palette needed a color pop.  You can see how the addition of the color coral adds that contrast.  The sea life classroom chart adds another pattern as well as something unexpected and quirky.  I always try to add an element of surprise into a room.  It also repeats the nature theme.

THE CLASSROOM CHART ADDS AN UNEXPECTED DESIGN ELEMENT

When I layer, I just don't place design elements in front of each other;  I also tier them.   In this next image, the  stacked rugs are the base, the next layer is the ottoman, then a tray, and a book to top it off.  Books are one of the my most-used design elements.

LAYERING CAN BE VERTICAL TOO
Note again how I've repeated the color coral and sea life theme with the book jacket. 
The branch overlaps the book.  This is layering too.


REPEATING THE CORAL 

There's more coral on the bottom shelf of my bar cart.  I placed a piece of faux coral in front of a large sea life plate.

THE BOTTOM SHELF OF MY CHROME BAR CART

You'll see that I painted the Chinoiserie garden table and chairs coral and added more geometric fabric to the chair seats and pillows.  A zebra runner repeats the pattern on the zebra chair cushion. The pair of wing chairs add more texture and also repeat a natural element.  A faux shell and coral votives reflect the nature-related theme too. The fig tree in the corner was a gift from my Dad.  It's a cutting from a tree in his yard and another nod to nature.

WING CHAIRS AND CHINOISERIE GARDEN TABLE AND CHAIRS
Adding pillows is another way to layer and add depth to a space.
 I  also eliminated the draperies on the the windows that face the back yard and layered prints of  coral in mirrored frames directly onto the window frame. Notice the texture and the natural element that the banana leaf furniture contributes to the space.  The natural fibers and all the references to sea life and nature make the room cohesive.


LAYERED PILLOWS AND PRINTS
A reflection into a mirror can also create a layered effect.  The mirror with the reflected chandelier and sea life chart creates depth.  At the same time, the partial images make you want to explore the space and imagine what the rest of the space holds.


USING A REFLECTION TO LAYER AND ADD DEPTH


How do you layer your spaces?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

AUGUST EVENT @ BUCKEYSTOWN DESIGN CO-OP

Our last sale of the summer starts tomorrow.  We've added Thursdays to our event mix.  Here's a sneak peek of my space. 


     















I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.

Monthly Event @ Buckeystown Design Co-op

August 16, 17, and 18

9-4 each day

visit our website for more details here.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

THANK YOU RELENTLESS RAIN

It seems we haven't had a day without rain for a long time.  My cottage garden and I want to say thank you. The perennials in my garden have doubled in size with all the rain we've had and I have to say that this is the best it's ever looked.  Take a peek and see if you agree.











I added a hydrangea tree last year.








FERN ON FRONT PORCH

FROM BACK PORCH

OUTSIDE BACK PORCH











How does your garden grow in the relentless rain?

If you'd like to see how my garden has evolved over the years, check out my Pinterest Page, 
My Garden.  Click on the highlighted words and you'll be directed there.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

STYLING YOUR SPACE WITH CONTAINERS

We all have special treasures we want to display.   Containers are an easy way to style your finds.  For me, one of the best ways to do this is to gather them together inside cloches, stack them into glass containers, or even place them inside lanterns.

Clear glass containers work well.   In my living room I stacked some mottled ceramic spheres into a large clear jar.  I rested the jar on a mirrored pedestal.

CERAMIC SPHERES DISPLAYED IN MY LIVING ROOM

This next container is tall and narrow.  Small turtle shells climb over each other to reach the top.  I put some sea glass into the bottom of the jar.

SMALL SHELLS DISPLAYED IN A NARROW JAR IN MY HOME

One of my partners, Monica, @Gatehouse Designs, just dropped some leather-bound books into an over-sized jar.

LEATHER BOOKS INSIDE AN OVER-SIZED JAR

She used the same idea with some freeze-dried artichokes.

ARTICHOKES FILL A LARGE CONTAINER
I simply tumbled my collection of shed antlers into a container and let them fall into place.

SHED ANTLERS TUMBLED INTO A CONTAINER

I did the same thing with this driftwood garland.  It filled and overflowed the fluted jar.

DRIFTWOOD GARLAND CASCADING OVER FLUTED JAR

Cloches work just as well as jars.  When they're on a pedestal, I like them even better.
I rolled up some large architectural book plates and placed them inside a very large cloche on a pedestal.

ARCHITECTURAL PRINTS INSIDE A CLOCHE AT THE STORE

In a matching cloche, I simply added a small bust on top of a stack of vintage books.

BOOKS AND A BUST INSIDE THE CLOCHE

This cloche is on my screened porch.  I filled it with shells, coral, and a mercury glass bird.

CLOCHE ON MY SCREENED PORCH

This "cloche" is actually the top half of a demijohn.  There's a picture frame inside and some jewelry draped around the neck of the bottle.

DEMIJOHN WITH A FRAME INSIDE

My collection of artists' brushes is inside this cloche.  The backdrop is a vintage framed ceiling tile.  HINT:  To get all the brushes in place, I turned the cloche upside down, added the brushes, then the base, and flipped it right-side-up while supporting the base from underneath.

MY COLLECTION OF ARTISTS' BRUSHES

And yes, I didn't put a candle into my lantern.  Instead, I added some books, a cast iron bird, and a piece of fan coral.

LANTERN SANS CANDLE

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MINIMALIST MANTEL

I haven't posted much about my daughter's house renovation, but I assure you we're working hard and making progress.  The biggest changes have been painting inside and outside and removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room.   I think the most dramatic improvement though was when she added new windows.  We haven't decided if we're leaving the windows as they are or adding bamboo shades or plantation shutters.  

I'll be sharing before and afters later, but for now it's just a peek into the living room.  The mantel is original to the house.  It's a classic style with dental moulding details.   The modern brass mirror was one of the first things we added to her home.   We tried many configurations on the mantel but in the end we let the mirror take center stage and only added topiaries on either side.  We broke up the symmetry with the plaster lion figure.  More about the lion later.

LIVING ROOM MANTEL

The vintage chair came with her from her apartment.  We had it recovered in Dwell Studio fabric.  Next to the chair is a brass garden seat that works as a side table or extra seating.  It also ties in with the other brass in the room.

VINTAGE CHAIR UPDATED WITH DWELL STUDIO FABRIC

 MANTEL AND LOVELY DENTAL MOULDING



The plaster lion is a vintage find.  
Its significance is that she's a Leo and the lion is a perfect nod to her sign.

I'll be sharing more later, but for now the kitchen and one of the bathrooms are still a work in progress.