Friday, February 27, 2015

Scenic Walls
Wallpaper has made a comeback in the last few years and a wonderful array of patterns and textures is available to the homeowner today.  A popular trend with historic roots is the selective use of scenic
wall decor. Used in limited applications to showcase a specific room or area, scenic wallpapers lend both drama and whimsy to the home.  I love the classic beauty of wall decor offered by wallpaper companies like Zuber and de Gournay, especially when handpainted.  An equally effective and affordable option is using wall mural decals which are easy to apply and change without requiring a large expense and time for installation.
Bringing beautiful natural scenery into the home is easily done with wall mural decals as in the photos above.  In each of these interiors, landscapes of forest and beach give one a feeling of calm and tranquility.  The viewer is transported to these locations and the rooms feel enlarged with the eye
travelling through the spaces.  If you live in an urban area, a cityscape applied to one wall is colorful and exciting as in the photo below.
In the next two photos,  city skylines in silhouette add drama to plain white walls with black graphic decals.
Distant and exotic locations are especially appealing in bathrooms and bedrooms.  Maybe a favorite vacation was spent in these places and the murals prolong the enjoyment of special memories.

Childrens' bedrooms and playrooms offer opportunities to create magical environments with wall mural decals.  A favorite storybook or theme can be recreated and the possibilities are only limited by one's imagination.  As the child grows, pealable decals can easily change the decorative scenes.
 In master bedrooms and guestrooms, scenic wall decals become a focal point and headboard and enhance the color schemes of the rooms. The following photos offer creative examples to suit every mood and style.

 Wall decals in single motifs artistically enhance areas of the home where larger patterns and scenes
would overwhelm the spaces. Individual trees are a favorite image in the following photos.

Calligraphy is another design trend that many people like to use in their homes. Printed messages on wall decals can be serious, romantic or whimsical.  The homeowner's personality and interests are evident in the selected passages seen in the following photos.

Sometimes a wall decal offers a design solution for awkward areas. In the photos below, large blank walls are more interesting with applied decals where smaller-scale artwork would seem lost or crowded by a wall-mounted television.
Scenic wall murals and decals are an appealing alternative to wallpapers and can be an affordable way to personalize any space in the home decor.  Do you want to transform a plain wall into a unique environment for your favorite room?  What's on your walls?

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Wishbone Chair
It may be bitter cold outside but the Wishbone chair is very hot.  An enduring example of  ever-popular Danish design, the chair was invented in 1949 by Wegner for the Carl Hansen Company.  It was created to be a work of art that also provides exceptional comfort to the human body.  Almost every current shelter magazine includes images of the Wishbone chair and I love it's versatility which is suited to many different styles in today's home.
In the two dining areas above, the chairs help to blend a refreshingly modern look with a traditional space.  Whether the chairs are stained dark to contrast with a lighter wood table, or unstained to partner a dark-stained table, their appeal is both comfortable and visually exciting.  In the following three photos, the rounded backs and woven seats of the chairs give warmth to the neutral color schemes of white and bleached surfaces and furnishings.  The chairs in these photos help
to convey feelings of casual elegance as well as sophisticated modernity.
When color is applied to the Wishbone chair, it can make a room look both charming and dramatic.
In the first two photos below, the dining areas are punctuated with the chairs in a variety of happy colors.  In the second two photos, a blue-painted table surrounded with black chairs and a neutral-toned table with blue-painted chairs lend a contrast that is bold but harmonious.
The Wishbone chair is so versatile it can be placed in any setting and has many uses throughout the home.  It serves well as a desk chair in a home office, bedroom and kitchen as seen in the following three photos.
For living room interiors, the Wishbone chair provides extra seating and mixes beautifully with other furnishings.  Below are  three photos of country, contemporary and luxurious spaces where the chair looks equally at home in all of them.
The chair can also be used in exterior spaces as in the photo below. Natural woodwork and long-term durability of the chairs make them compatible with an outdoor patio table in a warm climate.
An icon of Danish interior design,  original Wishbone chairs are very valuable and highly collectible.  Affordable reproductions in the market today make this chair available to every budget. Will you be the next lucky homeowner to enjoy this wonderful chair?

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Magic of Marsala

At the beginning of every year, all the design industries await the new Pantone color selection
for Color of the Year. For 2015, the color is Marsala, a magical color that exudes comfort and luxury
as well as earthiness and well-being.  To quote Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute,
"Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.  Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth."  I would add that Marsala is a color
that flatters everyone and every home interior.

In the photo above, a city loft homeowner is fortunate to have a background of brick walls
in subtle shades of Marsala.  The color makes the space look both comfortable and sophisticated and contrasts elegantly with the whites of the carpet and bedding.  The wall color in the photo below replicates the same rich tones of the brick in this classic home interior and is beautifully matched to the warm hues in the wood flooring and furniture.
Darker shades of marsala can intensify the drama of its effect on painted walls as in the two photos below. Like that of fine red wines, the richness of color variations in these rooms is very appealing.
Marsala is a color that is suited to both hard and soft surfaces.  In the following two photos, a cubed ottoman and round garden seat display how well suited the color is to different textures. Soft pillows and chair seats complement the painted hardwood cocktail tables.
Evidence of the magic of Marsala is seen in how well it goes with neutrals as in the photos below.  In
one photo, the color is used in the rich texture of the carpet and window treatments in contrast
to the off-white furnishings.  In the second photo, the furnishings carry the color against a neutral backdrop of soft whites and grays.  The third photo highlights a sofa surrounded by both light whites and dark grays.   In all three photos, the rooms exude a feeling of comfort despite the coolness of the background walls.
Jewel tones like blue and yellow complement Marsala just as well as the neutrals seen above.  In the photo below, turquoise and teal colors in the walls, carpet and decorative accents are perfectly paired with the warm reds in the room.  In the following photo, Marsala is deftly applied as an accent color in the windows and adds to the glow created by the golden tones of the woodwork.
Every interior space can be enhanced with the color Marsala.  In the farmhouse kitchen below, the wall color gives a cozy feeling to the room.  In the modern kitchen, the color on the cabinets makes the room look exciting and sophisticated.

In the final photo, a family room incorporates many of the ways cited above that Marsala can be used to add magic to any space.  On the walls, it adds warmth and but also looks elegant in contrast with the neutral woodwork.  On the soft furnishings and pillows, it enhances the texture of the fabrics. It also complements accent colors in jewel tones of blue and gold used throughout the room.  Where can you feature Marsala in your own home?