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Vignettes: Add some artwork

Artwork changes rooms.  It’s also a great way to bring color into your vignettes.   You can go from contemporary to eccentric, and from vintage to rustic with just the swap of a few key pieces.

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Global Inspiration: Spain

Spanish architecture has inspired some of the most beautiful designs.  Realistically, we all can’t live in haciendas – but we can add Spanish  components to our homes by incorporating the following:  tiling detail, terracotta, arched door ways, exposed wood beams, and wrought iron light fixtures.  Then, consider using colors like: rich chocolate browns, dark blues, ivory, marigold, coral, and brassy tones.

 

 { stairway and door tile detail via Lonny }

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{ bathroom tile print added to a black & white bathroom via HouseNerd }

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{ blue & white kitchen backsplash via HouseBeautiful }

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{ lighting & exposed wood beams via Mark Cutler Design }

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{ entryway detail showcasing oversized archway & exposed wood }

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{ wood beams with a modern twist via Los Cositas }

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 { knobs from anthropologie found here and here }

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{ ornate dresser & styling by Schuyler Samperton }

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  { archway window detail via Houzz}

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Interiors: Mixing Prints

I am not sure if mixing prints was introduced first to fashion and then to home decor, or vice versa. It’s a bold move in either medium – though more risky in home furnishings. When done correctly in the home it can look fresh, original, and very welcoming.

Kit Kemp is the designer behind some of Firmdale’s boutique London hotels like The Soho Hotel and the Covent Garden Hotel.  Kemp is impeccable at mixing prints.  Her use of color modernizes the antique inspired rooms she designs. Being self-taught, she believes there are no rules in design – trusting instincts and taking risks have been paramount in her success.

 { Some of Kemp’s beautiful work }

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You can buy Kit Kemp’s book here

 { Diane Von Furstenburg’s interpretation of mixing prints on the runway }

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Era inspiration: Mid-century

With Danish roots (1935 – 1965), the mid-century aesthetic embodies minimalist pieces that can be bold and complex.  Keep the design simple by using clean lines, and keep the furniture cohesive. This era is known for using beautiful woods such as: teak wood, rosewood, and walnut.

{ credenza styling via design sponge }

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{ chairs via frency fancy }

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{ tiling detail via academy tiles }

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{ transitional bench via Johnathan Adler }

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{ open bookcase via the modern warehouse }

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