Red orange and chartreuse with crisp white
I've been working in Stamford for almost 2 years now and one of the best Connecticut "finds" I've learned about is a shop called Dovecote in Westport. Don't ask me where exactly that is, all I know is Connecticut is a big rectangle and I go to the bottom left corner of it 5 days a week. But between the published pictures of their projects in more local magazines and these images from their site, I'm inspired to make the trip.
I read an interesting article in the NY Times the other day about the trend towards standing while working. For us creative types, sometimes moving around helps get the good ideas flowing. That's a lot easier to do while standing. I can tell you from my experience that I am totally unable to hand draft a floor plan while seated. For years, I used my standing ironing board with a drafting board on top to get it at just the right height. The best choice is an adjustable desk like what's featured here for the times you just want to park it and surf the web.
Those of you wondering why I haven't been updating this section much lately, I've been pretty busy with a new home staging project. Take a peek here to see the before and after pictures of this one bedroom apartment in Woodside, NY. And if you like what you see and are in the market, go here for more information.
As more of us work from home (or bring work home after doing it all day) it's important to carve out a space that answers our work needs. This usually includes a comfortable chair, a reasonably sized work surface and perhaps some storage. For the lucky ones, an extra bedroom can serve as the perfect home office. The rest of us need to figure out a way to integrate a home office into the general living space without detracting from it. I think this article in the NY Times does a great job of offering smart solutions.
You must be getting rather tired of me going on about yellow and gray color combinations in rooms. I can't help it. I just think it's really fresh and interesting. And apparently lots of people agree with me because I'm seeing it everywhere. This room setting is from Ligne Roset's model apartment at the AD Show. And yes, those flowers are growing right through the coffee table.
No, this is not an April Fool's joke. I read an article in the Times today that showcased wallpapers from York Wallcovering inspired by Disney's Fantasia. You remember that one, right? Old Walt's acid trip movie? Anyway, the designers used original artwork from the film to create some really beautiful papers.
The star of several settings at the AD Home Show were amazing crystal chandeliers. The rest of the room might be in a quiet, almost stoic deep grey but with an amazingly detailed chandelier. Kind of like wearing a Chanel suit with a really big diamond ring. You know, in one of my better dreams. Here are a few more.
One question I get asked on a pretty regular basis as a designer is what furniture I would buy if money were no object. I'm someone who has the inside scoop about what's available, right? Well, for years my answer has been the same: Baker. It's elegant, it's classic and beautifully made. I'm buying a house full of it right after I win the Lotto--because all that quality and beauty ain't cheap. But for the second year, I've seen an exhibit at the AD Home Show that has made me reconsider. The New Traditionalists has some of the sexiest furniture I've seen in a long time.
For a while there, wallpaper really fell out of fashion. The late 70's and 80's provided some truly frightening wall treatments so it is no surprise that a sea of taupe reigned throughout the 90's. But enough time has passed for our memories to clear and for wallpaper to have another turn on our walls. Unlike painted walls, which can easily be changed with a few cans of primer and paint, wallpaper is a commitment. So if you're going to go through the time and expense, you'd better pick something fabulous. And I found something fabulous at the AD Home Show.
Last saturday, I enjoyed the beautiful weather by strolling down 5th Avenue in Manhattan, checking out all the spring windows. Hey, a girl can dream, right? I almost walked passed the new(ish) Tommy Hilfiger store when I remembered reading about the fantastic store design. I decided to stop in and it did not disappoint.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.