Look at this juicy color palette I'm working with for a dining room project. It's so fresh and colorful! We're doing a jute rug, the ikat on the chair seats, the large suzani print on the curtain panels, and some luscious wall color. The homeowner loves color and wants a younger, fresher, vibe in her often used dining room. She's lived overseas and has collected colorful pottery from everywhere. I thought her dining room should reflect her love for the color and pattern that attracts her eye. Here's some of her collection.
This was the project where a dinner party started it all!
During a dinner at this house one night not too long ago.......one particular friend, well I guess it was several friends, decided the border had been there long enough.
One piece was saved as a memory!
Everything is on order and will be ready for Christmas!
One of my pet peeves with kitchen backsplashes is this side backsplash hanging way up in mid-air for no apparent reason. This is a bad detail. You see it in many builder homes and it's primarily the tile guy just making a decision on the job site of where to stop and start the tile.
The only reason to have a side backsplash like this is if there is a water source close by where the wall will get repeated dousing on a regular basis. Of course the other reason is if the countertop installer was not very good and didn't scribe the counter to the wall so that a tight joint sealed with a small caulking is impossible. Many contractors use this side backsplash to "cover" the large gap between the counter and the wall. Even if the wall is uneven or is tight at one place and wide at another, a good countertop installer should be able to cut the counters to butt tightly to the wall.
If you MUST have a side backsplash for any of the above reasons, make sure the tile is the color of the wall so that visually it doesn't call attention to itself and please use either a tumbled tile with a rounded edge, or get the tile guy to bullnose the edge pieces for a finished look.
Perfect bullnosing of the tile at the unfinished edge.
Otherwise....DON'T do it! My basic rule (which sometimes has to be broken) is to always try to die two different finishes in an inside corner. See how this works with backsplashes?
One of my "Before" kitchen remodels. See the backsplash on the left hanging in mid-air?
"After" - See how there is no need for a backsplash on the far left and how neat and tidy it looks?
I don't have many hard and fast "rules" that I use, but this is definitely one of them.
I've been doing a lot of bathroom remodeling design in the last few years. How I handle the mirrors is always a key element in the design of the space. I like to use two different approaches now, never being particularly fond of the typical fixture posted on the wall right over the mirror and the sink. I use sconces when I can, it provides nice lighting directly on the face. One approach I like is using a framed mirror with sconces and some kind of special wall treatment on the wall behind the mirror, tile or wallpaper, to add a custom look and luxurious feel to the space.
I'm still loving touches of emerald green or kelly green in interiors. I've posted on this color HERE and HERE and it still keeps catching my eye. Maybe I'm becoming obsessed?? I love the way these designers used it in their rooms in the House of Windsor. Doesn't that green just draw your eye in to the space?
Candace Barnes - Veranda
Martin Lawrence Bullard - Veranda
Anyone who was working in design in the 70's and 80's remembers these de Sede sofas. They're kind of like a wrinkled dog. So ugly they're beautiful???? Definitely perfect in this media room.
Okay, back to COLOR. Doesn't the green just give this space life?
Kate Spade ads always have such great color. Emerald green is often used.
Kay Douglass - Veranda
I'm totally obsessed with this project. The green draperies just give so much drama and color to this interior.
I haven't had a client who would go there yet, I'm waiting for the right one!