Tuesday, September 20, 2011 / 10:20 AM
As a designer, I am constantly surrounded by pattern and color, both of which fuel me; however, when I design for myself, I always revert to neutrals. I require a palette that allows my creative mind and eye to rest. My idea of neutral does not suggest a dull lack of commitment, but marries warmth, serenity, texture, and nature. Sandstone, shell, espresso, camel, linen, lichen, midnight, and milk are just a handful of the hundreds of harmonic hues. I've maintained continuity by applying this design scheme to all the main living spaces in my home. Accessories and furnishings can easily be moved from room to room and coordinate anywhere they are placed. When I'm in the mood for color, my neutral background really makes it pop!
My bedroom is my sanctuary—a cozy cocoon. Often this room takes on the function of a family room, it's a favorite place for the whole crew to congregate and cuddle. Aside from the occasional crumbs, I must admit I love the time we spend here watching movies, laughing and enjoying quiet conversation. Here's how I created an anything-but-bland boudoir with soothing and sophisticated style.
A to B: Tone-on-tone tranquility. A Nailhead chair with both masculine and feminine lines is softened with a textured faux fur pillow. The black-and-white bowl is Missoni for Target. (Yes, I had to jump on that bandwagon.) You have to admit, it's pretty cute and perfect for jewelry. This lamp was repurposed by wrapping its base with a natural, bark-like paper. You can still smell the incense on this beautiful head from Tibet. I always say flowers are my guilty pleasure... They just make me happy. Every room needs life and flowers as the ultimate finishing touch. For fall, I added this graphic printed coverlet to the bed, from Thomas Paul for Duralee.
C to E: This Capiz shell chandelier adds an iridescent sparkle to the room, slightly formal but not too fancy. I doubt this is the first, or the last time, I have mentioned my favorite candle, Capri Blue, from Anthropologie. I added these pretty little shell handles to all the closet doors to repeat the texture and mimic the shapes found on the coverlet and fresh flowers.
F to G: Have you ever noticed how we often dress in the same style and colors we put in our home? Try taking design cues from your clothes and translate to your interiors. If you are comfortable wearing a color, you will most certainly be comfortable living in it. This gorgeous hand-beaded belt embodies organic yet stylish neutrality. Note how the various textures—wool, silk, shell, stone, leather, and metal—create a collaborative and complimentary neutral scheme.
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