Monday, April 30, 2012

Daringly Eclectic Decor. Moscow, Russian Federation

Beautiful, engaging pieces, yet not a balanced overall result.
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What works or doesn't, and Why - Read below a few more comments, observations, critiques about this interior.


Decor - Living Room
Moscow, Russian Federation
Dmitry Velikovsky


Decor - Living Room
Moscow, Russian Federation
Dmitry Velikovsky
Interior Design Photos via Architectural Digest

This interior showcases beautiful, engaging furniture and art pieces from many parts of the world, and from different eras.
The mix is daringly eclectic but:
- it is unified by the use of common colors;
- it is well grounded by a classic chevron pattern flooring;
- the walls are in a neutral, non intrusive color;
- the window treatments are simple, patternless, in a neutral color that blends with the walls.

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Yet, to put no less than three sofas and four chairs in a space this size, and to leave no room for a proportionate number of accent tables It Doesn't translate in achieving a balanced overall result.



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Friday, April 27, 2012

Contemporary Interior in White, Red, Brown, and Blue ...

Clashing color scheme, and disconnected areas.
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What works or doesn't, and Why - Read below a few more comments, observations, critiques about this interior.


Decor - Contemporary Open Space
Guadalajara, Mexico
By Hernandez Silva Arquitectos

Decor - Contemporary Open Space
Guadalajara, Mexico
By Hernandez Silva Arquitectos

Decor - Contemporary Open Space
Guadalajara, Mexico
By Hernandez Silva Arquitectos
Interior Photos via HomeDSGN

A red kitchen, a blue pendant light above the dining table, an oversized brown L-shape sofa in the living area - in an open space where the eyes encompass everything at once these choices make for a visual color scheme failure.

Ideas, Suggestions / What could be done: 
Although this space is large, and allows for a generous sofa, the brown sofa takes over the space in a disturbing way.
Also, it's always better to break a large space in smaller (conversation) areas - so, Replace the 'L' arm of the sofa with chairs - the area will feel immediately lighter, and the chairs will give more flexibility to the space.


Add a few blue accents (throw pillows with pattern, decorative objects) in the living area to create repetition, and a connection between the living and the dining.
And replace the brown pillows, their pattern doesn't work in the context, it terribly dates the space.

Soften the intrusive effect of the red wall by hanging on it a few pieces of art.




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Decor - Eclectic Living Room in Beverly Hills, US

See below a few comments, observations, critiques - things that work or don't, and why - about this interior design project.

Decor - Living Room
Beverly Hills, US
Interior Design: Melinda Ritz
Interior Photo via Elle Decor

This is an eclectic interior that successfully mixes classic, African art, glamour.

A beautiful architectural detail - the coffered ceiling - is a strong presence in the space.
Big furniture and art pieces, and unadorned windows make a no-nonsense masculine statement.

The cluttered books and bowls display above the mantel, and a casual rug contribute to the nonchalant feeling, while the shapes of the tufted sofas introduce an element of glamour.

The small art on the easel, the tiny accent table next to the sofa create a contrast that soften the impact of the large pieces.



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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Decor - Old time relaxed elegance Living Room

See below a few comments, observations, critiques - things that work or don't, and why - about this interior design project.

Living Area
Interior by Philippe Simonneau de Stefano

Living Area
Interior by Philippe Simonneau de Stefano

Living Area
Interior by Philippe Simonneau de Stefano

Interior Photos via Cote Maison


This is a lovely interior that wonderfully integrates some contemporary pieces on the background of an old time relaxed elegance decor.

The parquetry sets the tone - it lends the space an enduring feeling.

The large space is excellently broken down into three distinct areas, each having/creating its own ambiance within the room:
- comfortable chairs, and dim lights that cast an array of shadows on the walls and ceiling create a cozy area by the fireplace;
- built-in shelves filled with books create an engaging reading area in the center;
- a glamorous chandelier anchors the third area by the windows. The two transparent chairs are a great choice: their transparency brings variety and contrast yet it provides a minimal intrusion, while their classic design is an unifying element.

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Although the library-like area feels very inviting for immersing oneself in reading no trace of a proper reading light is noticeable in here.



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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Decor - Contemporary integrated with nature Dining Room in Mexico City, Mexico

See below a few comments, observations, critiques - things that work or don't, and why - about this interior design project.

Decor - Contemporary Dining Room
Mexico City, Mexico
Taller Hector Barroso
Interior Design Photo via HomeDSGN

This is a simple dining room where ample surfaces are covered in wood lending a natural feeling that perfectly integrates with the abundance of the outdoor greenery.

Very pleasant mix of seating that includes two benches around the not very common hexagonal shape of the table.
The rug nicely echoes the shape of the table providing repetition.

The quirky set of four lighting pieces above the table brings an unpredictable contrast in what would otherwise be a quiet room, and it creates a memorable focal point.



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Monday, April 23, 2012

Decor - Black and White Contemporary Interior in British Columbia, Canada

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Decor - Black and White Contemporary Interior
British Columbia, Canada
Smith Design

Decor - Black and White Contemporary Interior
British Columbia, Canada
Smith Design
Decor - Black and White Contemporary Interior
British Columbia, Canada
Smith Design
Decor - Black and White Contemporary Interior
British Columbia, Canada
Smith Design

Interior Design Photos via HomeDSGN 

The mirror-polished stainless steel fireplace placed central is an element that acts both as an excellent focal point, and at the same time as an element that unifies the separate areas in this open space - the dramatic fire can be viewed from any angle.
The fireplace's oval shape mimics the shapes of the other two oval columns (one next to the kitchen, and one next to the dining area) creating both repetition, and variety (the columns have identical shapes yet different design).
Also, the three columns create a strategically placed triangle that further and beautifully unifies the space.
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The three pendants above the dining table: their design is a very good choice introducing a nice interplay of black and white, and additional repetition of round shapes.
The position of the two end pendants that sit / extend over the edges of the dining table is not as fortunate: for the people sitting there it feels awkward to have a lighting just above their head.
Idea: 
A better way / alternative of arranging the three pendants would be to hang all of them close together, central, and at various heights. 
In this way the impact as a cluster is kept, while the functional drawback is eliminated.




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Friday, April 20, 2012

Decor - Open Space, Living/Dining Room in Slovakia

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OTIO by Sebastian Nagy Architects 7 Simple Elegance In Slovakian Priests Residence Boasting Serenity
Decor - Open Space, Living/Dining Room
Drazovce, Nitra, Slovakia
Sebastian Nagy Architects

OTIO by Sebastian Nagy Architects 8 Simple Elegance In Slovakian Priests Residence Boasting Serenity
Decor - Open Space, Living/Dining Room
Drazovce, Nitra, Slovakia
Sebastian Nagy Architects
Interior Design Photos via Freshome

If, during the photo shooting of an interior the furniture and furnishings need to be moved around, and rearranged depending on the angle the photo is taken it means one thing: It Only Shows how bad the project is.

Example here, in this project: the cow-skin appears in the first photo under the chair at the window, only to be moved in the next photo in the middle of the room under the coffee table.

Sad, silly, ridiculous, laughable...



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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Decor - Traditional Beach Master Bedroom in Bahamas

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Decor - Traditional Beach Master Bedroom
Bahamas
Interior Design: Tom Scheerer
Interior Design Photo via Elle Decor

Extremely simple, charming, and at the same time sophisticated.

The contrast between the simplicity of the naturally aged surfaces (floors, walls, and ceilings), the simple woven side tables, and the grand feeling of the imposing bed (and very simple at the same time) is beautiful.

The simple curtains wrapping the bed create enough of a statement, and no superfluous decoration is necessary.

Wrought-iron, and natural elements coexist, and create a clean dreamy beach decor.



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Decor - Stark white dining room with a farmhouse table

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Une salle à manger scolaire
Stark white dining room with a farmhouse table
Interior Design Photo via Marie Claire Maison

There are only a few elements in this interior, yet each one is very well chosen, and successfully contributes to the overall end result.

The two niches and the ceiling decorative molding are very nice architectural details, but the space is about the intriguing blend of furniture and furnishings.

The stern white space comes so alive through:
- the choice of a farmhouse table and benches, and leather and metal chairs - they introduce contrast in texture;
- the selection of two light sources in vivid colors introduces pattern, colors, variety, and a sharp yet blending contrast - the very different designs of the table, chairs, and lighting are unified by the use of a similar hue.

The off-center fireplace is excellently balanced by the off-center position of the subtle artwork above.



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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Decor - Contemporary Clean Space in Shenzhen, China

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House of the Tree 2 Glazed Double Height Penthouse Overlooking The Urban Jungle
Decor - Contemporary Clean Space
Shenzhen, China
Kokai Studios

House of the Tree 3 Glazed Double Height Penthouse Overlooking The Urban Jungle
Decor - Contemporary Clean Space
Shenzhen, China
Kokai Studios

Decor - Contemporary Clean Space
Shenzhen, China
Kokai Studios
Interior Design Photos via Freshome


Well done space - variety, rhythm, patterns, textures, contrasts intermingle very well.

The indoor tree is a beautiful way of bringing nature in a city dwelling; its natural shape creates a sharp contrast with the abstract art behind.

The repetition of other natural elements - the two wood accent tables, and the two stools / tables / decorative objects next to the windows, create a natural theme.

Similar hues beautifully connect the large pattern on the floor, the rug, and the small tile pattern on the walls.

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This area is large, and the double height ceiling makes the space even more spacious - the space requires more substantial furniture or furniture grouping to ground the space.

Also, the seating arrangement is severely pushed into the corner - creating a feeling of separation, and disconnection from the rest of the space.



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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Decor - Dining setting with complementary vivid colors

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Interior Design Photo via Architectural Digest


It's just amazing the effect of color: a heavy historic setting is enlivened in a beat by combining two vivid complementary hues that make a great contrast against the dark wood tone of the furniture.

Also: if you own a similar piece of furniture (a cupboard) leave its doors permanently open - the collection inside will create a great interest.



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Decor - Eclectic Living Room in Manhattan, USA

See below a few comments, observations, critiques - things that work or don't, and why - about this interior design project.

Decor - Eclectic Living Room
Manhattan, New York, USA
Interior Design: Federico de Vera
Interior Design Photo via Elle Decor

The collection of European classic and contemporary portraits on a contrasting black color background wall - creates an arresting statement.

The furnishings are both unexpected in themselves, and in a surprising mix too:
- A high iron campaign bed instead of a 'normal' sofa sits next to a low Japanese lacquered table, and to the soft, gilded shapes of a Louis XVI chair creating what seems to be an incongruous association.
Yet the intense contrast in styles balances, and it blends in harmoniously with the eclectic collection of portraits.

- A pile of books at the head of the bed chosen as a / instead of a regular accent table is a great detail, and it creates a mini composition within the big setting: it's like imagining the bed within its original context of a campaign bed with the owners' books on the side.

And, just in case the decor may somehow be perceived as 'serious' comes the choice of a large plushy playful patchwork rug.
This choice makes a successful connection with the playful, whimsical spirit of the bubble gum portrait that is placed central on the wall composition.



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Monday, April 16, 2012

Decor - Living Room in Costa Brava, Spain

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House V 11 800x549 House V in Costa Brava Displaying a Practical Layout
Decor - Living Room
Costa Brava, Spain
Magma Architectura

House V 10 800x533 House V in Costa Brava Displaying a Practical Layout
Decor - Living Room
Costa Brava, Spain
Magma Architectura
Interior Design Photos via Freshome

A wonderful view is obstructed by a very unhappy interruption in the form of a wide wall featuring nothing more than a fireplace, and a mundane TV.

Out of nowhere, without any connection with the rest of the decor is another disruption - a wood wall, and a hollow next to it. Quite lamentable way of introducing contrast or variety.

Instead of airy furniture suitable for such a location, oversized furniture fills the space...

What is the elongated white object next to the sofa? It has weird proportions for what is supposed to be an accent table.

Where the artificial light is (coming from)?



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Decor - Bedroom in Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Decor - Bedroom
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Interior Design: Jonathan Berger
Interior Design Photo via House Beautiful

This interior about patterns takes you on a journey throughout the world: Venetian inspired headboard, Central Asia Suzani embroidered bedspread, European Aubusson tapestry on the ottoman.

Although the patterns are similar in scale, and so diverse the overall result is surprisingly well balanced.

To mix so many and strong patterns, and not to get a hilarious outcome is admirable.

The focal point of the room, the Venetian inspired headboard, is very well kept under control - its intricate design, pattern, and size come in excellent proportions.
A bigger size would easily slide the headboard on the comical side.

The unpretentious looking nightstands, the simple table lamps, and the undefined, muddy eggplant color on the wall are very good choices - they calm down the boisterous effect of the eclectic mix of patterns.



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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Decor - Stone age inspired house in Malibu, USA

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Flintstones home Malibu 6 Flintstone Home Inspires Contemporary Residence in Malibu, USA
Stone Age Inspired House
Malibu, USA

Flintstones home Malibu 4 Flintstone Home Inspires Contemporary Residence in Malibu, USA
Stone Age Inspired House
Malibu, USA

Flintstones home Malibu 5 Flintstone Home Inspires Contemporary Residence in Malibu, USA
Stone Age Inspired House
Malibu, USA

Flintstones home Malibu 9 Flintstone Home Inspires Contemporary Residence in Malibu, USA
Stone Age Inspired House
Malibu, USA
Interior Design Photos via Freshome

Oh, first thing to say - this post is not about making real comments on the success or failure of this project. Not on such a 'project'.

If you want to have some fun spending an eccentric night / having a short vacation in an amusement park: this interior is interesting and entertaining.

For real living? Who exactly wants to permanently reside in a thing resembling a cavern?


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Decor. Living / Media Room in Cartagena, Colombia

See below a few comments, observations, critiques - things that work or don't, and why - about this interior design project.

Decor - Living / Media Room
Cartagena, Colombia
Interior Design: Richard Mishaan
Interior Design Photo via Architectural Digest

This interior is about simplicity, color, and what / how much a few well chosen accents and details can achieve.

The stillness of the white wall, and of the seating pieces that have simple, unadorned design, and neutral colors is completely changed through the introduction of a stripes pattern rug, a few Uzbek ikat pillows, and red doors.

The red doors with black frames are an excellent ingredient - they infuse the room with color, and they call attention to themselves but in a way that provides unity too: the eyes move from the red in the rug to the red in the pillows, and to red on the walls.

The relaxed feeling of the room is nicely punctuated by the accent tables choice - the cluster of three small tables that have various heights feels casual, informal, and the tables' round tops bring variety in a decor where the straight lines are predominant.

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- The double door and the single door have different heights;
- The black and white art and the large shark art are positioned at different levels – all these unrelated heights make for an up-and-down eye movement, and create confusion.


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Decor - Rustic Industrial Kitchen

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Decor - Rustic Industrial Kitchen
Interior Design: Unknown
Interior Design Photo via Fancy

A very successful mix of materials that provide great textural contrasts, and visual interest in this interior:
- Raw wood beams on the ceiling - against stone slabs on the floor;
- Rough, matte, organic rock walls - against shiny stainless steel appliances;
- Very light transparent acrylic chairs - against a chunky wood table, and lustrous stainless steel lighting.

The presence of stone on the walls and on the floor provide both unity, and contrast in size - small pieces on the wall versus large pieces on the floor.

The sheepskins on the two chairs add such an inspired finishing detail: their texture brings a soft, and so chic contrast and touch to the rustic industrial feeling of this decor.



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Decor - Living Room in Cartagena, Colombia

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Decor - Living Room
Cartagena, Colombia
Interior Design: Richard Mishaan
Interior Design Photo [via]


Excellent use of verticals on the chairs' back - they lead the eyes up to the wood beams ceiling, and at the same time, with lower intensity, they mimic the verticals of the floor-to-ceiling shelves.

Leaving the two walls bare (on the left and on the right) focus the attention on the (floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall) shelves, and on the decorative ceiling, while the shelves act as a fine connection between the two surfaces.

The red throw pillows add a right amount of color to enliven the simple white-beige-brown color scheme.



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