Monday, November 19, 2012

My Style

Combining pieces that each have a strong personality on their own: a structured shiny pink peplum top with a black-and-white houndstooth pattern skirt on a black-white-pink-gold-green color palette.

I layered two metal necklaces: a gold choker and a long grey with a pink flower pendant necklace.
The long necklace:
- both elongates, and creates a connection with the black color in the skirt as well with the pink color in the top,
- gives the outfit a relaxed feel.

I finished the outfit with a gold snake print belt, dark green soft leather gloves, a pink - white - yellow-green sequin clutch, and black booties.

You can see me wearing:
- the same top in a different combination here,
- the same skirt in different combinations here and here.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Blue and white bedroom

A very pleasant result created by the infusion of blue and a few silver accents on a white, crisp background.
Bedroom. Luis Bustamante. Interior photo via Veranda.

The large blue art hung on a wall that is entirely covered in less noticeable white squares creates a great focal point. And the art (and/with its size) actually makes the room.

The mix of fabrics in plain and pattern designs contribute to adding variety within the unity of the blue color.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

My Style

Giving the outfit a retro feeling by wearing curls and playing with volumes - tight on top, loose on the bottom, on a black and brown color combination with silver accents.

The silver shoulder length earrings and the silver metal flower brooch pinned on the top form a triangle that creates a focal point and bring contrast in color and texture at the same time.

I subtly emphasized the waist line by using a velvet belt in the same color as the color of the sweater.

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Mix of patterns - Children's bedroom in Slovakia

Good and ingenious use of space - in a long and narrow room the two beds are orientated in one line, head-to-head, a choice that excellently doubles them as a very long bench to be used during daytime.

Also, this layout frees up the center of the room - which works very well in a children's room as children spend a lot of time on the floor.

However, the combination of patterns, shapes and lines, and colors:
- 3D curves - on the ceiling, on the walls, 
- vertical stripes - on the walls, 
- horizontal stripes - on the beds' upholstery, 
- horizontal stripes - the veins in the wood running perpendicular to other horizontal stripes on the beds,
- circles - on the beds' frames, on the wardrobes, 
- a graphic tree above the beds,
- graphic floral pattern in different colors - on the curtains,
- bright color paint - on the windows wall,
- different bright color paint - on the opposite wall, near the door,
- two vivid patterns - on the two rugs,
- vivid colors - on the decorative pillows, on the shelves along the walls - is too much, bringing too much variety, and constantly distracting the attention from one element to another. 

Although the mixture of geometrics on the walls are united by the same colors and size, and the repetition of wood creates unity throughout, overall the room feels out of control. 
In other words, in spite of some good unity there are too many focal points and unrelated elements that create a disconcerting result. border=
Children's bedroom; Slovakia. Neopolis. Interior photos via Freshome.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Library in New York, USA

Maybe this room looks better when seen in person, and the photo doesn't make justice ...
Library; New York, USA. William Sofield. Interior photo via Elle Decor.

The sound of the impressive variety of rich textures might make you visualize an elegant interior.

However, in this context the outcome of combining:
- dark straw marquetry on the walls, 
- dark marble fireplace and cocktail table,
- dark leather sofa, 
- ebony desk, 
- dark cashmere curtains - just doesn't feel elegant or sophisticated.
The interior feels rather too much, tacky, and reminiscent of some dark, dreary times and spaces. 

And the fireplace seems huge, heavy, crowding, squeezing, and overwhelming the seating area in front, and the entire room.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Style

Wearing white, gold and red.

The asymmetrical necklace is my own design.
My own asymmetrical necklace design
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Style

Wearing a lace top during daytime paired with a yellow-green sweater. 
A black hat, a black-white-orange necklace, and a green cross-body bag complete the outfit.

The necklace is my own design.
My own necklace design
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Our own house. The Courtyard - Work in progress (I)

Here is the courtyard in our own house, the way it looks at the moment - as a work in progress.

The entry hall opens directly into the courtyard  and the sequence of spaces continues with the dining area, and further with the terrace.

The courtyard is located central on the first level, and it has French doors on all its four sides that open to four different spaces, offering an outdoor view:
- from the entry hall, 
- from the master bedroom, 
- from the tea-room / library,
- from the dining area.   

The space will continue to evolve ... so follow my future posts.
The courtyard in our own house as work in progress.

courtyard, located central, opens with French doors to the entry hall.
 I flanked the entry hall with two palms in tall planters identical to the planters I used outside - to create continuity that draw the eyes to the outdoor.

The view is from the entry hall.
The courtyard in our own house as work in progress.

I chose sheep skins for the back of the chairs to bring variety in texture, plus they also feel so soft and comfortable.

I chose tall planters to lift the eyes upward to the beauty of the sky, and I chose tin planters to add a new texture.
The courtyard in our own house as work in progress.

courtyard, located central, opens with French doors to the dining area, and the sequence of spaces continues further with the terrace.
The courtyard in our own house as work in progress.

courtyard, located central, opens with French doors to the tea-room/ library on the left, and to the entry hall on the right.
Temporary,  from garden stones I created four different arrangements that surround the planters in each corner of the 
courtyard. border=
The courtyard in our own house as work in progress.

courtyard, located central, opens with French doors to the tea-room / library on the left, to the entry hall in front, to the master bedroom on the right.
The view is from the dining area towards the entry hall.

I would like:
- to paint and stencil the concrete floor with an interesting pattern, geometric perhaps;
- to have an outdoor fountain - I love the soothing sound of running water;
- to install corner trellises to give dimensions to the walls;

The space will continue to evolve ... so follow my future posts.

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Neutral living room with vivid color accents as focal point in Hamptons, USA

The trio formed by the red-art-two-yellow-chairs:
- attracts the eyes like a magnet, creating a great focal point to which everything else subordinates,
- injects color that makes the neutral scheme coming alive.
Living room, Hamptons, USA. Shelton, Mindel & Associates. Interior photo via Architectural Digest.

The two yellow chairs work so well, they create a stimulating contrast not only through their daring color but as well through their style and material - both the chairs' shape and material distinguish so clearly from the shapes and the textures of the other seating pieces in the room.

The gold-yellow-brown of the wood (in the coffee table between the two sofas, in the bench in the middle of the room, in the legs of all the four chairs in the foreground seating area, and in the throw over the sofa's back) creates an excellent repetition unifying the two areas and the space, and, at the same time, the gold-yellow-brown color smoothes the visual transition from the neutrals to the vivid accents.

Although the size of the art on the left dominates the wall it doesn't take over the space due to its muted colors, and the green in it creates a wonderful connection to the outdoor greenery.

Very nice separation in such a large space: the two rugs and the bench in the middle create distinction between the two seating areas, yet the bench allows for a great visual flow and at the same time unites the two areas.

The symmetry of three pairs of seating - the two yellow chairs, the two sofas, the two button-tufted armchairs - gets a welcome variety through the two light blue and light green chairs in the foreground that don't match.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Attic: art on angled walls, table lamp on the floor

Unusual? Yes.
Well done? No.
Attic. Darryl Carter. Interior photo via Veranda.

Nothing really makes sense in this attic room.
From the table lamp sitting on the floor, to the telescope on the table, to the art on the angled walls and with the glass giving a very bad glare disturbing your eyes constantly.
Not to mention that the chair seems extremely low for the height of the desk too.

Just wondering what this (room) is about ...

Why the walls are not left alone, and the focus / what draws your attention to be on the beautiful windows?
Why the table lamp is not on the desk, and a taller telescope to be on the floor? Besides the fact that such choices would make sense they would also create a balanced look on the vertical of the space.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

My Style

Wearing a white sleeveless dress with a gold military inspired jacket, and a gold, statement necklace.

You can see me wearing:
- the same dress in a different combination here,
- the same jacket and sandals in a different combination here,
- the same necklace in a different combination here.

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Green dining room with walls of mirrors

Very nice: this lovely interior is successfully grounded on repetition.
Dining room. Interior photo via Casa de Valentina.

Focal point, variety, unity, contrast - are achieved through the repetition of a variety of mirrors that completely fill the walls coming in all kind of shapes and sizes, but in very similar finishes.

The dining set with its simplicity and the distressed sideboard make a striking, yet soft and wonderful contrast with the elegant chandelier above. 

The shade of green on the walls and on the distressed sideboard, the aged mirrors, the simple metal frame windows are reminiscent of another era and implying a relaxed calmness, while the black accents introduced throughout in the accessories, chairs, windows frame balance the effect of the green color and also make the decor visually stronger (imagine how much lighter the room would look/feel like if the black would be replaced by white, for example ...).

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