Friday, March 29, 2013

Living room - eclectic elegant contemporary

Here is my opinion on this interior.
What I like:
- I like the grey undertone that creates an underlying unity in this grey-red-blue color scheme.
The blues in the painting and in the chairs' upholstery, and the red in the sofa and in the rug all have a grey undertone that provides unity and continuity.
Living room. Interior photo via Studio 73

- I like the combination and contrast of strict symmetry - classic-inspired elements in the foreground with casual asymmetry - contemporary elements in the background.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Traditional contemporary mix in an Entryway in Greenwich

Here is my opinion on this interior - an entryway in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.

What I like about this space?
Well, its spaciousness, and the wall paneling.

What I don't like about this space?
Everything else.
Entryway; Greenwich, USA. SB Long Interiors. Interior photo via Houzz.

A large round casual rug with large circular pattern
is topped with

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ocean front Living room in Santa Barbara

What I like about this interior (besides the spectacular ocean view):
- I like the simple white walls and furniture - they don't compete with the panorama;
Living Room; Santa Barbara, USA. Abigail Turin. Interior photo via Architectural Digest.

- I like that there is a fireplace that breaks the expanse of the wall to wall, floor-to-ceiling windows.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bay Window in Beverly Hills

This space is beautiful in its simplicity.
The huge windows with geometric pattern create an excellent focal point, and together with the view of the outdoor greenery and the banquette following the contour of the bay window they create a very appealing, calming and inviting setting.

Bay window; Beverly Hills, USA. Waldo Fernandez. Interior photo via Elle Decor.

What I like:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Glamorous, eclectic Living room in Kansas City

What I like about this interior (as idea, element or principle, as personal preferences):
- I like the presence of glamorous textures and finishes - the fluffy rug, the shiny surfaces, the gold colors - taken as individual pieces;
- I like that there is an asymmetrical arrangement flanking the sofa.

- While I like glamorous textures I don't like how these textures and finishes look together in here - so many, in such a variety create a garish hodgepodge, nothing more than a confused cheap clutter;
Living room; Kansas City, USA. David Jimenez. Interior photo via Architectural Digest.

Friday, March 22, 2013

White contemporary Living room with mix of patterns

What I like about this interior (besides the beautiful natural light):
- How the feeling of a quietly symmetrical furniture arrangement in neutral colors is completely changed through the addition and combination of patterns: blue ikat pattern (on the pillows), yellow-brown Greek key design (on the rug), orange-red (pillow, decorative objects), with animal print (on the two benches), and some green and black.
Living room; New York, USA. Interior photo via Elle Decor. 

- I like how the space manages to feel light and airy in spite of the fact that there is a lot of furniture for a room this size (there are no less than three seating areas with two large coffee tables included).

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Traditional dining room with original elements

I have mixed feelings about this room.

I like the not so common, original or unique elements in here: the oiled wallpaper, the series of bee skep lighting fixtures above the table, the iron topiaries placed in front of the fireplace.

But while I like these individual elements on their own, I don't like the result they create together.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Living room with psychedelic colors artwork

Well, this room is a lot about the psychedelic colors artwork that hangs above the sofa - the piece draws your attention immediately.
And I have to say that I like the piece, and I like the focal point that it creates.
Living room; New York, USA. Jamie Drake. Interior photo via Architectural Digest.

But, at the same time I don't like the piece - I feel it's not the best choice in this context: the piece takes over the room both physically and visually, its huge size and impact seem aggressive.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Our Own House - The Library / Tea room, as work in progress (IV)

This is our Library/Tea room, the way it looks at the moment - as work in progress.

Since my previous post I found these decorative pillows (on the sofa) that I love for they are a great combination of contrasts: neutral (beige) wool with a glamorous gold metal mesh band on the middle.

The pillows in this context are a small but significant detail - they break / interrupt the sofa's black expanse.

The Library/Tea room in our own house as work in progress.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Dining Room in red, yellow, blue

What I like about this room:
- it has good color proportions - the color palette of the three primary (red, yellow, blue) comes in a good combination: blue as dominant color on the walls (and upholstery), red and yellow as secondary colors (red on the rug, yellow on the upholstery and furniture), green as an accent color (in the two artworks);
- all three main colors (red, yellow, blue) come in muted variations so the strong effect of such an association is diminished;
- nice interest is created through the mix of plain surfaces (walls, rug) with patterns (floral upholstery on the chairs, vertical lines on the lamp shades, landscape artworks).

Dining room. Interior photo via Casa de Valentina.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Old World with Contemporary touches bedroom

What I like about this room:
- the ample space together with the decorative ceiling - they instantly give a grand feeling to this room;
- the canopy bed - its presence fills the spacious space on the vertical, and its height lifts the eyes up to the ceiling/brings attention to the architectural element;
- the neutral color scheme - it allows for an undisturbed display of a very diverse, and coming in a variety of sizes artworks collection;
- the inclusion of contemporary and totally unpretentious elements: a sleek floor lamp and a seagrass rug - they tone down the imposing feeling of the room.
Bedroom; USA. Veere Grenney. Interior photo via Veranda.

What I don't like?

Monday, March 11, 2013

My Style - Red and purple outfit

Wearing red and purple - a simple combination (of two analogous colors) with a very intense result.
I paired a saturated & shiny red coat with a less vivid & matte purple dress.
I finished the outfit with couple accessories in pink.

The necklace is my own design.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Contemporary living room in Montreal, Canada

You know what I like about this interior?
I like the fireplace - for creating an impressive focal point.
I like the fireplace - for its very appropriate scale in this generous, double-height space.
I like the staircase - for its intricate design that creates a very interesting contrast with the minimal sleek design of the fireplace.

You know what I don't like about this interior?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Our Own House - The Living Room, as work in progress (Makeover II)

This is our Living Room, the way it looks at the moment - a new makeover, as work in progress.

Here is the previous look/version of this room.

The Living Room in our own house as work in progress.

I kept most of the pieces since the previous post, but I completely rearranged them.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Contemporary Glamorous Eclectic Living room in New York

You know what I like about this space?
I like how the large painting in saturated blue and green colors is positioned central, above the mantel, And how this large painting is paired with two other pieces that come in smaller sizes and in soft, faded colors but in a related color palette (the photo and painting at left).
Living Room; New York, USA. Robert Couturier. Interior photo via Architectural Digest.

In other words I like the advancing - receding play, I like how both contrast (in size and saturation) and a very nice visual hierarchy are created at the same time - the large, saturated painting becomes one of the room's defining visual elements, while the other two pieces have more of a 'supportive' role, yet they are standing on their own.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Extreme eclecticism in Rome

You know what I like about this interior? The very interesting, and unusual color scheme: the muted, analogous orange-yellow-green hues that are combined with purple, a hue that sits opposite of yellow on the color wheel.
Living Room; Rome, Italy. Axel Vervoordt. Interior photo via Architectural Digest.

You know what I don't like?