New wall color. Try repainting your walls from the tired buttercream to a more neutral greige. We love Sherwin-Williams' Agreeable grey. Its still warm enough to handle the traditional accessories but cool enough to give the room a more contemporary feel.
A new rug. A small printed traditional beige area rug with olives and maroon colors can date a room quickly. Try replacing it with a more transitional rug. A large scale of pattern, a distressed look or even a simple jute or solid rug can do the trick. Layering textures is an easy way to create a contemporary look.
Modern mirrors. Remove the ornate heavy mirror and replace it with a lighter version. with either a lucite frame or a thin simple metal. Remember its ok to mix metals.
Edited accessories. A lot of homes decorated in the 90's still have the French country or Tuscan theme winding through it. It's ok to keep part of the decor. For example the hutch in the picture, when paired with a modern element such as a chrome chair the two work well together. We kept the traditional lines of the chair but used a contemporary material. Both French country and tuscan decor have a well traveled look to them; they can absolutely handle out of the box accessories such as this chrome and white chair. Just remember the pallet; gone are the maroons, olives and deep yellow. think mixed metals, matte brass, pewter, black and grey.
New light fixture. Nothing can kill a contemporary room like a rooster light fixture... A simple switch of the light fixture can do wonders. There are so many lighting resources available with low cost lighting solutions. theres no excuse. Again, mixed materials, lucite, brass, wire, chain, Edison bulbs, LED. Any of these will update a space quickly.
Its so easy, with just a few updates, you can breath a new contemporary life into your decor.
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Always be ready for happy hour! A portable bar cart is the perfect accessory for any living room.
Everything is coming along great! Started demolition Aug 3rd. and here we are! Just had the vanity templated today painting tomorrow then installation of the fixtures... Can't wait to see it finished.
Demolition starts on Monday!
We plan on gutting the two bathrooms and reorganizing and updating them to a more contemporary design that will last well into the future.
This is how they look now
We,ve measured and come up with a simple and workable plan.
keep posted for updates on how the project is coming..
We can take your summer photos and transform them into personalized art. Send us your favorite picture and we'll make it a special work of art.
Start the weekend right with a trip to the local farmers market. We happen to be in LA this weekend and took a trip to the Los Angels Flower market. A plethora of beautiful flowers made it hard to pick just a few.
Lara DiCianno Assoc. AIA
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