Never has the statement from architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe been more on point. We look at the world around us and see our impact on the planet. So many people with so much stuff. Tonnes of disposable clothes in closets, a new car every few years, cheap disposable decore easily purchased on a whim on-line, constant advertising to consume more and more. Do we need all this stuff? What is important to us, a bunch of crap you are conned into thinking you need from instagram or a few special things that have meaning? I bet if you look around your space a few things will pop out that you really love. Things that have meaning, memories, something left to you or something you picked up during your travels even if your travels were a local artist's market. Something that took someone time and energy to produce.
As we begin this new year our need to organize and clean out the clutter takes hold. Let's think about what we put back and how we want our spaces to look as we move forward. Maybe less is more. Let's think more about quality rather than quantity. Our purchases should have meaning. There is a song circulating around Tic Tok, posts of artists showcasing their work. One of the lines goes "it cost so much cuz it takes me #$%ing hours". It's true though, quality takes time. If someone take a lot of time to produce something, they care, it has meaning. That should matter. So when you purchase something and it should speak to you. You should love it like it was loved by its creator. Then when you look around your space it will give you joy because each and every piece will matter to you. You will be less likely to "get sick of it" to want a change and the planet will thank you for it.
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.
Lara DiCianno Assoc. AIA
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