Transitional House: A Sophisticated Design Approach

Ukraine interior design firm,  Lompier & Co is known for their high-art interior designs and usage of expressive elements from natural materials. Together they work as a production with a team of professional designers.  Also as one of Ukraine’s most progressive furniture manufacturers, they provide high levels of execution in their works and are extremely innovative with their creations. They design and build bespoke furniture to the specifications of their clients. Furniture such as tables, chairs, sideboards, bookcases and wine racks are designed and crafted to individual design tastes or created to complete existing furniture by matching the style, type of wood and finish.

Below are some of their transitional and rustic designs from their  Natalie House Project…we are definitely fans of the beautiful wide wood plank floors . Enjoy!

Kiev, Transitional Living Room Design by Lompier and Co

Kiev, Transitional Living Room Design by Lompier and Co

Kiev, Transitional Dining Room Design by Lompier and Co

Kiev, Rustic Study/Home Office Design by Lompier and Co

Kiev, Transitional Bedroom Room Design by Lompier and Co

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The French Carriage House: A Contemporary Classic

Austin Patterson Disston Architects, a full-service architectural and planning firm based in Southport, Connecticut approaches design by respecting the integrity of both the built and natural contexts that make each project unique. It is this approach that has led to numerous awards for their work, which range from renovation to restoration, from site planning to interior design. Their design method is clearer than ever in their French Carriage House project.

Overlooking Long Island Sound, this newly constructed “carriage house” takes its design sensibilities from nearby grand estates built along Long Island’s Gold Coast in the 19th century. “Behind the mansions of that period were outbuildings where the owners kept their carriages and sometimes housed their staff,” explains architect Stuart Disston, AIA, LEED GA, of Austin Patterson Disston Architects of Quogue, NY and Southport, CT.

New York interior designer, Sherril Canet, aided in transforming this historical piece into a contemporary classic tradition with the interior decor. The exterior respects the French Style carriage house tradition with tall French doors opening to water views, classic shutters, a wood-shingled roof and a stucco exterior.

“The soothing palette relies on texture for dimension,” notes Canet. “It’s all about fine materials and rich details.”

Southport, Contemporary, House, Design by Austin Patterson Disston Architects The French Carriage House overlooking Long Island Sound

Southport, Contemporary, Living Room, Design by Austin Patterson Disston Architects A living room made with fine materials and rich detail in mind.

Southport, Contemporary, Dining Room, Design by Austin Patterson Disston Architects The dark wood chairs and blue fabric give this dining room the East Coast nautical look it was made for.

Southport, Contemporary, Living Room, Design by Austin Patterson Disston Architects The cremes and gold accents make relaxation look clean and elegant.

Southport, Contemporary, Dining Room, Design by Austin Patterson Disston Architects The rich chocolate wallpaper could make anyone hungry in this dining room.

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Style Guide: Tropical Paradise

Tropical style recalls warm trade winds, sand, sea and sun of the warmer climates that span the equator. It’s a casual style that features lots of natural materials, including rattan, bamboo, sea grass, abaca, and teak—all materials that originate in the tropics. Ceiling fans and wood ceilings are other trademarks of the tropical style.  Tropical plants, especially palms, used in textiles, prints and as house plants bring in natural elements. The colors of sea and sky, sand and jungle are the main palette choices and work in harmony with wood elements. Tropical style and coastal style both get their inspiration from oceanside living.  However, Coastal style tends to be more inspired by northern coastlines of California and the Eastern Seaboard. Regardless of region, elements of the great outdoors can all be implementing into interior design ideas.

Tropical Paradise

Exotic materials mix with Caribbean inspired styles to create a tropical feel in this room.

Inspiration for tropical style spans the globe from the Caribbean to the South Pacific. British Colonial style is based on a mix of exotic materials, Caribbean and Indian influences and traditional forms. This style comes from the 19th century when the British Empire had posts throughout the world, including the tropics.  British Colonial style, and its sister, Caribbean style, feel more formal than the laid back style of Bali or the South Pacific but are still less formal than Traditional style.  Balinese style leans more towards Asian style but captures the more relaxed lifestyle of the islands and tropics.

Bright patterns and colors are very typical in most tropical styles, however British Colonial leans more towards crisp whites and neutrals. Colors are inspired by the sea, plants and foods of the hot climates and include blues, greens, pinks, corals, greens and yellows. Each color holds a significance to the coastline and brings life to these decorating ideas. The common thread of tropical style is the use of natural materials and overall casual feeling to the space.  Upholstered pieces can be covered in neutrals, like white slipcovers, or brightly patterned batiks and ikats. Neutral background colors on walls and furniture feel relaxing. Window treatments tend toward sheers, interior plantation shutters or bamboo shades.

Style Guide Tropical Paradise

Framed prints, tropical elements, and overall tailored feel round up this room with a warm British Colonial feel. via

This room has a British Colonial feeling to it. While there are many tropical elements in the space, including palm prints, rich greens, natural materials, the overall tailored feeling shows the influence of British style in the tropics.  Framed prints continue the tropical theme. This is a sophisticated interpretation of tropical.  Contemporary designers like India Hicks and Calypso are masters at creating sophisticated tropical interiors that recall five star resorts.

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By replacing flooring with sand and using open walls and natural colors this room is not only an outdoor living room but a part-time getaway.

A contemporary take on a tropical interior. Sand instead of flooring and open walls make this truly and indoor/outdoor living space. British Colonial style furnishings, natural wood elements and light, natural colors accentuate the laid back, tropical feeling of the space. Products like those from Tommy Bahama Home can add a tropical feeling in furnishings, home décor, and living room designs.

The important thing to remember when decorating in the tropical style is be inspired by the tropics but don’t try to replicate them in your home. Otherwise there is the risk of creating a space that feels too much like a theme and not a home. Be inspired by travels to the tropics. Focus on natural materials such as wood, rattan, sea grass, silks and cottons. Images 1 / 2 / 3

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The Yeung Residence: A Modern Hilltop Dream Home

Los Angeles interior design and architecture firm Hartman Baldwin Design/Build specializes in high-end remodels, additions, historic restorations and new custom homes for highly discerning individuals that are passionate about their home and lifestyle. The Yeung residence is a marvelous example of their work.

Here’s what Hartman Baldwin had to say about the project:
Linear architecture, exposed steel beams and floor to ceiling windows craft a modern dream home in the hills of Covina. The house is open and light, and engages with its natural hilltop setting. The project consisted of demolishing the existing home built in 1978 and creating a new home with an open floor plan with a large kitchen and family room space that focused on the impressive views of the expansive 2 acre property

This modern home is characterized by it's steel beams and floor to ceiling windows.

The white walls and high ceilings give the home a sense a sense of harmony.

Straight lines, geometric shapes, polished surfaces, and an expansive space give this kitchen a touch of refined elegance.

The master bedroom simple features such as white walls, large bare windows, as well as vaulted ceilings gives it a very elegant and airy feel.

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Hollywood Hill Residence: A Modern Masterpiece

Los Angeles Interior designer Elena Zennaro of Elena Zennaro Design was born and raised in Italy but traveled an extensive amount of times throughout her life. And although she enjoys traveling, she also cherishes the sanctuary of her own home. She believes that a home should contain objects that we find beautiful and inspiring, so that we can create an internal harmony and sense of peace within ourselves. An organized home is an organized mind.

Below are some of her extraordinary work from her Hollywood Hill Residence Project and here is what she had to say.

Our client had an extensive collection of modern art and we wanted to achieve the optimal balance between artwork and furnishings, one complimenting the other.  We opted for solid silks and leathers, modern Tibetan rugs and Murano glass  to tell a story through color rather than prints.

Walnut and stainless steel floors, Macassar ebony wood and walls of glass throughout the house created the perfect canvas to achieve the entertainer’s dream home our client was looking for.

Hollywood, Modern, Living Room Design by Elena Zennaro Design

Custom made sofa and chairs in Holly Hunt silks, linen and leather. Mansour Modern Rug and Minotti coffee table.

Hollywood, Modern, Dining Room Design by Elena Zennaro Design

Used client's previous dining room and reupholstered the chairs in white leather.

Hollywood, Modern, Theater Room Design by Elena Zennaro Design

The Elitis wallpaper creates a feel of moving images.

Hollywood, Modern, Master Bedroom Design by Elena Zennaro Design

The Master Bedroom has a 180 degree view of Los Angeles from Downtown all the way to the ocean. Custom deisgned floating night stands and B&B leather bed. Frette Linens.

Atlanta Galleries We'd Love To Visit

We’re happy to be over at DCR interiors chatting about the Atlanta Art Galleries we’d love to visit today! Dana is an Atlanta interior designer and since we were inspired by art galleries in general, we thought it fitting to highlight the ones in Atlanta. Thank you so much Dana for allowing us to contribute! Here is a short preview…

Atlanta has a fantastic art scene. With several art districts throughout the city, an afternoon looking at art is a great way to spend a summer Saturday in the city. Here’s a list of Atlanta galleries we’d love to visit this summer and wouldn’t mind taking home a few of their pieces to fulfill some of our interior design ideas.

Have Design Elements and Principles Become Outdated?

You see it everywhere from interior design websites to popular shelter magazines; rooms breaking every design principle you ever learned in a traditional classroom setting or online interior design school. From excessive use of pattern to over-the-top color combinations, today’s disregard for old school design rules seems to be widely accepted. Our “think outside the box” societal mentality seems to have driven its roots deep into many a psyche. So is there really a right and a wrong when it comes to interior design ideas?

Admittedly, there are some beautiful rooms that wouldn’t exist had the designer followed the rules explicitly. And really, isn’t the old cliché “rules are meant to be broken” true when it comes to designing a room that speaks to each individual client’s style and taste. Clients are human and so are designers, just maybe individual likes and dislikes can’t be defined so readily as design instructors would have you think. Being human means having an opinion that many times differs from the status quo. Do you reign in your client’s and your own ideas of what works and what is aesthetically appealing just to stay within the guidelines?

Perhaps the term “eclectic” came out of the need to define the indefinable style which developed as our society became more independent in their thinking and braver in letting individual tastes be known. For many, having an eclectic design taste isn’t a sign of inner chaos, but a way to combine differing styles and moods within a self pleasing décor. If beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder then finding what works for your client is a good thing.

Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Take a look at the following rooms, do they work…are they visually pleasing?

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This room is part of Apartment Therapy’s “Hot or Not” series. It was featured in Canadian House and Home originally. So what do you think, hot or not?

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A mix of modern and period furnishings amongst a plethora of art and decorative pieces make this room standout. How does this room make you feel?

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A mix of patterns, textures and styles, do the room’s elements flow or do they seem out of place?

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This room’s bold use of black and blocked color is certainly an attention grabber. Is it cohesive or disjointed?

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Small room, big patterns, did this designer think out of the box or just crowd it?

Tell us what your thoughts are on keeping in line with design elements versus breaking the rules? What is the fine line? And could this “Undecorate” trend be the next way to do interior design?

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Style Guide: Asian

Asian design is as wide ranging as the countries it is inspired by. Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia are the predominate sources of design inspiration. While some designers are purists and use only elements from one culture, most Asian inspired design borrows from more than one country.

Across the spectrum, Asian design traits include natural materials, dark woods, and rich colors. Chinese and Thai styles prefer detailed ornamentation of surfaces and accessories, while Japanese design is known for its minimal, restrained sensibility. Zen and Feng Shui are both spiritual approaches to design with roots in Asia. As Zen is a type of Buddhism, Zen style is identified by its minimal, pure elements. Feng Shui is a Chinese based concept of aesthetics and the influence of colors, layout and materials on different aspects of one’s life. Both Zen and Feng Shui have become popular design styles and philosophies in interior design.

Style Guide: Asian

As you can see the interior design ideas used in this piece by the Michener Museum resemble the pure and simple elements of Japanese styles.

Japanese style focuses on function and purity of form and materials. Simple, multi-functional pieces, like futons, natural floor coverings, such as woven tatami mats, combine to create minimalist yet elegant spaces. Furniture often has a low profile, with seating provided by cushions on tatami mats.

Other natural elements used in Japanese style include shoji screens with rice paper, rice paper lanterns or globes, and lacquerware. Color palettes tend to focus on neutrals and earth tones inspired by nature. Japanese style garden design continues the sense of natural minimalism. Japanese have a concept of “the beauty of imperfection” called wabi sabi that can be found throughout Japanese designs and style. A small or big flaw can add individual beauty to an object.

George Nakashima (1905-1990) is a Japanese American designer who brought the Japanese aesthetic to mid-century modern furniture. Above is a Nakashima reading room, now in the Michener Museum in PA. Many elements of Japanese style can be seen in the room, including natural elements, shoji panels and minimal decoration. Another mid-century designer/sculptor, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), is famous for his rice paper lighting as well as his furniture and sculptures. James Mont (1904-1978) interpreted Asian designs with a modern eye.

Pagoda table by James Mont

Decorating ideas used in Asia can be implemented to rooms which add vibrant colors and principles of Fend Shui.

In contrast to the minimal aesthetic of Japanese style, Chinese style features more rich ornamentation and deeper colors. Red is a popular color in Chinese design. Ornamentation includes traditional motifs such as dragons, pagodas, Fu dogs, phoenixes, flowering branches and chrysanthemums. Carved and decorated furniture, as seen in the traditional Chinese bed above, are common. Richly embroidered tapestry and rugs add additional color and pattern to a Chinese interior. Rooms and homes are organized and arranged according to the principles of Feng Shui.

Chinoiserie is a term coined in 18th century France to describe furniture and fabric designs made in Europe in the Chinese taste. Chinoiserie furniture features lacquer and gilt surfaces. Blue and white Chinese porcelain was copied and reproduced for the European markets.

Neutral colors were used in this room to illustrate Southeast Asian decor

Thai and Southeast Asian styles are influenced by Chinese design but are uniquely their own. Thai style features a lot of ornamentation and gold leaf, bright colors and silks. Indonesian style is similar, but toned down and features darker woods. This hotel in Bali demonstrates a restrained and elegant Southeast Asian interior in a neutral palette. Images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

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