Designer Logs

Product details for the Finale Part 2.

Oct 29, 2008

ONDINE For the final challenge, I designed a sophisticated yet hip, eclectic but comfortable, three-bedroom home. The mix of mid-century modern furniture, graphic wall treatments and contained blasts of color created a unified look throughout the house. The overall aura was fun, young and exciting. At its center, the living room included an oatmeal upholstered sofa with a matching pair of chairs and a classic teak coffee table all of it from 1950's Denmark. It is always my want to mix complimentary periods and styles wherever possible, so I also included in the room an intricately carved Indonesian sideboard with black-lacquered end tables and a 4 ft bronze sculpture of the Indian god Shiva. Large modern abstract paintings highlighted the double-high ceiling. I draped the windows in sumptuous ikat silk drapes that offered a deliciously fresh take on the traditional Indonesian patterns I've always loved. The landing served as the family room, with black and silver wallpaper meant to convey an art-deco-meets-1970's-glam sensibility.

I included in the room a pair of vintage sofas upholstered in bright pink wool, and a black lacquered, Ming coffee table, which I set atop a woolen zebra rug. I included a thee-dimensional, 1970's-style metal wall sculpture that added to the pop glamour. In the dining room, I chose black-and-cream wallpaper with a mum pattern that was very graphic in its design. I selected black bamboo chairs for the large Desiron double pedestal dining table. Above it, I installed a 1970's-inspired, bronze chandelier from Jonathan Adler, which served as the focal point of the room. Upstairs, I papered the master bedroom with a striking gold and turquoise damask pattern. I designed a mirrored headboard, with the reflective pieces set at different angles. The idea was to give the small room a greater sense of openness while also creating a chic bed.

For the windows, I used gorgeous silk drapes adorned with beautiful, oversized, damask medallions. I chose dark oil paintings of landscapes for the walls, and a large Venetian mirror for above the dresser, reflecting the mirrored headboard and adding to the illusion of a much larger room. The second bedroom was to serve as both a study and a guest room. I did the whole room in black and white: Black-and-white floral wallpaper adorned two of the walls; a white sofa with black trim served as the guest bed opposite a beautiful, black-lacquered desk and a Holly Hunt-style chair. I installed an ornate, black-framed, octagonal mirror, again to create the perception of a larger space. The kid's room was painted with fun yellow and white vertical stripes. The bed was tucked behind a wall with my version of a Moorish -style arch creating the perfect fun hideaway for a little girl. The arch opening was flanked with orange and pink linen curtains adding color and coziness. The addition of French bookshelf in white and mercury glass pendant light gave the room an air of sophistication that would not take away from its colorful fun.