This is so cute!
The shampoo shelf, the glove compartment of the shower is resting place for our various clean up materials. The ubiquitous island upon which truly after the invention of the modern bathroom is the place where civilization begins. The dirty truth about it is that as important as the place upon which the soap and shampoo rest, the shampoo shelf is not a design feature.
A properly designed shampoo shelf should be functional enough to hold the daily clean up materials we need as well as blend seamlessly into the ‘designed’ environment. More specifically, it is an amenity, not a design feature. It is not a place to store things, it is a place for things to rest that we use on a daily basis. Recessed, corner or surface mounted the shampoo shelf should enhance the bathing and showering experience holding the possibility of yet another fresh start.
The only gallery of it’s kind in Laguna Beach. Todd Kenyon specializes in large-scale hyper-realistic ocean-scapes which express the ethos of the ocean and capture the multifaceted spirit of contemporary painting.
Todd also works with clients and designers to create a perfect palette for their interior spaces.Ocean Series 3, pictured to the left is available at the Todd Kenyon Studio Gallery in Laguna Beach
North Laguna has become the epicenter of fine art and a destination for interior decorators locally and internationally.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
And so goes the successful process of selecting just the right sofa. In a word, what Abe meant was prepare. Well, more over; prepare, prepare, prepare. If you visit my blog on any regular basis I am sure you have read here, “No one element is important unto itself”. It means that as you work through the puzzle and scavenger hunt of putting together a successful room design you must weigh each selection against other possible selections for the room.
Outside of the focal point (view, fireplace, architectural feature ~ you get the picture) the sofa is generally the anchor to the room. The sofa will provide the place where much of the time will be spent whether watching TV, reading a book, entertaining friends. Regardless the function, careful consideration should be given to style.
Contemporary, modern, transitional, traditional, this you already know when developing your concept. The range of style possibilities are endless. Within that however there are three basic styles of sofa of which to consider:
The Lawson Sofa
Skirted, on legs, with a plinth base, contemporary or otherwise, the Lawson sofa is typified by an arm that tracks lower than the hard frame back of the sofa.
If you land on a Lawson style sofa, beware the placement. A sofa placement where it will float in the middle of the room requires a nice transition from the hard frame of the back to the arm. Sometimes the transition from the back to the arm is not attractive and may have been originally designed to be placed against a wall ~ like the one pictured to the right. No carefully selected sofa table will ever camouflage that!
The Tuxedo sofa is typified by an arm that tracks evenly with the hard frame back of the sofa. This alone makes the Tuxedo style perfect for floating placement. The back of the Tuxedo sofa is usually quite architectural and thereby attractive
Typically traditional but often updated the Chesterfield is characterized by rich, deep diamond tufting. Usually with a rolled arm, again sometimes updated, with or without nail heads, usually on legs but sometimes skirted, there are a myriad of Chesterfield sofas from which to choose.
So, before you start chopping away at your spendable dollars do like Abe and take some time sharpening your axe!
You may wonder what eclectic style is. Well the inside story is that it’s a mix of everything; a little bit of this a little bit of that. In interior design that means that in the same room could be really old and classy furniture near to super minimalist and futuristic objects. Colors and textures could also be mixed up because eclectic style is all about mixing rather than matching. Of course all elements of interior should looks good with each other.
“Eclectic interiors are usually quite individualized and creative so think about designing your home in this style” – Carla Aston
Some design elements are just “a natural”. Take for example the entry hall mirror. The importance of a mirror in the entry, thoughtfully placed above a hall table or chest flanked by a pair of distinctive table lamps is many fold. As the entry can often be a tight space, the reflectivity of a mirror can bring light and life to the entry, thereby expanding the space; visually expanding the footprint.
Compliment the mirror with a pair of lamps and you’ve got those elements doing double duty. Lighting the entry from one side will widen the feel of it. And again, the reflectivity of the mirror will nearly double the amount of light in the space.
Outside of mere aesthetics the job of the mirror allows you to take “one last peek” at yourself before greeting guests. Back in the day before we exited through the garage, the entry mirror provided a final moment to inspect one’s self before entering the world; adjust the hat, don the gloves, check the broach.
Finally, the entry mirror provides guests the opportunity to make final adjustments after stepping out of the world and into your home. Regardless of your design style the impact of a perfectly placed entry mirror can add so much to your interior design statement.
Reflect on that!
Gold! Making its way up the “What’s Hot” list is gold. This isn’t the harsh brassy gold of the late 70’s, early 80’s but rather a softer, reinvented version that is making a strong comeback. It’s about time huh? After all, silver tones have been the go to for metal finishes for the last 30.
I first realized gold was on the upswing when I saw this entry by interior design icon, Kelly Wearstler. The Art Deco patterned floor made of three different kind of marble dazzles in the entry hall of this home designed by her on Mercer Island, Washington. Gold handrails, surface mounted light fixture and hardware offset the cool geometric tones of gray, charcoal, black and white.
Whether contemporary or traditional, paired with white and cool neutrals gold metals immediately seem fresh and exciting.
Random sized gold toned pendants, fixtures and accessories add warmth to this otherwise minimalist kitchen; a perfect subterfuge to what might otherwise be considered a very sterile look.
White, light blue, dove gray, charcoal, all excellent choices when thinking about gold metal as an accent. Soft gold metal tones are at home in contemporary, transitional and traditional interior environments.
Pendants, chandeliers, semi-attached or flush light fixtures, door hardware and furnishings are now offered to nearly limitless selections as gold and gold tones are seen to be a trend for several years to come.Emtek calls their finish Satin Brass, while Delta refers to their new gold tone finish as Champagne Bronze and Kohler has dubbed theirs as Modern Brushed Gold. High end furniture manufacturers and interior designers have been using this seemingly new finish for a few years. Fashion forward retailers have recently jumped on the bandwagon. West Elm, Crate and Barrel and Room and Board each have their own stylized version of this sun warmed metal finish.
Below is sketch by Yoshioka depicting the concept for the mirrors.
The set of mirrors can be re-designed and customized to create shapes and surfaces that reflect the interior and the owner’s wishes. The result is a scrambled panorama that blends art and design into a glittering interior fixture.
Images courtesy LEMA.