A chipped plaster bust paired with a timeworn mirror creates a dynamic juxtaposition in this pale living space. Despite the antique decor, the neutral wall color and minimalist approach to accessories are hallmarks of transitional design.
Two large armchairs are angled toward the center of this great room, carving out a conversation area for two. Ceramic deer busts adorn the wall behind the chairs, adding rustic flair to the transitional space.
Fondant frosting is typically used in ornately decorated wedding cake designs, and therefore is often a pricier choice than buttercream. While a big beautiful fondant cake will be sure to make a statement, opting for a simple design in buttercream will cut your cost significantly.
Busts can bring a sense of elegance to a garden. Consider adding one to a potting table, as seen in designer Susanne Hudson's Georgia garden. She's the co-founder of the annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival, Garden Tour and Flower Show in Douglasville, Ga.
Designer Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design, based in Nashville, Tenn., recommends using coffee tables with multiple levels for displaying items. This one, from Lillian August, a fine home furnishings retailer, is a brass table with a shagreen base and a top shelf made of glass with silver leafing on the backside. You can find a similar two-level design and mix of metals in tables priced for your budget. A mix of glasswork, vases and urns give it a glamorous feel, while the bust on a lucite base brings a rustic nature to the coffee table vignette.
Steel gray paint and traditional woodwork sets a serious tone in this study, but its use as a whimsical space for collections makes the room a real conversation piece. From a crumbling Classical sculpture to a mod metal shark mounted above the fireplace, the room is packed with interesting decor and collectibles.
Using vintage pieces, designer Tricia Huntley created a cozy seating area off the master bedroom. A custom chandelier, two-piece curved sofa, folding mirror screen and writing desk niche finish the inviting central second floor space. Photography by Robert Radifera/DC Design House
This living room was subdivided to create a bedroom, and a floating staircase was added to the newly extended second floor. The stair treads and landings were made from local reclaimed heart pine, and milled from 15" deep beams. Designer Heather Garrett custom mixed the stain so it would match original flooring.