Vintners initially aged wine in used bourbon barrels because it was cheaper. Now it's just cool. Capitalizing on the growing prominence of bourbon in the spirits realm, aging wines in bourbon barrels like his Layer Cake cabernet sauvignon illustrates this popular new trend.
This house was designed to meet the clients goals of a house that straddles the worlds of both traditional and modern design in terms of both style as well as separation of living spaces. Aged accessories surround the master bed with softly embroidered pillows.
Here again the architecture of the home reflects Hollywood’s golden age. The arches that form the passages between rooms are one of Nikia’s favorite features in the home. This arch between the living and dining room offers a gorgeous view of the various textures and cultural influences that make up the living room — from the pouf to the rug to the Bamileke-inspired stools from World Market (https://www.worldmarket.com/product/tribal-carved-wood-accent-table.do?sortby=ourPicks). “I love a combination of clean mid-century Scandinavian with more intricate pieces from India and Africa,” Nikia confesses. “Mixing and matching design elements from different cultures reflects the world I live in and makes me feel at home.”
Embrace the aging process. The brown and gray tones of the seasoned logs that Georgia designer Monica Stewart stacked next to this outdoor dining table ties into the patina of the table, without having to repaint or redo the legs to freshen up the look.
The trick to using leather correctly is to stick with tones that don’t read overly rich, overtly sexy or even gaudy. Here, the room’s main door was given an update with leather upholstery in an aged brown tone that’s slightly faded and worn, resulting in more of a vintage look. In addition to a mix of tones, the room was outfitted with organic textures that add visual depth.
Thinset mortar, paint and stain were used to artificially age the brick wall in this Atlanta townhome, giving it a more urban feel. The thick, extra long curtains may be drawn to completely block out the natural light, adding to the moody feel created by the warm interior lighting.
Space-age chairs provide cool seating for TV viewing in this large family room. The chairs work beautifully with the home's modern design. During colder months, a fireplace offers warmth to the clean, crisp space.
A play area on one half of this family room is perfect for keeping children entertained while adults can relax in the other half. A navy couch and brown leather chair contrast against the light yellow and white walls. A built-in fireplace with gray tile surrounds adds a great masculine detail to the design. Throw pillows, a blanket and fun wall art keep the space colorful.
Designer Claire Paquin carefully designed this child's bedroom in shades of white, gray and hot pink with an eye on what she might like in years to come. She kept the main elements of the design in a neutral palette and added pops of pink in the pillows and other knickknacks that can change as tastes do. A built-in window seat and bookcases are perfect storage solutions for toys, books and games. And what little girl wouldn't love a crystal chandelier of her very own?
Stainless steel and specialty glass accents shine, bringing a radiant energy to this sleek, contemporary kitchen. Another material that brings liveliness is the Ice Age granite seen in the countertops and range backsplash. The white background, flecked with gray and taupe, is a dynamic complement to the slight sparkle of silica in the gray-washed Afrormosia wood cabinets.
If a porch is covered, options are almost limitless for the kind of furnishings that can be used. Use unconventional pieces for a look that appears gathered over time (or perhaps even generations.) Antiques that are already weathered and aged are particularly well suited to this.
As summer is winding down and garden pots are vacated, stack them up and use them as sculptural accessories. They can be strikingly beautiful, even empty. You could tuck a pinecone, mini pumpkin or gourd inside as well.