The goal for this decorating project was to create a functional and attractive living space for a single lady. The client had just renovated a very small row house by opening the living room and kitchen into one large space. Decorating Den Interiors had 360 total square feet of living, dining and kitchen space and needed to incorporate some existing furniture, both for budgetary and sentimental reasons. The result is a stunning transitional design with a tasteful mix of contemporary lines and classic, traditional pieces.
The homeowners wanted a unique dining room space that would comfortably seat ten, so designers used natural light and materials that would help make the area feel both stylish and open. Natural light flows into the space from the sliding glass doors and reflects off the white walls, while the glass top table helps the light to permeate the space rather than blocking it. Around the large glass top table, ten contemporary chairs clad in copper colored leather provide seating for the guests, while brightly colored art adds color to the space and an interesting light fixture ties the room together.
Although the designers at TriplePoint Design Build created a 1920s theme for this master bathroom, they were committed to installing modern conveniences for the homeowner. In the shower, a modern glass door adds spaciousness, and the the hardware is of a sleek and contemporary design. The same basketweave black and white decorative tile used in the rest of the bathroom continues the vintage theme.
This kitchen is a traditional design with a some farmhouse flavor. Contemporary lighting such as Murano glass cylinder ceiling light pendants provide some eclectic flair to the kitchen. Upscale appliances by Sub-Zero and Wolf add luxury to the kitchen design. Gray-colored Italian marble slabs are used to create a backsplash that provides a good deal of texture. The windows are purposely left untreated in order to allow for the maximum amount of light without disrupting the view to the outdoors.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, an updated dining room flows seamlessly into the living room, complementing the vintage design aesthetic with mid-century modern furnishings and decor. Neutral grasscloth wallpaper lines two walls and complements the soft yellow hue of the vintage dining chairs. A chrome and glass dining table and custom orb light fixture add contemporary flair to this otherwise vintage-style space.
If you're looking for a perfect marriage of traditional and contemporary designs, then a transitional interior may be for you. In a transitional interior, furniture lines are sophisticated, simple and often feature either straight or rounded profiles. To keep the focus on the simplicity and sophistication of the room, designers will keep color palettes neutral and decor to an absolute minimum. Image courtesy of Decorating Den Interiors
The homeowner's newly renovated kitchen is shown. The wall section dividing the kitchen and dining room has been removed, allowing a straight line of site through the whole first floor. The refrigerator now stands where the old sink previously was, and the old window closed up. A new slightly smaller kitchen island allows the same bar stools to fit comfortably in the narrow room. The sink has moved below the other back window. A clean white color scheme, updated stainless steel appliances and modern overhead lighting create a contemporary feel to the space without changing the room's size.
The traditional Florida room takes on a new face at HGTV Green Home 2012. The weatherized yet unconditioned space is designed to live like an interior room, with vaulted ceilings and a stylish mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. Antique wicker chairs positioned around the gas fireplace offer an inviting perch. Ottomans, custom-made for the space, provide additional seating or tabletop surface.
393 West End Ave, located on the South West corner of 79th Street and West End Avenue, is a classic 17 story prewar building being developed by Simon Baron Development. The landmarked development has been brilliantly reimagined by Vicente Wolf, marrying the best of classic pre-war with contemporary design and interiors.
Make a space that will last. “You don’t want things to be temporary. You want things that they can grow with,” said Cate Dunning of GordonDunning, who decorated this bedroom as part of a Dwell with Dignity install. This bedroom was for three boys who loved Super Mario Brothers and the Atlanta Falcons, so GordonDunning incorporated red accented with blue and hung framed Mario art prints from Etsy on the wall. The beds were already in the room, and DIY blogger Dena Stormer painted them with Sherwin Williams Positive Red.
As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott removed the wall between this kitchen and the adjacent living room, creating a more open and efficient space. The new island is outfitted with quartz countertops, maple cabinetry and a sink. The stainless steel pendant lights hanging over the island offer a contemporary take on a traditional style.
One of the most influential street-artists turned fine artists in art history, Jean-Michel Basquait imprinted contemporary art with his iconic word play and memorable figures. These three Canadian maple wood skate decks based on a 1981 Basquiat work "Untitled - Skull," were made in collaboration between the Skateroom and the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Wheels and trucks are not included. BUY IT: $550
Design firm Reunion Goods & Services has worked on a number of properties with Oliver Hospitality including the recently opened Fairlane Hotel in Nashville. Director of Interiors at Reunion Laura Flam describes the firm's retro style as entailing "a passion for history, both in architecture and art. We combine that knowledge with more contemporary sensibilities to create spaces that are layered with detail and feel both timeless and yet forward-thinking."
Stretch your design budget with discounted tile. Atlanta designer Karina Souki Bryant recommends finding a discontinued tile on sale. Often stores will only have a few boxes of discounted tile, but if you collect multiple boxes from more than one location, you can get the tile you need for a much lower price tag. Bryant suggests asking a store associate to check the supply at other store locations to make sure you’re making a good choice. The gray glass tile in Bryant’s contemporary bathroom, which was built by Imery Group, was on discount at a builder's supply store.
Ideal for a studio apartment, game or media room, the contemporary-style Flash Studio Sleeper from Primo International is a faux leather sleeper sofa with a handy drop-down table with cupholders for your favorite beverage. The sofa's armrests can also be re-positioned to serve as pillows at nap time.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this once dated, drafty living room into a cozy and contemporary retreat with plenty of room to entertain. Sarah filled the space with vintage metallic accents and streamlined modern furniture for a cozy, eclectic feel. A large patterned rug ties the room together and adds warmth and interest to the new hardwood floors.
Tiffany employs a playful color palette with a mix of sleek, midcentury pieces and more contemporary ones for this HGTV Star makeover. She pairs the slab-style dining table with bright, mismatched chairs. The coordinated gallery wall features pop art prints designed by Palm Springs artists.
In a sleek, contemporary kitchen, texture can be the best way to add dramatic interest. In this space, designer Laure Antonetti Schutze of L. Antonetti Design chose a rich metallic basket weave for the area behind the cooktop. "Our client wanted a kitchen backsplash with a 'wow' factor,” she says. “We used a woven copper that's not only beautiful but a conversation piece for the space." Over time copper will naturally develop a rich patina; to maintain the original shine, apply sealant, as the designers did in this project.