A watercolor canvas gives soft decoration to the pale blue wall color. Vintage light fixtures frame the painting adding a warm glow to the cool toned design. A wood table is set up as the working desk with space for a laptop, books and personal decorative touches. A white chair is upholstered at the seat with a soft floral fabric while the back opening displays a gray plaid pattern.
In this dining area, the wood-and-metal, 10-foot table comfortably seats eight. Underneath the table, a hair-on-hide rug is a geometric zip of color and pattern. The space flows easily into the kitchen on one side and out to a covered patio and grill on the other, ideal for entertaining. Light fixture: Visual Comfort; Dining chairs: Sunpan; Dining table: Restoration Hardware; Rug: Castel Luxe
This contemporary gray and cream kitchen has a breakfast nook area with beautiful upholstered seating and modern, industrial pendant light above. The cream cabinets and stainless steel appliances give this kitchen a clean, sleek look while the coordinating gray countertop and patterned tile backsplash add visual interest. Hardwood flooring brings warmth to the space while small pink and white floral arrangements on the breakfast table add just the right touch of color.
This modern double vanity bathroom is the way to do black and white. The black tile floor is a honeycomb pattern, repeated on a smaller scale in the gorgeous glassed-in shower with black and white tiled soap inset and built-in shower seat. All the appliances have brass faucets. Twin brass-framed mirrors below glass sconces overlook a white marble-topped double sink vanity that sits on six drawers in black with brass drawer pulls.
This kitchen and dining space sits at one end of a very large great room with 20' ceilings at many points. A focal wall with black and white geometric tile grounds this kitchen and gives it warmth. It is a lot of pattern, but it is well balanced with the many white walls around it and it really works in this very modern farmhouse. The hints of brass create another visual pop to draw the eye toward the cozy island seating.
A large blue velvet sectional and a pair of modern red chairs face in toward a glass coffee table over a traditional patterned area rug. A mix of bold colored and polka dot throw pillows decorate the sofa. A second seating area designed under the large window uses a a tufted leather sofa and matching armchair. A similar mix of throw pillows is used tying the two spaces together. A pair of cow hide fabric chairs and a mounted half-table add to the eclectic vibe of the design.
In this living room, a modern sectional sofa is situated in front of a large screen television to provide plenty of seating and an optimal viewing area for screenings of the family's favorite movies. Shelving and cabinets in the far corner provide a place for storage and display, while a fireplace to the left of the television warms the space. A window lets in plenty of natural light, and recessed lighting helps to give additional light to the space. To finish off the space, designers added a neutral, grid-patterned area rug to provide definition to the living space.
The main house of the building, sitting directly in the middle of the guest rooms, is a communal space where guests come to check in, eat and relax outside of their rooms. Just in through the front door, the space begins with this beautiful dining room. The forest-feel comes immediately through in this space with its color palette of warm browns and greens. The extendable table, which seats as many as 10 guests, is flanked by the hidden star of the show: an exquisite black armoire that accents the deep green of the wall, while the grain of the wood adds pattern and texture to the room.
This home in Decatur, Georgia outside Atlanta has five boys all under the age of 5, which means lots of mess. Designer Gina Sims solved that "problem" by creating an adult nook in the kitchen where the boys' art supplies are hidden away in the buffet. Sims advising going up when it comes to design and other elements you want to keep out of kids' reach. "The wine storage went up the wall out of reach, and we added impactful art, lighting and window treatments to draw the eye up," says Sims. Sims was also strategic in her choice of materials for the seating. "The plastic molded chairs are easily wiped down (or hosed off!) and the machine made (read: inexpensive) rug has lots of color and pattern which hide stains," notes Sims.
In a master bedroom that was all about cozy luxury, designer Lauren Macer created an inviting seating area using existing pieces from her client’s collection. “The armchairs are vintage pieces, however they were upholstered in black leather that was damaged. I reupholstered them in a beautiful soft linen fabric for a completely different look,” she says. “When looking for vintage furniture pieces, the most important element is shape. The upholstery, wood color and the condition of the filling can all be changed — so keep an open mind and don’t let a strong pattern or color distract you.”
When it comes to choosing a favorite room, Erin’s actually got a few, but her bedroom is at the top of the list. “I adore our master suite,” she beams. “It's so spacious and bright with the big window seat and the patterned drapery.” Still, designing it wasn’t without it’s challenges. “It was tricky due to varying lot elevations, so there are steps down into the room, which I actually love.” Even the large poster bed, which is the centerpiece of the room, had to be custom created to fit the space.“I designed the bed myself to fit into the space within an inch.”
From mud cloth to indigo and colorful wax prints, textiles featuring traditional African patterns, or inspired by them are finding a place in trendy, modern spaces all over the globe. Designers, artisans and creatives alike are finding that textiles obtained by way of the African continent, from countries such as Mali, Uganda, and Nigeria, offer strong graphic and geometric design along with vibrant, striking color stories. In spaces with a contemporary look, these designs are stylish and impactful while adding a global touch to the decor. Actor and designer, Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, The Deuce) has taken notice of the power of African prints and created his own home furnishings line that incorporates them. ENITAN Vintage (http://www.enitanvintage.com/) offers storied pieces, where vintage and antique European seating is reimagined through Akinnagbe’s extensive collection of African textiles. “I wanted to preserve many of these pieces where I could, using influences from the Continent that also transcend space and time,” remarks Akinnagbe about pieces like this Victorian settee that’s upholstered in a fuchsia African Dutch Wax Print fabric.