Previously, the room had no flowers. Designer Heather Hogan Roberts often uses cut flowers from the garden as an easy way to bring life into a space. “It’s a really inexpensive way to add color,” she says.
Like most of the design in this home, the art in this New York City home is often understated, contributing to an overall effect more than standing out on its own. This is a home of small statements, where pieces such as the ones found on this shelf serve to evoke a feeling rather than command the eye. Resisting the urge to fill a large space with as many things as possible, Kalyn and Todd have focused on choosing the right pieces to create a home, an office and a feeling that they would love.
The owners' personalities peek through in the living room, thanks to an abstract painting and small sculpture on a pedestal. Against the far wall, a round mirror breaks up all the clean lines and reflects the natural light.
You must see to believe the beauty of this antique vanity table that serves as a nightstand in this classically designed master bedroom by Andrea Michaelson. From the ornately painted wood in shades of cream and soft green to its rose marble top, the piece makes a magnificent statement. The designer placed an antique French painting and ornate gold wall sculpture above the vanity to heighten its effect in the room.
The Presidio Heights home featured in the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase was built in 1917 for Abraham Rosenberg, whose company was the largest exporter of fruits and nuts in the early 20th century. Landscape designer Katharine Webster and her team created the wood art installation is meant to invoke deconstructed packing crates and fills a windowless wall.
Adding statues creates dimension in front of flat retaining walls, says Linda Castle, owner of Decorated Designs, based in Marietta, Ga. She selected a series of Grecian figures that represent the four seasons and placed them on pedestals nestled among greenery against a wall in a pool area. The statues are iron, but were painted to be rust-resistant.
The front of the home also features a few pieces of contemporary art, which nods to the owner's museum-quality collection. Here, two rustic stone columns flank a silver sculpture on either side and create a cool juxtaposition of contrasting styles.
To the left of the chairs, a Steve Chase deco-inspired console table with bold lines offers a cool visual contrast to the hillside. Meanwhile, palm fronds painted gold and a vintage sculpture of a woman nod to the art studio downstairs.