The living room epitomizes the style of this home. Strong architectural details are complemented, not covered, by tastefully understated gallery walls. And once again the white walls and wood floors are the perfect backdrop for the home’s boldest color statement—an inviting velvet sofa in a soft, pink blush. Though small accessories, sculptures and pieces of art accent the room throughout, the biggest pattern statement in the room is made by the wood floor, the repeating diamond geometric blends seamlessly into the room while creating visual interest from the floor up.
Trios of various-sized wreaths can be used to create snowman yard sculptures, too. To create this look you'll need three wreaths slightly ranging in diameter as well as a wooden stake on which to attach them. First, have 1x2-inch pressure-treated lumber cut approximately eight inches longer than the finished height of the three stacked wreaths. Stake the lumber into the ground using a rubber mallet or hammer, then secure each of the wreaths to the lumber using a drill and exterior screws. Place each wreath onto each screw, then dress up the snowman with accessories to achieve a festive, holiday look.
Even when you have a piece of furniture in a style that may not work with the rest of the room, you don't have to buy a new piece. Instead, if the wood is similar to other furniture, designer Devon Garner uses a long table runner and decorates with accessories that draw attention to the top. The cooper pieces were new, but she used a runner and sculpture that belonged to the homeowner.
Kingston-born and Brooklyn-based, artist Paul Sue-Pat (http://paulsuepatartdesigns.com/) is a student of contrasts. His art moves between sculpture and painting, whimsical figures and strong abstract shapes, specific emotions and imaginative contexts. His home too is a class in the power of opposites. Here, trend-forward rooms defined by bright splashes of color sit beside (or beneath) spaces where restrained motifs speak more of the past than the future. And everywhere there is art. Art that Paul creates and art that he admires; pieces gifted from fellow creatives and pieces left over from his massive installations for public spaces and private galleries. The effect is magical, and each room, no matter how different, feels like somewhere that deserves further exploration.
“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”