Clean lines and contemporary furniture mix with traditional lighting and Mediterranean design details in this California dining room. Curved lines create harmony in the space, from the arched doorways to the recessed ceiling dome to the round mirror above a modern console. Black and white art is a theme that carries through other rooms in the home's 11,000-square-foot interior. A wall-size pocket door opens this space to one of a series of outdoor courtyards.
A black and white chair blends styles in much the same way as the house around it. The design team went for an Arts & Crafts feel in the space to embrace the homeowners' desire to maintain the warm wood trim throughout the house. This armchair in the media room features a traditional black and white checked fabric on a chair form with mid-century lines and legs. A wall of built-ins features white cabinetry with crisp, clean lines.
The Stansell family dining room is minimal in design but dramatic in hue. The gorgeous green is definitely a showstopper trimmed out in white and a perfect complement to the tulip-base white dining table. This room is an example of the fun you can have mixing furniture styles. The wood-stained chairs are more traditional, but they sit comfortably at a modern table, with an edgy chandelier and surrounded by contemporary art. The color green is associated with growth, harmony and safety: I’d say that’s a perfect fit for Stansell family dinners.
The focal point of this hallway collection is the antique dresser and jewelry box that are displayed prominently in the center of the wall. To accent the rich tones of the dresser's dark wood, the light wood of the floor and the frames of the art collection play off of the highlights in the dresser. The traditional oriental rug, then, reflects the bold colors inside the jewelry box, tying the entire space together. A glass wall follows the stairs to the second story, allowing this collection to be appreciated from any vantage point.
White walls and high ceilings accented by arched entryways set the stage for a multi-layered design moment. The seating is the star in this space with two side chairs upholstered with handira - traditional Moroccan wedding blankets. Behind them a beaded Yoruba Chair showcases a colorful pattern. On the sofa, an Indian Kantha quilt covers the seat cushions accented by Indian block-print pillows. Add to that an ornately carved wooden coffee table, a beautifully decorated fireplace mantle and loads of art and accessories, and you have a perfectly designed desert oasis.
The girls’ room is an excellent example of how to design a kid’s room with a sense of style. When designing a room for kids there’s a lot to be said for keeping the overall aesthetic aligned with the rest of the home. Instead of decorating with bright pastel colors and more traditional "kid's colors" that don’t reflect their personal style, Julio and Kenza have blended their grownup black and white color palette with fun elements like the heart polka dots on the sheets, typographic art and pops of orange in this kid-friendly space.
Camille Flurry's Athens, Ga., bedroom is the perfect example of a tween room done right. To create a one-of-a-kind, eclectic, super-cool space, Camille's mom, Amy, combined handed-down family pieces with finds from local flea markets, vintage boutiques and art festivals. The white bed and nightstand first belonged to Amy as a child. She supplemented these finds with traditional area rugs from local stores. The chandelier is a budget-saver from a local lighting company that Amy customized with red spray paint to brighten Camille's room.
White chairs and floor-to-ceiling curtains balance the dramatic black walls in this dining room, as seen on HGTV's Secrets From a Stylist. The colorful artwork and rug help warm the space. The stunning dining room employs a transitional design to include contemporary art and traditional furnishings. The black walls and and contrasting white of the draperies, dining chairs table help draw the eye to the artwork that serves as a visual focal point. The lantern chandelier that houses candles is another exceptional element in the room.
Indigo has a centuries old history in Africa. In Nigeria alone, you can find the world’s oldest dye pits, where traditional indigo dyeing is still being practiced today. Relief indigo prints were a strong part of commerce, resulting in some of the earliest exports from African countries. Today, Indigo still has a place in the world of exports. The stunning blue shade that results from plant-based dyes from the indigofera and lonchocarpus cyanescens plant varieties is an evocative one. And it looks stunning on this Indigo Butterfly Chair (http://www.osxnasozi.com/product/indigo-gold-butterfly-chair) from xnasozi. A mid-century modern piece where a West African art form helps to make a modern, cultural statement.
Through a colorful doorway and past a tastefully appointed parlor is a breathtaking living room. The dark stained floors, which run through the entire house, were laid by Julio, who taught himself the skills he needed to accomplish the job. The white masks that hang from the far wall are his creations as well. The masks offer a modern way to bring classic Angolan art home. The ornate fireplace, one of four hearths this home boasts, is original to the space, as is the decorative scrollwork that runs across moldings and ceilings in this room. The way that Kenza and Julio have maintained the architecture of the home, is a reminder not to remove or cover up original fixtures, but to instead accentuate them. Filling a traditional space with modern furnishings creates a unique contrast of styles that can add layers of sophistication to a room.
Once the center of the American slave trade, Charleston is a city always contending with the good and bad of its history even as it has transformed into a food-centric and sophisticated Southern city where wealthy New Yorkers and Hollywood types flock for the easygoing pace and refined lifestyle and have scooped up homes at a ravenous pace that has threatened to price-out locals. Charleston is consistently named one of the country's top cities by glossy travel magazines and websites beguiled by its idiosyncratic beauty and charm. Homes, gardens and the people of Charleston are exceptionally gracious (especially so considering the 7 million tourists who flock to the city each year), furnishings lean toward the traditional but there is experimentation galore when it comes to the arts and food. There are endless options in high-end lodgings from the nouveau luxe Hotel Bennett to the bespoke, chic Zero George whose epic porches are the local answer to Prozac.