Lacquered walls and ceiling set a stunning scene in an elegant dining room by interior designer Suzanne Kasler. The dining table and chairs are from her own collection for Hickory Chair, while the chandelier is regal with its crystal tassels. Instead of the traditional tablescape, she used plaster geometric forms purchased at a Paris flea market. The room was in a Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta.
Located beneath a simple wrought iron chandelier, this dining set provides a comfortable yet informal spot for meals and gathering time. The fireplace is a mirror image of another at the opposite end of the room, and the chandelier mimics Mediterranean-style wrought iron trim throughout the space.
On the other side of the kitchen in this Mediterranean style Santa Ynez Valley, Calif., home sits a breakfast nook with built-in banquette seating, a corner fireplace and a sunny sitting room with doors leading to the outside terrace.
Tamara’s office is a stylish ode to the need to get things done. From here, she runs the many facets of her business, all grounded in her blog and online shop, “Designs by Tamara Lee.” Keeping her inspired, her geometric wallpaper is decorated with prints from her own shop. It’s the perfect way to stay focused, one big project after the next.
Though the first floor of this home isn’t an open plan, the living room and dining room are close enough to each other to require a few connections in their design plan. The stripes on the rug, the polka dots on the table runner and even the triangle patterns on the wall in the dining room all have correlatives in the living room. And where there is the biggest difference - the complete lack of art in the dining room - all of the colors on the wall have been taken from the living room gallery wall, creating some beautiful visual connections.
In the six years since that first encounter, the 1,000 square foot home has become an explosion of design creativity, without a drop of beige to be found. “I started out painting the walls,” Beltran remembers, “I also painted our kitchen cabinets, countertops and floors. I pretty much painted my way though the beige until it was gone.” In the living room, the beige was replaced with an explosion of colors, patterns and artwork, all based around a striking, pink sectional sofa backed by a truly impressive gallery wall.
Though the living room is an undoubted showstopper, the dining room might be the purest example of a design style that Tamara describes as, “Edgy modern with a rustic undertone and pops of fun color.” This room has all of that and more from the funky paint job on the walls to the metallic tabletop adorned with bowls of grass. And if that isn’t '80s punk rock enough for you, there’s the snake plant propped atop the bottom half of a mannequin to complete this awesome, unique picture.
With so much amazing design going on in this living room, it’s easy to miss some of the smaller details that make it work. Tamara does an excellent job of creating layers in this living room. Every instance of a pattern or color is echoed or repeated somewhere else in the room so that nothing feels out of place. Just in this vignette, the leopard print of the pillow is repeated in the stool, while the yellow of the throw blanket is repeated in several of the art pieces on the wall. This maximalist approach works best when every element in the room reinforces several others.
The large sectional grounds the design of this living room by adding a deep shade of blue to the room. The natural walls, area rug and ceiling keep the room looking bright and spacious. A kid's play table is centered in the room for a fun and interactive family set up.