We love shelter magazines like “Architectural Digest” and “Elle Décor” as well as catalogs from west elm, cb2 , and Restoration Hardware. We particularly focus on room styling and love how these editorialized spaces “read well.” Indeed these rooms work by visually conjuring up vignettes that illicit our emotional responses.
We always want our rooms to look inviting and chic—just like pages in a catalog or magazine. But how do we balance the needs of our lives with a strong aesthetic? How do we provide that “wow” moment for our guests?
Just like Cher Horowitz in “Clueless”—she never trusted a mirror and always took polaroids of herself before leaving the house—we photograph our rooms and vignettes with our smart phones. It’s easier to edit a space with a photographed reference.
In designing our home, we found that by photographing the room it did the following things: Provided visual cohesion and symmetry and allowed us to see how our guests experienced the space.
For example, we originally tried to use lucite “z” chairs as a way to keep a corner in our library light and fresh; but, we found that the corner was too dark and the chairs disappeared. Instead we bought a mantis lamp from cb2 and hard wired it to the wall. We then chose to use more traditional chairs to ground the corner. Both the table and the chairs were painted the same color to bring cohesiveness.
feature image credit: cb2
game table credits:awle
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