Monday, July 26, 2010

Dream Rooms

If you could design an entire room in your house using furniture and accessories from only one store, what store would it be? I'm talking a pie-in-the-sky, money-is-no-object, you-can-have-whatever-you-want scenario.


That's a question with no easy answer. I like a lot of different styles, so it'd probably depend on my mood. My top contenders are (in no particular order) CB2, Anthropologie, ABC Carpet & Home, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Design Within Reach, Ochre, Crate & Barrel, West Elm (pictured) and Ikea. I guess it's fairly obvious from this list that my taste leans toward the contemporary. I'd call five on the list contemporary or modern, two transitional and two ... eclectic.

(As for my own house, just in case you're wondering, it's definitely eclectic. And I use that term loosely. It's eclectic because I'm working with the hodge-podge of stuff my husband and I have collected or been given over the years, not because of some brilliant design plan on my part.)

I digress....

So, all right, all right. To answer my own question, if I absolutely had to pick one store, it'd be ... OK, no. I just can't. For one thing, half the fun of designing is finding little things here and there and making them all fit together as one cohesive whole. So since I'm making up the rules of this little game, I'd choose to use something from every store on this list.

Plus a couple more, depending on my mood that day.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fun with Merchandising

I recently was offered a cool opportunity to be the featured designer for July at Market Central, a fab antiques store in Midtown Memphis.

In a nutshell, that means I got to design a vignette in the space just inside the store's front door using Market Central merchandise - basically a super-fun exercise in visual merchandising.

My first step was choosing a paint color, and I went with a personal favorite, Sherwin Williams' halcyon green. Then I wandered around the store for a while (which is huge - a nifty old loft-like place) getting a feel for what I had to choose from. I did a few quick sketches of ideas for the space, then walked around with the manager pointing out items I wanted to use.

Apart from my paint color, which I chose a couple of weeks ago without knowing how I wanted to use it, I had no constraints on the design. I didn't have any pre-conceived notions of what I wanted to do. Didn't even have a particular style in mind.

When I got in there, I saw that white antique chest, which is distressed not from some contrived factory finish but from years of actual wear. I love, love, love it, and my plan for the space was instantly born around it. I went for a serene color palette of whites, golds and spa blues, and I just couldn't pick up enough mercury glass. (In general, I can't get enough mercury glass.) And I could stare at the all-glass chandelier all day.

It's girly and French-y and soft and sweet. I could live in a room like this.

Not sure how my husband would feel about that....

Template by - background image by elmer.0