Month: August 2016

11 Art Deco Inspired Contemporary Interiors

This weekend I had the immense pleasure of attending the 2016 Art Deco Festival on the Queen Mary.  A devoted fan of all things 1920s and a card carrying ADSLA member, I look forward to this event all year.  2016 did not disappoint.  I left the ship dreaming about what I would wear to next year’s festival, Gatsby style parties, and–of course–Prohibition Era interior design.  Spurred by my thrilling weekend, here are 11 of my favorite Art Deco inspired contemporary interiors.

11 Art Deco Inspired Contemporary Interiors

This is one of my all-time favorite spaces, The Viceroy Miami, designed by Kelly Wearstler.  As in many Wearstler-designed interiors, the floor is composed of different colored marble, evoking a strong sense of geometry–one of the hallmarks of Art Deco design.  The table too recalls the era of bootleggers with it’s scalloped, fan-shaped composition.  Many of the sculptures in the vignette are neoclassical, which is one of the design styles from which Art Deco draws.  Finally, the mammoth cranes of the wallpaper suggest the kind of Asian exoticism that flappers were mad for.

Library by Kelly Wearster + 10 Other Contemporary Art Deco Inspired Interiors

And while I’m at it, I will just go ahead and knock out the other Kelly Wearstler room on this list.  In this Mercer Island library, we again see dominating geometric motifs.  Luxe materials–like marble inset with brass–also impart a sense of Art Deco.  The graceful Murano glass chandelier further channels the kind of grandeur that Daisy Buchanan would live amidst.

A Madrid Living Room with Art Deco Influences + 10 Other Updated Art Deco Rooms

This Madrid living room boasts an Art Deco vibe thanks to an octagonal mirror and shapely, urn-like vases.  Symmetry is another distinguishing characteristic of Art Deco design and the pillars flanking the fireplace reinforce its influence in this space.

A Spanish Home Filled with Art Deco Furniture + 10 Other Contemporary Spaces with Art Deco Influences

Filled with furniture from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s; this stunning living room is also located in Spain.  The wall to wall patterned carpet of stripes, right angles and scales compliments the sensuous curves and quirky angles of the eclectic furnishings.  The resulting atmosphere is polished, contemporary, and faintly Machine Age.

Lorenzo Castillo's Dining Room + 10 Other Contemporary, Art Deco Inspired Interiors

Mirrored walls and glittering chandeliers adorn Lorenzo Castillo’s Madrid dining room, lending an air of opulence and more than a whisper of Art Deco goodness.

Art Deco Inspired, Contemporary Interiors on Motley Decor

One final example from the country of Matadors and Flamenco is this Art Deco inspired space.  Symmetry plays a crucial role in this room as well.  Geometric shapes, exotic pattern, and luxurious materials contribute to the overall effect.  The enveloping barrel chairs also feel like the sort of place where F. Scott Fitzgerald might sit while sipping a Sidecar.

Marc Jacobs' Home + 10 Other Updated Art Deco Interiors

In the entryway of fashion designer, Marc Jacobs’ home sits a collection of Art Deco vessels.  Combined with yet another eight-sided mirror, the impression is decidedly Deco.

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Three pieces are all that is needed to impart the magic of Art Deco to this luxe bathroom.  A Chinese rug and two corresponding ginger jars are far flung accessories that Jordan Baker might have picked up on her travels.

1 of 11 Contemporary but Art Deco Inspired Interiors

Stripes emphasize the geometric architecture of this entry hall by Pierce & Ward.  An art deco pendant dangles above a burl wood table that may very well have come from the same period.

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This Paris apartment is an eclectic mix of treasures.  My eye immediately goes to the two Art Deco inspired torchiere floor lamps that frame the room.  A 1930s console table echoes their origins.

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And last, but far from least is this glorious room by Jean Louis Deniot (another of my all-time favorites).  With gilded geometric panels, near-perfect symmetry, neoclassical references, and a stylized chandelier; this New Delhi home oozes opulence, sophistication, and Art Deco-worthy glamour.

On a side note, I also sat in on a Prohibition Era mixology class while on the Queen Mary and I promise to share those cocktail recipes in upcoming posts.  Cheers!

Decorgasm: Scott Maddux’s Masterful Command of Color

When Scott Maddux was hired by a London couple to breathe new life into their newly acquired 6 bedroom home, the creative brief called for “exuberant color”.  Knowing this, one might expect the outcome to contain super saturated walls, jewel-toned upholstery, and neon accessories.  However, the actual result was much more subtle.  Even so, exuberance was not sacrificed.

The Living Room

Decorgasm: Scott Maddux's Masterful Command of Color

At this end of the living room, color starts brewing in the custom kilim rug of grapefruit pink, lime green, and oceanic turquoise.  Having established the color palette, the rug then informs the upholstery, sending color upward to the vibrantly patterned Otto Schultz chairs and dusty blue Ico Parisi sofa.  The abundance of pink in the room casts a rosy glow onto the faux parchment walls.  The drapes react similary, assuming a shade somewhere between beige and blush.  Thus, the room’s color becomes increasingly less intense as the eye travels upward–right up to the white ceiling and glass Vilhelm Lauritzen  chandelier.

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At the other end of the living room, Maddux employs a similar formula.  He anchors the space with the aforementioned rug’s twin and again includes colorful seating options.  What looks to be an Egyptian revival settee recalls the denim blue of the sofa from the previous picture.  And, once again, we see a lively patterned chair.

Still, this end encompasses some bolder strokes.  A two-sided, kidney-shaped sofa is dressed in lustrous key-lime green silk and tufted all over for extra light-reflecting opportunities.  In addition, two Peter Lanyon abstract paintings flank the fireplace, injecting the room with moodier hues like navy blue.  The blackened metal frame of the Marianna Kennedy mirror reinforces those darker shades.  Even the cast-terrazzo stools (from Maddux Creative) contain bits that echo the pinks and blues of the room.

In short, Scott Maddux has clearly lavished great care on the application of color.  The palette is restricted to three color families that dance around the room and create rhythm.  Bright hues are balanced by shadowy counterparts and easily influenced neutrals provide the stage on which all these hues perform.

The Dining Room

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The dining room’s color strategy turns that of the living on its head.  Here, color originates from above.  Inspired by the art of Ben Nicholson, color pervades the dining room in the form of floating rectangles, starting with the ceiling painted by artist Isabelle Day.  From there, the theme trickles downward in the colored glass panels of the sliding door that separates the dining room from the kitchen.  A pendant light by Johanna Grawunder consists of transparent, overlapping boxes that perfectly mimic the motif in three, increasingly intense colors.

Right angles dominate not only the color blocks, but also the furnishings.  Wall sculptures and a Paul Evans dining table repeat the rectangular shapes from above, but in stunning  neutrals of chrome, brass, and burl wood.  Scott Maddux uses these familiar silhouettes relate the neutral ground level of the room to its more colorful stratosphere.

The Entrance Hall

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The entry hall is home to some unexpected color combinations and nuanced details.  At first glance, the olive in the silk stair runner and cotton candy-colored fur of the bench surprise the eye.  However, the blue marble floor insets and similarly painted edges of the wall somehow reconcile the two opposing shades.  The green marble in the floor marries the runner to the artwork above the bench.  Gilded moldings, sconces, and the banister converse with the mustard touches in the runner.  Although the walls are white, color is carefully layered and peppered throughout the space in such a way that keeps the eye moving–uncovering those discreet details along the way.

What can I say?  Scott Maddux knows how to use color.  He doesn’t slap you in the face with it.  Rather, his command of the rainbow is marked by finesse.  Although this home is dominated by light neutrals, color is still the focus.  It is, perhaps, easier to appreciate in the presence of benign, non-competing hues.  Still, there’s enough diversity in the shades here to allow for chemical reactions between them.  Indeed, the request for “exuberant color” was executed with mastery.

These are just a few of the rooms pictured in Elle Decor’s coverage of this beautiful and eclectic home.  There are even a couple of rooms that are completely neutral (but no less impressive).  I encourage to check out the rest.

Stools Too Cool for School

Inspired by the mismatched stool trend?  Here are 10 unique stools to consider mixing an matching in your home…

10 Stools Too Cool for School

The Canaan accent table from Jonathan Adler combines marble and brass in a shapely silhouette.

10 Stools Too Cool for School

Found on gilt.com, this teak stool from Uma features a crackled resin inlay.

10 Stools Too Cool for School

This 3-legged stool from Zgallerie is molded to resemble animal legs and hooves.

10 Stools Too Cool for School

Pier1’s Arabella garden stool is ceramic with an exotic, pierced motif and metallic gold glaze.

10 Stools Too Cool for School

Slightly taller than your average stool, this copper beauty has rustic appeal with a colorful patina and hammered texture.

10 Stools Too Cool for School

Faux bois meets neon pink in the form of papier mache to create this stump.

10 Stools Too Cool for School

Two-toned and masculine, CB2’s Silo side tables come in two shapes.

10 Stools Too Cool for School

You can’t get much more luxe or cool than Kelly Wearslter’s Bejeweled Stool.

10 Stools Too Cool for School

This wood stool is weathered and architectural in nature.

10 Stools Too Cool for School

Cork is an unexpected but fantastic choice for this chunky geometric side table from West Elm.

Trending: Mismatched Stools

Lately, I’ve been noticing a trend: mismatched stools.  Grouped together in pairs or clusters, a variety of different stools can be quite striking.  As an added bonus, they are incredibly versatile.  Stools can be used as drinks tables or even extra seating.  In other words, they’re perfect for entertaining.  Here are 5 rooms with mismatched stools that shine.

Trending: Mismatched Stools

The cocktail tables in Lauren Santo Domingo’s living room are surrounded by an eclectic selection of stools–including one irresistibly quirky, hot pink, faux bois number.

Trending: Mismatched Stools

This super chic office offers a trio of stools–each different in style and material–for visiting collaborators to pop a squat on.

Trending: Mismatched Stools

Tucked beneath an hallway’s console table are two disparate stools, piled with accessories.  This stylish scene is the work of Joslyn Taylor.

Trending: Mismatched Stools

A pair of nesting tables mingle with metal and wood stools on a plush carpet in Domino’s Instagram, making for a richly textured vignette.

Trending: Mismatched Stools

The line between seat and table is blurred when the two assume the height in Pamela Makin’s living room.

If you are as into this trend as I am, check out these stools to start curating your own collection.

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