In a multifunctional space, rugs help to define and ground unique furniture arrangements, while evenly dispersed lights and darks bring harmony to the whole.
Punch of Color
An awkward indentation in the living room turns out to be ideal for a home office. Designer Julie Holloway paired a mod chair with a rustic campaign desk, and hung an Anisa Darnell custom landscape painting to add some much-needed color.
"To build on our re-use theme, we decided to repurpose the homeowners' vintage wingbacks as newly slipcovered reading chairs," says Julie. A black-and-white striped rug grounds the pair and adds a modern geometric touch to the space.
Displaying Family Favorites
To balance the tall bookshelves on one end of the room, a family photo collage hangs diagonally across. Julie used neutral materials, filling metallic and wood frames with mostly black-and-white images. The homeowners considered the wall to be an artful home for their grandfather's antlers.
A collection of old silver candlesticks and new mercury-glass vessels add a touch of sparkle atop the armoire. "Our favorite way to style is with collections," says Julie. She suggests keeping like with like for a meaningful impact.
Soft Weathered Surfaces
Pale blue-gray and silver finishes fall into the wife's favorite Belgian-style category.