Mixing – Classic meets Contemporary

Your home is a collection….a layered timeline of your experiences, interests, and points of view. Your life isn’t one dimensional, why should your home be? Fill your home with objects that reflect your passions.

Mixing textures, colors, styles, weights.

This Paris apartment was recently featured in one of my favorite design blogs –  Habitually Chic Blogspot.  It’s a fantastic example of mixing – the more traditional gold leaf and ornate moldings with the pop of color and clean lines injected by the contemporay art piece.  This color “pop” literally pulls your eye from the painting on the left,,,across the contemporary surfboard table with colorful ceramic vases,,,over to the turquoise clear glass on the right.  This room has fabulous movement,  color movement, textural interest, light play provided by the mirror and window.

Suzanne Kasler tablescape
A Suzanne Kasler tablescape

Here’s mixing on a smaller scale. A tablescape by Suzanne Kasler, an Atlanta based interior designer. A tablescape is a vignette, a lifestyle shot. A brief, but powerful scene that leaves you wanting more. Here she combines the modern textural metal pieces with a more traditional painting, and honestly, what’s more classic than Leonardo da Vinci?  The colors and textures play beautifully here.

Whether mixing an entire room, or just a vignette the result is well balanced, shows depth, and it a piece of art in it’s own right.

Classic meets Contemporary
Classic meets Contemporary from Veranda J/F ’16

Here’s a simple, but very impactful example. Antique chairs with the contemporary art piece above.  The linear chair backs “frame” the art above.

Included below are other wonderful examples.

Modern and Antique
Modern art with antique silver pieces
Classic meets Contemporary
My favorite Suzanne Kasler vignette

This theme can also be carried outdoors.

Fontana di Trevi in Rome is a stunning combination of the original Baroque architecture by Nicola Salvi and scupltor Peitro Bracci.  Built in 1762, the fountain was recently upgraded and restored (thanks to Fendi!), adding state-of-the-art LED lighting giving a bit of dramatic sparkle.

Rome's Fontana di Trevi
Classic meets Contemporary
A 1762 fountain gets LED lighting
Lis Bustamiante
Classic meets Contemporary outdoors!

Here, Luis Bustamante, a Madrid  interior designer added colorful contemporary art on top of a stairway framed with antique stone urns

Luis Bustamante – Brilliantly Merging Antiquities with Contemporary

LUIS BUSTAMANTE – Madrid Interior Designer, Sculptor, Painter

Navigating the random “Design Alleys and Avenues” of Pinterest, I found Luis Bustamante,a Madrid Interior Designer. Trained as a Sculptor and Painter, you can appreciate his sense for combining these critical aspects into his work.

Remember the first time you visited the Egyptian Antiquities room on a museum trip? My museum moment was the Carnegie MuseuLuis Bustamante library photom of Art in Pittsburgh, a 9th grade field trip. That trip changed me forever. I had never known such beauty. The calming museum room peaceful & elegant……Lofty carved columns seemed to climb to the sky. Hand etched carvings displaying written language of the past through falcons,eyes, reed boats and odd symbols. Sometimes the museum would even let you run your hand over the etchings!

Luis Bustamante uses these powerful influences yet layers in contemporary pieces. His favorite color is white,so his rooms are crisp and fresh. He will recreate your “museum moments” so you can relive them forever. He’s on THE LIST!
Please visit his site www.luisbustamante.com He also has a book available through Amazon.
Interiores: Luis Bustamante