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

FAVE PAGE: November / December VERANDA

My FAVE PAGE this month is found in the Nov/Dec issue of VERANDA magazine.  VERANDA is absolutely my favorite and this issue didn’t disappoint.

This hi-rise condo in Downtown Houston is home to a fashion industry couple, no surprise!

Crisp, edited, and sophisticated.  Simple but multiple layers of texture and light play.   The matte of the zebra rug and  linen dec pillows with depth added by cherry blossom twigs and draping tulips.  A sheen of metallics, both chrome,brass & gold.  I love the dark wood floors and window frames accenting the whites and ivories of the room. This room also has a linear plan with the  horizontal tables, windows, books accented by a vertical screen and artwork.  The ivory screen with a sunburst mirror allows your eye to pause in the room, enjoying every detail before venturing out to the Houston skyline.

The rest of the home is equally lovely.  (Kitchen with grey cabinets, RH lighting, and Carrera Marble counters – STUNNING!)  Hone your colors and the  result is pulled together, a cohesive neutral pallet. Layer on pops of color with art or flowers.  WOW.  This Houston couple has it figured out.

Interestingly, I vacationed in Houston this month.   The NICEST people!  Helpful,  polite.  Really incredibly genuine.   More on this soon – an amazing art museum  and fabulous restaurants!Use UBER  to get around.




Blue is the New Black

Sandra Bullock - Oscar Dress
Sandra Bullock – Blue is the New Black

tAs I watch the Oscars,  I see home fashion trends.

In my previous life, as the high end home textile conduit for my company, I was the bridge between design and sale-ability.  As designers, we always looked at the Academy Awards & Oscars for inspiration in designing the latest home bedding and bath lines for Neiman’s, Bloomingdale’s and international luxury boutiques.   It typically took 3-4 years for ready-to-wear styles and colors to work their way into the home, so we had plenty of time for creativity and adaptation.  So with years of precedence…I’d like to give you my “forecast” for the future of home design based on this years Oscar’s ensembles.The big Ellen, Sandra Bullock and Lenoard DiCaprio are among those that wore dark navy in lieu of the rote black.

Interior Design Inspiration
Leonard DiCaprio at the Oscars
Interior Design inspiration

So you have to start thinking how this will translate into home design.We’ve  already seen the resurgence of Blue & White. Watch my boards on Pinterest.

Fave Page - Veranda Interiior Design

So how will this play out in our homes? I see balance from Greens, whether from plants or objects along with clean Ivories, Cottonball  or other slight off Whites, Crisp!


This is by far my FAVE PAGE of all the Interior Design Shelter magazines this month.

Fave Page - Veranda Interiior Design
Fave Page Jan/Feb 2014


Designed by Atlanta Interior Designer Susan Ferrier, the colors used here are serene, peaceful, stunning.  It makes you question – which came first?  The artwork or the furnishings?  (I vote for the artwork).  Incredible color play here, deep, drenched color lightened by shades of white and touches of metallic gold.

A very impactful room and it wins my vote for FAVE PAGE of January 2014.