Showing posts with label Foyers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Foyers. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Designer Dish

You probably know about the New York based retailer Michael C. Fina.  Lucky for us in Atlanta and elsewhere, they also sell their high end home goods in an online store where I like to drool.  Last winter after discovering their china section,  I began to lust over the insanely brilliant colors in the patterns.  

Syracuse by Robert Haviland is one of my favorites.  With its organic shapes in blue and green, my mind goes immediately to an imaginary St. Tropez getaway where the welcoming breezy entry way might look a little something like my inspiration board below, glamorous and casual.  How's that for a midweek Fall post!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Foyer: Make It Work

What makes some spaces work while others feel like walking into a oversize vertical box or a teeny tiny box, or an ugly box-or fill in the blank?  Lately I have been thinking a lot about foyers, especially 2 story ones.  Sometimes it is easy to pick out elements that don't work in a room, but sometimes it's not so easy.  Sometimes all the furniture, finishes and accessories coordinate appropriately and all the pertinent elements are in good shape. Yet, something is still wrong.  In these instances I look at pictures of similar spaces that do "work" and I analyze what it is about the spaces that differentiate them from their less successful counterparts.  To me, each of these 2 story foyers "work".  By the way when I say "work", I don't mean the space reflects my personal taste, I mean the spaces all feel right.  There are several things they have in common, too.  They have dark banisters.  I wonder if that is something psychological or if the dark color just helps define the stairs in the open expanse.  Regardless, point duly noted.  Second, each contain paneling or moulding.  I think it is the moulding that gives our eye a metric by which to gauge the scale of the space enabling us to relate to what we see.  Thus, we become more comfortable.  Third, each space has an element on the floor that anchors the space. That anchor can be furniture like the image with the large table skirt or some type of pattern on the floor, be it a rug or painted checkers. This type of analysis, or maybe its just exploration, is one of my favorite parts of being a designer.  Thanks for letting me share it with you this morning and I am more than happy to hear your "explorations".

Images: 1 Martha Stewart House in Alpharetta, 2. Flickr 3. Mrs. Kasler 4. Flickr
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