I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional…
What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has a reed like look which I have not seen before. The leather sofa has clean lines and is a contemporary style that works beautifully with the more traditional chair. Pairing contemporary pieces with traditional can really vamp up a space. Mixing up cushions can also give a more modern look. Layering is the key to tying a space together and this can be seen perfectly executed in image 2 on the bureau top. This bureau would have looked more traditional without the graphic painted effect but the geometric shapes really work giving it a contemporary feel. As far as art is concerned, this space has it all from the abstract landscape above the baby grand piano to the traditional pieces above a printers cabinet. These artworks could easily swap places and would look just as fabulous.
Last week I featured the living, kitchen, dining and study of this beautiful home, today features the bedrooms and bathrooms.
If I you look back over the past 30 years you will see big changes to bedroom spaces, they are no longer a place simply to rest your head, people want more out of a bedroom space and this means not only walk in robes but seating areas and for some homeowners an office nook. The bedroom today is now a private escape to be able to do a lot of the things you normally do in other areas of a home.
When a bedroom is more than just a sleeping space, little details are what bring it together, so let’s look at these bedrooms and note how the designers, Studio McGee have used detail to create these serene spaces. If you missed the previous post you may want to catch up first…. It’s All About the Detail With Studio McGee – Part 1.
Above: When placing a desk in a bedroom, you want it to blend in and not appear office like, so the choice of desk is important. Think about the style of the room, your bed and existing furniture and keep the desk small. The pin board in this corner has interesting shaped corners it and works perfectly in this bedroom. The stacked baskets soften the straight lines of the desks legs. A few little details on the desk top plus fresh flowers finish this look.
Above: A couch is almost a done thing in a bedroom these days, one always needs somewhere to place their clothes or sit to put their shoes on and a small buttoned back sofa placed at the bottom of the bed completes the look. Other details such as the rug and artwork tie this space together.
Above: Don’t be afraid to layer a rug over carpet to add some interest, all the designers do it these days
Above: A bench seat and cushions placed below a piece of art, make a cosy space
Above: What a beautiful space this child’s room is with no detail spared
Above: Detail may be the simplest item such as a beautiful shaped vase or a more intricate pendant light
Above: It is important not to clutter a space a few items on this bookshelf is all it needs in this child’s room and you can add a few grown up pieces such as the ginger jar and boxes if you like.
Above: Every bedroom should have a chair and in this child’s room is a beautifully detailed buttoned back wing chair with finishing touches of a cushion and soft toy
Above: Simple freestanding shelving units such as this one are easily purchased and add extra storage space to a bathroom. If you want your piece to be unique you can always give it a coat of chalk paint and add a basket or two to hide items on the shelves. I hope you have enjoyed this beautiful home and as I said earlier, if you missed the previous post, there is a link above. I have also placed a link to Studio McGee in case you want to check out more of their wonderful projects. Have a great week.
Designers know all the tricks when it comes to a beautiful space and one of those tricks is ‘detail’ as can be seen in this beautiful home.
Designers, Studio McGee stated that previously this interior had a few rustic details, rustic can feel somewhat heavy, so it has been re-designed with a light Hamptons feel.
To create a bright, airy atmosphere it is important to keep wall colours neutral, warm whites, soft greys and clean beige’s work well. Be careful when selecting the right shade of white, a great “go to” white from Resene is Half Bianca. In this case McGee have chosen a palette of white with a tint of taupe to warm it up.
Furniture has been kept light using whites and beige, however, when you use a lot of white furniture, you need to make sure it doesn’t look clinical, and that is where details are important. When I say “detail’s”, it may mean the addition of a feature wall using patterned wallpaper or the use of decorative items that will pull the overall look together. Colour and pattern will break up an expanse of white and the simplest way to do this is by the addition of cushions and some decorative items. The choice of lighting is important too, this is where you can introduce variation with materials such as the use of rattan or different metallics. A selection of lights can be used for an interesting effect, but remember to look at the overall space and adjacent spaces so that the effect remains cohesive. I recently purchased some gorgeous cushions to refresh my blue and white living room, they had the addition of some coral in them and at the moment they are not quite working, however should I add some detail in the room such as a coral chinoiserie jar to compliment the Pagoda pattern on the cushions it will unite the look. Once I get the perfect detail piece I will take some shots to show you what I mean. Meanwhile lets explore how the professionals do it…
Above: The dark floors in this room have been broken up by a beautiful rug. The rug is subtly patterned in a way as to not draw the eye immediately,so when you look at this space your eye moves around the room from artwork to cushions to rug and then you notice the brass legs on the coffee table which work with the lamp to the right.
Above: It is important in a neutral space to have a mix of textiles, here McGee have introduced a silver velvet on the occasional chair.
Above: As the owners previously had a rustic look, the look has been retained in some areas, however in this case, softened by the use of the mercury glass lamps and upholstered/buttoned stool.
Above: It’s all about detail and just look how clever McGee have been with the choice of mirror and lighting. The bamboo mirror almost mimics the light reflecting into it. Interesting shaped vases in a pastel blue green, contrast to the stronger blue of the rug and cushions yet work beautifully.
Above: The right choice of rug will immediately impact a space, lightening it and sometimes making it appear larger, especially with dark wooden floors. Above: Little details such as a simple glass vase of flowers on the island bench can make a world of difference. Above: Detail can be seen in choice of tiles on the splash back. Choosing a herringbone , marble tile adds much detail to the white kitchen. Selecting the right tap can also be added detail. Above: Detail can be seen in the decorative items on the shelves
I suggest you analyse the following images to see how McGee have used detail to make the following spaces special…
Next week I will feature part two of this beautiful home where you can explore the bedrooms and bathrooms and the lovely details to be found there.