Friday, August 13, 2010

Livable Design

“The drama of this interior doesn’t come from the obvious; it comes from the strength of the point of view. The rooms are sets—not for theater, but for living.”—Interior designer Vicente Wolf, August/September 01 Elle Decor

Let's meditate on this for a while today, shall we?

Neutral palette + mixed textures and pieces, unknown source.

Multiple colors and textures + color, unknown source.

Classic pieces + casual arrangement, Windsor Smith.

Restored vintage living furnishings + neutral/industrial colors, via Second Hand Hannah.

The point of view should come from the people in the home and their everyday activities of living- cooking, cleaning up, lounging on a couch to read, entertaining friends, morning preparation rituals, bedtime rituals. All these daily life kind of activities are in fact kind of sacred and special. If your home is a museum, then what good is it to live in? We need spaces for living, that are beautiful, inspiring, comfortable, and functional. I think I love Vincente Wolfe's quote so much because it rings so true to my very favorite design theory by Le Corbusier: "A house is a machine for living in."

Vintage classic furnishings + bright pops of color, Domino.

  One of the reasons I love residential interior design so much is because of the personal nature of it. The visual elements of arrangement, color, and style collide with the needs and desires of the person living in the space. As a designer, my job is to help a client recognize what their needs and desires actually, visually, artistically look like. At the end of the day, a well-designed and decorated space is not the stagnant, pristine, model home looking space- it is a comfortable, function, and inspiring happy and beautiful space that fits the person living in it.

Moody neutrals + graphic print, Dwell Studio.

Natural materials + bright jewel tones, unknown source.

Don't all these spaces look like they could be comfortably lived in? Well, depending on who's living in them. ;)



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