Light, Darkness and Time

When I was studying art in college, I became particularly interested in chiaroscuro, or the contrast between light and dark. In a composition that has chiaroscuro, the light has a richness to it and suggests volume not only by what is revealed, but what the light does not touch, what is shielded by darkness. I could go on and on, I have probably written over 100 pages in my life about the concept if you are interested in it, but I was thinking this morning more about the idea of light and darkness in interiors.

Oftentimes my clients come to me to help them create spaces that feel rich and interesting. And I always tell them, it's all about layering, just like putting together an interesting outfit. But if you really get down to it, layering is all about the suggestion of volume and what's underneath and how the light reveals it in an interesting way. 

I think this is why both ambient and natural lighting is ultimately so important too. You want a space to sort of evolve as light reveals different parts of it, no? When I look at some of these images, I can't help but think about how different these spaces must look at different times of day...

Kind of reminds me of Monet's Rouen Cathedral paintings or Haystacks series. Light marks not only the illumination of a space, but the passage of time as well. So, how does your own space reflect how your time passes? Sorry to get so metta on you, but both Art History and interiors are both pretty metta I guess. How's that for some deep thinking on a Wednesday? xx


Over at my house...

Today on @Instagram I posted this snap of our xmas tree.

Fun fact: even though this is the seventh Christmas I've spent with my husband, this is our first real tree we've ever decorated together and are able to call our own. We're traveling to Seattle for the Holiday this year to be with family, so it was sort of a last minute decision to get a tree, but I couldn't be happier about it. It literally lights up one of my favorite little corners. 

Speaking of this corner...a few weeks ago I shared this snap I took for an upcoming feature on Chairish...

It's the other half of the corner. You might notice two things I haven't shared with you yet. #1: our rad new overscaled photography in an acrylic frame. It's the best thing this room has going for it right now. It's 4' high x 8' long. That's feet I'm talking here people- it's massive! Every other piece of art I tried in here just felt dwarfed- we have 10'+ ceilings and a big open floor plan that connects this room to our dining room.

I wanted to feel relaxed in here, and for me, there's no more relaxing a place on earth than Palm Springs. My hubby and I found this vintage photo online and he sized it for me to print onto three engineer prints which we picked up from Kinkos. They were under $7 each, so the entire piece of 4' x 8' art cost about $20. We mounted the prints on a thin piece of plywood and hubby built a frame an inch or two inside from the edges and mounted it on the wall. We found a 4' x 8' piece of acrylic from a plastics company here in Richmond for about $50 and we drilled holes through it and the board so both pieces could mount on the frame. Simple. A piece of art this size for under $100 and a few hours of time...I'd say completely worth it!

The #2 awesome thing here is my parsons chairs. I've had these chairs for years...I first wrote about them in 2011 @here. They've needed to be recovered for some time, but I've always been dragging my feet until I could afford the perfect fabric...which for me was always and has always been David Hicks' La Fiorentina. A few months ago, I happened upon an entire bolt of it for $9 a yard, so I snatched it. I just brought these chairs back from the upholsterer a few weeks ago and they've dramatically improved the coolness factor in the house for sure. 

I hope the holiday season is treating you well so far!  


Styling Up Close

I don't know about you, but in my own home, I'm constantly moving around things on tables and shelves until I find an interesting mix. I might restyle the same vignette a few times in one week even! I know I border on the obsessive about it, but I can't help it, I just love a strong moment!

As the holidays approach, I think this becomes even more important as you transition your vignettes to incorporate all of your seasonal decor. Enjoy some of the up close and personal styled images that are keeping me {and my tables} inspired these days...

What's the key to getting that collected, styled look in your home? Well, you have to collect for starters. This might seem like a no-brainer, but I feel like most people are so concerned with curating their home that they forget they've got to collect first. Also, don't concern yourself with the intended use of a particular object, use it to suit your needs. A tea tray is great for corralling mail, a tassel looks just right on a lamp and a vase might be the perfect place to store all of those drink stirrers you've amassed over the years. Just have fun with it! xx


Behind the Sunshine Yellow Door

This picture made me smile today as I was running around like crazy trying to tackly my to do "list"...the word "list" is a joke these days because it's never ending  and I feel like I can never fully check anything off completely...anyway...

Looks like it's probably a little shop of some type...but if it were my front door, my living room would look a little something like this...

A healthy mix of Southwestern desert, Midcentury vibes and European sensibility. A winning combo if I do say so myself. Remember to breathe in and out today, OK.


Creamy White Shiplap 

I think everyone is haunted by the wood "paneling" of the 70's and 80's, however, a creamy white shiplap is feeling fresh to me as of late...

I think it makes a beautiful accent in almost any room. Under a chair rail or covering a whole wall, it's all about added texture. Layer it up with a collection of eclectic art or keep things minimal with a couple of hardwired sconces. Shiplap is looking pretty good to me.