Red Spices Up The American Style Colonial Revival And The Modern Metropolis

What a fabulous red lacquered door!  I saw it recently when I visited The Museum of New York City.  It’s part of  The American Style Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis exhibit; and the Manhattan firm of Peter Pennoyer Architects designed this gorgeous entry, later to be installed in one of their projects.

I love the architectural detailing, moldings, and most of all – the vibrant red hue.  Red in interior design can be a dichotomy of versatility; it is both traditional and trendy, classic and contemporary, timeless and new.  Red is bold and attention getting, often the first thing people notice.  Red doors are warm and inviting, drawing the visitor in to explore more of your fabulous decor.

Perhaps your front door needs sprucing up so consider using this image to inspire a new look for your entry.  Don’t just paint it, take the extra step and have it lacquered with a high sheen to make a real statement.  Remember: imperfections are more noticeable when you use a glossy finish so your painter will need to sand and prep well to achieve this look.

Also, take time this week as you drive around neighborhoods to admire Colonial Revival architecture – the use of red brick, multi-paned windows, shutters and architectural features that incorporate elements from ancient Greece and Rome.  Architects also used colors for this style that were derived from pigments found from the earth.  The reds, golds, and blues used give contrast to the neutral colors of some of the other building materials.

So have fun admiring homes and buildings built in this style, and think about how you might use red to spice up your space.

 

photo credit:  susan currie design

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Lucy Currie’s Art Shines At The High As Part Of The MOCA Permanent Collection

If you’re looking for a wonderful way to spend your weekend, head out to The High Museum of Art to see the exhibition Trading Places I:  Selections from the MOCA Permanent Collection at the High Museum of Art.  The collection is a collaboration between The High and The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and it is comprised of 32 works from 22 Georgia artists including my cousin Lucy Currie.

Lucy does pencil drawings and oils that are full of color and whimsy.  She has a playful quality to her art and for those who know her, you see her personality and sense of humor in her work.  I also love her use of color and have two of her oils in my personal collection — both full of saturated color.  Lucy uses lots of paint while creating; and if you see the easel in her studio, it’s covered in thick dollops of paint left from her many works of art.  Here’s a look at one of Lucy’s oils below.  The piece is called Hijacker:

Here’s another look at her work with a piece entitled Safari:

She does amazing work.  Take a look at her work and the other Georgia artist at the High.  You’ll be as amazed as I was.

photo credit:  mocaga

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Cashiers Designers Showhouse Pops With Fall Colors

Today begins the first full day of Fall, and many of us are ready for cooler weather and the beauty of the changing foliage.  When I visited the Cashiers Designer Showhouse earlier this month, I adored this lounging porch designed by Francie Hargrove.

The designer’s use of brown and orange reminded me of the fall season.  Fall weather is perfect for outdoor living so consider creating an outdoor space for you, your family and friends to enjoy the changing season. This room has a handsome outdoor fireplace.  No fireplace, easy solution — consider adding a fire pit. You also can add brown and orange accessories to your seating area to create an outdoor space to reflect and enjoy the changing leaves.

I love the brown and cream large-scale gingham along with the contrast of colors – the orange pops off the earthy brown upholstery on the lounging porch. Notice the mixture of textures and pattern as well.

Even though the Showhouse has closed, Cashiers, North Carolina is a wonderful place to visit — especially for those with an eye for design.  If you’re in the area, make sure you visit places such as Vivianne Metzger AntiquesRustics, D. Estes Antiques, Etc., Dovetail Antiques, Ryan and Company Antiques, Tess at Chestnut Square, and Bound’s Cave.  They offer wonderful furniture and accessories with character and history.  Sophisticated and distinctive, their pieces are sure to be the perfect complement to your homes.

On a side note, take a look at this Cashiers Designer Showhouse ad that I helped style with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ Brad Hanner.  We had so much fun gathering antiques and other accessories from local antique dealers in Cashiers.

AXORNYC hansgrohe Showroom Opening

The newest showroom, located in the newly revitalized Meatpacking District of New York City, opened its doors to a standing room only crowd.  Guests waited outside to be let into the hot new hansgrohe showroom.

Judy Talley with  Marmi Natural Stone, Jonathan LaCrosse with Stan Dixon Architect, and I were invited by hansgrohe President Russ Wheeler and national sales training manager Jen Bruno.  Wonderful vignettes paired with a pear cosmo signature drink for the evening.  You must take a little time to view their collection online or even better, visit their North American headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia.  In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from the event.

With Jonathan LaCrosse, smiling for the camera.

 

From left to right: Jim Stockstill, Jen Bruno, Susan Currie, Russ Wheeler, Judy Talley, and Jonathan LaCrosse

 

Posing with Judy Talley.

 

Here I am soaking it all in, and enjoying the opening.

 

Bold Colors Work Well With Neutral Walls

I’m always on the lookout for visually appealing work from a wide array of sources.  Different designs, images, and objects are tremendous sources of inspiration– and they often lead to bursts of creativity.

Here is an example of inspiration through color and imagery from The Mansion Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia.  On a recent trip, I was greeted by the wonderful aesthetic created by the Mansion’s interior design. The lobby area walls were neutral, but they were able to add color through their artwork as well as the upholstered furniture.  Here are some fabulous images detailing the rich vibrant looks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Colors And Food; Food Photography Unlocks Vivid Colors

The colors of this duck dish come alive. (photo courtesy of nuartisan)

Color is an essential element of all design.  Colors make any creation snap and sizzle with vitality, beauty, and creativity.  Walk down the  street of any metropolis and look into any shop window or any clothing designer’s storefront.  You’re bound to be intrigued and stare agape at the colorful visuals you see.

One component of design often overlooked–especially in terms of the sumptuous colors it presents–is food photography.  If food photography doesn’t intrigue you, you should definitely pay it more attention.  Have you ever waded through the aisles of a bookstore and stopped to check out cookbooks, filled with a wide array of amazingly colorful images of recipes?

Perfectly captured photos of everything from creme brulee to Chateaubriand grace the pages of cookbooks and magazines.  Colorful matchbook sticks of vegetables and globes of orange, green, and red fruit adorn pristine white bowls on earth tone tablecloths.  If taken properly, the actual photos are the true focus of the book rather than the actual food being showcased–and the colors engage the viewer more intimately.

Perfectly blended colors and ingredients combine to make this the perfect dish to eat--and the perfect food photo. (photo courtesy of John Valentino)

I’m as intrigued by the colors of a perfectly coordinated and textured home as I am with a creatively designed meal.  Not only does this meal look delicious, the careful construction of it and the different colored items used means the chef’s preparation was meticulous.  That attention to detail goes a long way to creating the right taste.

How often do you look at a meal’s composition– the colors, the textures, the scale–before you eat it?

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