Monday, November 12, 2012

Good Structure–The Backbone of Design

In every project, there seems to be the hope that a magic wand can be waved to move more rapidly towards the ‘healing’ process of whatever ails a room or space.  I can totally relate to this desire, having recently been put flat due to lower back issues.  I had hoped to pop a pill and be done with it!  Ack!  Am I ever the impatient patient!  My distance design project had to be moved to a new date.  Not a happy camper, for sure!

Of course, there are often take-a-ways from life experiences.  Slow and steady seems to be the solution for many things.  We just have to pay attention.

A project, which I’ve been completing, reminded me that sometimes we have to first delve a little deeper into the discovery portion in order to deal with specific needs of providing proper support.  In this case, my client’s townhome half-wall wasn’t cutting it and it was being asked to do more than it’s fair share.  (Kind of like my back when I’ve been lifting heavy objects, shortly after coming off design desk duty.  More flexing needed!)

We’re still putting on some finishing touches and since I should only be at the desk for short intervals, I’ll let the photos do the talking.  Always more to come!

Matthews Townhome 1

Matthews Townhome 2

Tearing out the half wall and putting in a full wall provided a way to back custom cabinet units up to one another, while increasing storage capacity.  Continuing the same hardwood flooring, into the adjacent areas, also created the perception of more space.

Matthews Townhome 3

The eyes have been soothed from visual clutter.  Losing the island didn’t mean losing space and it gave some architecture – aka – bone structure to a simple space.

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An “updated” mantel from reclaimed pine boards met with my client’s desire to bring in a cottage vibe to her modern leanings.  The grey backdrop keeps the surroundings sophisticated and not too sweet.

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We scoured an antique mall for the right mix of mid-century fun . . . California pottery pieces, 60’s prints and fruit loopy fruit!

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We found a collection of owls while browsing for the mantel pottery at a garden center.  Even though they’re new, they fit in perfectly with the rest of her collection.  Vintage chalkware carnival dogs made great bookends.

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A timeless pattern for her window treatments adds interest but doesn’t close in the space.  Fun, fab pillows and a wing chair will bring it all together, soon!  (And nudging her towards a clean, ribbed rug design.)

It took a “few” months to pull this townhome project together.  It began with a jobsite visit and an examination, then it received a full set of prescriptions and treatments – and -  the prognosis is, (I think), pretty wonderful!

Now, if only my own bone structure might be as well-designed!

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