Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Simplicity

The more I learn and study my craft, the more I realize that good design is truly about executing the correct amount of restraint.  Learning to create a balance between stability and whimsy in a space is not an easy feat, but ultimately it should feel effortless.  Just as a writer pours over formulating a novel- writing and rewriting it to perfection- our job as designers is to develop a space that gives a sense of balance and peace without feeling staged.



I am a big believer in letting architectural details stand out.  When you have a beautiful window or door detail, there is no need to "decorate" around it.  For instance, these gorgeous steel frame windows create a beautiful, clean contrast to the white.  Color is brought in through the view of the green landscape:


The herringbone wood floors and wall panelling in this apartment are softened by the crisp white drapery.  I love that this desk vignette was kept minimal and accessorized with a few prints above:



I love this vanity vignette designed by Suzanne Kasler. In my opinion, she is one of the best designers at refining a space and creating balance.  Her quatrefoil chair adds a fun touch:


I love the whimsical detail of this bed canopy.  It creates an element of interest to the mostly-monochromatic bedroom:


I love this serene office space.  The lines of the lucite desk allows for negative space that is balanced by the two slipcovered chairs:


I love the peacefulness of these spaces.  Which is your favorite?

5 comments:

  1. Love the simplicity! Great inspirational photos!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

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  2. So True! The art is in the restraint and understanding proportion. Lovely examples!

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  3. I totally agree! It's all about balance... these pictures are perfect examples.

    xo Lily http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

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  4. I absolutely adore the Kasler-designed space with the quatrefoil chair!

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  5. Sam, you are so deep today....I like it!
    I love all of the images, but my FAV is the kitchen sink with the industrial windows. Perfect.

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