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#Wednesday Round-Up: Memphis Inspired Interiors

design by Bree Leech & Heather Nette King for Dulux, and photographed by Lisa Cohen

design by Bree Leech & Heather Nette King for Dulux, and photographed by Lisa Cohen

If you are child of the 90’s like I am, you are probably familiar with Memphis-inspired design, from your trapper keeper to your attire in first grade. Or how about Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Saved by the Bell? These wacky brightly colored, shape-filled motifs were everywhere when I was a kid, so it might seem weird to see nods to them now, nearly 30 years later.

While I don’t have time to get into a total history lesson here, please note that Memphis-style actually began in Milan in 1981 spearheaded by Ettore Sottsass. You can learn a lot more here and here on your own time.

But I am really digging this new Memphis-inspired style that seems more appropriate for my minimalist loving contemporary designs. I think the key here is to do it subtly, that’s why I decided to do a low-key Memphis-inspired round up for this week. One thing that you can add anywhere, which I’m sure you know is very on-trend right now is terrazzo. This was a major inspiration of the Memphis movement, as it was once an unfashionable flooring material which they began using in furniture pieces such as tables. Terrazzo seems to be everywhere these days, and likely warrants a round up all of its own.

I think I’m much more enjoying this current re-boot of Memphis style as the focus is generally more on the shapes and the colors are more toned down that what they were in the 80’s and 90’s.

Dusen Dusen is a major player in this revival, with collaborations with West Elm a few years back, and currently Keds and Uniqlo. I’m loving everything they are doing, and yes, I just bought a pair of their Keds from the last place I could find them in my size, thanks ban.do!

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#Wednesday Round-Up Guest Post: Having a Matisse Moment

Today’s post comes from an old colleague of mine from my first design job in LA nearly a decade ago. Jessica was a project manager at Wilson Associates in 2009 when I started. I often talk about how lucky I was to have found ANY job in the design and architecture world in 2009 and am so grateful to have not only had a paying job, but to work with some of the very best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Since then, Jessica has made major moves, literally and professionally. I’m delighted to share her fun round up on my blog today.

Jessica Davis is the Owner and Creative Director of Nest Studio - a boutique design firm specializing in luxury hardware, and residential and hospitality interiors. Jessica is based in Atlanta, Georgia and South Orange, New Jersey. Take it away, Jessica.

illustration by  Abbey Lossing

illustration by Abbey Lossing

I've been noticing a lot of Henri Matisse inspired items of late. I think it's sort of the more organic reaction to all of the colorful yet structured Memphis modern stuff going on.  In any case, I'm digging it and here are a few of my favorite iterations.

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#GimmeThatDesign Installment 4

Have you ever been inside of Amazon's Seattle Sphere's? When I was there last year parts were under construction so I didn’t visit, but now I’m kinda of regretting it. However, this portion: Willmott's Ghost restaurant and bar, designed by Price Erickson - was not yet open. I absolutely love how elegant this restaurant looks. Don’t you just want to cozy up in those wrap around booths? Now I need to go back to Seattle just to eat in this lovely space!

Scroll down to see how you can get a similar look for your breakfast nook or dining space in your home!

Design by Price Erickson, Architecture by Heliotrope Architects. You can see more images and read more about the project in this article by Dezeen.

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#GimmeThatDesign Installment 3

In this week’s installment, I’m showing you how you can get this great minimalist kitchen. I found this image on Pinterest, and it’s one of those that don’t link back to the article about the image - so unfortunately I don’t know the designer or any other information about it. If you do - please let me know!

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#GimmeThatDesign Installment 2

Thanks for coming back. I’m thrilled that you are enjoying this new series: #GimmeThatDesign. If you are new around here this is meant to be fun and educational. In this series, I will use an image of a beautiful space that I love and I will source furniture and materials to give you that design for yourself.

Today’s installment features this beautiful vignette of Hotel Odeon in Copenhagen designed by Co.Designstudio in collaboration with textile designer Barbara Bendix Becker as seen in this article on Design Milk.

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Wednesday Round -Up: Soft Statement Chairs

Just popping in really quickly to show you some statement lounge seating that I’m currently loving. These all have that that fat, soft look to them. Which one is your favorite?

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#GimmeThatDesign, Installment 1

Welcome to the first of a new series. #GimmeThatDesign is meant to be fun and educational. In this series, I will use an image of a beautiful space that I love and I will source furniture and materials to give you that design for yourself.

I would love to hear from you. If you have a design that you would like featured in the series, send the image along with the designer and photographer, as well as where you found the design to Taryn (at) bcstudiola.com

Get the look from Fabrio Fantolin designed apartments in Turin, Italy as featured in this article on Dezeen.

photo by Giorgio Possenti and styling by Tom Design

photo by Giorgio Possenti and styling by Tom Design

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Color-blocking

image sourced from meganflugdesigns.com

image sourced from meganflugdesigns.com

Perhaps as a way to mix my architectural background within interior design, I am in love with color-blocked paint on the walls. I have a client right now who is happily allowing me to do a variety of color-blocking effects as an overall concept for her home. We started with her home office where the wall which her desk site is all grey and the color moves onto the adjacent wall, ever so slightly, creating a geometric angle cut. Check out the project here.  We are also painting a 2" frame around the window opening in black. The next room I am in the middle of designing right now is her master bedroom where she wants total calm. I've designed a block of light grey or blue paint going all the way around the room, including on the doors, trims, and baseboards. This will align with the top of her dresser and be just about an inch above her headboard. It will also create some additional visual interest as it cuts across one of the three windows in the room. Lastly for this client, I am working on her living room and want there to be something very geometric on this core wall that connects kitchen, stairwell, and living room. It will definitely be grey and involve angles with possible additions of an accent color. Or more black.

This example from apartment therapy shows a similar idea of what I'm doing in my clients's home office. I love the bright blue here. It also reminds me of what Consort has done recently to their showroom.

image from apartment therapy

image from apartment therapy

image of Consort Design showroom, via instagram

image of Consort Design showroom, via instagram

Why not try color-blocking with two similar colors?

image courtesy of mommodesign.com

image courtesy of mommodesign.com

I particularly appreciate using color-blocking to highlight the architecture of your existing space. This image I found on pinterest of the window being offset onto the wall is a great example, as well as anytime paint is used to highlight the framing of spaces.

image found on pinterest

image found on pinterest

image found on pinterest

image found on pinterest

While geometric angles with various colors don't work for everyone, they make a beautiful statement for people who enjoy a little touch of boldness in their space.

Wallpaper from Murals Wallpaper

Wallpaper from Murals Wallpaper

image via Inside Closet

image via Inside Closet

Excited by the idea of color-blocking, but a little too scared of color? You can still make a statement with white walls by adding just a block of color to your door.

image courtesy of Madame Decore

image courtesy of Madame Decore

image courtesy of Sugar and Cloth

image courtesy of Sugar and Cloth

Color-blocking doesn't have to be limited to the walls. It can also make objects look more edgy and modern, such as these more classical-looking paintings and frames.

image courtesy of homedit.com

image courtesy of homedit.com

from Seaandsandasters Etsy shop

from Seaandsandasters Etsy shop

Various Shades of Grey

I have had a grey obsession for many years now. In architecture school, you learn that architects all wear black. While this is probably 90% true, and I definitely own key black architectural attire, I often dress in all grey. Additionally, my house is about 90% grey, hence the instagram photo that may have led you to this post. But I recognize that I am not alone in this grey obsession. Researching a variety of interiors these days, the color grey is abound, and it looks fabulous! Whereas many buildings have long been grey, thanks to concrete, limestone, and steel being key exterior architectural materials.

The thing about grey as an interior design element is that you can use just about any color as an accent and it will be perfect every time! That's why I am a huge advocate for selecting grey major pieces, such as sofas, chairs, even rugs. Then whenever you need a style change, you can change out pillows, arts, and accessories as you wish. Of course, in my own home, my pillows and accessories are all mostly grey too. But, hey, I already let you know that I'm obsessed!

I should also point out that yes, I spell it with an "e" GREY... Most Americans spell it GRAY. I think it's much prettier with the "e," and I feel that it makes it that much more mine.

Here's my round up of some stunning greys that I think are doing a great job at doing what they do:

1. A dark grey wall helps makes the white art, linens, and Louis Poulsen lamp pop.

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2. Color blocks of grey. A definite favorite of mine, just like I did in one of my favorite interior projects, LA Home Office. And yes to West Elm's Saddle Swivel Chair.

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3. A medium-light grey linen sofa will never go out of style. How awesome is that large scale ombre art?

Interior Addict, via Instagram

Interior Addict, via Instagram

4. A lovely grey, muted bathroom is the perfect place to relax in the tub/shower after a long, hard workout.

Lubelso Hawthorne Home by Canny, via designmilk

Lubelso Hawthorne Home by Canny, via designmilk

5. An all exposed concrete building is more than alright with me. It's one of my favorite things!

Bundner Kunst Museum by Barozzi Veiga, via Dezeen

Bundner Kunst Museum by Barozzi Veiga, via Dezeen