May 5, 2014

BEAUTIFULLY USEFUL: High Style for Utilitarian Spaces

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A modern secretary in brightly enameled steel that my clients fondly refer to as the “yellow fellow” defines this first space. I love how this piece has a place for everything: It’s both display space to incorporate personal mementos in an organized and cultivated way while, at the same time, it cleverly conceals the mundane necessities of running a household.  It provides a great workspace for two people but it’s not utilitarian; it’s imaginative and not yet another built-in.  The dose of color is so happy: nothing is better than pairing utilitarian tasks such as paying the bills with an uplifting space.  The horizontal piece of art above the desk is terrific; it’s unique and the perfect final touch for my art-loving clients.

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This sweet, feminine niche is tucked away in the butler’s pantry between kitchen and dining room.  Here, pocket doors open to a desk flooded with natural light, filtered by plissé shades.  This is an example of a straightforward built-in being defined by a shaped, upholstered cornice. The shape of the chair back reflects the shape of the window treatment.  While it’s beautiful open, I love how the pocket doors can be closed to conceal the workspace when the desk does not appear ready for guests!

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This mudroom was born by carving out some space from the garage in order for my clients’ husband and children to have a place to contain all the trappings of every day life. While she wanted it to be playful, there’s a sense of organization with a basket for each family member, including three small kids. The custom bench, inspired by a modern take on Belgian design, is the focal point of a simple space. The bench is in keeping with the house and feels authentic but it’s fresh with a bright coat of peacock blue.  A black slate floor with indoor-outdoor area rugs welcome even the muddiest boots and the fun, printed coral wallpaper takes the utilitarian space up a notch.

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