Continuing our house tour of this eclectic home…
(If you’ve missed it, start with part 1 and read it HERE)
Early-century modernists were purists that looked at interiors and architecture in a sculptural and straightforward way. Colour, artifacts and the interest in chinoiserie punctuated this aesthetic. Similarly, here, colour was applied in rich tones, splashed intensely on walls, alternating with the warm, rich walnut grain of wall panelling.
Colour is mixed throughout the home: the nuanced purples of the powder room, the true blue of a stair-landing bookcase, the fuschia wall at the upper landing and the olive green of the master vanities resonate with the colours of the artifacts.
A pavilion aesthetic is achieved by the play of mass and void, opacity and transparency. The southwest orientation of the home offered an intense direct sun, helping with the feel and atmosphere of the interiors.
Light, both natural and artificial, play an important role in the aesthetic. We’ve placed the artificial light such that each of the home’s features, from the fireplace to screened stairs, to built-ins and unique materials, becomes an accentuated feature in its space.
Often the result challenges even an eclectic aesthetic by overlapping the owners’ idiosyncrasies with, possibly, many styles.
In this case, the passion for ornament, antiques and ethnic pieces had to be mixed with the distinct preference for a clean contemporary aesthetic and a modern way of living.
This article first appeared in My 2 cents on design how to curate a better lifestyle through design part of Exploration \\ a DOCHIA FOCUS monthly lifestyle series
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