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Modern Renaissance

Beyond pairing two disparate styles to sound cool...I am really inspired by spaces that draw from the rich hues of Renaissance and Neoclassical paintings. I gasped when I saw the Dark Side advertorial in Elle Decoration UK shot in the Salvatori Showroom in Milan. The dark gray walls allow colorfully rich furniture and accessories to pop much like the dark backgrounds and colorful figures in the paintings of Jacques-Louis David and El Greco. My next place will take cues from this rich environment. I particularly love the office with the Vincenzo di Costis and modern trestle table by Cassina.

Images: Elle Decoration UK

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Green Interior Design by Lori Dennis

Special thanks to Lori Dennis, blogger and interior designer for letting us know about the release of her book, GREEN INTERIOR DESIGN.

The book features over 100 color photos of projects and furnishings and aims to be a great resource for creating sophisticated eco-friendly interiors.    The user friendly manual geared toward homeowners, interior designers, architects, and contractors, includes design tips as well as extensive resources and vendors.  GREEN INTERIOR DESIGN .

GREEN INTERIOR DESIGN includes every aspect of residential interior design—furniture and accessories, window treatments, fabrics, surface materials, appliances, plumbing fixtures, plants, gardens, maintenance and more—discussed from a green perspective in terms of reducing waste, avoiding pollution, and protecting the occupant’s health.

Already digging the sneak preview on Amazon.  The section Antique, Vintage, and Used Sources caught my eye.  Reusing and repurposing vintage furniture and even salvage architectural materials is a great way to recycle and reduce waste...not to mention save money.  I am sucker for a mid-century modern or industrial finds but often people don't consider that new is not always better.  Check out sites like Ebay, 1stDibs, and Craigslist to find vintage pieces.

Click here to purchase your copy.  At$24.95, the book is a great gift for the environmentally conscious designer on your list.

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Scaffolding Obsession

Surrounded by construction, I have become incredibly inspired by scaffolding. All of sudden, it came to me - scaffolding would be great for creating a bed and perhaps many other pieces of furniture. So I am just inspired...I am considering making a headboard out of scaffolding for my place. The following are some great pieces for inspiration.

Scaffolding Bed above via Design Sponge Constructed of scaffolding tubes and wood planks by the husband of Marijke Hukema of Restored in Amsterdam

Motel Out of The Blue via Dezeen

Designers Maartje Dros and Francois Lombarts used scaffolding to turn a construction site into a conference area. The project, called Motel Out of The Blue included meeting rooms , lecture hall (pictured above), dining room,  library and 50 rooms (above) for visitor accommodation.   I particularly love the day bed...I could see that transformed into something really comfy for indoors or outdoors.

Scaffold Board Table via Ryan Frank

Made (exquisitely I might add) out of planks from scaffold

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Steel Truss and Beam Tables by Brandner Design

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Steel Truss and Beam Tables by Brandner Design

  Truss Desk   with Oak top

Truss Desk with Oak top

I stumbled upon these tables from Brandner Design and was immediately blown away.  The company creates furniture incorporating structural elements including trusses, beams, and reclaimed materials.  I especially love their tables which elegantly blend the industrial with contemporary style.  Brandner also accepts custom orders.  So, I would love to adapt the above “Great Northern” Console table for a desk in my office.  I am thinking walnut slab top with same base.   The following are some of my other favorites.

 Renaissance Console Table

Renaissance Console Table



Turnbuckle Rail Car Dining or Conference Table Base (adjustable height) - Just awesome!

Images from Brandner Design

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Anemi Hotel by Stavros Papayiannis

I have realized lately that I am absolutely obsessed with white spaces.  I happened on an image of the Anemi Hotel designed by Stavros Papayiannis in Folegandos, Greece, while searching for inspiration images for an article on Curbly.  Simply stunning and timeless.  I love the juxtaposition of white as canvas spatially and the accents of large scale contextual artwork and colorful accents.  The use of epoxy flooring seamlessly connects the floor to the walls and celings.  Check out my article by clicking here where I explore 5 great flooring solutions.

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I love the transition from white walls to charcoal gray in the restaurant/lounge.  While the floor remains white fluidly tying in the different areas.

Greece, here I come!

Images from Yatzer

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