The process, however unconventional, still gave me opportunity to pull from my own bag of designer tricks. In no particular order, here are my sweet sixteen take-aways from Design on a Dime 2012. With a lot of lamps (#15!!), it will help shed a little light on why I picked what I did... and how you can pull a room together using these same ideas.
But why is such a variation of tones and materials able to happily coexist? Similarity, and repetition. The bleached oak has a lot of tonal similarity to the concrete. The red-stained Hourglass drum stools share tone with the Bernhardt upholstered ottoman. If every introduction into a room has something to back it up, nothing looks out of place, even if every piece has its own unique shape, color or texture. Your eye isn’t exhausted by contrast when you give it just a touch of similarity on which to linger.
6. Every Introduction is an Addition (or, Mixology 101)
15. Lamp Light It
Which tip or trick are you already employing? What one will help make the most of your room? Let me know!!
John Lyle Design: Pen-shell Topped Bronze Table
Jonathan Adler: Bristol Table Easel
Good Design: Kaiser Porcelain Reliefware Vases
Wisteria: Colossal Hurricane and (not shown) Architect's Favorite Side Tables