No matter where or what we call home, we all deserve a peaceful place to relax and recharge. This just happens to be a one bedroom condo.
A few years ago I was sent to Albuquerque to help a client with a new home. With that location came the usual design style. Stucco and adobe style fireplaces everywhere.
I love this space. It reminds me of an apartment I did years ago. It was a small studio apartment and I really needed to be creative with the space planning. This space is very bright and cheerful. Plenty of lighting is key to make this space function well. With tons of storage space, it allows both areas to be set up for multi-use.
What I Like About This Room
Over the last three years I’ve written about many things. From organizing tips to the next big color to designing with one color. But now I thought I would do something a little different. For the next few articles I want to show you some designs I really like and explain why.
In this final chapter on moldings, let’s talk about base, door and window moldings. Many times here in Southern California our homes tend to be void of these architectural details. The average home might have the customary quarter round base molding from the builder, which is pretty basic, and nothing around the windows. This is a basic detail you might find in a custom or even high-end home. But these details are relatively easy to add for some creative interest.
As with the last article regarding the crown molding, you must first determine the best scale for your space. If you have average height ceilings, you don’t want to add too much. A base molding up to about 5” should give you enough flair and detail. This will still allow you to create a custom look with regard to the style and design. Pairing that with the scale from last weeks crown measurement will allow you to create that custom, updated feel.
If your design plan allows for it, window molding adds just as much detail as base and crown moldings. These, too, come in a variety of styles to compliment any home. The average width is about 3-4” wide. You can install with mitered corners or add a medallion in each corner for an even greater style.
Continued up from the base molding is the framing around the door. Since they usually run together, lets not ignore this detail. It is also directly connected in style with the window molding. The same rules apply here as well regarding the scale and installation as with windows. Just remember, all of these pieces can be found in any big box store as well as any specialty molding supplier.
One of my favorite design styles is that of The Hamptons in New York. The fresh, clean look is inspirational. The crisp feel of the light or natural colored linen slip covered over a soft cushy sofa or overstuffed chair really sets the tone. Paired with a beautifully dark stained plank floor or a whitewashed floor, lightweight linen or cotton drapery panels adds to the feel and atmosphere needed to achieve this look.
Not to be mistaken with Shabby Chic, the style is slightly more void of the floral, plaids and weathered looking furniture. You’re more likely to see traditional case good pieces in fused with lightly colored fabrics, some reclaimed pieces along with shutters or even wooden blinds on the windows. Here are a few tips to help you achieve The Hamptons look without breaking the bank.
1. Start with light colors. Use beige, sage green, pale green/blue on the walls.
2. Try adding wainscoting painted white for architectural interest.
3. Earth toned or light colors works well for window treatments in cotton or linen.
4. Pair linen upholstered chairs with a rustic or reclaimed wooden table in the dining room. Accent the table with glass hurricanes and candles for the centerpiece.
5. Wicker framed chairs with a great light upholstered sofa and a glass coffee table can work well for a living room. Add nautical styled pillows for accents.
6. Keep accents simple. Wicker baskets, plants, sea grass or jute rugs can finish off a space.
Just remember to be careful when designing your space. Never over do your style. You won’t achieve your desired look and will appear too trendy. Less is more in some cases.
French design can encompass a number of things. It has toile fabrics in many colors and designs, the iconic fleur de lis pattern, matelasse and chinoiserie. It also has roosters in the kitchen paired with beautiful checked and floral fabrics along side heavy weathered tables anchored with rush-seated chairs. It can mix something very sophisticated in a room full of rustic antiques creating a space that is elegant, charming and relaxed.