Collegiate Design Inspiration Sure to Earn an A+
Send your room to the head of the class by displaying a well-curated collection of art and artifacts against a muted backdrop. Mix in some warm metals and moody patterns and you’ve got a composition sure to impress.
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Rich in Character
To give a small bedroom an outsize personality, designer Lisa Burdus created a dramatic backdrop with a coat of navy blue paint behind the bed. An eclectic group of artworks—bound by a single natural theme—surrounds an antique mirror (an old decorator's trick that bounces light around a small room, making it look larger). More objects and keepsakes add interest on the bedside tables. And, finally, the bed itself, though only a single, lives large, thanks to its upholstered headboard, layered patterns, and rich textures.
Large, open spaces can be wonderful, but they're not always easy to manage: too often, they feel empty and cold, without any sense of definition. But not this multipurpose family room, which is reminiscent of the reading rooms of grand European estates. Designer Stephanie Wohlner says, "by adding the bookcases, a tall storage unit, ceiling beams, and three seating areas, we were able to change the dynamics of the entire room, adding layers of warmth and a sense of cohesiveness."
To give a bachelor's industrial downtown-New York City loft the " rich elements of a membership club," designer Brad Kreftman set an appealing mix of furnishings, vintage finds, and custom-designed pieces against a backdrop of exposed brick and pipe. "The result is an eclectic, inviting space," he says. " The study easily converts from a sitting room to an extra bedroom with a couch that folds out into a bed and a closet space in the corner for hanging clothes."
Calm and Collected
In a bedroom at a family fishing camp on Florida's Grand Island, designers Abigail Rizor and Hattie Wolfe took care to infuse the space with local character, without resorting to cliche. "The marlin is a fish the family actually caught," say the designers. Balancing the giant specimen are two 1950s butterfly chairs covered in hides, a pair of French chrome side lamps, and a custom daybed covered in practical indoor-outdoor fabric from Sunbrella. A platform bed or rustic teak and an old Indonesian wheel transformed into sculpture complete the look. "The family has quite a collection of interesting objects, which always makes for a great space when pulled together," they say.
Refurbishing a lakeside cabin in rural Ireland was an opportunity for designer Egon Walesch to link the indoor spaces with the home's lovely setting. "The brief for the bathroom was to provide a tranquil space for soaking in the bath and admiring the views of the lake and the surrounding woodland," he says. "We combined a mixture of old and new items to create a distinctive look: the vanity is a repurposed vintage washstand with a new basin; the cast iron roll-top tub rests on bespoke wooden sleeper supports; handmade encaustic tiles cover the floor; and a vintage map hangs above the bath." Finally, neutral pale gray tones with occasional splashes of blue keep the space calm and simple.
Grown-Up Guest Room
"We used a mixture of vintage family accessories paired with new modern furniture to create a tailored but cozy space," say the designers of Residents Understood about this charming study. "A room like this should be casual and always inviting. And don't forget the comfortable corner chair in an indestructible fabric ready for years of enthusiastic lounging."
"Home to a young professional, a native of Hawaii who recently moved to NY, this bachelor pad mixes new Euro-modern, bohemian chic, and mid-century pieces to create a space that highlights the owner’s vast interests and style," says co-principal Andrew Kotchen of Workshop/APD. "This loft-like living room marries the hip, young vibe of its owner with its West Village location, thanks to its mix of custom and vintage pieces, art and photography collections, and the Vipp bookshelves that line one wall."