Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Picture is Worth ...

"Leo" in the Pied-à-terre
 
One of the first things that I bought for the new apartment was this Scandanavian Pine armoire. I fell in love with the rugged and yet luxurious look of it at first sight, and drove 13-hours round trip to call it mine. It's still probably my favorite piece of furniture in the whole place.
 
I found these mouton leg stools at an antique shop in Salamanca, New York and made the slipcovers myself. The seagrass and zebra are from my old house, as is the French chair that acts as part additional seating, part library.
 
I painted all of the doors in the apartment black, a contrast that I thought was absolutely necessary. Bamboo roman shades are hung over the existing mini-blinds, which I can not take down. But I bet you'd never know they're there!


The lamps and sofa are from the old house, but the chairs, mirrored nesting coffee table(s), and art by the wildly talented Dianne Ballard are all new. I've thought long and hard about adding pattern to this space, along with color ... but after having lived with so much color in the old place this is incredibly refreshing.
 
Next up, the bedroom. Soon, I promise!

13 comments:

  1. This room is perfect just as it is. :) I love everything about it. Cannot wait to see the bedroom.

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  2. Stunning! You found some really amazing pieces....love those benches in front of the armoire :o)
    ~Des

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  3. Love this room AND the armoir! Thanks for the tip on covering the blinds. I plan to do this too!

    Renee in Northern California

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  4. What a fabulous piece!! And hanging the shades over the blinds is such an amazing idea!!

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  5. Your room is just beautiful Artie! I feel like I've missed the last few months of your posts for some reason. I think the only thing missing to adorn this new space is......a new pup, the perfect accessory for any room!

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  6. What a warm and inviting space. I love the zebra rug and putting the bamboo blinds over the mini blinds is brilliant - would never know and I always love the texture that bamboo blinds add to a room…beautiful!

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  7. I love everything about your new apartment living room! What a great idea about covering the mini blinds. How were you able to adequately and neatly cover the blinds? On what did you attach the shades since you did not remove the blinds and since the blinds are what are first attached to the wall or window frame? Did you find shades ready made in your desired width and length,or did you have them custom cut? Sorry for all the questions, but I am seriously considering copying this! Thank you in advance!

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  8. It's so refreshing, bright and tranquil. It's a beautiful space you've put together. Well done!

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  9. LOL, I am not the only crazy furniture person. Just love this room, very peaceful and relaxed. Oh crazy because I persuaded (bribed), my husband to drive from London to the Lake District in the UK, given traffic and crazy windy weather we made it home in just over 12 hours.......for a sofa. Not any sofa though, a Duncan Phyfe sofa which I had fallen in love with after seeing one in Darryl Carters home many years ago....those curves! finding one was a miracle in itself in the UK.
    Cant wait to see the bedroom.
    Lisa, London

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  10. This is a gorgeous room! I was going through my old comments on my art blog and found your encouraging one! I had to come stop come to say hi!:)
    Jen

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  11. I love the idea of putting shades OVER the blinds! I'm in the same situation: all blinds have to remain. So now I know what to do to add more of my own character to my apartment. Thanks!

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  13. Hello guy ,
    Your article and photographs both are perfection each other , thanks .

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