I visited Portland, Oregon, for the first time a couple of weeks ago. An adventure of art and discovery.
Best part? I got to stay at my friend Ava, with her eye for design Ava has created a place to nurture and embrace. I was inspired to share some of her innate talent with you.
Ava’s living room is a microcosm of her style. She has collected wonderful items throughout her travels, and daily life, and put it all together, to delight the eye and spirit.
A favorite tricks is to do what Ava has done, use a rug, which is a work of art, as a way to ground the space and give inspiration and color to define the room.
Notice how the rug, the art and each accessory is unique and eye catching. While the furniture has great lines they are definitely background to the art and detail.
Mirrors are wonderful accessories, and bold choices really make a space. The mirror grouping with the art and the sconces create a stunning tableau.
Bathrooms are fascinating spaces. Essential rooms that need to incorporate function often in narrow space they can be difficult to really demonstrate personal style.
People get locked into the tile look, and forget to illustrate mood.
Ava has created two stunning mood based bathrooms.
I love the use of the uniform paint all over the most of the house, and this color Straw, acts as counterfoil to the contents in the rooms including the guest bathroom.
A chinese porcelain seat adds charm and holds items next to the tub, dont you love those wonderful fringes on the turkish towels?
I love the beautiful Hickory wood of the cabinets, the beauty of the wood adds a decorative element. The repetition of the same colors all over the room adds a luxurious touch.
Not all the items need to be expensive. A designer knows how to shop.
The mirror is from Ikea. I am planning on stealing that idea for a client’s bathroom.
Ava used the mud room idea, inspired from a travel jaunt, to recreate her master bathroom. The mud color echoes the palette of Ava’s home.
I love how she has taken little jewel items and focused so much whimsy and attraction to the visual tale.
Like the detail of the little man, the rough wood surface of the counter and the mud look on the walls. Delightful.
Design is about focus and attention to detail. It is not about price. This is ability is more valuable than a visa card. It is priceless. The gift of mixing and matching with aplomb.
I love how Ava has taken elements that reflect who she is, who her husband is (the artist that created the bud vase in the middle) shapes colors and forms that reflect their experiences and loves, to create a tablescape that speaks volumes.
Each of her rooms show design that is connected. There is a rhythm to the way the rooms flow.
What can you learn from this?
Dont be afraid to be bold with less, and three items is quite enough to make a strong statement.
Stand up for your shapes! Sharpen your style! Simplify.
If you need help to create a home that embraces you, call me, I would love to help Jen 650.644.8592
Feel free to comment below and share your point of view, I love to engage.