This is something I just finished…
Creating the best version of you…
Notes from a designer.
Simplifying a space is simplifying a life. By editing and curating the elements of a home, you end up with a design that has better spatial relationships, allowing the things you love to stand out.
In my eyes, a designer’s talent is based on how well spaces reflect their inhabitants.
Sometimes a space can grow stale… This cozy Palm Beach condo was tired and felt as though someone had pulled the plug in the tub and all the joy was drained out. It had my client’s furnishings but didn’t say who she was and what she was about. It just held just small aspects of her past, but not her present.
So, I sifted through the condo and pared down the furnishing and collectables to create a leaner, cleaner pallet to draw from. I then added in a few key, but crucial, elements to create the new design. By lowering the eye, the addition of the liner sectional sofa solved the issue of a proper seating composition as well as the height challenge of the entire condo.
I then strategically added the waxed steel furniture from my armature line, which folds in a touch of modernity and grit with a nod to industrialism, balancing the antiques visually and aesthetically. Creating a bar from the iron consoles added a tone of an urban life and doubles as an entry table to the far left.
Inspired by Franz Kline I created a massive painting on canvas and hung it in the dining space to make a strong artist mark in the room, as well as to anchor the space. I’ve always loved the story of Kline’s gallery director breaking into his studio and replacing the house paint that Kline used to create his amazing abstracts with Windsor & Newton artist paint… only to soon find all the fine oils in the garbage can and replaced with house paint again. Not understanding the fluidity of the house paint was a part of the process for Franz; that’s how he could make such massive impasto brush strokes. So, I stretched some canvas in the studio, followed Kline’s formula, and had a blast.
Applying the same Phillip Jeffries Wallcovering to the living room ceilings within the coffers, as well as to the accent walls in the master bedroom and den, adds interest and texture to the spaces but doesn’t distract the eye with too many design applications. I adore PJ for their approach to organic contemporary. With their natural color pallet and their weaves, they are essential to my designs‑like a fork and knife, not distracting to the meal, but without them, you’re forked.
This was a great project to work on. My client went back to New York and trusted my creative process, and, as always, got much more than she anticipated when she came back. Needless to say, she went bonkers when she walked in…legit cuckoo.
I’m going to close with this, pumpkin, my tiny philosophy…
I’ve found that change is a part of life; without it how can one evolve? The person you are today isn’t the person you were 10 years ago, and, at the end of the day, don’t you want to leave this planet better than when you showed up? I believe that a home should reflect that.
Change is growth, evolution is inescapable, so, like it or not, life will change. So, jump on that train… it will take you to the best version of you.