Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Decorating Inspirations from the 2014 American Red Cross Designer Show House

In previous posts our tour of the American Red Cross Show House described inspiration and design tips from the dining room and living room but there was a lot more to discover.

The study was a light filled room that could not be more welcoming.

This beautiful arched window was the perfect focal point.

Orchids hanging in the window flourished.
The design was filled with layers and details like the contrasting welt on the sofa.
The wainscot molding was placed higher than you might think in this room with average height ceilings.
Placing a comfy chair and ottoman near a window is the best spot to curl up with a good book (or decorating magazine).
The designer, Stephan Mooney, took his inspiration from this fabulous fabric.
Even though it was a large room it had many intimate spaces.  Notice how a small painting hangs on the paneling.  
Another way to add detail is to trim the skirt of a sofa or chair.
A mix of many patterned pillows keeps the study from looking "decorated".
A favorite feature of this house were the little doorways that beckoned.  Look at the arched transom above the door. This hallway lead to a bathroom and a den beyond.

The den, formerly a sun room, was a departure from the adjacent study.  It had lots of personality. The striped carpet was a wonderful surprise and the mid century game chairs were delightful as was the whole room.

The arched windows of the study were echoed on the screened loggia.

A screened porch becomes a delightful living space when comfortable furniture, airy sheers, an area rug and pretty lighting are introduced.

Looking up I spotted handpainted pecky cypress ceilings that were original to the house.

These ceilings added so much to the charm and character of this 1920's home.

Around the corner was the best surprise, a suspended sleeping swing.
There were so many places to get inspiration from in this amazing house.  I loved the "undecorated" feeling of the study, the eclectic mix of mid century and modern in the den and the relaxed casual elegance of the loggia.

Where did you find inspiration?  What did you love best about these rooms?  Would you like to see bedrooms the upstairs?  Stay tuned......

As always I invite you to share your experiences and inspirations in the space provided for comments.
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Happy Decorating!

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