Friday, June 4, 2010

Raw & Refined...

I’m always a fan of using the old elements to create character in a new space. But my philosophy in using the old is to find pieces that are in very good shape - so the old appears like new. I also don’t want to work a lot on a piece to get it where I want it to be. I think this goes back to my early days when I was stripping furniture – awful messy work, so for me at least, never again…

In saying all this I would never consider myself rustic. In fact I have a friend with similar likes and she always tends to go for the rustic over the refined. We balance each other out that way, and both in the end look great.

BUT when I saw this space in House Beautiful, I was struck by the walls left seemingly untouched. I probably would never do this myself, but I appreciate when someone has the guts to see the beauty in as-is and make it work. This was not originally intended when they started the renovation, but after seeing the look of “au natural”, they decided to let it be. Smart choice…

This dining space is simple all the way around from the bare walls, to the concrete floors and furniture; however they crowned it with the unexpected – an amazing chandelier for elegance and sparkle. I could imagine guests lingering here for hours. Love it….

When renovating you get to see a space in its original form, broken down, and at its worst before it gets better. Maybe sometimes better is closer to the before than one might think…

4 comments:

MaryBeth said...

The rest of the room was so stunning, I didn't even notice that the floors were concrete. Those are some really daring decorating choices.

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Kelly Giesen said...

I agree simple but gutsy.

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