The language of design is universal. Though the home we’re touring today was featured on Nuevo Estilo, I didn’t need to read the article to know the design is fresh, on trend, and a beautiful collection of pieces.
In the main living space, the massive mirror covered in purple and pink sea fans clearly takes center stage. Flanked by traditional folding screens, and grounded by dark velvet sofas, the room could read as overly glam or dramatic. However, with the use of sea grass carpet, a modern gilt coffee, and some more casual linens, the room feels surprisingly fresh.
The dining space opens up off the living space, separated by those show-stopping doors (likely a salvage or custom splurge). Again we see a mixing of casual and elegant textiles (with a linen tablecloth and velvet upholstery), and traditional pieces (the empire chandelier and French style chairs) contrasted with modern artwork and accents.
In the bedroom, a beautiful antique frame is draped in bedding rich in texture. Just as in the previous rooms, we have that juxtaposition of light and dark with a touch of black in an end table and bedside lamp. From another angle, you can see the (mossy green!) velvet trim on the linen curtains. We don’t see any strictly modern pieces here, but the color palette feels minimalistic and contemporary.
To get the look, we’ll mix traditional classics with a few glamorous and modern touches, all in a subdued palette.
A dark sofa won’t feel heavy on a sea grass or jute rug (try this one!). A gilt coffee table adds a needed touch of glamour. An updated empire style chandelier mixes modern and traditional (for the real deal, splurge on this). In the bedroom, an antique inspired bed is fresh with natural texture on the upholstery. Add a black pedestal table in classic silhouette to your bedside. For a splash of color, pick up sea fan coral on ebay and etsy and cluster them in front of a mirror.
*images via nuevo estilo