The design ideas I came up with for this fun couple (just married!) meant to inspire creativity, restore balance and empower them as a couple and as individuals. I had previously designed the wife’s condo (see the case study – feng shui interior design) where our focus had been setting up the space to trigger a sense of intimacy in hopes to manifest a relationship. I was thrilled when they was asked to design their first home together.
Like many couples, they were very different in their sensibilities and because he didn’t resonate with the previous design I had done for her, I set forth in creating a signature look for them that would capture both their sensibilities together in one cohesive hip style. He leaned more towards a prohibition style with his dream environment being the muted, neutral palette of the Bowery Hotel. She was more refined and feminine with a strong playful side and a love of color.
Another challenge was to update the home which previously had a patchy red floor running throughout, walls that were consistently beyond despair, areas which needed a new approach to the reflected ceiling plan, and architectural details such as the cap on the stair that needed to be modernized. Visually, there was an under-utilized 17′ ft high ceiling in the living room which caused a lack of dimension and dynamics. The other main rooms were very small, so finding ways to open them up and give them a better flow was a primary focus.
The design ideas were meant to bring out both their personalities I created a look that was distinctly “them” by finding the visual bridge between the styles they responded to as individuals. In conjunction to that I found specific items that strongly showcased each of them, such as the idea to showcase his vintage camera collection. They were a little weary at the idea at first, but once they got on board it ended up being one of their favorite nuances. I created off set colored niches with walnut frames to line the stair well like an art gallery which displayed his three favorite cameras. I wanted to have a strong voice for each of them so neither of them felt over shadowed by the others design sensibility that they didn’t resonate with.
A primary focus when working with couples is finding ways to define and empower them as individuals while finding the symbols that represent them as a couple. This approach supports the health in their relationship. One example was taking a snapshot from their honeymoon and turning it into a prominent piece of art (over the sofa – right). It was printed on wood to allow the grain to come through and give it a vintage feel. This was a metaphor for their love, as well as triggering wonderful memories on a daily basis.
Another way to bring in special art was to turn a friend’s photo into a lit niche (over the sofa). This had the added benefit of creating more depth in the room and helped to carve into the composition. The same type of thinking was true by adding the whimsy of a colorful bookshelf wallpaper in the dining room, as an unexpected twist to the eclectic industrial and farm house furniture with the stark modern Moth design chandelier. It also made the room seem more interesting and appear more expansive.
In the end, this bohemian modern home is the perfect gorgeous dwelling for this young entertainment power dual to rejuvenate, create, and entertain.