Over­head Op­por­tu­nity

Cottages & Bungalows - - Project House -

THE DE­SIGN­ERS “BRING IN OVER­HEAD IN­TER­EST with in­ex­pen­sive pa­per lanterns, bunt­ing, and string lights.” These pieces prove es­sen­tial to the pa­tio, adding bright col­ors to the pas­tel ceil­ing and re­fresh­ing the room’s cozy charm.


Pat­tern should have per­son­al­ity. Whether you choose to blend pat­terns that are a nod to the past, an ode to a place you’ve trav­eled or sim­ply an ex­er­cise in artis­tic ex­pres­sion, have fun with it!

“In­te­rior de­sign should be fun,” they write. “It should be an ad­ven­ture—one whose end re­sult is rooms that burst with per­son­al­ity and that put a smile on your face the mo­ment you step through the front door.”


Get down to the de­tails with styl­ized dé­cor pieces. Light­ing, vases and clocks are great be­cause they’re both func­tional and dec­o­ra­tive. “Think eclec­tic frames and mat­ting treat­ments to amp up the pat­tern play and keep the eye con­stantly en­gaged,” the de­sign­ers write. These dé­cor el­e­ments add sub­tle yet play­ful char­ac­ter to the room.

Add travel pieces or fam­ily heir­looms to em­bel­lish the room your fa­vorite with me­men­tos.

Com­mon liv­ing spa­ces and bed­rooms can feel clut­tered by too many dé­cor pieces, so also make use of your en­try­ways and hall­ways to dis­play fam­ily pho­tos or tra­di­tional paint­ings. As the Mad­caps say, “Passthrough spa­ces should be sa­vored, not over­looked.”

And use your big state­ment pieces to an­chor the room and make an im­pact. The gents are par­tic­u­larly in fa­vor of eye-catch­ing clas­sics like canopy beds and curvy ar­moires, but even some­thing as sim­ple as your stair ris­ers are great places to make a mem­o­rable de­sign move.

Prints Charm­ing by John Loecke and Ja­son Oliver Nixon, pub­lished by Abrams © 2017; abrams­books.com.

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