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Book Review: From Classic to Contemporary by Cullman and Kravis

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You all know how much I love design books. I can’t get enough of them! I even have a new library in my recently renovated home where my collection of design and architecture books live and they are alphabetized so I can get my hands on the perfect book at a moments notice.

I love to scour design books to find new inspiration, to fill my weekends lingering on innovation and creativity and I use books in all of my designs as accessories for a collected look that’s functional too!

Today I’m excited to share From Classic to Contemporary a new design book that is sure to become one of my favorites. This is the third book by the distinguished design firm Cullman and Kravis; you might recognize them from the 2017 AD100 list! This amazing firm out of New York City focuses on mixing traditional interiors with contemporary art to create fabulous interiors, which are comfortable without being overly formal. And friends, if you love color like me, then you will LOVE their work.

As you can tell from the cover, this book is a collection of their most extraordinary designs. Throughout the book, you will see several traditional design elements such as detailed crown molding, ornate antiques, and elegant chandeliers. These classic components are contrasted by contemporary art with clean lines to give these spaces a fresh look that is right up my alley!

Here’s just a little sneak peak at what’s inside the book! I love this study in bright sky blue and bold red. The traditional carpet introduces all of the colors that are echoed in the beautiful bulls eye art above the sofa. Yes, please!

And is there anything more chic than an all-white living room? Cullman and Kravis add pops of color in the art mixed with the metallic elements in the art and coffee tables for sophisticated style. I love the exposed wood backs on the settees to mix in a more natural element. This design is more modern than the previous study space, but carries out the idea of a formally comfortable space.

And I’m in love with this kitchen! The octagon motif on the ceiling, the crisp white cabinets, and the serene green accents are fabulous! It features all of the modern appliance luxuries for anyone who loves to cook while maintaining a cozy aesthetic with dark wood floors and exposed hinges.

I’m already feeling so inspired and cooking up some fresh ideas for a few upcoming projects! What do you think? If you want to get a better look at these interiors and the rest of Cullman and Kravis’ amazing designs, get your copy of their book (or gift it to the design lovers on your list this holiday season) here- From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & Kravis

 

 

 

 

 

Tobi TV: Mixing Classic Furniture and Modern Art

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One of my favorite things to do as an interior designer is mix classic and modern styles – especially with furniture and art. Modern art keeps any traditional setting from getting too formal or stuffy, and the classic furniture lets the art really play a starring role.

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At the recent High Point Market, I used classic forms to create my new collection of updated upholstery for CR Laine, which mixed perfectly with my new line of modern artwork for Soicher Marin! So how can you mix up this magic in your own home? Let’s take a look at some ideas:

That’s a perfect balance of classic and contemporary! Let’s review those tips again:

1. Contemporary art can jazz up any room, especially when it has a classic look like a Sheraton-style sofa to play a supporting role.

2. If you have a feminine and curvy form on your furniture, like on my Lucy bed, consider using bold modern art like black brushstrokes to add a balancing touch.

3. A camelback sofa is a timeless design form, and when mixed with a watery blue modern print it creates a very dynamic duo.

4. In some cases, you may want the classic look to be the star of the show, like in this Greek bust. So give it a great understudy like these very simple black-and-white characters.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing two distinct design styles – you’ll end up with a look that’s all your own!

xo,

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Rue Magazine Feature and a Before and After: Riverside Penthouse

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Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 5.32.56 AMI am thrilled to have one of my favorite projects that I’ve ever designed featured in this month’s Rue Magazine! It’s the magazine’s annual color issue and boy does this project bring the color! Cobalt, teal, lavender, yellow…the palette is scrumptious and edgy!

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A penthouse in downtown Little Rock situated along the Arkansas River, this home starts with a WOW right off the elevator when you step into this cobalt, black and white lobby. One of my favorite spaces in the house, I can’t decide what I love most – the black-and-white marble floor, the custom-designed blue marble wallcovering, the white tufted vinyl and velvet banquette, or those blue suede doors with glass door knobs!

But this space wasn’t always so glam. Since it’s Before and After Friday, let me give you a glimpse into how this project started. It was an empty shell with nothing but the perimeter walls. We envisioned the floorplan and the design to make this space function. But it’s the color that I used that really made this home come to life.

Here’s how we took this simple blank wall from this…

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To this! A lovely living room in shades of teal, chartreuse, and lavender.

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Here’s a view from the back wall of the home looking towards what is now the dining room and the study. It was a blank slate.

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But not anymore. Now it’s the hub of the home. And what about that smoked mirror with the TV and modern fireplace set into it?

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The spiral staircase was in place, but that’s about all that was.

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We kept this area simple with some Barcelona chairs and a gorgeous view of the River.

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The elevator lobby once looked like this.

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And now, it’s one of the most stunning parts of the home!

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And looking from the elevator to the roof-top pool, there was nothing but metal doors before.

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Now it’s a mecca of marble print from Black Crow Studios, in shades from cobalt to purple.

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The dining room was only interesting because of the views of downtown Little Rock.

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But now the views take a back seat to the details! From the lavender paneled ceiling, that chandelier of floating glass bubbles, the gilded trimmed doors, to those yellow velvet chairs and the stunning chevron rug…every part of this dining room screams glamorous sophistication now.

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Here’s another view so you can see the custom-colored de Gournay wallpaper. A surprise treat for those dining on the South side of the table. Who needs artwork when you have custom Chinoiserie paper, right?

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Here’s a view looking from the entry/elevator lobby to what is now the dining room, the study, and the kitchen.

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And here are how those spaces look once the walls and decor were designed and built. Be sure to notice those teal butler’s cabinets in the kitchen with brass shelving and mirrors above. They are too die for!

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The study.

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Another look at the kitchen wall before, and the windows where the breakfast area is now.

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Isn’t the final version of this kitchen amazing? The brass-trimmed hood, library ladder, brass pendants, and cabinet hardware are SO chic!

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And again the kitchen wall looking East towards the Old Statehouse Museum with a glimpse of the Clinton Presidential Library through the windows on the left.

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Here’s how this wall looks now with a completed kitchen and drapery to frame the views. How about those lavender Kartell barstools? A bit cheeky and fun, I think.

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And finally, here is the master suite before. It was filled with tons of insulation and drywall getting ready for the project to begin.

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But not anymore! Now it’s wrapped in snakeskin wallpaper, a cobalt lacquered ceiling, and delicious navy drapery. Oh, and that Sputnik chandelier with blue-tipped bulbs is fantastic!

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Here’s a before view towards the master bedroom wall with the master bath tucked in behind.

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And here’s how those spaces look today….snakeskin walls, fur bedding, shagreen lamps, chevron flooring and hexagon doors. What’s not to love?

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Thank you for taking this little home tour with me. I hope you love seeing this space. I often dream of living there myself! Leave me a comment and let me know which part you love the most!

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Happy Weekend, Friends!

xo,

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