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Ready to daring? Your powder room is the absolute best place in your home to take a chance with bold colors and oversized prints or accessories. Yes, it’s counter intuitive to use large scale items or crazy repeats in such a small place, but it can deceive the eye into thinking that the room is actually larger. And face it, on most occasions, visits to this mini-room are brief … making for an opportunity to amuse and entertain if only for a few minutes. Beats the heck out of magazine reading!
Splurge on sumptuous details like large-scale wallpaper:
Confusing, yet expressive art work. Proving that there is no right or wrong place at hang a masterpiece:
Or how about a salon style mirror, adding glitz and glamour:
I must confess that I have yet to design a child’s room, but a good friend is expecting, so lately I have been perusing sources for newborn and children’s furniture. There are the usual suspects: Pottery Barn Kids and IKEA, Young America by Stanley and Land of Nod, and they all offer great products. But if you are into a bit mod, a bit more contemporary, selections in Des Moines are limited by the number of retailers represented, so on-line shopping or even a trip to Chicago or Minneapolis is necessary.
Check out Oeuf (www.oeufnyc.com), a design firm based in Brooklyn, NY and founded by Sophie Demange and Michael Ryan. Oeuf evokes the image of simple, clean and intuitive design. Their goods are eco-friendly modern furniture made mostly of birch. Designed out of necessity because the couple “couldn’t find anything they liked” for their own child who was born in 2002, the brand has expanded from furniture to layette to jewelry. Their collaboration has produced the Classic Crib which converts to a toddler bed. Another favorite for the older child is the Perch Bunk Bed, and both are available in natural birch or walnut finishes. Oeuf furniture is deliberately manufactured in Europe as opposed to China, it is multi-functional and very useful stuff.
A highly recognizable icon of the 21st century, the Louis Ghost Chair designed by Phillippe Stark pops up everywhere in contemporary as well as traditional design. The chair is a classic shape based on the French Louis XV and reinvented by Stark using a single piece of translucent injection-molded polycarbonate. The Ghost Chair brings subtle elegance to any room and is frequently seen in both residential and commercial applications. Because it can be used in indoor as well as outdoor settings, you may see it at the next wedding reception you attend.
As to versatility, the Ghost Chair works well simply because you can see through it, so it makes spaces (especially small ones) seem bigger. The Louis is unobtrusive, thus it works well in a dining eating area where you may want the illusion of additional space, yet as an office chair it provides a functional, yet glamorous approach to simply sitting. Teamed in a rustic environment, the Louis is a counterpoint to the rough hewn. Paired with the industrial, it will highlight raw materials: stone, metal or wood.
There are many imitators which can be had for about 150 bucks on the internet, but if you’re into the original, check out http://www.AllModern.com for the genuine Kartell model. You will find the original to be more sturdy and quite formidable… a real piece of furniture, not a toy. If you can afford the splurge at about $400, a pop, you’ll have a real keeper.