(Instagram photos- Martha Browne)
#34- Interior Design- ‘Every Room Should Sing’ by Beata Heuman, 2021.
“Working out your style is never straightforward. We are bombarded with images of how the ideal home should look. You are given the top ten interior trends to follow, only for them to change a few months later, leaving you sitting in your newly renovated Memphis-style kitchen…feeling not quite right. Interior design has long been an aspirational field, and it is easy to become preoccupied with trying to copy the perfect look. But the truth is that if you try to completely imitate another person’s style, you will always fall slightly short…
…There’s a lot of joy in expressing one’s individuality. It is freeing. It can be exhilarating. It can also be pretty irresistible when you see the unabashed, true character of another individual. It may be very different from yours, but it is all the more alluring for it. Therein lies the secret of any work of art that touches me, books that make me think, rooms that linger in my mind and people whose spirit intrigues me.”
Before working on our guest bathroom, we had to address some major issues. First the room’s basic layout was suitable enough. It had a vanity, toilet and walk-in shower. But the materials like the huge granite tiles encasing the entire shower and the Asian inspired chest with bowl sink felt completely out of keeping in our 1800s farmhouse. Secondly the lack of natural light was a problem. The bathroom and a closet were housed in a converted porch project done by the previous owner. This meant that the single bathroom exterior window now looked into the closet. To compensate for the loss of light the owner decided to squeeze a floor-to-ceiling sliver of window glass right by the toilet. Yikes! With all of these problems we had to rethink the whole bathroom and the closet in terms of a better floor plan. Plus underdesign both spaces to work with the age and character of the house.
…Lei Magazine, 1986.
BTW- That traditional French bistro chair can be found at Maison Midi.
A mix of antique portraits framed and unframed casually surround a fireplace mantle.
Design Note– The rule of thumb for displaying is that there be an odd number of items. The four portraits here are joined by the surprise addition of a vase that pulls it all together.
Indoor garden or outdoor garden. So, which is it? A creative owner has made the garden both of these by using wood & screen mesh for walls (to keep deer at bay) and leaving the ceiling open.
(Photo- Sarah Elliott for the book ‘Upstate: Living Spaces with Space to Live‘)