Five Easy Pieces II

September 30, 2013

Again, a simplequietmodern interior starting with five easy pieces…the armless sofa, 2 armchairs, 1 pair of raffia cubes for a coffee table and the folding screen. A base of pale neutrals anchored with rich peacock-blue, this room could be equally stunning if the blue were switched out for another rich color (aubergine, copper) or pulled back completely with a smoky charcoal. The selection of the French armchairs, the classic shape of the  white lamp set on a simple geometric base and the white armless sofa are reminiscent of the elegant interiors the late David Hicks created for the jet-set in the 1960’s. Even in an intimately scaled setting like this , it’s possible to achieve great style and  seating for eight with the right selections and a little judicious editing. If you’re lovin’ the “cocktail stools” pictured you might try a pair of these raffia cubes from oomph!






H is for…

April 28, 2013

Hermes Paris. We are all familiar with the scarves and many covet the Birkin Bag. Classic…luxurious. But wallpaper? This wall covering, OP, from the Hermes archives could not be any more simplequietmodern. A design inspiration since the 1950’s , now might be the time to let it inspire you.  As a background to support some classic mid-century furniture or used as a surprising detail lining the interior of your closet or the drawers of a modern chest, this elegant pattern of stacked Hs is sure to satisfy your modernist bent.Herm_stone214003_M02_proportional_1000x1000_q90Herm_brwn_214003_M05_proportional_1000x1000_q90 

I love these neutrals, but, how gorgeous would this be in charcoal?

Fall Back

November 2, 2012

Now we’re moving into the graying image that is Fall’s second act. Changing intensities of light, neutralized color,texture and material will be peaking my interests and guiding me creatively through the next two months. Turning the clock back an hour seems like a simple action, yet the very next day everything looks different…quiet somehow. A “palate cleanser” perhaps before we gear up for the holidays that lie ahead.

You might try a visit to these links for some additional Autumn inspiration.