Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Modern Art in a Traditional Setting

Do you love traditional furnishings but are worried your house is beginning 
to look like your grandmothers?  
These offerings from Oriet's Fine Art might be just the breath of fresh air you are looking for. 
"Emerald City" by Liza Hathaway Matthews

"Dancer" by Judy Hintz Cox
"Red Line" by Holly Cunningham
This private revolving art gallery presents an eclectic mix of unique and exceptional art from emerging and established artists both regional and international in scope.
More and more often we are seeing modern art paired with traditional furnishings.
This painting by Charlotte Parrino from New Orleans is part of her new series.  Charlotte's work has been in Southern Living as a featured artist.
Here is another by artist Judy Hintz Cox   
Her work has been featured in numerous publications including 
a cover spread on Kelsey Grammer featuring her work in InStyle
This work featured by Liza Hattaway Matthews
 was commissioned by me for my office at Kirsten Nease Designs.
All of these works are available through Oriet's Fine Art.  

Contact me for help in updating your collection or art!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving!  
I was busy the day before preparing a window display in historic Carytown.  Sally Hirsch, owner of W. Hirsch Oriental Rugs, has renovated her store windows just in time for this holiday season.
   Worldy textiles with sophisticated patterns are mixed with organic items to allow for a restful moment in one's busy day of shopping.
 .  One feels right at home in this display where a ceiling tented in Cowtan & Tout sheer and gifts wrapped in the new Schumacher Luxe Lodge Wovens collection 
create a cozy retreat for your holiday home. 
Happy Shopping!!! 
 Don't forget to take a stroll down Cary Street in historic Carytown!

For assistance with your next design project contact Kirsten Nease Designs.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Selecting Marble & Granite

Natural stone is one of the most beautiful surfaces to use when 
selecting counters, back splashes or walls in your bath or kitchen.
It also proves to be one of the most challenging selections for many homeowners to make.
Each piece has a unique color, patina and style. 
 Some are dramatic and are works of art.  Others are neutral and nondescript.  Whatever you choose it must balance well with your cabinetry, flooring, wall color, tile and overall design aesthetic.  Often times it is the granite or marble that sets this design aesthetic.  
I personally love to browse the local stone yards.  
Every time I visit there is some new stone that catches my eye. 
This one has an etched impala pattern.
  Here are a few beauties I saw this fall when visiting Charles LuckMarva Marble & Granite and Arc Granite & Marble.  I love when the stone is indoors vs. outside for viewing.  Not only because of the cold or heat that is inevitably at it's worst when I'm there but because it is so much easier to see the beauty of the stone under a consistent indoor light.

Do you see the hidden steer head???  Amazing what nature brings us.
  I hope you enjoyed the post.
As always, contact me when starting your next project
 to assist you with making your design selections.
  Kirsten Nease Designs

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Before & After Bathroom

Before and After
 I recently completed a bathroom in The Fan District of Richmond, VA. 
 Once small and blah, there is nothing small or blah about this renovated bath.
Careful selections for all surfaces create a beautiful bathroom that has a personality of its own.
 Marble counter with blue, green and beige accents highlight
 the colors in the fabric by Cowtan & Tout.
 A tower set-back from the sink allows for additional storage without interfering with a baseboard heating element added to replace the original radiator.
An artfully crafted stained glass and wallpaper from Jane Churchill
 with vines and a subtle strie of blues complete this beautifully appointed bathroom.

As always, if you are interested in assistance with your next project,
 contact me at Kirsten Nease Designs.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Statement Powder Rooms

Powder Rooms are a place where one can show off their favorite design style.
It is a space where favored elements may be taken to the extreme without overpowering the entire home.  When a guest enters the Powder room they should say, 
"Wow! This is what my friend likes most." 

Here are a few rooms that have that Wow factor!
Natural stone and dramatic print shower curtain "Le Lac" 
by Brunschwig & Fils accent this powder room.
Mosaic tile and marble carved bowl add dramatic Mediterranean flair to this bath.
A crystal chandelier, apron splash and carved cabinet give this powder room punch.
A dramatic marble splash and counter is all that is needed to give this room WOW factor.
Schonbek chandelier and faux painted walls create a jewel box feel in this bath.
A simple eclectic mix of stone, iron and paint finish give this bath a rustic feel.
And finally...WOW pink damask!!! In this bath I've been working on, the client chose a striking hot pink damask paper to give the ultimate feminine splash to this bath!  Awaiting botanical prints and a gilded ceiling this bath will be a real show stopper!

Want to make your powder room have that WOW-Factor?
Contact Kirsten Nease Designs for assistance.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 31, 2012

End of Summer

It seems every year that summer flies by faster than the year before.  
This past summer is no exception.
I thought I would leave you with some beautiful sun rooms to reflect on your summer, 
all the fun you had and all the memories you created.

Let's start with this sun room that has a perfectly balanced island feel.

 There is just something about green that I love!

 A sea of blue and white! (by Kirsten Nease Designs)

Amazing architecture and scale!
 Wow! Wouldn't you love to curl up with a book out here?

 Sophisticated casual in grand scale!

Bohemian bursts of color and texture everywhere! 
 Awash in golds and greens to escape the summer heat! 
(Interiors by Kirsten Nease Designs)
Who says you can't have a sun room in the city?

 Perfect balance!
Lunch anyone?
 Farewell to summer 2012!  
I'll miss the beautiful sunsets you have graced us with this summer!

Kirsten Nease Designs is a full service design firm and I'd love to help you
 make a home that creates memories for your family.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Choosing the Right Chandelier For Your Dining Room

I am pleased to have a guest post from Kevin of Lamp Click to shed some light (pardon the pun) on how to select a chandelier for your dining room.

Setting the right mood in your dining room is one of the most important choices you can make when it comes to lighting your home. The dining room is where you entertain guests, host holiday meals, and maybe even settle in for a romantic dinner for two from time to time. It should beautify the room but it should also be functional – who wants to sit down for an amazing meal and then spend ten minutes trying to figure out how to dim the lights just right? They should be a subtle but beautiful addition, not an attention getting distraction. You can choose any style you like that fits your taste, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you are choosing the fixture that is right for the space.
(Interior by Kirsten Nease Designs)
Chandeliers are the centerpiece of a living room, and should mesh with the d├ęcor and style of the home. If you have an antique dining table and chairs, an ultra-modern chandelier probably isn’t the wise choice. The American Lighting Association suggests that you should size a chandelier twelve inches less in diameter than the dining room table’s smallest width.  Be sure to match the height of the chandelier to the table and the ceiling height, keeping it at least 30-34 inches above the table. You definitely don’t want grandpa hitting his head when he leans in to cut the turkey on Thanksgiving. Another trick is to measure the length and width of your dining room and add the numbers together. Convert the sum to inches, and that equals the diameter of the chandelier you should go with – pretty neat. Keep these measurements and tricks in mind when making your final decision.

Chandeliers should create the feeling that the room is lit by candles. After all, they did start off historically as fixtures literally lit by candles. There should be a soft glow rather than a harsh light. This is not the room you will be studying in or doing needlepoint in most likely. It is a space for relaxation, entertainment, and pleasure. Think soft light, giving the illusion of flickering candles or even holiday lights. Since chandeliers illuminate the area below and surrounding it, you may need supplemental lights in the recesses of the room. Sconces or other lights might be in order, but first test your chandelier to see what you need – or do not need.

As for style, you can go from contemporary to classical, depending on your taste. Bronze, crystal, art deco, pendant or bronze or brushed nickel – take your time and make sure you are choosing the one that feels right for the room. There are even halogen chandeliers which may or may not fit your style – the point is think outside of the box, but make sure you are not too far outside so you end up with a sleek modern dining room table lit by an antique crystal chandelier. No need to confuse people! Have fun, get the measurements, and take your time finding the chandelier that’s right for you.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Master Bedroom Renovation after Devastating Fire (Part 3)

The master bedroom of my client's home underwent massive changes after a fire devastated the home. Again the goal was to increase natural light in this southwest facing space.  This was accomplished by adding a bay window and adjusting the size of additional windows in the room.
Custom bedding and window treatments with fabrics from Schumacher and Cowtan & Tout make this bedroom restful. Urn lamps and chandelier from Currey & Company help to illuminate the space.
As always, contact our offices for assistance with your next project.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Guest Post: Arcadian Lighting

Hi! I’m Joanna, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a wonderful online source for light fixtures and lighting news. I’m passionate about interior design and love collecting decorating ideas and images to share through guest posts such as this one on inspiring blue and grey interiors. Thank you Kirsten for letting me share with your readers today!

Interior Design Blue and Gray Accents
A blue tufted sofa sits center stage in this elegant living room with grey on the walls and floor. A pattern with mixed blues and greys would work nicely here to anchor the room.

Home Decor Blue and Grey Accents
Light blue and grey give this living room a summery feel with its floral window treatments and pretty pillows. I love the blue accent wall behind the shelves.

Blue and Grey Color Scheme Home
A modern space looks homey dressed in blue and grey. The floral shade ties the colors together. I love the slender swing arm lighting fixture.

Traditional Interior Design
The lightest blues and greys fit together beautifully in this traditional living room. The grey on the walls is so soothing. I especially love the floral pattern on the draperies.

Color Scheme Blue and Grey Room
This summery blue, grey and white living room looks light and breezy with its striped window treatments, slipcovered furniture and sisal rug.

Classic Furniture Interior Design
A formal oval dining room with classic furnishings is quite sophisticated dressed in blue and grey. The antler light fixture in red is an interesting touch.

Bedroom Interior Design
Blue, cream and grey look lovely mixed in this charming bedroom. The wallpaper adds interest amongst the solids in the space.

Bedroom Home Decor
The soft hues in this guest room offer a relaxing and comfortable place to get away from it all. The faux deer mounts are a bit unexpected.   Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

In what room would you like to incorporate a blue and grey color scheme?  Make sure to come check out our blue lovely pendant lights.