08 May 2009

pretty inspirational...

athletes warm up before competing, artists sketch before committing paint to canvas- so what does a decorator do to get in the decorating mood? well, this decorator for one, looks at tons of decorating books and magazines, and well as the wealth of photos available on our beloved decorating blogs. not necessarily THIS decorating blog though- you know we are far, far too wordy, and the picture to paragraph ratio is disappointingly low here at maison21... ;-)

the other day before heading off to a client meeting, we pulled down a random stack of decorating magazines to get us in the mood to talk decoratin'. not necessarily to find images to show our client- they are hiring us to fulfill their vision of living a more beautiful life, not hiring a decorator to replicate a look in a magazine. nor would m21 ever want to copy a room from a publication. get ideas and inspiration, yes; imitate, no.

anyway, while we were thumbing through our old magazines, we came across this image from a june 2006 house beautiful (possibly the very issue where the magazine transformed itself from drab to fab), and we thought this vignette of a room designed by kathryn scott, perfectly embodied the look we hope to achieve in our client's home- simple, but not minimal, organic with a hint of rustic, yet never going near country kitsch (shudder)- too tailored for that. rest assured that our design will end up looking NOTHING like the photo (we're going way too vintage meets modern for that- then there's our non-magazine sized budget, too), yet we sincerely hope to capture the "feeling" of the room, but not the style.

holding the "mood" in our head, we went into our client meeting confident and warmed up design-wise. lets hope our project turns out half as pretty as our inspiration photo!

see why we were inspired by this classically pretty vignette? just lovely:
photography by ellen mcdermott.

7 comments:

The TownhouseLady said...

I'm so there with you on that. LOVE the sofa.

Tracy said...

Very pretty - love the vintage with the modern. Good luck with your project!
I've been wanting to chic-up my own country-cottagey look lately so I've been hitting the books hard. It's not so much "kitsch" as it's just kinda tired. But I'm still pretty sure that if you walked into my house right now, you might spontaneously combust!

erin@designcrisis said...

Stupid budgets always get in the way. I do love the chartreuse sofa, though. Yum.

custardbydesign said...

inspirational indeed...love catching up on your blog...

magnaverde said...

Your right, that is a nice sofa, but here's the thing: I don't read blogs for pretty pictures. I can get those from books & magazines and I can study them a lot easier than I can the little pixilated images on my laptop. I read blogs--I read your blog--because of the words. Informative, heartfelt, funny, 'thought-provoking'--whatever--words are lots more important than pictures, because it's in the transitions from word to mental image to physical reality that creativity creeps in. Other than that, with too few words and with too much reliance on pictures, as you say, it's pretty much just monkey-see-monkey do. All I know is that when I see some of the derivative, second-hand rehashings of some much-better-designer's work by someone who should know better, I think we really haven't evolved all that far. Anyway, don't ever apologize for text-heavy posts. Never apologize for anything, for that matter.

One day, as I was looking at an online auction catalog of some Nineteenth Century neoclassical furniture, my computer was acting up, so I didn't get any pictures, only little red x's where the photos were supposed to be. I did, however, have extremely detailed descriptions of the missing pieces, and I realized that such in-depth descriptions might make a good assignment for somebody's design class. The assignment would be simple: to draw the piece exactly as described.

A good class will--even without any student attempts to be 'creative'--come up with a dozen different versions of the same piece, showing how much scope leeway there is for individual interpretation of a dry-as-dust description. That kind of creativity-by-default would never come about with an assignment to make an accurate sketch of the same piece of furniture.

Such is the power of words, so just keep 'em coming.

nonpareil said...

love the sexy curves of that sofa...and it is a lovely vignette.

maison21 said...

wow magna verde! that's some comment! but thank you- i'm with you on that as well- my favorite blogs are favorites because of the commentary and the personality of the writer, much more so than the photos. and you are right- magazines and books do a better job with those anyway. by nature, i'm a chatty guy, so i couldn't do an all picture blog if i tried!

sadly though, we might be in the minority there- i know lots and lots of blog readers who don't read the posts themselves, just skim the pictures. sometimes i wonder if reading for enjoyment is a lost art... but i guess that's the great thing about the blogosphere- sumpthin' for everyone!