18 October 2009

i got sick of lookin' at it...

so i had to redecorate...
a few months back, we sold a screen from the living room of the atelier to a client- leaving a big ol' gaping hole of a blank wall. we planned on filling the hole with another screen or something big enough to fill the wall (whatever that might be), but as of last week we hadn't found the right thing, so we were living with ugly- and HATING it, each and every time we walked by the room.

so when we finally could stand it no longer, and couldn't wait one more day for the "right" thing to walk into our life, we went out to le garage and cleaned off a yellow 70's console we had found by the side of the road one day on our way to a client meeting. it's got a chip or two, and is a little discolored, but it's better then a big ol' blank wall. it probably would have sat outside uncleaned forever, if we weren't desperate, and all likelihood could have ended up on the curb again, but sometimes you gotta use what you got, so inside he came. it wasn't big enough to hold it's own, so we flanked it with a plant and a rougier torchiere- both similarly acquired, btw- plant was found on trash day years ago, and the rougier, i broke a petal off while cleaning, so i got to keep it (makin' lemonade from lemons- turn the broken bit to face the wall, and almost good as new)!

my little vignette was looking a little lonely, and my fantasy of how it would look best required a slipper chair next to the console, but again- i didn't have my heart's desire on hand- so i improvised, stacking some books in the spot i'd prefer the chair, to 'hold the space'. then we added a layer of accessories to distract from the temporariness of it all- some pictures for height (leaned, not hung, to avoid permanent nail holes) and put some vintage ceramics on top of the stacks of books so they didn't look like we were just too lazy to move them (we were). last, we put our target temple jars (such a good buy) underneath the console, 'cause with all that other crap laying around, the negative space under the console looked positively barren in comparison... ;-)

so is it what we want along that wall, for evers? hell to tha no! but it beats looking at ugliness everyday, and we can stand it until the right thing comes along. sometimes, you just have to make do with what you have, not the fantasy of what you'd really like. you know, if wishes were fishes, and all...

same goes for our little blog redecoration. we got so sick of looking at our super-long right hand sidebar with nothing to balance it on the left, and we finally had to do something about it, hence the 3-column template. is it exactly what we want? um, no.
we would prefer a professionally designed website with both a static site for our portfolio, and a dynamic home for our blog- and it will come in the near future. but right now, at 2 am on a saturday, just couldn't stand it for one more hour, and decided to make do with the materials we had on hand (ie, one web-challenged decorator with rudimentary photoshop skills). certainly not perfect (we won't quit our day job to become a web designer), but it'll do for now.

so we hope you can stand it for a bit too, and if you notice any glaring problems, please let us know. we already know we have to recreate our blogroll, as it was an unintentional causality of the change, and i'm sure there are more glitches we haven't noticed (
we are a bit bleary eyed from staring at the damn thing all night)...

as always, input is desired in the comments- if you hate it, or have suggestions, i wanna know!

'nite!

18 comments:

custardbydesign said...

what a punch...looks class maison21...i like it

Lolo said...

I so love looking at your interiors. They should be in the dictionary under "eclectic" because it's so often done wrong but yours, yours are my ideal. A perfect mix of classids and contemporary with an always inspired dash of something personal.

Mrs. Blandings said...

It looks so fresh and clean - a terrific transition - both the wall and the blog. A white background is so crisp.

Lauren said...

It looks fab! I love that you have all these fun pieces just laying around!

Pigtown-Design said...

lookin' good, hon!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

it looks pretty fantastic so far, I have to say -love the new format!

Cote de Texas said...

you found that in the trash? unreal!!!!! the new vignette looksk wonderful! I love it - you did a great job - I need you to come do the same thing at my house. please????

Linda Merrill said...

I think your blog makeover looks great! And your drawings are fantastic - never knew that about you - see what happens when we re-arrange? We see new things!

maison21 said...

why thank you, custardbydesign- and thanks for being the first to comment on the new look!

lolo- marry me. srsly.

thanks, mrs. b- though i gotta admit, usually when i see a white wall, i want to whip out my paintbrush... but we try to resist, because sometimes, plain ol' white is just right.

lauren- thanks! it's actually a bit scary that i have all those pieces around- i'm scared i'll end up on an episode of "hoarders"!

meg- thanks- i didn't realize how much busier it would be with two sidebars, but no going back now!

thanks stefan- when i miss my dark background, i'll visit you! i am torn- i really like how pictures pop against black or dark gray (so elegant too, i think), but that second sidebar made it look like times square with my old dark background, so i am embrace the light!

joni- i always stop at piles of furniture left out for the trash- 99.9% of the time it is total junk, but every so often- jackpot! tell you what, if i find any swedish country left out for the garbage truck, i'll send it your way- i haven't seen any yet, but never say never!

linda, thank you so much. drawing furniture is something near and dear to my heart, and in my own practice, i get to do some, but not not as much as i'd like, so i am fortunate to have a network of other designers who come to me to help turn their ideas into something they can show both their clients and workrooms. it's just as exciting to make someone else's vision come alive, as it is my own!

Sketch42 said...

Seriously, everything you touch turns to gorgeous! I love what you did with the blank wall, it has your style all over it!

I also really really like the blog's new look. It is VERY fresh and pretty!!

hello gorgeous said...

Fabulous new look!!

Suzy said...

Christian I think it looks great! As Mrs B said, the white is very fresh and crisp as a background. Have you changed your header too, or am I imagining things?

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

Looks fantastic, Christian! I really like the big fat typeface... easy to read and pretty too. And I love your new pile-up of stuff. Very chic. (of course)

TOCHA said...

Nice change! Lovin the new blog design and the yellow console. It's amazing what you get accomplished during a heat wave, M21!

Things That Inspire said...

I love your blog redesign - Georgia font is my favorite, and I am a big fan of crisp white backgrounds.

katiedid said...

Christian!
It's a new you! The vignette...gorgeous. And I think I am due for an overhaul on katiedid after seeing your changes! Looks great!!! (Could you teach me?!)

Great Dame said...

Nice fresh change - both the atelier and the website!

And I love hearing the 'why' behind design decisions - like the temple jars below the console table. Interesting and it makes sense to me. Keep up the good work!

Jenn said...

What roads are you driving around on? That's a pretty amazing find for roadside orphan furniture!

I'm also a big fan of the three column blog look, but I definitely recommend getting your site professionally designed if it's something you want to do.

You'd be surprised how affordable some designers are. My current design was under $40 and very worth it.