|m21's elevation of a wall niche in the proposed entry hall.|
the architecture of the residence is quite contemporary and virtually every room has a stellar view of los angeles- except for the entry, which is rather dark, and not very inviting- hardly even a real entry at all- not what you want to make a exciting first impression, if you know what i mean. our philosophy is you want to wow your guests (and yourself) the minute they step through the front door- just like a job interview, you can't undo a bad first impression! the entry needed to be seriously glammed up and lightened up as well, so to up the glam factor, add in some needed elegance and sophistication, as well as lend a subtle sheen to bounce and reflect light around the space, we chose one of our favorite wallcoverings, roger arlington's chinese teapaper, for a focal wall niche. we particularly love this shimmery paper as it's not gold, and not silver, but a little bit of each depending on how the light hits it. teapaper is very traditional material, so to keep things modern, we chose the random squares pattern which reminds us of the chic and modern 1970's cityscape series by paul evans.
|roger arlington teapaper in a dining room by jeffery bilhuber|
|vintage paul evans club chairs in the cityscape pattern- the inspiration for our choice of the teapaper|
to further keep things light and bright, we selected to hang a large, round, polished nickel mirror from orange on the teapaper, over a bargain-priced vintage lucite and suede console in the style of milo baughman (from a consignment shop in palm springs); we also proposed to replace the original navy suede covering the body of the console with a bone colored waxed linen (the suede was cool, but a bit too pimped out for our modern and sophisticated vision). using maison21's patented decorating law of opposites*, we like the idea of using a round mirror against the squares of the wall paper, and the texture of the linen against the shine of the paper.
*m21's decorating law of opposites: to avoid being too matchy-matchy, when using a design element, try to use its opposite somewhere else in the room: matte = shiny, rough = smooth, light = dark, etc. opposites add needed tension- but don't get too carried away- too much of a good thing = a mess!
|custom mirror from orange|
|vintage console selection- a steal at $475! the original navy suede to be replaced with a waxed linen in bone, keeping things light and modern.|
|kinda of glam for a thousand bucks, we think...|