ditto :: a living room where simplicity meets glamour
Monday, April 30, 2012 by {darlene}

I am pretty excited about today’s Ditto. You see, in my own attempt to put words around the “things that I love,” I have created somewhat of a catch phrase to explain my “style:”

…HANGING IN THE BALANCE BETWEEN FARMHOUSE SIMPLICITY AND HIGH-GLOSS GLAMOUR.

As you will see, today’s room is right up that alley:

{As always, I look forward to hearing from you and finding out what you would ditto, too. So, be thinking!}

{design by Jeffrey Bilhuber, via House Beautiful}

DITTO :: {WHAT I WOULD STEAL FROM THIS SPACE}:

1.   FARMHOUSE SIMPLICITY vs. HIGH-GLOSS GLAMOUR.

Contrasts {with intelligent restraint}, in my opinion, really are the key to gorgeous, top-level design. {That doesn’t mean you can’t use “a lot of the same”… but that is another blog post altogether}.  Anyone who has read FHD for a bit knows that I really do love the specific contrast of farmhouse-simplicity versus high-gloss glamour. This room shows how beautifully these two ideas can be when used together. The simplicity of the fieldstone, the painted old-wood floor, the breathable furniture arrangement, the classic lines. And then, the high-gloss glamour of the bold, golden sofa, the rich plum chair, the gutsy pattern on the floor, the white chair, and even that amazing topiary in the corner. Pure, contrasting genius.

2.   PAINTED FLOORS.

I love painted floors. I love the beautiful painted floors in this room:  part glam – part barn-painting simplicity. I love the painted floors in my boys’ room. Not sure if I love these painted floors the most-est, or these. Definitely Must Ditto.

3.   A SOFA COVERED IN A BRIGHT, FAVORITE COLOR. GUTSY.

Do you have the guts to recover a sofa in your favorite color? Even if that color is bright and gutsy? Let me ask you this. How long have you LOVED that color. If you have “always” loved it, or loved it for over 7 years… by golly… GO FOR IT!!! And don’t look back. And when you get nervous, cold feet – tell your feet to HUSH up.

4.   ART. WITH A PORTRAIT LAMP.

Every room needs gorgeous art. But I must confess: I think gorgeous art can look even more gorgeous with a streamlined portrait lamp above it. The light it gives is so romantic, and it is like putting a gold necklace on a lovely woman. Just right.

5.   SCULPTURAL OCCASIONAL CHAIR.

It is always good to have extra chairs around. I love that this room, which has farmhouse bones, is decorated with pieces that have glamourous lines. And the white occasional chair in this room acts like a piece of functional AND sculptural art. ditto.

6.   FUNCTIONAL FIREPLACE BEAUTY.

A chunky, textural basket filled with useable wood. A lovely and long fireplace guard with bronze accents. A working, wood-burning fireplace. All of these functional items are also Ditto-Worthy, beautiful design elements.

7.   OPPOSITES ON THE COLOR WHEEL.

Golden orange and plum. Opposites on the color wheel. Well, now. Here comes that “Contrast” thing that I am always going on and on about! This room has a very neutral backdrop, which is the perfect place to play around with bold, contrasting colors. Incorporating opposites on the color wheel is a great way to shake up your decorating.

8. FIELDSTONE. OF COURSE.

That Fieldstone fireplace is breathtaking. Oh, Yes. I really do love Fieldstone. When we were house hunting, I actually told the realtor that we wanted a stone house. Kinda limiting don’t you think? So glad I did though. Fieldstone is so raw, so pure, so natural, warm and cool at the same time. Fieldstone speaks of history to me. This post shows off some of the Fieldstone here at Fieldstone Hill. And this post shows off what I love SO much more than Fieldstone, of course.

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SO much goodness.

Love anything I did not mention? or…

WHAT WOULD YOU DITTO {STEAL} FROM THIS SPACE, 1-8? SOMETHING ELSE?

I LOVE HEARING YOUR THOUGHTS!

 

 

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7 Comments

  • That arm chair had my name on it…and you are right…gutsy choice on the sofa…but I like it.

  • Orange and plum–gutsy,yes, a room that makes me eager to know its creator. nice balance between classic and eclectic,looks effortless but reflects experience, willingness to experiment and a need to be happy where this person lives.

  • I like the natural and traditional thrown in there- the stone, the tree, the painting with the lighting, and lots of natural light coming through the windows. What a fun person that must live there (or is is just for design?!)!!

  • Good morning! I had decided on dittos of your #s 2, 3, 5, 6 & 8 before I scrolled down to read :) Small thing, but I also took note of the crown molding. Simple (well, unless your husband is installing – lol!), yet I think crown molding always adds so much. It’s a thoughtful detail that harkens back to a day when architecture was about so much more than throwing up cookie-cutter houses as quickly as possible.

  • Ok, I didn’t mean literally “your” husband…more like “one’s” husband…or maybe I should’ve been more specific and said MY husband :) Hope you have a great week!

  • What a fantastic room! That color combo is definitely gutsy and it looks awesome in this space but I’m not sure I could pull it off. LOL! I could totally see myself “ditto”ing the painted floors and I’ve actually been considering doing that in our playroom. Hmmm…now to just convince my hubby! ;-)
    Vanessa

  • i LOVE the couch, but I think I like it so much because the rest of the room is so neutral; but the floors make it fit so nicely, too.

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