ditto :: the most elegant sitting corner in the house
Monday, August 6, 2012 by {darlene}

ditto monday image

I have long loved this image below. Today’s ditto is just one small, yet elegant, sitting corner in the living room of a fantastic Manhattan Townhouse, designed by Celerie Kemble. Granted, this is just one tiny snippet of the room. But, packed into this sitting corner is a wealth of details, rich in beauty.

There are so many design concepts we could ditto from this gorgeous sitting corner. As with all of our dittos, let’s study what makes this space SO AMAZING, so that we can learn how to add more beauty to OUR homes!!!

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

sitting corner

{design by Celerie Kemble via Elle Decor}

 

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

1.    PALE PINK WALLS… AND THEN, NO MORE MENTION OF PINK.

When are pale pink walls most powerful? When they stand alone. I love how these pale pink walls stand as the only presence of pale pink in the room. But the walls set a soft stage backdrop for all the bold and rich colors in this room. I especially love how the aquas on the screen, the chair-fabric aqua diamonds, and the aqua ceramic pot add gorgeous contrast against the pale pink walls. Worthy of a ditto!

2.   A FOLDING SCREEN, WRAPPED IN LUSH, PRICEY WALLPAPER.

Need to add a huge punch of drama to your space? Wallpaper a basic screen in a gorgeous, high-end De Gournay paper that draws attention to itself and livens up the room. Ditto.

3.  A CARRERA MARBLE MANTLE.

This ditto-worthy mantle is completely created out of marble, and it is nothing short of stunning. It brightens up the room, and adds instant architectural weight to this sitting corner.

4.   A STUNNING FOCAL PIECE OF ART ABOVE THE MANTLE.

In this case, the stunning focal artwork is a 20th century wooden clock that has been gilded.  Finding a gutsy piece like this is the first step of the process, but then, you need to have the guts to “go for it,” and highlight it. Go for it and ditto a bold focal piece of art!

5.   A SUBTLE SPLASH OF SOMETHING FUN.

This space is filled with rich and lush fabrics and colors, and traditional features such as a persian rug, detailed crown molding, and wood floors ground the space. And then…..The bold tiger print fabric on the stool pops onto the scene. I think the tiger is made twice as fun by showing up in the most refined of spaces.

6.  DARK WOOD FLOORS AND PALE WALLS.

I know. I know. Are you tired of hearing me talk about the power of contrast yet?? But truly. It is such a powerful design element. In this room, I could not help but notice how gorgeous the contrast was between the pale walls, woodwork and mantle and the deep wood floors. Simply stunning. Ditto.

7. RICH. RICH. RICH.

What I love THE MOST about this space, and what makes it unforgettable in my eyes is its richness. Rich velvets. Rich pigments. Rich textures. Rich fabrics. Rich marble. Rich ceramics. Rich gold touches. Even rich peonies in full bloom. No detail is shy or mousy in this space. And I love it for its richness. Definitely Ditto!!

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SO much goodness.

Love anything I did not mention? or…

WHAT WOULD YOU DITTO {STEAL} FROM THIS SPACE, 1-7? SOMETHING ELSE?

I LOVE HEARING YOUR THOUGHTS! 

 

 

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8 Comments

  • That little corner is more like a painting to me. Or a still life to observe. I do not see myself sitting in it. Though I would like to ‘try out’ that lovely chair. :D

    My favorite is the mantel. Simple elegance.

  • I can’t see the rest of the room for looking at the gorgeous screen!

  • Hey Darlene, I would definitely steal that starburst mirror! Drooling here! Such a beautiful corner! Hey, I would love your support in the High Point Mrket Style Spotter contest! I am giving away some great items on my blog for my voters!!! I need your support and everyone’s daily vote if i win! thanks for considering!!! Lisa
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  • This a beautiful corner. It’s a challenge, for me to ditto, though, because it is all just too formal for me. Not my style! I do like the play between the items on the mantle and the tree: they balance and mimic each other’s shape, that’s cool. (But I would try tht with different items, interesting to try and think of what) And I do love the peonies–and the aqua vase on the table, but I would put them in very different rooms. Is it helpful to analyse what you don’t like?

  • I love the folding screen and have a place in my living room that needs it to hide stereo speakers.

  • The beautiful crown moulding is definitely rich. I’m thinking a lovely dressing screen may be just what I need for a dull corner of my living room.

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