Before and After Part 2: Bedroom 1

So lets explore one of the two bedrooms I designed, again for my Mom's house.  Thanks Mom! Mom. Mom. MAAAAAAAAAOOOOM! Meatloaf! Okay, thank you Mom and Will Ferrell.

So here is the bedroom before:

 Bedroom before

Bedroom before

So the room is nice.  Great bay window lighting, good amount of space.  Its just kinda boring. Not designed.

Here is after:

So, not to brag or anything, but I think it looks pretty dope.  Yea that's right.  So, I created a sort of mood board for this design.  Just now.  I don't use mood boards to design.  I start with an idea and then the design evolves and progresses.  But I thought it would be interesting to see it represented in a 2-D way.  Here it is:

In the middle, you can see a painting, this is a painting by the Australian painter Ken Done.  I had bought my Mom a limited edition print while I was living in Sydney, Australia. This print was the starting point for the design.  It defined the color scheme.  

After deciding the color scheme, next was materials.  I knew I wanted some printed patterned fabric.  We chose the fabric company Toiles de Mayennes, a french company with outposts in Paris as well as Bordeaux, a large city relatively close to my Mom's house in France.  We chose a toile and a stripe to go with the print.  I knew I wanted a toile de joey because it is a classic french pattern that lends history and charm to any interior.  It was paired with a stripe in similar tones for a bit of modernity.  The materials were used to create custom pillows.  We also chose an Ikat pillow from Kim Seybert, because honestly, with these colors and the way the scheme was coming along, the more patterns the merrier!

From the beginning I wanted a graffiti piece.  My brother is a talented art student, street artist, glass artist and illustrator, so naturally I wanted hime to do the graffiti piece. I liked the idea of having graffiti in the house, I adore the brightness of it, its graphic quality.  I was really interested in house it would interact with classic french toile de joey.  Both toile de joey and Graffiti come from the same family.  Graffiti has a place in the lexicon of art history and decoration.  

I asked my brother to use Montana 300 water based paints.  They are suitable for indoor use and therefore less toxic to humans and the environment.  I use the greenest house paint as well.  I just think its better to avoid toxins as much as possible.

Anyways, I asked my brother to write "Bonnes Reves", which means Sweet Dreams in French.  We took a look at different graffiti styles as well as his own and he drew out the design before actually painting it.  The paints are again within the color scheme from the original print.

I wanted to use pendant lamps for side lights, so I chose the Muuto E27 pendant lights.  They come in pink, which is awesome.  And I love the exposed bulb look as you know. Alvar Aalto stools that had been used in other parts of the house, were brought in for side tables.  Their light wood blends in, and is restful in this sea of color.  Frankly, I wanted other side tables, but tables are very expensive, and I don't believe in buying crap, especially since a lot of crap these days is really expensive. It was better to integrate the gorgeous Aalto furniture, than buy something else.  Better for the budget too.  I think the reason the Aalto furniture ends up working is because of the graffiti.  The graffiti brings the modern classic into the contemporary, graffiti is the new modern.