Monday, 28 July 2008

Design Bloggers Challenge...

Am I up to Maison 21's design bloggers challenge? I'm not sure, let's find out...

It all started with this little beauty...the style has been called everything from "mosco mafioso" to "bordello chic". I was actually kinda suprised that it didn't remind me of either of these things when M21 first posted it. I actually thought it was quite cool as far as chandeliers go - which normally aren't my thing. So, where to start? I think, like Mrs Blandings, it definitely needs a double height ceiling. I was originally thinking it would look a bit fab in an entry, and I know that's already been done, sorry, but here is my take on it!

I would love to see this in a room with white walls, using a framing technique I posted about last week, here. The frames around the walls definitely need to be in black, like the picture above. Oh, and a few of those black candles and chic sconces would be nice too - perhaps on either side of the entry to the main house. (Image from Vogue Living Australia, May/June 2006).

The floors would be black high gloss stone or timber - whichever you prefer - inlaid with chrome in a geometric pattern - like above. I think to stop the chandelier taking over and looking all a bit too much it needs a room thats a bit masculine looking and a little architectural. (Iimage from the book "Frances Elkins" by Steven Salny).

Then simply add a few choice pieces to the space, like a pair of these stunning Austrian Biedemeier chairs either side of this De Coene Frères console like so. Just add a big bunch of red roses for colour and voila!

What do you think?

12 comments:

Mrs. Blandings said...

Gorgeous - that floor is unbelievable! Admit it - it was fun.

Suzy said...

Absolutely! When is the next one?!

columnist said...

I like the architectural (?) black & white screen in your first picture. Any more information on that?

maison21 said...

i just knew your entry would be chic and refined- good job!

and those floors...

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Simply fabulous.

Suzy said...

Oh thank you Christian and HOBAC, I think I might be blushing now!

Mélanie said...

Funny game ! I love to read all the post around the blogosphere about it ! Yours is fantastic , perfect choice , for me ! I'm totally in love with that chair

katiedid said...

THe floors are to die for! Love it. ;)

Alkemie said...

What a dramatic room you've put together Suzy! I Love it as I do love drama in a room.

Karen :)

Suzy said...

Thanks girls, seems like the floor is the winner here! We can thank Frances Elkins for that!

Topsy Turvy said...

Ooh, love your masculine take! Wonderful! And of course that floor is spectacular.

-Lana

laradunston said...

The chandelier is the kind you typically see in the villas of Sheikhs and wealthy Arabs in Dubai, so I'd suggest a sleek take on a contemporary Arabian nights like - you're on the right track actually!