Continuing with the editorial team's efforts to get to know ourselves better by discovering just what sort of hotel room might fit us best (all the better to prepare to find the perfect spot to stay for our next trip) it occurs to me that I might be searching for some place dark and dramatic to lay my head at night.
It's no secret that artwork brings color, pattern, texture and life into a space, but those with dramatic modern-style tastes have a secret weapon they use powerfully: adding a dramatic modern piece of art to a space can increase its wow factor by a ton!
Nothing says drama like bold black and white stripes. This chic tent sets the mood while the round resort bed provides plenty of space for lounging. A handful of planters provide greenery and a bit of privacy.
Furniture design is an art form, and it's on full display in a Dramatic Modern space. Stark, high contrast rooms let the seating speak for itself. From clean to conceptual, angular to amorphous, these chairs are are bold in black and white.
Designer Jeni Tu sees red in traffic. That red — evocative of the string of taillights on her Los Angeles commutes — makes its way onto her Linea chair, a prototype inspired by the curvilinear geometry of the city's freeways.
Name: Alexis Hadjopulos - owner of TINI and lead interior designer on HGTV's Pop Shop Location: Hollywood Hills - Los Angeles, California Size: 3000 square feet Years lived in: 2 1/2 years
It is fun to see how shop owner and interior designer Alexis decorates his own home. Even though his place is clean lined and modern, it is also very personal and definitely reflects Alexis' fun energy. Even his dog (Rocky) fits in with the decor!
Entering Brian & Kerry's loft, the first thing you see is the courtyard. It's hard to miss an entire wall of windows that reaches up to the 18-foot ceilings. "In the winter, it's like living in a snow globe," Brian reminisces, "...when it actually snows." Which is not the case on the day I visit, another unusually warm Saturday in New England. The effect, however, is still impressive. What the loft lacks in square footage, it makes up for in light.
Location: French Concession Shanghai, China
Size: About 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 3 months
Today's tour takes us around the other side of the globe to a home in cosmopolitan, Shanghai, specifically into the third home profiled by Apartment Therapy of globe trotting reader, Xing:
I moved to Shanghai for an expat assignment for a couple years. After living in an high rise apartment, I was kicked out of my place, because my landlord saw what I done with the place and liked it, and decided to sell it. In China, there is no tenant protection laws. So I found this smaller place in French Concession, located on the top two floors of an old style lane house (a typical architecture style from old Shanghai days).