Blue wall. Fresco on plaster? Blue pigment changes from bottom to top and even water marks from leaks in windows add character.
Restaurant Style. We went to Giorgione for a friend's birthday and were pleased to see that Giorgio DeLuca's (of Dean & DeLuca) excellent sense of style was fully on display in his eponymous restaurant. The interior space is spare and elegant with details that impress and which we had never seen before.
What is particularly interesting about DeLuca's style is that he freely mixes high end and restaurant supply so that it feels luxurious but relaxed. An example of this is the custom nickel tables and the common glassware.
Here are a few details that we picked out for home inspiration:
The tables that were plywood underneath and a thin sheet of nickel on top (we THINK it is nickel - it's much warmer than stainless)
Closeup of the tables reflecting up throught the glasses
(Thanks, Jen & John!)
(ReEdited from 2005-05-23 - MGR)