An Exercise in Combining Contrasting Ideas

An Exercise in Combining Contrasting Ideas

Abby Stone
Aug 24, 2010

I have been drooling over Jon & Tyke's Modern Cabin for the last few days. The white interior, with its controlled splashes of color and touches of wood, beckons me with its promise of serenity. I've bookmarked it for when I finally get around to redoing my living room. And then I came across these images of the not-quite-yet-opened Redbury Hotel in Hollywood. How can I use both of these images as inspiration in the same space? Hmmm.

The dilemma is how to get the cool, modern feeling of the former while still exuding the warmth and eclectic bohemian spirit of the later. I spent some time looking through both sets images trying to figure out what it was in the two sets of images that appealed to me and how I could distill those elements out and use them.

As Laure pointed out yesterday, Jon and Tyke's Modern Cabin is largely influenced by Scandinavian shelter magazines. The predominately white interiors allow the colorful items to feel almost like art: the yellow chair, the blue chairs, the arrangement of books.

On the other hand, the new Redbury hotel in Hollywood is saturated with a Moroccan color and pattern. The rooms are done in a mix of traditional English antiques and exotic elements. Deep oranges and saffron yellows speak of travels to the souks and bazaars of North Africa and I love the mix of kilims, suzanis and Ikat fabrics with traditionally patterned wallpaper and touches of brass.

Since the majority of my inspiration is leaning towards the all white side, I'm planning to start with those images as my base. Unless I can convince my landlord otherwise, I'll have to forego the all white floors but a large white rug will work to lighten up the floors. I've already purchased the REGOLIT lamp, with its large white paper shade, and a set of filmy white curtains, from IKEA. Studying the other set of images more closely, I've determined that what attracts me are the suzani bedspread, the kilim covered chairs and bench and the Ikat pillow. I'll bring those exotic elements in with a suzani covered ottoman to serve as a coffee table and maybe a large round wooden African stool in the corner to act as both a place to toss bags and coats and as extra seating.

How do you combine clashing inspirations?

Images: 1: Laure Joliet; 1-5:Redbury Hotel

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