Summer Staycation: Architecture & Area Rug

I love contemporary design, and I love to put my Austin Avant-Garde spin on it by bringing in a little more boldness and pattern than the typical clean, minimal feel of many contemporary spaces. This living room will be the best of both worlds, reflecting the beauty of clean and simplistic lines accented with bold pattern and color. I guarantee that any client willing to be daring with me will not be disappointed.

Architectural Elements

I’m starting this design off with a simple black and white architectural palette. It’s classic, timeless, and dramatic all at the same time. A black concrete floor serves as the perfect foundation for any color scheme.

At first glance, the idea of a high gloss black trim can be intimidating to some. I actually had this exact question come up with a client of mine, but she trusted my grand view and it has since become one of her favorite parts of the design! Check out the beautiful photos at Madeline Manor’s website.


area rugAs many of you know, normally I love patterned rugs that make a statement. In this room, however, the bold color scheme and pattern of the under drape provide just the right amount of pattern and drama, and so it makes more sense for the rug to fade into the background a little more while still providing loads of comfort. In every room I design, I strive to strike a balance between boldness and a place for the eyes to rest. This results in a dramatic and energetic space instead of feeling chaotic and overpowering.

I am constantly feeling the rhythm of selections going into a space to make sure that balance and proper rhythm are occurring, and it’s very easy to get off track. All selections play off of the next, and when put together properly a room will sing. The melody may be a classical symphony, or in the case of this living room, I am reminded me of a good Heart ballad like Dog & Butterfly (a beautiful melody and a little classic tuxedo with a good hook and pinch of romance).

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