Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Design In Five: Spicer and Bank

For today's version of Design In Five I bring you the very talented Allison from the blog Spicer + Bank.  Allison is currently living in Singapore, soaking up those experiences to add to her already refined design style.  Take a look at her fabulous ideas:

Hi, Allison here from Spicer + Bank, I am so happy to be here today on HausDesign sharing my five favorite design additions! These are my essential elements to bring chic style to an otherwise plain interior . . . plus, they are all affordable ways to refresh a tired space!

{1} Statement art - I love how one bold and colorful piece of art can enliven a room. It also can be a lovely source of color inspiration to start designing around!

{2} Something with history - I always look to add at least one antique or vintage piece, it adds such personality and lends a bit of patina to the whole room. I adore this worn leather chair - so inviting!

{3} Piles of books - I love collecting books and I love how they looked all stacked up as much as I love reading them. Books on architecture, travel, design, and gardens are my favorites.

{4} Mirrors - it's always wonderful to add a little bit of shine and reflectivity. Mirrors amplify light and I especially like the look of vintage mirrors like these. 

{5} A burst of unexpected color - a hit of rich color adds so much energy! These aqua chairs are a perfect example - I love this kitchen because of them!

{images via 1. 2. 3. 4. 5}

Thanks so much for having me Barbara, this was so much fun to put together!
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Fantastic ideas Allison! 
I love the dose of unexpected color, and the notion of bringing in something with history - how true that a room looks truly empty when everything is brand new. 
This is a fantastic collection of five design ideas.  Thanks so much for participating!


An Urban Cottage said...

Wonderful images! I love the leather chair and that art grouping as well as the collection of mirrors. Very nice ideas.

The Buzz Blog said...

Love Allison picks, especially that statement art and the lovely piles of books (though I would put one of my bouquets on top of that pile so as not to have water damage!)

Stacy Curran said...

I love the "something with history" element -- what a great "rule" to make things more interesting!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I love the leather chair and all the books piled up. So creative.

Thoughts on Design said...

Great points to build a room around, especially when done together. Love the classy funky images you used ot illlustrate your points!


Acquired Objects said...

Allison's picks are great, love the old leather chair and the books piled up, beautiful!

Anonymous said...

wonderful ideas..and I love mirrors and a burst of color to add interest and layers...

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I couldn't disagree with any of those choices. Allison chose some beautiful images!

The Vintique Object said...

Yes, indeed! I'm not much of a color person in terms of color sprinkled all around the room, but I do love very colorful artwork and and again in one strong accent, like you mentioned.

cheryl said...

In the third photo, stacked books... did you find those adorable figurines in a flea market in Paris???


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