Light & White

IF I HAD TO DESCRIBE MY OWN PERSONAL STYLE OR WHAT KIND OF DESIGNER I AM, I’M NOT SURE I WOULD USE THE WORD “MINIMALIST.”  I would, however, say that I love using modern elements in ways that one wouldn’t expect. So, if I wasn't striving to pay homage to an extremely talented architect by taking his work back to its original intent, how would I design a modern, neutral room? Well, let me tell you. I do love color, but I also LOVE playing with textures and tones and light and shadow. With these elements, you can make any neutral colors sing and dance!

Take for instance, the Parlour featured here. I was presented with a space that could not have been more different than Lescaze’s! It had huge moldings and an overwhelmingly ornate fireplace! The space itself was nice, with tall ceilings and lots of light. So, I played up its strengths and toned down the architectural elements that I wasn't in love with (like that fireplace). By covering the walls with large planes of bold tone-on-tone pattern, your eye is pulled around the room instead of focusing on the enormous fireplace. By highlighting the ceiling with a dark color, your eye is drawn up to the height of the room and that nice detail. Play up the strengths, down play the weaknesses! When complete, the room was all about light, reflections, shadows and depth. I wanted it to be a clean, airy space that makes you feel both glamorous and grounded.

For an example of my latest use of an overall neutral color palette, with pops of color, see our feature in Vol 4 of lonnymag.com


I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint.

                  —Elsie de Wolfe

This lamp is made of MILK GLASS, and is SURE to do the body (or at least the room it's in) good! Available at jaysonhomeandgarden.com
The BOURGIE TABLE LAMP is an ironic combination of baroque style and translucent material. Available at ylighting.com
This CRYSTAL BALUSTRADE LAMP is regal and, hey, it's made of crystal! How can you go wrong? circalighting.com
The SUBTLE WAVE SHAPE of this lamp make it interesting while its all white palette make it versatile. Available at gracious.com
By highlighting the vertical planes with this amazing pattern, I created a more traditional background for modern furniture pieces. It also creates movement in the room, making it a more lively space.<br />
Dancing with pattern!
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By highlighting the vertical planes with this amazing pattern, I created a more traditional background for modern furniture pieces. It also creates movement in the room, making it a more lively space.


PHOTO : Nancy Nolan
<em>(Left)</em> These custom designed and built cabinets with oversized hardware create drama through simple but interesting lines. Balance on this side of the room is created through these and the two mirrors above. <br />
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<em>(Right) </em>The room was large, so to connect the sofa and the two benches, I needed a large table. To keep it from feeling like "too much table," I chose one in lucite with a mirror top. 
Playing with scale
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(Left) These custom designed and built cabinets with oversized hardware create drama through simple but interesting lines. Balance on this side of the room is created through these and the two mirrors above. 

(Right) The room was large, so to connect the sofa and the two benches, I needed a large table. To keep it from feeling like "too much table," I chose one in lucite with a mirror top. 

PHOTO : Nancy Nolan
A little shimmer goes a long way when you are playing with light and shadow! 
A little shimmer...
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A little shimmer goes a long way when you are playing with light and shadow! 

PHOTO : Nancy Nolan
The Moooi light, sheepskin rug, mirror table top and a white textured painting all contribute to the mix of visual interests at play in this room. To top it off, the light cast angled lines all over the walls to add even more â <em>a bonus effect that I didn't see coming!</em>
Just a touch of texture g
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The Moooi light, sheepskin rug, mirror table top and a white textured painting all contribute to the mix of visual interests at play in this room. To top it off, the light cast angled lines all over the walls to add even more — a bonus effect that I didn't see coming!

PHOTO : Nancy Nolan
There is absolutely no reason for this shot. We have it, so, why not!!?!?!? :) 
Glamour shot
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There is absolutely no reason for this shot. We have it, so, why not!!?!?!? :) 

PHOTO : Nancy Nolan
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