I recently moved into a 1920’s building known as “The Castle” laden with very ornate details — intricately carved beams, a huge carved fireplace surround and even more carvings above the archways all painted out in white and accented by medium stained 3 panel doors with medallions in each panel, cove ceilings, sconces and the like. A far cry from the clean-lined, modern, loft-style apartment I was coming from.
While I love the juxtaposition of modern and antique (I seem to be moving more and more in that direction the older I get) for this space I needed to up the feminine quotient to make the pieces I had work together with the architecture. Pictured are the elements that pushed me in the right direction. And surprisingly, the only thing I had to store away was some of my artwork — less so for its modernity and more because all that detail didn’t leave very much wall space to be had. On top of that, moves had to be bold to break through all that ornamentation — the 19th century Debufe painting as window blind is 5 x 6 ft BIG (and has the added duty of hiding a most unpleasant alley view), the large bed floats in the middle of the room backed by a full wall of drapery making for real drama.
I’ve only been here a little over a month and there are still many things to be done but so far so good. I’m feeling right at home showing my more feminine side.
Custom roller blind by Surface View. Starting at approx $275 | Upholstered bed from Crate & Barrel shown in pearl. Also available in custom colors | Bourgie Lamp by Kartell shown in black. Also available in clear, gold, silver & white | Tibetan fur stool by Mitchell Gold shown in black. Also available in white