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Could we get away with this? January 7, 2010

Filed under: design — ravennagirls @ 1:04 pm
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I LOVE the period details of our house (a Seattle bungalow built in 1922), but we are stumped for how to update a few of the spaces, namely the fireplace mantle and kitchen storage. Seeing these built-ins on nyt today made we wish a teensy bit that we had a space that could lend itself to some clean, mid-century lines like these. I would love to wrap our fireplace in thin wood slats and have a floating mantle just like that, but i think the curved ceilings and picture rail don’t quite jive. *pout*

Wouldn't you love to blog from this desk?

Ooh, la la

Although i think the wife in the article got the better end of the deal (she was pulling for “modern” while her husband wanted “traditional”), this is a good example of how you can combine traditional textures/aesthetic (in this case wood) with a modern sensibility. To create something that is classically modern without being too harshly “contemporary” (i find that folks get these terms confused a lot – true modernism featured many natural materials and was actually quite warm and inviting, not the steel and concrete lofts that many people imagine).


One Response to “Could we get away with this?”

  1. margauxhf Says:

    I’m not sure how the two eras wood work together stylistically but I absolutely agree that I would love to blog from that desk!

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