Sunday, April 12, 2009
7 Designers, 7 Rooms
To raise money for charity, Real Simple magazine asked seven designers to create a room each using three items incorporated into their rooms: Terri Crystal Lamp from Circa Lighting, Chin Chin Trays by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and Macau Chairs by Ballard Designs. Here are the 7 distinctively different rooms by the 7 participating designers:
A HOME OFFICE
The first room was designed by the Real Simple editors who created a comfortable, multifunctional space. The sofette is from Pottery Barn, the rug Madeline Weintrub, and the walls painted in Blue Hydrangea from Benjamin Moore.
A COZY NOOK
Susan Kasler has a thing for horses and incorporated horse prints on the wall painted in Kingsport Gray and used old horseshoes as curtain brackets.
AN ISLAND IDYLL
Charlotte Moss created a breezy, summery space using natural materials with blue accents. The wall stripes are playfully wide to evoke big cabana stripes.
A SPALIKE BATHROOM
Mary Foley with partner Michael Cox created a serene like bathroom in white with leafy green accents. They mixed matte and shiny objects and added textures such as a terry cloth bench cushion and sea grass rug.
AN URBAN OASIS
Philip Gorrivan envisioned the room as a contemporary apartment with modern touches. The inky, dark walls are painted in Witches Hour and then he used accessories in punchy colors of shades of green.
A RUSTIC RETREAT
Susan Hable Smith created a retreat with "campinglike" elements using mixed tones of greens, cots with duvets tied up with rope, and using the lily pad artwork to create a sense of nature.
A DRAMATIC SITTING ROOM
Jamie Drake created a theatrical room using jewel toned artwork and bright colors with walls painted in Amethyst Cream. He tempered the bright colors with a white sofa and white painted side chair.
Images via Real Simple.
The furnishings in the rooms were sold, raising $500,000 to benefit Housing Works, a New York City organization that provides services to people living with HIV and AIDS.