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Elegant Aesthetics Speak Volumes: A Beautiful, Classical Library with Electronic Cool by San Francisco Designer, Geoffrey De Sousa
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A Visit to One of the Most Refined, Focused and Polished Rooms at the Recent San Francisco Decorator Showcase Come with me to take a close look at an exquisitely designed library/ sitting room/ cocktail salon by one of California’s top interior designers. It raises pertinent questions about our relationship with books—and the traditional concept of a library as a room for securing, enjoying, and admiring books. Geoffrey de Sousa dreamed up and perfected this versatile and tranquil room, which was situated on the second floor of a 1907 house in Presidio Heights in San Francisco. Books here are ‘in the cloud’. The whole library. But, you say…I see books. Come with me to discover a thought-provoking room. Lit by moths and colored with such delicacy, the room is sculpted in tones ranging from ivory and white all the way to deep espresso, glittering glass and richly mottled bronze. From its broad sweep of windows, the library offered an ultra-private and privileged view over a perfectly symmetrical classical garden. Linen window coverings framed eucalyptus groves and a smudge of San Francisco Bay with the misty hills of Northern California beyond in the wistful distance. But we’re not here to linger on or even admire the panorama. Not at all. This room is so compelling in its harmony, cohesive concept and controlled monochromatic palette, that anyone who entered turned away from the view to partake in this chic composition. De Sousa's rendering for the Design Advisory Board: View toward the fireplace, with two perfectly symmetrical sofas placed for repose, reading, cocktails, or a deep, deep dialogue. Designers’ Information Sheet Space Name: Library Name of Design Firm: Geoffrey De Sousa Interior Design Description of the design: Geoffrey de Sousa’s statement Alfred Sutro, the mansion’s original owner loved books. He escaped into his 1907 library after a long day as partner in the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro. The fictionalized homeowners of 2014 also need a retreat. Although their house is iPad-centric, with music and visuals and action activated and stored on this magic pad, the library has real books, real life, and an escape from the virtual world and The Cloud. As well as a virtual library, the dark-wood paneled room has bookcases filled with real collections of volumes with white hand-painted covers (an aesthetic choice). A monochromatic palette of tactile linens, silks, and velvet-soft suede sooths the hand, eye, and spirit. Primitive artifacts and bronze sculptural pieces dance on a contemporary center table. A monumental glass cone light fixture, both elegant and somewhat elemental and organic, illuminates the tablescape. Rough linen Roman shades frame the lush gardens and mercurial views of the bay. Three Points by Geoffrey de Sousa · Rather than fight the dark traditional paneling of the library we chose to juxtapose it with a light modern design concept. · The iPad-centric fictional homeowner’s library is kept mostly in the cloud. White painted folios provide the backdrop for the room. · Whereas Sutro’s original library might have featured heavy dark textiles, natural linens were chosen to give the space a relaxed mood. Speaking Volumes I recently sat down for a chat with Geoffrey de Sousa. He explained his design concepts and his vision for this memorable room. Sit down with us for a moment on theses down-filled sofas. DDS: The concept of the design? GDS: The neutral inspiration came from the room’s Classical Revival mantelpiece. I imagined a younger affluent couple appreciating the mansion’s Bliss & Faville architecture but wanting a contemporary library in which to reflect and chat and sip wine and gather the family. Ghostly pale painted volumes act as a sculptural wall covering. The detailed plaster ceiling mirrors the color of the books while contrasting with the rich carved woodwork. Because much of the clients’ collection of reading materials is now kept in the cloud the room addresses the future of the private library. Will bibliophiles still collect first editions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby? DDS: Will books on design and art be treasured? Yes. Will we want to hold books in our hands and treasure their beauty and essential information? Of course. And we’ll all love the ease and excitement of the electronic world and its neural connections. This is a modern library—books and fast-thinking electronics. How large is the room and how did that influence your design? GDS: The room’s generous size of 17- feet 9 inches wide x 30 feet long with ten-foot ceilings allowed for two distinct conversation groups. In front of the mantel we paired the hand-built and very traditional Vallone sofa from the New York City studio family business, Dmitriy & Co, with two companion armchairs. A bronze based coffee table with a honed limestone top centers and balances the upholstery. To ground the space we selected a Moroccan style carpet from Tony Kitz, a longtime and prized San Francisco carpet dealer. Its meandering pattern mimics the foliate carvings flanking the mantel. On the opposing side of the room we installed a modern library table with curved walnut base and ebonized top by Montana designer Ty Best for Caste. Two sculptural club chairs from Studio Van Den Acker provide seating while the cone-shaped glass fixture casts a haunting light on the vignette. DDS: Tell us more about the large-scale pendant light that looms over the table and gives the room a glow. GDS: Produced by the Chicago manufacturer Mattaliano, the Conique Chandelier combines a massive glass funnel with a solid bronze rectangular chain. Weighing 200-plus lbs. it required three of us to hold it up while the electrician magically connected the wiring. We played its mass against the other light fixture in the room, a skeletal floor lamp from Christian Liaigre. The chandelier’s chain material also echoes Kit Ruether’s Giacometti-esque bronze sculptures. DDS: The room is so calm. How did you create that? GDS: For my past rooms in the San Francisco Decorator’s Showcase I used bold vivid colors. My Living Room in the 2008 showcase on 2820 Scott Street featured deep indigo walls complimented by terra cotta textiles. In the 2014 library we did not want anything to distract from the symmetry of the room or the rich wood carved paneling. We selected monochromatic colors resembling the whiteness of bone, and very soft taupe and powdery dark browns. We also built up contrasts of texture with sand- colored wool and nettle rug from Rosemary Hallgarten, and stonewashed linens from London-based de le Cuona. A steer horn with horsehair from San Miguel Allende is displayed on the Catena coffee table from Troscan. DDS: The 'culture clash' of modern and old and rough and smooth textures is very subliminal, and very thrilling. Tell us about these juxtapositions in your design. GDS: In homage to the mansion’s rise from the ashes of the City’s 1906 Earthquake, we surmounted the ornate mantel with a gritty contemporary photo of a fire hydrant by Kurt Manley. On the polished top of the modern Caste dining table we placed a roughly carved wooden Tau-Tau or ancestral memorial head from the Toradja people of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. A collection of pale mid-century Scandinavian pottery by Gunnar Nyland and his protegé Carl Harry Stålhane coexists with ash colored hand coiled architectural vessels from Berkley ceramicist Erin McGuiness. The tension of opposites creates energy in a room and makes it memorable. DDS: What have the many thousands of visitors said? GDS: I love it when people enter the library and comment on its serene ambiance and inviting atmosphere. They are the majority. The white painted books caused the most debate and the discussions about these volumes—decorative and designed and somewhat abstract-- point to the perceptions of different generations. Painting the recycled volumes and obscuring their titles horrified mature visitors. When I explained my design concept of a younger client with an iPad and iPod library they started to get it. While they felt nostalgic for the loss of print they also saw what this technology means for the future. Has technology rendered printed material merely decorative? Personally I’m collecting great books. Nothing can replace the feel of a beautiful folio in your hands. And I love the quick access to information and entertainment that electronics offer. DDS: Geoffrey, thank you very much for our private tour. I was impressed when I first saw the delicately colored and beautifully balanced rendering you created for the proposed room—and I was even more impressed to spend time in this superbly restrained design. There is a quietness and tranquility here. The room is hidden from public life, and it has a view that’s like a green/blue painting by Monet or Constable. It’s the precision and control of your design that makes me want to linger and linger. Thank you for creating such beauty. ABOUT GEOFFREY DE SOUSA Since launching his eponymous firm fifteen years ago – a practice independent of his role of showroom impresario – De Sousa has made a name for himself creating urbane, artful spaces that reflect his curatorial mindset. For a San Francisco Victorian or a modern Palm Springs retreat, De Sousa’s interiors are cosmopolitan and feel consummately modern. De Sousa’s aesthetic stems from his upbringing in Massachusetts, where he grew up in a traditional colonial and where his family traces its lineage to the 17th century. “I love history, and there’s a real sense of tradition in my approach, but I also love using pieces that are great juxtapositions of each other. Things just must be sculptural and stand in the now.” In his over twenty years as an interior designer, De Sousa has worked on projects on both coasts, including a Pacific Heights mansion designed by Robert A.M. Stern, a five-star Sonoma B&B and residences in Palm Springs, Boston and New York City. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Departures, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, and many other publications. CREDITS Geoffrey De Sousa Interior Design: Interiors: www.geoffreydesousa.com Showroom: www.desousahughes.com Photographers: Matthew Millman, www.matthewmillman.com David Duncan Livingston, www.davidduncanlivingston.com
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Equestrian Chic Interiors
Being from the Lexington, KY area, which has the title of being the Horse Capital of the World, I like to refer to this style of decor...
Being from the Lexington, KY area, which has the title of being the Horse Capital of the World, I like to refer to this style of decorating as "Horse Country Chic." Here it is actually a lifestyle. You don't just decorate with it, you LIVE it. There is a wide appeal for the Equestrian Chic look in interior design with it's aged, refined and sophisticated style. It will always be a classic design tradition, inspiring a colorful assortment of equestrian-themed interiors. Equestrian Chic is synonymous with the beauty of horses, the tradition of hunting and the triumph of winning races and exudes warmth with a decided masculine edge Horse lovers are given a chance to pay tribute to their love of this graceful and elegant creature. Whether you are an equestrian or just love equestrian sport, there are all kinds of home furnishings, accessories, and accents that feature a horse of some sort. It might be a table lamp with a horse sculpture on the base, or a piece of horse themed art. If you decide to decorate an entire room with equestrian home decor or just add a few pieces here and there, you can find a wide variety of items to accent your home. Hopefully this post will give you some ideas to help in your decision. google.com coffeepearlsandpoetry.tumblr.com Plaid is a perennial favorite for the equestrian look. Also silver offers that traditional appeal so collect julep cups, trays,......you get the picture. google.com Equestrian Chic style will always include walls of horse art! info.asmarainc.com Give your home the sophisticated charm of an English manor. architecturaldigest.com Equestrian Chic elegance is rooted in English countryside and its country homes and clubhouses where substantial antique furnishings, art depicting the hunt, and tartans are all part of the equestrian culture. paisleyplaidandread.com When it comes to Equestrian Chic interiors whether it be tack, art or textiles, you cannot go wrong if you collect it for your home. google.com There are so many lovely horse and rider pillows to choose from for your Equestrian home. Just toss a few on a sofa.......make them different, you don't want to get matchy. thehandbookauthority.tumblr.com Equestrian Chic interiors have a refined elegance and a masculine edge. giftsanddec.com indiajane.com This great room with it's with an equestrian flair features "trophy" style lamps, riding ribbons, horse statues, and riding gear. horsecountrychic.blogspot.com Many Equestrian Chic interiors express the excitement of horse racing with silks, jockey art and memorabilia of former champions. tumblr habituallychic.blogspot.com madisonavegifts.com splendidsass.blogspot.com English Sporting and Equestrian style are the perfect blend. Ralph Lauren google.com google.com prepitude.tumblr.com Ralph Lauren While the colors, textures, size and scale of equestrian style accessories have an overall masculine impression, the style still is appealing to female tastes as well.It is elegant and refined and yet casual and relaxed. google.com thepolohouse.blogspot.com pinterest.com Green, blue, red, yellow and brown are colors associated with Equestrian chic. It is fun to decorate with this style for events as well as for the home. homeofmine.tumblr.com seersuckerandmagnolias.tumblr.com google.com Look for textures such as leather, suede, wood, burlap, canvas, rope and metals. Saddle blankets or throws are also a stylish touch that which would complement an Equestrian Chic space when used on a sofa, chair or in the bedroom. tumblr cvilletochucktown.tumblr.com The "tack room" look. www.paisleyplaidandread.com/ houzz.com paisleyplaidandread.com lord-of-hahn.tumblr.com Horse art along with silver cups and rich leather bound books all suggest the gentile and wealthy lifestyle of Equestrian Chic. jenningsandgates.blogspot.com Equestrian art can make a hallway appear inviting and grand. bellevivir.blogspot... Horse and hunt prints work well in pairs or larger groupings, which can create a focus over a couch in an Equestrian Chic living room. equestrianstylist.com tumblr housebeautiful.com anthonybaratta.com Another example of how well English traditional and Equestrian Chic combine to make beautiful interiors. thecarycollection.tumblr.com giftsanddec.com Equestrian style places an emphasis on creative display of equine art and essentials like trophies, saddles, bridles, and stirrups. thepolohouse.blogspot.com Trends come and go, but the equestrian look is a timeless one. The Equestrian Chic home is gorgeous when decorated for Christmas. google.com Needlepoint exudes the feeling of the country sporting life. Pick up some some for your Equestrian Chic interiors or better still learn needlepoint and make them yourself. I am so thankful my mother taught me how to needlepoint. google.com Click here to see the previous post! http://eyefordesignlfd.blogspot.com/2013/02/decorating-with-emerald-green.html This blog post was published by Lisa Farmer
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