Inspiration No. 003: Modern Contemporary Mix

In preparation for the blog, I searched through thousands of digital images that I found interesting and that would relate, in way or another, to interior design.  Rather than deliberate on how an image would relate to a design, I decided to concentrate my efforts on selecting images that spoke to me.  I then examined each of the photos and sorted them into two files:  Inspiration and education.  The first being the images that I use to inspire a design and the latter, images that will be used to help teach a concept about design.

Fresh, crisp, and clean are the feelings I evoke from this week’s inspiration.  Often I use fresh citrus as a finishing touch to a room.  I love to pile lemons, limes, or a combination of both, into an interesting vessel and place on a kitchen counter or on a coffee table.  Rather than use this photograph to illustrate a finishing touch, I decided to use it for the actual inspiration.

When working with customers, they often use the term Modern when they mean Contemporary and vice versa.   According to Leah Rourke, Modern and Contemporary in interior design are not one in the same, as many people might think. Modern design refers to a period of time, it is a design style that was created in the 1920′s – 1950′s. It doesn’t change, it is a defined style, and will remain such forever.”  This week I have blended both Modern and Contemporary elements into what I am calling Modern Contemporary Mix.  The case goods are Mid-Century Modern whereas the sofa and chair are more contemporary in design.

The media cabinet, coffee table, and sideboard are Mid-Century Modern and add functionality and warmth to the design.


The sideboard features bleached walnut veneer over an African Mahogany.  I love the use of the over-sized hardware matchbook technique.  Form meets function as this piece is versatile and could be used in a dinning, living, or bedroom.

The chair is a relatively new frame and is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  Upholstered in a supple green leather and a frame finished in a worn pecan is pairs perfectly with the custom leopard sofa.


Decadent gold beaded pillows and cotton pillows with silk ranunculus in verdant shades are the icing on the cake.


When I decided to develop this design I immediately went to this rug, it reminds me of the way sunlight filters through the trees behind my house.   As I have said in earlier posts, I always look for interesting elements to incorporate into my designs that can start conversations.  Think of this as floor art.

Gold accents, rustic pottery and sculpture, and natural floral complete the design.

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