3.15.2011

Krystal's Favorite Interior

Today we have Krystal here sharing her favorite interior for the "Favorite Interior Tuesday" series.  Incase you have not yet met Krystal, she is an Architectural Technologist by day and blogs at Blue Ribbon Studio by night.  And now, onto Krystal with one of her favorite interiors...
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When Staci asked me if I’d participate in her Favorite Interior Tuesday post, I was ecstatic.  Beside myself, really.  Then the panic struck, and I read all of the past Favorite Interior posts and thought, “How can I even compare?!”.    I wanted to bring something new to the table, something I was never introduced to by anyone else, something I didn’t see on TV, and something I found on my own.  And as I scoured the internet endlessly trying to find an interior that I loved to share with all of you, one stuck with me.  I kept searching, looking for that perfect interior, but I always kept coming back to this one.  There’s something about the mix of classic and contemporary items that left me breathless.  I call it, “Classical Whimsy”.  And with that, I bring you the Alexandria Residence by Barbara Franceski.

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This bedroom is what first caught my attention. The artwork on the wall, made of old cedar boards with a whimsical painting, is absolutely brilliant.  The iron bedframe is stunning, and draws your eye up to the intricate chandelier.  No detail is overlooked, and the mix of cream walls, the nailhead trim furniture, with pops of a pale rustic pink leave this room feeling soft and calm.  The artwork adds that touch of whimsy, ties all the elements together, and lightens the mood from what could have been a very traditional feeling master suite.

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I’m always drawn to neutral rooms with pieces that are unique and eye catching.  Typically I like a more contemporary overall look, but the modern floor lamp, contemporary artwork, and lightening the floor from the traditionally dark oak gives the room the mix that it needs. Not going too bold, or too new, this living room feels like you can show it off AND still live in it! The pops of orange fruit on the table and the pattern in the rug give the room that color it needs, and keeps me wanting to see more!

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This is another view of the same room, but I couldn’t leave it out.   The antique mirror alone was worth sharing, and is probably one of my favorite pieces in the house.   I love the repetition of the nailhead trim on the furniture; repeated again along the bottom of the ottoman and backside of the tufted chair in the background.

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The guest room is where Barbara did not shy away from colors and pattern, and is completely unlike the rest of the neutral home.  I love the canopy bedframe over the daybed, paired with the blue walls, the green striped area rug, the pillows and the bedding that pull it all together.  I think it would be impossible to wake up in this room and not be in a good mood; it shouts happiness!



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I love that the third floor office has a neutral feel, and the focal point is the pale blue ceiling.  The writing on the desk is unique and memorable (and probably a great DIY project for someone!!), and the zebra rug anchors your eye in the room. Who wouldn’t want to sit in a comfy tufted chair and write while being inspired by such soothing surroundings?
I hope you enjoyed this interior as much as I do!  Thank you, Staci, for having me! It was not an easy assignment, but it was a lot of fun! 
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And thanks to you Krystal for sharing such a beautiful space!  Don't you just love it?  And to all of you who have not yet had the pleasure of visiting Krystal's blog, be sure to do so at www.blueribbonstudio.blogspot.com.  Happy Tuesday!
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5 comments:

  1. I have to say that this is not my idea of what I like. But I love the clean look, it just looks crisp! Btw I found your blog through Passport to Design on facebook. I am following now!

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  2. Cute space - I like the finishes and some of the furniture pieces, even though it's a little too "girly" for my tastes, it's still a very well designed space. Thanks for sharing, Krystal!

    *Tania @ Passport2Design.com

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  3. I just loved this interior and classically ecclectic is such a fabulous description for the kind of spaces I am most drawn to. The bedroom in this home is beyond lovely. Gorgeous post!!

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  4. love the very simple office with the painted ceiling and focal rug! so cute :)
    *Ashley {a little dash of ash}

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  5. lovely - love the artwork in the 1st photo!

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