Nov 12, 2008

Design Contest- Top Design- Margaret Russell

We've had so many purple color schemes in our Swank/MG contest entries- this one using a gorgeous shade of lavendar.

Here is a Top Design entry by Lana of Topsy Turvy blog


I chose to design a bedroom for Margaret Russell, a judge on Top Design, and editor of Elle D├ęcor magazine.

When I think of Ms. Russell, I think glamour, luxury and comfort. As editor of an interior design magazine, she is constantly immersed in the best design, and I think would want a room that is worldly, sophisticated and modern, yet not trendy. I suspect she might be interested in a little edginess and/or something unexpected. And I think she would demand superb function, as well.

I chose a color scheme of lavender, cream, and bronze, with shots of black for depth. I think this would flatter her skin tones, and her wardrobe as well, since she often wears black. I’ve designed a room that combines a mix of modern and classic, with good art and luxurious materials. I think she would like a serene, calming room, but not a boring room.

1. The room starts with the wall behind the bed – with a floor-to-ceiling panel of antiqued mirrored squares.

2. The headboard would be custom made by Indulge, and covered with cream-colored linen. An upholstered headboard makes for comfort while reading in bed.

3. The bench at the foot of the bed is covered in the same linen combined with a cream silk mohair.

4. Matching bedside tables are fully slipcovered with the same cream linen as the headboard, and the skirt is banded with a thick stripe of lavender silk. These slipcovered tables would be quite functional as they are large in size and there is hidden storage space.

5. A pair of lavendar Seguso Swirl vintage Murano lamps (with lucite bases and finials) from Swank Lighting sit on the bedside tables.

6. A solid lavender silk bolster pillow, edged with bronze silk is placed below the bed shams, and the bedcover is cream linen and drops to the floor with simple corner pleats. There is no footboard to interrupt the drop of the bedcover. The sheets are embroidered with Margaret’s initials in bronze.

7. Drapes are floor-to-ceiling bronze-colored silk, just breaking on the floor.

8. Across the room, an acrylic desk is topped with

9. a Modernist adjustable brass table lamp (both from 1stdibs.com) and

10. a 19th century gilt Italian chair covered with Black Mu ikat fabric, from Madeliene Weinrib.

11. The rug is from NyingZemo through Rugmark.

12. A Line Vautrin mirror is from 1stdibs.com

13. An Elliott Puckette painting

14. An arrangement of lavender roses

15. A small framed modern painting in a black/cream palette

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