Embracing Gatsby style

Art Deco is all about symmetry and balance, so it’s no surprise that it resonates with me. It’s been my favourite period since I remember learning all about it way back in fashion college. Maybe it’s the bold geometric shapes that I love, or the lavish over-the-top ornamentation.
The Art Deco movement began at about 1908 in Europe and remained popular until about the end of World War II. The Chrysler building in New York, of 1928, is a beautiful example of art deco architecture.
What forms the Art Deco signature? Look for curved lines contrasting with sharp lines. Repetition of everything including lines, trims, shapes. Geometric versions of motifs representing nature like suns, shells, waterfalls, and leaves.
Because travel during the Art Deco period was popular, the interiors were often influenced by the colour palettes and textures from global surrounds. Think Egyptian pyramids and the types of materials seen on African safari like animal skins, ivory and mother of pearl. A typical Art Deco interior would posess bold patterned wall coverings, black and white vinyl check flooring or parquetry, linear cut fireplaces, grand curved staircases, a palette of glossy black, white, oyster and beige, and shades of green and red. Shortly I’ll be posting more about the latest Deco interiors to inspire, so stay tuned.
ArtDecoSource: Flikr.com/Annough Lykin Miss V, dreamstime.com, paloma81.blogspot.com, www.artdecoworld.com, www.norcorp.com, georgenantiques.com, storiesbystella.com, http://www.interiordesignipedia.com

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Monochrome for the Home

I’ve never been one for colour.

In fact, my flirtation with colour goes only as far as my fashion styling requirements for work over the last 14 years.
My wardrobe proudly boasts not an inch of bright colour. I remember wearing white to my first ever Mardi Gras party. And plain black to my 21st. My home is a blank canvas of white, only updated with neutrals that tempt me and trend-based patterns that occasionally catch my eye. My bed sheets are white, my valance is black. The kitchen is all white except for a stark black De Longhi kettle and toaster combo. And my car? Black…

It’s not that colour scares me. It’s more that the absence of colour calms me…
So it comes as no surprise that the interiors that resonate with me most are those with a crisp monochromatic palette. Some of the most elegant apartments I’ve set foot in have been void of bold hues . The timeless, minimalist approach is what I always remember.

Manhatten stripes, complicated geometric focal points, and character-filled art-deco trimmings- it’s all about the black and white.
B&W7B&W6 B&W5B&W8 B&W4  B&W2B&W3 B&W1 B&W9Some time soon, I’ll be sharing the latest licorice home trimmings I’ve fallen in love with, that you can get your hands on too.

Image source: mylusciouslife.com, theinterior-zone.com, belleinspirations.blogspot.com, mydesignfile.com.au, freshome.com, digsdigs.com, creamylife.com, creamylife.com, hotstyledesign.com

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