BOD Winning Living Room!

BOD Winning Living Room

Business of Design followers entered some stunning living room projects for a Dabble social media contest. Congratulations Theo Flamenbaum for submitting this winning photo.

Theo designed his small, urban condo to utilize every inch possible. This designer loves to entertain, and a sectional allowed him to maximize seating. A mix of textures­­—grasscloth walls, woven carpet and sleek furniture—creates a dynamic but comfortable space, where guests feel right at home. Theo clearly loves to reference his travels as evidenced by the elegant stone Buddha head. Well done Theo!

Sophisticated Gray

Just as there’s no piece of clothing that actually conforms to the body size of everyone, there’s no such thing as a single gray that is always right.  In fact, gray can be one of the trickiest colours to work with as its undertone is so prevalent.

We relied on a variety of gray tones in this recent urban condo redesign.

5 shades of gray

Here is a guide to some of our fave gray categories from lightest to darkest. Enjoy Oyster has a slight blush beneath the surface owing to its pink base. It’s lightness makes it ideal for a sunny, light filled space. But come evening, its deeper side takes over and the sultry gray undertone shines.  Try Benjamin Moore’s Heaven 2118-70.

Barnboard is a warm gray that looks perfectly weathered by the sun. Benjamin Moore’s aptly named Barnwood CSP-115 is a toasty brown gray we use frequently.

Gunmetal is a cool gray, meaning there’s a hint of blue just below the surface. Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan AF-690 is a go-to gray for contemporary urban spaces.

Charcoal is a dramatic choice sophisticated enough for a formal living or dining room. We love the navy-esque feel of  Benjamin Moore’s French Beret 1610. Use this in a family room where cozy TV watching takes place.

Nearly Black is the category to reach for when you want drop dead glamour and formality. The deepest, darkest sky looks something like Benjamin Moore’s Universal Black 2118-10.

Fun and Functional Living Space

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Lakeside views are uninterrupted with large windowpanes that touch the ceiling.

TIP: If you are building from scratch and want floor to ceiling windows make sure to accommodate draperies and shades within the ceiling like interior designer Kimberley Seldon does here.

To read more about, visit Issue 7: Apr/May’12.

Read the entire article ‘Take 3 – Coffee Table Time’ in Issue 7 of Dabble.

Colonial Style in Old San Juan

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A passion for improved education keeps Adelisa Gonzalez engaged in local and national politics. But there’s always time for a social life.

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Within minutes of returning from work she’s greeting her dog and throwing open the balcony and patio doors of her comfortable colonial style apartment. Friends drop in for an impromptu visit and, by all appearances, living in Old San Juan is a joyful experience.

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BELOW Adelisa strolls with Arena, an abandoned pup she rescued from the beach (the name means sand in Spanish).

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Living in Old San Juan

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Extending a warm greeting, after a day’s work at the hospital, Dr. Carlos Gonzalez assures me he feels more like a ‘Carli’ than a ‘Dr. Gonzalez’ as he unlocks the door to his Old San Juan apartment. He offers chilled Medalla, the local brew, and talks passionately about his charming apartment, its tiled courtyard and the rare neighbourhood he calls home.

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“When you live in Old San Juan, everyone comes to you,” says Carli. And why wouldn’t they? “It’s a magical place that’s brimming with history and, unlike any other city in Puerto Rico, you can walk everywhere in the Old Town. In fact, on weekends, I rarely use my car.”

When you live in Old San Juan, everyone comes to you.

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