I recently attended a designer showhouse tour of 5 homes which benefitted the Sarasota Orchestra.
The homes ranged in size from 3000 sq.ft.to almost 12,000 sq.feet. They varied in style from Meditteranean to Italian country to French country. Whether they were 1 or 2 stories , they all had many common elements. They were elegant, sophisticated, yet warm and welcoming. What contributed to this effect?
First–the use of color. The walls in all of these homes were in variations of warm golds, creams, taupes and rusts.
Second–the abundance of interesting textures on the walls..froma tissue based stucco finish, tovarient faux finishes and wallpapers in textures from grasscloths to linens and stries.
The floors were dynamic in many hardwoods from mahogany to bamboo. The tiles were predominantly marble in creams and taupes,but there were also floors in limestone and brick.
Third–the fabrics were elegant in silks, velvets,linens and leathers. There were florals embroidered on silks in rich golds,greens and copper.The colors were repeated in velvet paisley and crocodile patterned leather. The use of trims was abundant on draperies, pillows , bedding and furniture.
There were copper tin ceilings, wood ceilings, dark beamed ceilings and coffered hand painted ceilings.All of these drew your eyes upwards and drew your attention to the array of chandeliers. They varied from hand hewn wrought iron to hand blown glass to elegant Swarovski crystal.
Lastly, the art work in each home gave an insight into the homeowner`s travels, hobbies and humor.
What did I enjoy most about this home tour? EVERYTHING! My appetite for design was satiated—at least for this month!