I believe the key to beautiful design is combining the components of a room to create a cohesive whole. That whole is part cooperation, part tension, part fun, and part drama. The process can sometimes be bumpy, but with patience and communication, you can achieve a perfect union. Sounds just like marriage, doesn't it.
I came across the picture above while browsing Facebook (although I can't remember who posted it) and I think it epitomizes that perfect union. Notice the crustiness of the cast iron fireplace surround sitting directly across from the sleek acrylic cocktail table. Look to at all the fresh live greenery in contrast to the wicker chairs and native stone walls. The complimentary blue and green absolutely sing. There is texture upon texture, like the brick floor, sisal rug and patterned rug and rough hewn side table.
Take a lesson from this picture. I think you can learn a lot about creating the perfect combo in your home.
I'm Dan Brungardt and have been the proprietor and designer at Home at Last for the past 15 years. I'm constantly inspired by the things I see around me and now I get to share them with you!