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|DECOR SCORE- When Less Is a Bore, Add Art|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Friday, 06 September 2013 05:43|
Photo: Hunter Douglas.
Who says books are an endangered species? Certainly not the designer of this quiet, elegant home library.
Q: How to handle the little wall between two windows in our dining room. A small table will fit, but what about all that bare space above? We have l1- foot ceilings!
A: A bare wall is one of two things: a calm respite from overdecorating or an opportunity to make an interesting decorative statement.
As I often agree that "less is a bore," let's go with making that decorative statement. That's how Rick Ingenthron of Woodson Antiques and Interiors (www.woodsonantiques.com) decided to handle the tall wall space between the two ceilinghigh windows in the library we show here.
Rick was among the designers who decked out rooms in the Kansas City 44th-annual Symphony Showhouse last spring.
Tall windows were the main architectural feature in his room, and Rick took full advantage, dressing them in formal silk draperies under which he installed unusual "shadings" that look like plantation shutters but are, Rick says, "much more elegant and sophisticated."
As he points out, "Silhouette" shadings (made by Hunter Douglas, hunterdouglas.com) "filter the harsh light and provide great diffused light for reading." Both are nice thoughts for a library.
Framed by the window treatments, that small, tall wall space becomes a vertical art gallery. Rick framed and matted a quartet of engravings and stacked them toward the ceiling in the mode of l9th-century art collectors. The table lamp is the finishing touch to the arrangement, which is a good idea for a dining room, too. Although a center-ceiling light fixture is almost standard issue in a dining room, I love the intimacy low lamplight can add to the dinner table.
Q: My 3-year-old son has been diagnosed with asthma. The doctor has given me a list of things to avoid, such as carpeting and curtains in his room that can catch dust. I'm wondering if I should put down a resilient floor that can be damp-mopped. That seems so cold for a little guy. Any other suggestions?
A: I'm a room doctor, not a medical doctor, so my best advice is to follow your allergist's recommendations.
That said, however, I can tell you that a hardwood floor is warmer, "softer" and more welcoming than other hard surfaces; plus, hardwood can also be mopped dust-free.
The operative word here is "damp-mopped." Water and wood are mortal enemies, but a quick swish is admissible. Here's another Rx idea that just came to my inbox, a new anti-microbial doormat invented by a mother who was also worried about her child's environment.
Debbie Glassman's Dr. Doormat promises to stop germs, toxins, odor-causing bacteria, pesticides and heavy metals cold at your front door.
Made in the U.S., Dr. Doormat is also eco-friendly, according to the manufacturer. It's made of recycled polypropylene yarns, backed by natural rubber and carries a five-year guarantee. Worth investigating at drdoormat.com.
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the coauthor of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.
|Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 05:47|