Interior Lovin’

by Elisabet

Starting over and moving into an apartment that feels, well, naked, can be somewhere along the lines of an intimidating task. The apartment is nice, but having a roof over your head is not what makes a home; it’s the substance within that we all have come to love. With the stuff we have in storage in Texas being mostly brown cardboard boxes, we know everything will be a slow process consisting of nothing more than the basics of building blocks. We also know that it will be time of reinventing ourselves and starting over.

Mother and I have this newly acquired need to buy antiques simply for their beauty, and place them in storage, none-the-less, in holding for our big farmhouse. With antique shops every where we turn here in Red Bank, this looks to be almost inevitable. My mother being the advocate for Scandinavian design, I am truly elated to see what will happen within the interior of this apartment we wish to turn into a home. Though Scandinavian design and thought reigns supreme in this corner, other pieces (antique anyone?) are bound to appear under this roof. I am a true believer that design is about thought and uniform drapes, shears, blankets, and rugs is not design. My mother is always telling me not to be too match-y match-y in the decisions I make about wearing my clothes, but instead to have an open mind of what being different is.

Beth Rudin DeWoody's Living Room photographer: William Abranowicz

Paul Wilmot's Florida Vaca Home (Dec 2008) photographer: William Waldron

When [virtual] flipping through various interior design sites I have found the homes I like the most are various sorts of creative types who evoke their creativity under their own roof. Of course, there are some normal people who too happen to have a radiant home. I draw my inspiration from a broad scale; whether certain pieces catch my eye because they’re unique, or the colours in a room are contrasting, even if everything is simple, sleek, clean lines, and/or chic, I find inspiration. I must say though, I do love glamour and more glamour in all forms, and all things ornate and extensive.


Nanette Lepor's Dressing Room photographer: William Waldron

Home-Designing Savio Firmino Collection Italian Interior Design

Napoleon lll's apartments

The Infinite Shelf-While In Paris-Napoleon lll's apartments

The Infinite Shelf-While In Paris-Napoleon lll's apartments

It amazes me how pieces can vary in a room all the while staying in unison; they never clash. I find some rooms that have matching pieces yet they don’t scare me. Having different textures, linens, chairs, and wall art still find unity when they share an overall colour; or when the room exhibits various sorts of colours but has one repeating colour to tie the room together; or one individual design aesthetic giving the room a an appeal of a theme without being kiddy.

NYC Art Collector's guest room (May 2008) photographer: William Abranowicz

Nina Griscome's Upstate NY Master Bedroom (Dec. 2008) photographer: William Waldron

Janis Proviser and Brad Davis' master bedroom (Nov. 2008) photographer: Willaim Waldron

Renovating with a small starting base can be looked as either two tasks:
a) a task that will soley take up insane amounts of time, work, and manual labour; frustration will surface, tears will run, and skin will perspire, or
b) a task that allows for creativity to flow, a new chance for reinvention and fresh thinking, a chance to start on a clean palette, fresh ideas and new inspirations.


Unfortunately, or thankfully, depending on how optimistic we are being, it will take some of both, maybe even all of both. In the end, remembering everything, the before and after, and how rewarding this experience will be –and just remembering the experience itself– is what will make everything worth the while.

[Elle Decor, Interior Designing, The Infinite Shelf]

E. Hovilainen