August 18, 2009

Inspirational Quote: What Makes a Room Great?

"What makes a room great? A point of view. This means you come up with an idea for a scheme and you determine what the use of the room is and its overall spirit - and you stick to the concept until you bring it to fruition. You don't deviate along the way, which means you can't buy everything you fall in love with." - Interior Designer, Steven Gambrel

What makes these spaces from Steven's portfolio great for me? 
The frosty photographs and matching throw pillows.

The beach scene painting above the couch.

The curvy stool all by itself. 

The gilded mirror above the fireplace.

The scale of the wall art and window paired with the low sofa.

The light fixture.

The large plank wood floors. 

The fact that there's a desk in the living room.

The green accent wall with paneling.

I absolutely need to keep this quote in the forefront of my mind (especially as I move into my new apartment). When there are so many styles and pieces you fall in love with, it can be difficult to commit to just one. But I think if you master this, the space is all the more glorious because of it!

On a side note, be sure to stop by tomorrow for Installment #3 of Fall: Get Ready/Get the Look from a special guest! If you missed the first two, you can catch up here and here!


Lindsey G. said...

I couldn't agree more. I've been having that problem, actually. Deviating from how I want my apartment to look. I fall in love with so many things, that it makes decorating it that much more difficult. I needed that dose of stick-to-it-ivness


Did I miss something? You're moving into a new apartment? How exciting! You know how much I love moving. Can't wait to see it! Good luck!

Bochenko Artdeco said...

amazing pics! great post by the way... I love the kitchen! love love love the kitchen!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful words of wisdom! I should take them to heart - I always end up all over the place when it comes to decorating! Theres just too many fantastic schemes that I want to use! I really love the room with the gilded mirror and the living room with the desk. So lovely! =)

Sarah Klassen said...

Nice quote and lovely space ~

Every time I visit your blog, I feel more inspired!

To be honest, it took me 2 years to decide the look I wanted in my own space. I had some key elements in place, but mostly, it's color that seems to perplex me. I love so many color schemes right now, that narrowing down a palette was so difficult! I decided to make my own rules and have 2 color palette's instead. One for Fall/Winter, the other for Spring/Summer -- keeping the basics the same and just adding/removing accessories depending on the season.

I can't wait to see what's in store when planning your new home :)

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Great post - the rooms you picked were all incredible and give great inspiration. You are spot on saying typically it's one stellar item that catapults a room into fabulousness(is that even a word?!)

Love your blog ~ deb

Farmgirl Paints said...

Love the snowflakes! I've never seen anything like that before.

Loved the kitchen too.

My husband pointed me in your direction. You just signed up to follow him on twitter this week..."leveragesalt".

Great design inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Where can I find those frosty photographs? They are lovely!

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