Are you a looker? Don't you just love to look at photos of interiors - on blogs, in magazines, and in books. We're all unique, and we all have our own style, collections, and ways of setting up a home. And now-a-days, a house can be designed to live or designed to sell. One example of a home style that is designed to live is featured in a new book from Designer Thomas O' Brien - called American Modern.
Designer Thomas O'Brien
[read MORE about O' Brien in
at Meade Design Group Blog]
As featured in my April issue of Canadian HOUSE & HOME, the designer shares photos of his apartment - eight years ago as THEN and how it is NOW. Life can change within eight years - and those happenings can change the way we set our home...
O' Brien's Cosmopolitan apartment - eight years ago.
His style then considered the elegance of his 1930's apartment -
matching pieces, fewer shapes, sparse and serene then...
O' Brien's Eclectic collection.
His reinvention of the way he uses space now...
O' Brien's Spare Fireplace.
His warmer side of modernism then...
O' Brien's Salon Style wall now...
NOT meant to be uniform and let's go of boundaries.
Thomas O' Brien's serene living room then.
O' Brien's living room converted to
a Studio bedroom now...
Even designer Ralph Lauren is not limited to only one style, and has evolved through the years...
Ralph Lauren clipping
Ralph Lauren Metropolis clipping
Ralph Lauren clipping
Ralph Lauren Urban Loft
Some of the reasons for a home style to change can be as simple as our age, or as complex as joining your life with another - be it a partner or having a child. I do not have any children, but throughout the way my life has changed, I have adapted, learned, grown, and have always have tried to remain true to myself. I believe a homes style can go through phases - and does not just follow a trend. A home is a reflection of the area we live in, the culture around us, and even a feeling we want to evoke in our home...
Our town home styling in 2006-09
Simple, clean, and balanced
my restyled town home - 2010
Breaking free from being restrained.
Our town home today has been restyled with
a salon style wall -
I started to build it in December - and completed it in January.
It is reminiscent of a style I had
in my old apartment, back in 2000, when
I had fallen in LOVE with this Ralph Lauren wall...
Ralph Lauren clipping from old files...
I think today "the lines have been blurred" - by all the design shows and staging shows... but that's going to go off into another topic, for another post, on another day.
written by Thomas O' Brien & Lisa Light
I'm looking forward to checking out Thomas O' Brien's book, American Modern... to learn more about collecting (buying what you love), curating (taking your time), and displaying (layering shapes, textures, colors & eras) artful objects in our home...
O' Brien's artful display of layering shapes and eras.
My artful display of treasure in our home.
I read a lot of comments online over the weekend... One comment about the book said, "the book should have been called American Contemporary" ... but that too - the difference between Modern and Contemporary - is another topic for another day. And I also read a somewhat of an attack (on a post I made at RMS) of the way I styled our home "it looks like a mish-mash".
No matter what you read on blogs or books - style YOUR home YOUR way - and if you're happy with it... than you have captured the essence of focusing on what matters to YOU most.
Have a WONDERFUL day...