"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Advanced DIY: Flower Chest


Designer showcase houses, like the one currently running at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, are meant to inspire more than lottery ticket sales. The number one way to get the most value for the price of admission is to look for ideas that can be re-created at home. Mansion sold separately.

Walking into the dramatic living room designed by Francois Jantzen of Modoomodoo Interior Design I was reminded of exactly that. 

No, I couldn't copy the 20-ft-high windows, cathedral-like ceilings or sweeping hot-pink floor-to-vaulted-ceiling draperies --I could, however, breathe new life into an old dresser with decorative hand-painted detail (either by optimistically summoning my own artistic skills-such-as-they-are, hiring those of a local artisan or bartering talents with a creative friend!). The possibilities are endless.

 It's the kind of piece that pulls a room together, acts as a focal point, and provides direction for the other design elements in the space.

The dresser in this room was professionally painted with cabbage roses and garden blooms designed to compliment Jantzen's floral theme. Silver door-pulls and decorative trim add to the heart-stopping romance.

Pretty is as pretty does.


The Greystone Mansion Designer Showcase House will be open for tours through November 24.

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