I am beyond flattered that Ally asked me to guest post on From the Right Bank. I adore her aesthetic ~ it is one of the few blogs that I find consistently fresh and exciting to read. My name is Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo (ABCD!) and I write a digital sketchbook called ABCD Design. I write about what inspires me day to day. The topics I cover are all things nesting related – recipes, interior design, about living a well-lived life and making a house a home. My motto is simple: Life is short, eat off the good china!
My interior design aesthetic all about transitionalism. I don’t want to walk in a room and be able to pinpoint when it was decorated. I believe that the home should be an amalgamation of the items that the owner loves. Layering pieces from different eras that fit your taste will fuse to form a relaxing environment that reflects your personality. I am particularly drawn to pieces that are difficult to place in history. They are the perfect bridge between rustic and modern, traditional and today.
The first time that the marketplace saw the Hoffman Series B Decanter was in 1912. The graphic stripe is completely relevant in today’s world. Think about all the zig-zags, chevrons and stripes we’ve been seeing recently. This piece would fit seamlessly into any traditional or modern interior design setting.
The traditional craftsmanship and modern lines of the Meridian Dining Chairs by Thos. Moser really appeal to me. I could see them being relevant in my home both now, and when I am an grey-haired retired lady. I realize that there is a time and a place for the West Elm’s and Ikea’s of the world but I truly hope that we see a shift away from disposable furniture. I think it’s about time to stop wasting good money (that could go toward a fine piece of furniture!) on one that will be in a dumpster in a few years.
One recent design trend that I am completely crushing on – dark walls and millwork. I recently discussed all the reasons I love this dark dining room in a post on my blog. Let’s look for just a moment at how seamlessly the designer has melded modern dining chairs and lighting (in the kitchen) with traditional lines in the kitchen cabinetry and the dining room light fixture. The perfect balance.
…and dark cabinetry – yes, please! I am dying to design a kitchen with navy cabinets. I think it’s pretty incredible to pair navy with carrara marble counter tops. *BTW: Ally I adore your grey cabinets!!*
I first learned about John Pomp Studio when I attended the Architectural Digest Home Design Show a few weeks ago. They’re masters at mixing decidedly modern lines with historic materials. These pieces could fit into any transitional interior design. Gorgeous, aren’t they?
Another line that I am newly in love with – The New Traditionalists. Their motto: If you believe that “traditional” and “cool” are not mutually exclusive, you are one of The New Traditionalists. I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment! They plan to add to the collection in a very organic way. There will not be collections in this line, each piece has a number – I truly look forward to watching this company grow.
Be true to your aesthetic when picking pieces for your home. If you’re honest with yourself when selecting materials and curating pieces to live with ~ they’ll last a lifetime, and I suspect while they may move from one room to another when you move, they’ll always have a place in your home.