Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Myra Hoefer - Intimacy in large open spaces

Large spaces are often sought after yet can be a challenge to be brought to real life.  
Creating intimacy in this cavernous spaces is a struggle for most people, but these designers did a great job.  The trick?   
Creating little vignettes and intimate settings throughout the great room,such as the stunning glazed 
pot on the rough table set in one corner of the room, the dining table in the other, and two fantastic sitting areas that speaks volumes
in this voluminous space.

The great living room – with its' monochromatic palette makes it easy to mix and match especially given the wealth of textures.
One of my favorite pieces is the Oly cast resin coffee tables that look like wedding cakes.    Note the Bora Bora jute rug with it thickly
 braided pattern, snow white throw pillows and volumes in piles next to the sofa enable easy reading and reviewing of interior design books.

The butterflies floating up the walls are an art piece made from salvaged beer cans by artistic Paul Filinski.

Myra Hoefer, owner and designer of this fantastic abode says it’s an open, casual house to being with and her first take on it was that
everything should be white!

The results are a smashing idea!  She says she wanted the the whole place to look like the color of bones and to let the furnishings
 be monochromatic very soft and subtle with lots of pieces that they had bought in France.  The backdrop was to be clean, and
 chalky white, like powdered sugar on a cake.  With layers of depth and movement.

The armoire and is left rough, exposing its' weathered wood, juxtaposed against the French provincial buxom side table.  White dining chairs
 with gorgeous claw feet look like chess pieces against the grey dining table.  The room is adorned by pieces sparingly allowing its' structure
 and volume to take central stage.  Dining chairs by Oly, armoire and dining table by Astier de Villate, chandelier by Ironware
 International. Bombe side table antique.

Hoefer created a delicious masterpiece with her simplicity and her flair.  Note how none of the furniture is pushed against the wall,
there is so much space, there is no need to, and it’s the number one thing you’ll find in most spaces.  The overscale pieces allow for
 touches of grandeur so you don't feel dwarfed by the celestial ceiling height.  She manages to mix together Napoleonic mirrors,
 cast resin tables, Louis the XV chairs and molded plastic, and yet it all fits together.  When asked how she does it she says it has to
 do with keeping the tones in the ivory and caramel grey stone pallet, anything else would be jarring and too sharp to fit in.

In the bedroom a fantastic four poster romantic bed brings the eye upwards to the gorgeous steeple shaped ceiling with
exposed wood work.The roughness of the ceilings planks works well with the cream tones of the bedroom furniture.
The Patricia Edwards ottoman is covered in a white cowhide.   Brings another texture into the mix.

Even if you’re not the principle cook in this family you would love to take up a baking 
challenge in its' welcoming setting.  The subway tile in its' fresh white, huge overhead vent.

The dining area is a juxtaposition old shaker style table with Verner Panton molded plastic chairs from the fab furniture provider
Design Within Reach.
The stools were designed by Hoefer  “A la Reine” which translates to Queens Style – with goat’s feet!  Love them!
 The French Patio doors let the light and the greenery inside.   Light and dark, old and new, inside outside blend perfectly in this setting.

The fireplace is faces in plastered with marble dust.  This adds depth and texture.   The column in the middle of the room was an eyesore,
but they beefed it up and made it more classic and now it’s turned into a beautiful piece of sculpture instead of an ugly thing to deal with.

The bath is sleek yet welcoming, with its’ carerra marble in grey tones.  The house is bathed in light greys, creams,
whites and natural wood tones.  Surrounded by windows yet it affords privacy given its' remote location.


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