8.13.2010

A Vanity With a Dark Side..Waking Up Neutrals

Every once in a while you find something that you really, really wish
 would turn up uninvited on your doorstep..


like this vanity, from the portfolio of Stylist Kara Butterfield.
I love the lines, the detailing on the doors, and those wonderful pulls.
But what I really love about this vanity is the dark sink and faucet.

Graceful and elegant without glitz, they add balance to a very neutral space.
They give your eye somewhere to rest, without adding more color.

Here are two more examples of the use of dark accents in neutral spaces from her work:




The bold mirrors ground this ornate cabinet beautifully, 
and another works it's magic in the powder room beyond.

(I had that wool Ikea carpet in my front hall, 
it has met with a rather unfortunate end since meeting our new puppy :)
A replacement will have to wait until this chewing stage is over!)


The luscious color of that fireplace is one of my faves..



it reminds me of Mushroom, by Frazee.
And the tiles are perfection.

But it wouldn't be half as lovely without the ebonized interior, would it? 
Simple birch logs function as sculpture within.

Do you use hits of black or other dark tones to wake up neutrals?
Or do you prefer to bring in pops of color?

til next time..









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5 comments:

StarletStarlet said...

the ornate cabinet is stunning..and the wall paper in the powder room has a pattern that is similar to the design details on the cabinet. very well thought of!

Lise Vintage Lightng said...

I'm with you--that vanity is gorgeous but the dark sink and hardware are the icing on the cake! And the texture on the fireplace surround is fabulous--reminds me of Bitossi Italian pottery design!

Kara said...

So pleased that you like the choice of colors and finishes. The fireplace tile came from Ann Sacks. Good spot on the IKEA rug. A low end piece in a high end home.

Anne-Marie (10 Rooms) said...

perfect way to put it, Lise - the icing on the cake.. Thanks to Kara for taking the time to stop by and drop a thought - we're looking forward to more notable work from you!

kitchen and bath charlotte said...

I love these dresser/ vanity sinks! I've been seeing these more and more online... so much prettier than a regular sink. Thanks for sharing.. these pics are wonderful inspiration!

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