Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Black, white, grey

I am absolutely in love with the furnishings and finishes in the country home owned by Ingrid Oomen. Suzanne Dimma takes us on a tour on the Canadian House and Home website. The simplified color palette of white and black is at once soothing and intriguing with a heavy dollop of sophistication ladled into the mix. The cherry armoire adds warmth to the space to keep it from becoming clinical.

Dark Baskets top the cherry armoire, lifting the eye up to the ceiling.

The fireplace and cherry armoire, at opposite ends of the living area, serve to balance one another. The cabinets next to the fireplace were custom designed by the designer.

A faux bamboo Hollywood Regency style server is doing duty as a bar. I wish it could come home with me! But, I would have preferred a larger piece over it rather than the clock. I'm visualizing a starburst mirror or even a large black-framed rectangular mirror.

Ikea Cabinets were augmented with moulding.

Contrast is artfully achieved by juxtaposing the dark stained pine floors against the white cabinets and walls.

High contrast again with the dark framed mirror above the custom Carrara marble vanity. In the video, Oomen describes how the support for the wheelchair compatible vanity was created using brass piping, which she had plated.

A basket is employed to hold towels next to the curvaceous cast iron tub.