The dark anthracite tones in her Guest Bedroom are paired with classic white frames and panels, this allows the space to breath and collect visual impact with the delicate balance of the objects. The Ceiling was painted the same color to bring the eye upward and diminish the low ceiling height.
Style Secret: You should try this in your own home, if you have low ceilings paint them the same color as the walls to elongate the sight lines and bring the detail to life.
In the Living Room and Studio Space we layered objects of art and pieces that have sentimental value to Blayne as decoration. All too often I find that decoration for it's own sake is tacky and lacking personality. What draws us each to one another and to spaces is the persona and emotion that goes into it. If you can capture that by finding objects that have meaning you will allow the room to take on its own life and increase the ambiance significantly.
My favorite piece is the blue boards on the wall in the Living Room which were thrown in at the last minute while we felt it was too contrived before they added a bit of spontenaity and attitude to the clean space.
The bookcases were of course my favorite thing to do as we spent hours putting the house back together again we realized that they were of course lacking!!! We added piece by piece editing as we went the final favorite is the pair of heels Blayne wore to her first art opening, used as art and balance they brightened the space.
Striking a balance between dark and light is very hard to achieve, but in this space we evened out the visual weight of her home by adding bright statement pieces.A floral arrangement, alluding to her carefree style, using a plastic polka dot wine glass to house a nested group of open white roses is an example of one of the light objects we used to brighten up her house!
In your home, try infusing the things you are drawn to into your space, if you like to wear fuschia throw a few pieces of art with fuschia in and feel like your home represents your personal style. Stop trying to copy everyone else!!
Blayne Beacham's house turned out to be the perfect mix of personal touch and sophistication. We had an absolute blast decorating her bungalow and I hope you have learned from this project that it isn't always about filling your house with expensive things. A home is a lot more welcoming than a house, so don't be afraid to live in it!
XXLGTVisit Blayne's blog at http://www.thisphotographerslife.com.