Monday, July 16, 2012

heavy lightness

I hope you all had a great weekend!

If you tuned in for yesterday's post, the item we posted about is actually a fresnel lens used in lighthouses. Thanks to Paul who informed us of the technical term!!

Switching gears a bit - by now you may have gathered that I like moody interiors.  One that gives you a visceral reaction or makes you feel a certain way.  In that vein, a movement that I migrate to is heavy lightness - a pairing of dark and heavy with light and airy   Since that is a contradiction in and of itself, it takes a lot of thought and fantastic execution to pull it off.

Michael Penney seems to have mastered the concept.

Following intuition and concepts rooted in nature, he grounds his room with dark furniture or rugs and flooring.  But he's also good at grounding a room through the use of dark wall colors and wall decor.

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Happy Monday, folks!!


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  1. I love that dining room with the dark walls and white table. But then I've got a thing for blue. And congrats to the winner.

    Have a great week.

  2. Bethany-
    I love light and dark too, and it really is difficult to accomplish! The last image is one of my all-time favorites. I just love it!
    Thanks for sharing about the lighthouse. Couldn't wait to find out what it was.
    Happy Monday.

  3. I was going to say fresnel lens! darn it :)
    I guess I'm a fan of heavy lightness too. I dig these interiors.

  4. Love the dining room in the 4th photo!

  5. Great photos to analyze, Bethany! The last one is gorgeous!

  6. Beautiful examples. Love that blue velvet couch you can barely see in the second pic.

  7. Well, I didn't know the term "heavy lightness" ... but I am using it now because it is exactly the look I love!!

  8. I love the contrast! The heavy pieces ground the space without making it feel too heavy!

  9. I can always embrace the darkness... delish.

  10. I love high contrast, always looks great! Hope you have a wonderful week, Nancy! xx

  11. I love interiors with a good contrast! The dining room and the last picture are my faves!

    Hope you had a lovely weekend and congrats to the winner!


  12. Yippee!! I won, I won, I won!!!! I want #2 emailing you now :)

  13. I'm with you! I love these interiors, now I have a name for the style I adore.

  14. I'm crazy about the pillows in that second photo; memo to self: must layer wider rectangle in front of square pillow on an armed chair!

  15. Such beautiful contrasts in these rooms...adore the first image!!

  16. I love these pics. Such great texture in all of them!!

  17. This is my absolute favorite of design concepts!!

  18. I'm with you on the 'moody' interiors, though for me that usually translates as dark. I wouldn't have thought it achievable with white walls until this post. The last image of the book room is really lovely - seems to exemplify the light and dark look you're talking about. It's got me thinking... (for which thank you).


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