Some of us are addicted to lots of the great blogs out there, and one that always gets our attention is Velvet & Linen, the brainchild of the fabulously talented designer duo, Brooke and Steve Giannetti, out of California. There was a great blog recently about a massive renovation they have undertaken, and it was filled with creative ideas that reflect the duos’ amazing taste.
The before and after pictures had us all salivating, especially the magical transformation of the family room.
That beautifully proportioned, classic French limestone mantel just stopped us in our tracks! You see, we Huffingtons can’t pass up a mantel, especially such an elegant one in a gorgeous, sophisticated room. For us, it’s the equivalent of the kid in the candy store or the girl with the paper doll cut outs.
So, with all due respect to Brooke and the new homeowners, we hope you’ll indulge us if we let our inner child dress up the mantel, and let our artists’ work play with the room. How would it look, for example, if we added a soft, abstracted Bouterin landscape? Or a pop of color from Elizabeth Barber? Or a mysterious encaustic from Danna Harvey? Or we could keep going with lots and lots of other ideas ....
Pascal Bouterin, Le Port
Elizabeth Barber, Pansies
Elizabeth Stockton, Listening
Dana Ruth Harvey, Natural History
Doug Foltz, Rubicon
Onyeka Ibe, Red Roof
Nancy Franke, Fresh Start
Lorraine Christie, A Kiss From A London Sky
Peggy Everett, Interlude
Todd Alexander, Elk Alone
Elise Morris, Mirrored PerceptionOr how about this: A painting by the multi-talented architect himself (with our apologies for not having a better image of it), Steve Giannetti.
We hope you've enjoyed our fun. What about you? Any preferences for which painting you would select to complement this gorgeous room? We'd love to hear your thoughts.