A Moment with Windsor

Who can resist a really good story?

Even in my native L.A. where stylish sets are always hunting the latest and greatest, the most consistent trend I see is a yearning to connect to something so truly, and so purely classic.

The Renaissance is on replay, but for reasons that relate directly to modern living. It’s a desire to be part of a larger story, to be surrounded by things that vibrate history.

Recently, I finished a family room connected by French doors to a poolside patio where spiraling Baroque carved columns, gilt-tipped skirted tables and bone-inlay coffered boxes are the perfect compliment to a wall of minimal brass bracket shelving and casual upholstery.

Intended for barefoot feet, the room feels lighter-than-air in pale finishes but doesn’t wash away. Its collected treasures ground the room in palpable moments of discovery.

The Renaissance connection isn’t always obvious. Smooth bronze sheens outnumber heavy gilt carvings and loose-weave linens take the place of heavy brocades.

 

Finding a new perspective on the old has always been critical to good design, but so is imparting a sense of history to the new. Subtly done is best.

I like to look for avenues of crossover. In that poolside living room, you don’t see the antiques first. The grandeur of carvings fade in whitewash finishes, while delicate brass finials on contemporary pieces play time forward.

The goal is a push-and-pull of time and place that feels transporting, yet relevant to the here and now. In other words, a story so well told you never want it to end.

 

Windsor Smith, founder of Windsor Smith Home, Inc., is an innovative force in the design industry whose elegant interiors rethink our homes for modern day living.

A Whimsy Shower for Mamma To Be

Celebrating a brand new baby is always a special time but when you add in a pretty combo of high tea and whimsical florals, it makes for a party that is unforgettable. Have a look at this dreamy celebration inspired by heirloom antiques and vintage pieces found around the home, designed and captured by Accents for Living, with florals by Cristina Kirby-Accents for Living.

 

    

A mother’s love can cross a universe and fill a galaxy with stars. 

Kitchen Lighting

Without any provocation, the Kitchen is inevitably where you will gather with those closest to you. Breakfast with your children; Coffee with your husband; Wine and conversation with your best friend.

The Kitchen is where most families spend a lot of their time, and it is important that the lighting in the space is designed just right; after all it’s only fair that the great smells of your cooking are complimented by great sights.

So we put together a few little tips and design styles to get things cooking.

 

Here it Goes.

All the areas of your kitchen should be well lit. Lighting directly over walkways, prep areas, sinks and cook tops are essential.

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Finishes and styles don’t always have to match. You can treat these individually.

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Unique pendant lighting, to highlight areas of the kitchen. Don’t be afraid to go big.

Lighting is here to make a statement.

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Make your breakfast nook lighting energizing and inviting.S

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Create layering with your lighting.

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Mix old with new

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Stay classic. Use traditional forms with a modern twist

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Enjoy your kitchen everyday – and most importantly, keep it clean.

Love: Accents.