Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Instant Attraction: Mark Cunningham in Elle Decor

The Marfa, Texas home of Sam Hamilton and Jen Chalken.  Designed by Mark Cunningham.  Featured in Elle Decor June 2012: Lone Star Statement.  Photography by William Abranowicz.  All images from www.elledecor.com.

Why I like it: The black painted bookcases.  Neutral palette with strong contrasting lights and darks and restricted accents of color (red, green).  Use of different textures (wood, jute, plants, soft fabrics, glossy woodwork) to add interest.

Good ideas: Framing just a colored sheet of paper as a color accent (over fireplace).  Keeping the base of a room neutral and adding color with accessories that are easy to change and move around (artwork, blankets, books) is never, ever a bad idea.

More photos of this project after the jump...

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