Modern Homes With Antique Objects | At Home With P. Allen Smith

Modern Homes With Antique Objects | At Home With P. Allen Smith


Interior design styles can be expressed in
many ways. This is the home of some friends of mine who I’ve helped with design projects
over the course of the building of this house as well as offering advice from time to time
on the interior. My friends Rick and Susan have done a beautiful job of creating a space
that’s all their own. You know, I have to say, what I love about this entry hall is
that it is very clean and simple, yet it’s warm and friendly. Just look at these doors:
These are antique doors that were integrated into this very modern house. And these light
fixtures, the same. So it brings a sense of warmth and soul to the house. I love this
Oriental rug, and look at the color echo that’s working with this very modern Vietnamese vase
with a cardboard plant in it. And then, there’s of course, Watson, a warm and friendly greater
that’ll meet you here everyday. Good boy, good Watson. But, see, what I love is this
juxtaposition of the old and the new — the vase juxtaposed this vintage Oriental rug.
And if you look down the hall, you see these colors carried on in the art as well as the
rugs down there. Let’s step on into the house, because as you look from this vantage point,
you get a sense of the surprise that awaits you. Come on. Take a look at that: A panoramic
view of the river. It looks like a painting that’s constantly changing. And the effect
that it has on this space, well, it gives the sense of infinity. But this room still
feels very intimate. Take a look at the furnishings. You see, the furnishings direct us in terms
of how this room is used. This room has multiple purposes. For instance, this cozy sofa arrangement
is directed toward this focal point in the room, from this angle, which is the fireplace.
And from this angle, it’s the beautiful view of the river. Over here, you can see a dining
table, which implies that one could have meal here, and they absolutely do. You see, this
space can also serve as a dining room. By just moving the table out, because it’s on
castors, it’s perfect for seating up to 8 to 10 people. Isn’t this a great look? Just
look at this old table — it’s an antique. Look at the width of the board on this thing.
I mean, this is probably from 1880s, 1870s. But look at the juxtaposition of this, something
very old, with this modern picture. And look at the way Susan has echoed the colors: You
have blue and gold, a little touch of orange, and it’s reflected here in these pieces — this
beautiful Italian ceramic piece, blue and white vase with pussy willow placed on a piece
of fabric that echoes all of these colors. It creates a sense of harmony. So why don’t
we step into the kitchen, because all of these primary colors that you’re seeing in this
room with the art and the furnishings spill over into the kitchen area as well. I have
to tell you, I just love this kitchen for a number of reasons. One, it’s so open. You
see, you can look over into the sitting area, you can see the piano, you can see this area
to have breakfast, you can see the view. It’s really open and expansive, and it facilities
conversations with guests and visitors. The other thing I love about this, which represents
that personal style I was talking about, that specific signature of Rick and Susan’s, is
they’ve used ceramic tiles here all around as the backsplash that they commissioned specifically
for this kitchen. And then this color is carried all the way around over to here, and then
these ceramic bowls echo this same feel. These, as you might guess, were created by the same
artist. And if you look down this corridor to the end of the hall, the terminus or focal
point is another piece of ceramic art. So, see, it all hangs together in a beautiful
way and there’s that personal signature. Now why don’t we head upstairs. Now this room,
to me, illustrates a really good example of a principle of design: It’s this idea of starting
with a beautiful object that you love. For instance, this rug. Susan found this rug on
a trip. It’s a gorgeous Oriental rug, and she wanted to use it in this room, but she
also wanted this room to feel very relaxed, light and airy. So, she took the blue out
of the rug, as you can see here, reupholstered this vintage chair and added striped cushions
with blue and white in a wicker chair, accent pillows across this sofa. You see, this same
white, cream and blue theme is carried across the room over here to this window seat, which
is very cozy. Just look at these pillows. And what a beautiful view of the river beyond.
Now the thing to pay attention to in this room is just accent of red. You can see, largely
this room is white and blue and a little bit of cream with some black accents, but just
a little touch of the red that we picked up from the floor — you can see here in a vase,
and across here, you can just see a few red objects which draw the eye. Even the books
on the coffee table carry out this idea. They’ve also used other Oriental rugs to make pillows
that make sitting on the floor very comfortable in this room. So, you see, all of these elements
of personal style really come together and give the house a soulfulness. Hey, I’d love
to hear about your own personal style and some of the techniques you use. And make sure
you subscribe to eHow Home. Alright, I’m gonna go play with Watson now.


11 thoughts on “Modern Homes With Antique Objects | At Home With P. Allen Smith

  1. WOW id soo love to live there, what a lovely house and views. love those rugs..i have some nice old rugs i was going to throw out as they are now preety dirty…but i am going to get them cleaned and keep them now. oh and i love P. Allen Smith too x ..thats a whole lotta loves..lol

  2. This is a great house, the interior very stylish. What caught my eye in particular was the garden at the entrance. Planting in a row of one particular plant looked neat and orderly but soft.

  3. Is this gentleman still working with this group, and still making Decor Videos?

    He is obviously professional and such a treat in this venue.

    I would really appreciate an update –

    Thank you

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