A surfeit of square footage thankfully is not essential to an elegant design, as this cozy living room in the Atlanta home of designer Lori Tippins proves. In fact, the human scale of the space contributes to its elegance, for design is as much about how space lives as it is about how it looks. Here beauty begins with the bones of the room.
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Pairs of French doors flank a small antique marble fireplace for a full flow of natural light, symmetrical balance, and pleasing proportions. The trumeau above the fireplace is a major player in getting the right proportions, drawing the eye all the way up to the same height as the curtain rods. These, too, are placed high on the walls, nearly a foot above the doors to skim just beneath the extra-thick crown moldings. Decorative elements are few but fine. The pair of floor lamps, for instance, were converted from gilded iron candlesticks. The vertical border on the draperies introduces color and pattern in an exquisitely subtle fashion.
It’s like a life-sized version of Tetris, with really weird shaped pieces. Instead of L shapes, lines and boxes, you have couches, lamps and odd-sized boxes. You can’t put anything really heavy on that box of lampshades or they will get crushed. You don’t want that box of fragile antique salt-and-pepper shakers balanced precariously on top of a mountain of other things. It all takes careful thought and a lot of hard work. I hate this part a little bit less than I hate packing. Wedging this here, and that there, hoping nothing bad will happen to any of your stuff.
If your stuff got broke, how can it go on to make little baby stuff when you aren’t looking? We wouldn’t want that to happen, now would we? We need to protect all that stuff we have grown attached to, for one reason or another. I have grown to love my cheese grater, despite the fact that I have never used it, and didn’t want it in the first place.