Space and flow

In January’s post, I focused on the making of a beautiful space and the key elements that you should take into consideration when getting started on your design plan. One of the elements that is so critical to think about, whether it’s an entire home or a room, is the space and flow. This may sound totally obvious but it’s not always easy to solve for how to optimize both!

How your room, or entire home, flows sets the tone for how comfortable you, your family and your guests may feel. Some questions to ask yourself:

  • what’s the primary function of each room?

  • what do I want the focal points to be?

  • how does the natural light flow through the house during the day? (morning and afternoon sunlight)

  • where do you want to lounge when you read a book, watch tv or just chill?

When creating this open studio loft space in downtown Dallas, TX, we took all of those questions (and many more) into consideration.

Photography by Micah Nunley

Photography by Micah Nunley

It had really high ceilings and large windows so it already felt very open and light. The trick was to ground the room, to make it feel warm and maximize the square footage. The goal was for the entire space be functional and comfortable for daily life while creating a modern-luxury masculine vibe. With the stunning Dallas city skyline as the backdrop, we had an instant focal point so the question became how do we compliment it with fixture and furniture selections? We chose to first focus on lighting and art.

Out of the gates we selected an oversize sphere pendant light that mirrored the sun or the moon given the sky is the background. We chose the Moooi Random Light in black (psstt… it’s actually on sale right now at DWR!). It is one of my favorite light fixtures of all time… swoon. We added a custom large square mirror on one wall and flanked the other wall with a giant piece of art, a Samburu warrior on canvas. The reflection of the mirror shows off the pendant light and the warrior art - double bonus. The 9-ft. concrete dining table is a statement piece but is neutral so it let’s the light pendant and the art take centerstage.

This client works hard and plays hard so being able to unwind in the living room after work or on the weekend was super important. He had a neutral-colored sectional sofa which worked perfectly in the open floor plan so to make it a bit cozier and interesting, we layered a bold striped rug with a natural cowhide rug and added a couple of leather Cupa chairs from CB2.

CB2 Cupa saddle leather swivel base chair

CB2 Cupa saddle leather swivel base chair

Similar striped rug from Wisteria

Similar striped rug from Wisteria

Depth and dimension always give richness to a room and a mixture of textiles (for example, leathers, cotton/linen wools, etc), rugs, pillows and blankets can help you achieve this.