Wednesday, February 24, 2010

a work in progress

One of the best parts of blogging is making new friends with common interests. I have been corresponding with Mark Coy, a party planner at the Palmer House in Chicago, and he was kind enough to share some pictures of the transformation of his new living room in a Mies van der Rohe high rise. At the top you see the 'after' shot.The huge windows let in tons of daylight and expansive views (as I can testify to in my own apartment) but the natural grass shades really offer great texture and help moderate the harsh daylight; this is especially important with the hot summer sun! The placement of the couch in front of the windows might seem a bit counter-intuitive, but helps the room feel cozy and also blocks the unattractive window mechanical unit. The room remains open and airy with 'leggy' furniture and an bent glass coffee table. The seagrass carpet compliments the room nicely, much better than the wall to wall carpeting that was here previously!Look for the tour of his magnificent old apartment in a classic beaux arts building on Lakeshore drive here tomorrow, you won't be disappointed!

11 comments:

Pretty Lovely said...

I love the juxtaposition of patterns.... Eclectic yet refined at the same time.

What an awesome opportunity! Great to see you the other night, as always.

xx,
Samantha

Karena said...

Stefan,
Love to see the before and afters of wonderful projects!

Karena

Mark said...

It's been a tremendous life lesson for me. Doing more with less much faster. I'd always lived in vintage Chicago mid-rises or Craftsman bugalows. The joys of a Mies building are many. I'm a convert.

Thank you for posting, Stefan.

And thank you for the kind words Samantha & Karena

The Shiny Pebble said...

I think no room is complete without a bit of "nature" (seagrass, bamboo, plants, etc). Very nicely done for such a small place. There is a feeling of lushness without clutter.

katiedid said...

Thnaks Stefan! I love a good before and after. I will be back to see it tomorrow!

The Shiny Pebble said...

Hi Stefan, please forgive me, but you have mentioned WS Home before and I think it might behoove your designer readers to learn about my experience with them. Please read my latest entry http://theshinypebble.blogspot.com/2010/02/williams-sonoma-home-synonimous-with.html
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Acanthus and Acorn said...

Stefan,
I love a good tease so I will gladly play along...but post early!

Scott Fazzini said...

I love, love, love it! Can't wait to see tomorrow's post!

pve design said...

"I'll be back!"

Virginia @ Where You Hang Your Hat said...

I just want to say that I love the Palmer House.

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