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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,Tribune Media Services | January 20, 2008
The entrance foyer in my home could use some jazzing up. The space contains a small chest of drawers made of brown-stained wood. I want to retain this piece, but I'm wondering if it will interfere with my aim of making a contemporary design statement. What do you think? A contemporary design statement often involves the unexpected. For that reason, juxtaposing two styles in what I take to be a small foyer should actually be consistent with your aim. You might consider adding something like the wall covering seen in the photo as a contrasting accompaniment to your brown wood chest of drawers.
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By RITA ST. CLAIR and RITA ST. CLAIR,rsca@ritastclair.com | September 6, 2008
I want to add a console table to my home's entrance foyer, both for functional reasons and to make a design statement in this small and nondescript space. There doesn't seem to be much available, however, apart from straight-legged tables made of brown wood. I realize that these boring sorts of tables could be jazzed up with a grouping of decorative objects, but I'm not much of a collector. Any suggestions? Since you want visual interest as well as functionality, a console alone may not be sufficient.
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By RITA ST. CLAIR and RITA ST. CLAIR,rsca@ritastclair.com | September 6, 2008
I want to add a console table to my home's entrance foyer, both for functional reasons and to make a design statement in this small and nondescript space. There doesn't seem to be much available, however, apart from straight-legged tables made of brown wood. I realize that these boring sorts of tables could be jazzed up with a grouping of decorative objects, but I'm not much of a collector. Any suggestions? Since you want visual interest as well as functionality, a console alone may not be sufficient.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,Tribune Media Services | January 20, 2008
The entrance foyer in my home could use some jazzing up. The space contains a small chest of drawers made of brown-stained wood. I want to retain this piece, but I'm wondering if it will interfere with my aim of making a contemporary design statement. What do you think? A contemporary design statement often involves the unexpected. For that reason, juxtaposing two styles in what I take to be a small foyer should actually be consistent with your aim. You might consider adding something like the wall covering seen in the photo as a contrasting accompaniment to your brown wood chest of drawers.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | March 10, 1996
We recently moved to a townhouse that has given us the luxury of a fireplace in the living room. In reality, however, it's a small hole in the wall surrounded by black slate. How can we perk up its appearance?The best and simplest strategyis to emphasize the framing effect by adding a decorative element of some kind. One solution might be a contemporary-style bolection molding in finished wood or with a painted surface. A stone-like composition may be worth considering as well. This type of straightforward dTC and boldly projecting frame will make a dramatic design statement.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | November 5, 1995
My dining room is traditionally furnished, with Italian Provincial-style pieces. It's time to give the space a more contemporary look, perhaps by introducing a mixture of styles. How do I start?As always, you should start by planning. And to get you going in the direction you describe, I offer this photo of a dining room transformed by New York designer Celeste Cooper. Even though she retained her client's Directoire-style furniture, she gave the room an avant-garde look with new colors, lighting, art works and carpeting.
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By Lit Solis-Cohen and Sally Solis-Cohen | May 2, 1993
Organizers of the Baltimore Museum Antiques Show, May 7-9 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, hope to attract more young collectors than ever. "Several dealers with affordable merchandise will be showing for the first time," said show co-manager Pamela B. Meier. "Young collectors are looking for a variety of things. They want to make a design statement with their acquisitions, whether it's a collection of tea strainers or hyacinth vases, an apothecary chest or a piece of garden furniture," she observed.
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By Rita St. Clair | December 20, 1992
Many readers tell me they lack confidence in choosing colors. And often this confession is made in regard to otherwise good-looking rooms that need a bit of pizazz.People in these situations actually have a promising sense of design, even if they don't realize it. At least they know that one of the surest ways of giving a room a lift is by adding some vivid colors and interesting patterns. Not everyone understands how these elements can make the difference between a life less furniture display and a lively, personalized setting.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | August 20, 1995
Q: The first floor of my home has a gold-colored carpet and white walls. Its look is rather romantic, though in a traditional sort of way. I'd like the large entrance hall to make its own strong design statement, but I frankly can't afford to furnish it. Is there something you can suggest?A: I'll assume that your budget does permit additions other than furniture. If so, how about buying a decorative area rug that can cover much of the bare floor?The treatment seen in the photo might put you on course toward a solution.
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By Mike Giuliano | April 26, 1991
The Bedford InnWhere: 6044 Harford Road, Hamilton.Hours: 6 a.m.- 2 a.m. daily.Menu: Sandwiches, burgers, soups, pizza.Credit cards: Not accepted.Call: 426-9715.While the Inner Harbor glitz comes at a price, humble neighborhood bars are often easier on the recession-strained wallet.The commercial strip of Harford Road in Hamilton, for example, has more than its share of unpretentious bars. Locals are so fiercely loyal to their favorite watering holes that visitors hailing from other parts of Baltimore might first be given the once-over reserved for alien life forms.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | August 6, 1995
Q: Your suggestions for decorating entrance foyers are often interesting, though many of them seem to apply to spaces larger than my own. What should I do do with a foyer that is quite small, with a stairway directly in front of the entrance? Should I concentrate on making it look larger?A: Styling, in my opinion, is the most important element in an entrance foyer. It's essential to make a dramatic design statement at this introductory point in the home.Size really isn't a determining factor in the appearance of an entrance hall.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,Contributing Writer | September 19, 1993
Q: We recently purchased a home that has a beautifully paneled library with plenty of shelves and storage areas. This large and elegant space could be made into a fabulous room if it were given an 18th-century period styling. However, the library will be used as a home office, so I plan to furnish it in a comfortable, contemporary manner. Do you have some suggestions for how to proceed?A: You must certainly maximize the potential of such a room while ensuring it meets all your functional needs.
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