In the guest room we hung old weathered shutters at the window, in new construction I feel it is important to use some elements with age and patina. The wall sconce selection was a very economical one but works perfectly in the space.
We worked with the firm Stone Cutters to create this massive limestone mantel which is the focal point for this room. They were able to achieve the perfect patina we were looking for, each visit they would embellish the finish until we felt it meet its goal.
The original design for this room was for the second floor to be completely open with railing running the length of the room. I felt it lacked interest and was not practical for the upstairs space. The solution was to create these wonderful arched balconies which emphasize the iron railing and provide wonderful views over the great room.
The staircase leading up to the tower was my favorite detail. The first thing you see when entering, we used this wonderful mosaic tile alternating patterns at each step. The iron detail and open plaster work under the stairs was adapted from a beautiful home in Europe, I always look to references from classic architecture for inspiration.
Decorative light fixtures are so important to the overall design, the wrong choice can really mess up an interior. On this project we had to choose many of the fixtures at a very reasonable price point, and were able to splurge on a few others. There are good looking fixtures at lower price points like the one in the photo of the shutters, while the sconce above has beautiful detail and scale for the stair tower.
This pair of antique doors we found at a dealer in Los Angeles, they add the perfect focal point in this guest room.