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Outlandish and Invisible

By Christa Terry

I want Drake Design Associates to work their home decor design magic on my little house. Sure, I can’t actually afford to hire an interior designer of that caliber, but that won’t stop me from looking through their design portfolio and pretending I live in the houses the company has created.


This Fifth Ave. loft in New York City pairs velvets and shantungs with antique mirrors and high gloss lacquers for an eclectic look that makes me break whichever commandment that says coveting is a sin.


Maybe the colors in this eye-opening bathroom would start to drive me crazy after a while, but then again, maybe not. I especially like how the vintage look of the embellishments on the mirror contradict the modern look of the painted walls. The bathroom sink, you say? Yes, boring, but who cares what it looks like when the rest of the bathroom is like candy for the retinas?


Pink, brown, white, and…orange? I’ll admit that I would not have chosen that particular book case for that room, but of course Drake makes it work. Hidden in that same room, you can find subtle orangey touches (a pillow here, a side table there) that make the bookcase all but invisible.

2 Responses to “Outlandish and Invisible”

  1. Twistie Says:

    I really like that bathroom, actually. I might choose a slightly different set of colors, but the idea is cool and the general look bright and cheerful. The other thing I would probably do is either choose a sink in the same shade of white as the console so it disappears, or else choose a color from the wall so it pops beautifully.

  2. Atomic Bombshell Says:

    Good heavens! I read this blog faithfully through my feed reader, but this post forced me out of lurking status. The colors! I’m salivating! That first one is simply gorgeous. We’re in escrow on our first home, and this is the sort of thing I need to see. Thank you for the inspiration!

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