Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Vignette by Hillary Thomas - courtesy of Lonny

As I continue to work on the conclusion of my latest "Inspiration Interpretation" post, I thought I would feature a favored material of mine in the meantime: bamboo. Usually faux (but never a faux pas!), bamboo can be used in myriad interiors.

Bedroom by Chad Eisner

I just adore the bedroom by Eisner above. How serene: the combination of the pale bamboo bed and the gray-green of the walls. Restrained, but not bland; comfortable, yet polished.

Breakfast room by Kemble Interiors

Don't these chairs add such great texture to this wonderfully fresh and bright room? I am loving the combination of the bamboo with the beadboard walls.

Living room by Kemble Interiors

In another, slightly more formal room by Kemble Interiors, bamboo still finds an appropriate home: here, as a useful secretary.

Design unknown - photo courtesy of Laurey W. Glenn

I like how the criss-crosses in the mirror mimic those on the lively ottoman. Check out the contrast cording and buttons on the sofa, too; it seems to make the piece much less formal and even a bit playful.

Bedroom by Paolo Moschino

What a great bedroom! It seems so cozy and cottagey... but there are slightly more exotic undertones in it, too.

Living room by Jennifer McGee Design

The glass-fronted cabinet above is in the style of the original Victorian and Edwardian bamboo pieces. This type of furniture was first introduced to the western world through trade with China in the 18th century, and reached the height of its popularity during the late 19th century, somewhat due to the American and English cabinetmakers who created more affordable faux bamboo pieces.

Bedroom by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
What do you think about all this toile? I am inclined to like it. It makes the room cozy, and Lawrence-Bullard maintains a peaceful congruity in the room by keeping the other furnishings (a suite - corona included - of bamboo bedroom furniture) homogeneous.

Dining area of unknown design

I like how this last pic of the day shows a more modern side of bamboo: metal, trellis-style bamboo chairs congregate around a clean-lined wood table in a small dining room shrouded in colorful panoramic wallpaper (possibly by Zuber). This really is a material that can go anywhere!

Have a great day and check back soon to see the completion of the latest project in my "Inspiration Interpretation" series!

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