The gray contemporary wool and silk rug is a surprise in this otherwise tradtional room. By selecting a contemporay rug Melanie Elston energized this room with a clean and fresh feel.
Rooms that are too contemporary feel cold and rooms that only have traditional furnishings tend towards the stuffy. Interior designers who have mastered the art of mixing different styles, textures, colors and materials are the most sought after today. Their work looks fresh and timeless. Today we feature one such designer- Melanie Elston, recognized by both Traditional Home Magazine and House Beautiful Magazine as one of the young interior designers to watch in 2011.
In an interview with Traditional Home, Melanie Elston explained, “I really love to design an eclectic interior, using unexpected pieces. I like to work in vintage houses, but to bring in modern pieces of furniture and accessories as well as antiques.”
Melanie Elston demonstrates her ability to blend traditional and contemporary styles in this living room. The furniture, moldings and fireplace are all traditional, but they are antchored by a contemporary wool and silk rug.The contemporary wool and silk rug gives this traditional room a clean and fresh look.
Notice how Melanie has balanced the the cool gray colors of the contemporary rug with the warm dark brown tones of the wood floor and the fireplace mantle. The seating area is defined by the contemporary rug and it is surrrounded by the warmth of the dark wood floor. The walls are again a cool gray and the white cieling creates pleasing relief.
In this hallway Melanie Elston placed a gray-blue wool contemporay rug runner on a dark brown wood floor. In the room to the right she juxtaposed a traditional wallpaper in a vibrant blue damask pattern.
The energy of Melanie Elston's mix of contemporary and traditional elements is powerful.
Melanie Elston worked with Oprah Winfrey's Nate Berkus before starting her own firm
Melanie Elston Quotes:
“When a friend or family member enters my client’s house and says ‘this is so you!’ I know I’ve done my job well,” says Elston. “Home should be a comfortable reflection of our best self. My goal and greatest joy is to understand what makes each client unique and to translate that essence into a beautiful space.”
"I also love bringing spaces to life with textiles-great mixtures of textures, colors, and patterns. My personal favorite is neutral backgrounds with punches of color".
Melanie told Traditional Home Magazine that her favoirite design period was 1940's French and Italian. The magazine then followed with this question "Given carte blanche, would you design an entire interior in '40s vintage pieces?
Melanie holding true to her genius for mixing replied:
"I would never do a whole room in it. But I would use a '40s table and other '40s pieces as accents".
Mosaic a contemporary wool rug in 1940's French style with silk highlights and hand spun wool in many shades of gray-blue.