Special Nonexistent Furniture

by Katie Rosenfeld

Katie was born and raised in Tampa Florida, where her large family still resides. She graduated from Boston College with degrees in Philosophy and Art History. Eventually, she realized her passion for art and design, developing and growing a residential art consulting service which grew into a full service interior design business. She believes your home should be a true reflection of you, and her goal is to help her clients and readers achieve a beautiful and personal space.

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  • Our houses are essentially boxes in boxes, so every room needs a few well-rounded curves to add softness and grace.

    Shapely furniture creates a visual break from the harsh geometric lines of walls and the sofas, beds, buffets, and chests that dominate your rooms. Curvilinear pieces can be problem solvers in tricky spots like corners or between a sofa and chair. In tight spaces (like a hallway) a demilune or half circle table saves space and adds sinuous lines. It's a trick that designers like Eero Saarinen, Albert Hadley and Jean-Michel Frank used to great effect!
  • If your space is especially boxy (and you're not a strict modernist!), layer in a circular mirror (or a group of circular mirrors!), a round end table, or plunk an oval ottoman or coffee table between that sofa and pair of Bergere chairs and watch how it changes the room. Don't stop there, look up! How about a globe or rounded light fixture like a hanging pendant or half moon sconces? Just remember rounded shapes make a big impact so, a little goes a long way.

    Here are a few of my dos and don'ts:
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    1. A round dining table encourages conversation -- think Knights of the Round Table. But if you're not willing to dive into the deep end with circles just yet, mixing in a few dining chairs with round backs can soften the lines of a rectangular table.
    2. Repeating small similar motifs (like the rounded lamp, halo-shaped art and circular stools here) creates unity.
    3. Don't forget the little things. Table tops are craving to be ornamented with circles and spheres. Try round plates, a bowl full of spheres, or even an old fashioned globe.
    4. Beware of the Swiss cheese effect. If a room has too many circles it can begin to look like Swiss cheese, or the surface of the moon, or polka dots. You get the picture.

    With that said: when in doubt, round it out!

    - Katie
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