Defying Definition: How to Blend Two Points of View

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This modern space blends rugged with glamorous—it’s a mashup of cabin and penthouse resulting in appealing sophistication. Have you ever wondered what the secrets are behind blending such different points of view? Let’s take a closer look at this home to see how they did it.

Choose Sides

Russian House Olga Freiman

One of the strategies in use here is the clear choice to use classic, big-shouldered furnishings with delicate lighting fixtures. This place is full of items to ground various areas, like the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in the living room and that terrific chrome and smoked glass dining table, but paired with airy chandeliers dripping with crystals or with black teardrop shapes. Replicate this effect by placing your stronger elements down low and balancing them out with lighter elements hanging from the ceiling to create a sweet interplay.

Mix It Up

Russian House Olga Freiman

In the luxurious master bathroom, large-scale wooden beams are held up by steel braces while delicately patterned stone surfaces like the sinks and backsplash abound—all reflected throughout by large-scale mirrors. This dance of traditionally masculine and feminine styles define this space, but you can achieve much the same effect in your rooms or on a tabletop by mixing matte/rough finishes with mirrored/shiny surfaces.

Bridge the Gap

Russian House Olga Freiman

In the master bedroom, these rules and most other design standards seem to be tossed out the window in favor of showing off the owners’ treasured items. Here you see a dark structured chair and bedside table side-by-side with a softer bed and floor lamp. It works without any seeming rhyme or reason because personality is really shining through. Place your favorite pieces together and watch true magic – the kind of space that defies definition – happen in your home.

How do you mash up two personalities in your space?

Image Sources: Home Adore.

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