As many designers know, no two project installations are quite the same. Some require lots of travel, enormous amounts of scheduling, epic shopping trips, and well… then there are the ones that call for a crane, yup, you read right … Continue reading
LeBlanc Design is pleased to announce we were just featured on Houzz.com in an article about “Breezy Summer Bedrooms.” Cliffside Perch is one of our favorite projects and we are honored to be recognized in the company of such talent. Thank you … Continue reading
Spring is upon us and the embodied energy of the burgeoning buds is almost tangible. The armature of empty tree branches and the sallow earth, slowly but surely, sprout forth as if they have been holding beautiful little secrets all … Continue reading
There is something so pleasing about looking out over a blanket of freshly fallen snow. The way it softly covers the landscape and unifies all it touches is akin to the way a monochromatic palette can bring an eclectic mix of furniture & objects into balance. As designers, we are always searching for the common link and how each item speaks to the other. Using white as the common denominator, always allows the harmonization of diverse lines and a variety of textures to sing.
The cleanliness of white always feels fresh and up to date. It’s truly the color that never becomes passe. If you are the type of person that is easily overwhelmed by all of the options out there and can’t seem to decide on a color palette, start with white. Use it as the base – it is after all the blending of all colors (this has always blown my mind) but seriously, white contains the wavelengths of all visible light, so for those of us who don’t want to decide, you can have it all! With the base defined, you can decide if you want to add subdued accents (ie., light grays, taupes, or pastels) or perhaps saturated hues, the key is to keep the additional colors to a minimum.
Mixing in black is also a no-brainer; it will be a forever classic combo. If black feels a bit too harsh or formal, a smart option is to pick one color of your liking and use varying shades for a thoughtful, but easy look. The subsequent effect is unifying and calming. We all see the crazy bright pink sofas in design magazines and while they are perfect for some spaces and clients, to the majority of us, it’s much less intimidating to splurge on a neutral sofa. If you yearn for bold design but lack the confidence, bring the color in through accessories – throws, trays, pillows, and objects d’art. By the ease of strategic placement and the added confidence, your space will be far from flat.
Many benefits of white are:
- Allows artwork or interesting objects to take center stage,
- Natural textures are showcased (think sisal, leathers, greenery, pronounced wood grains, or richly veined stones)
- The ability to mix and match styles with ease
- Insert fun, colorful accessories for an easy pop
- Cleanliness – worried about keeping white upholstery clean? Used well-tailored slipcovers that can be removed and washed with ease. Always make sure to check that they can be laundered at home and try putting them back on while still a little damp. This allows for much less struggling to recover the frame and the fabric will dry to the shape. You still may have a few wrinkles remove, but nothing the trusty steamer can’t take care of!
Happy New Year!!!
As we enter into 2013 LeBlanc Design is embarking on a new adventure! It is with great excitement that we introduce to you the LeBlanc Design Blog.
As many of our friends know, LeBlanc Design underwent a bit of a remodel itself last year. It’s true, even design firms need a little redesign every now and again. There comes a time for most people to step back a bit from anything (your business, home, goals, etc.) and really ponder the details. I think they call them growing pains for a reason, but we thought it was time to refresh our look a bit and had a great time doing so. As we are all well aware, the trick to confidently making changes, is to hiring a great designer! We partnered with the wonderful team at Braizen and they really made the process quite enjoyable and easy. Take a look at the full workup they did for us: