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Tuesday, October 5, 2010


“A house that gives the body all the fresh air that is needed, that provides for the right temperature and that reduces labor to a minimum; a house that will keep the mind tranquil and rested without jarring on one’s feelings for beauty.”  
                                    -- Lionel Robertson and T.C. O’Donnell

The bungalow, characterized as a home built with the same quality and attention to detail as those twice the price, provides a practical and clean-lined residence, one that contains beautiful attention to detail and custom built-ins. According to Clark, these dwellings represent “a miracle of simplicity and efficiency.” This simple bungalow dining room reflects contemporary design and structure. Borrowing on the Arts and Crafts traditions, strong lines softened by circles, round edges, large graphic patterns and contrasting textures, provide links to the past.

The simple and multi-functional sideboard serves as a great place to display artwork, collectibles, and doubles as a storage unit. As a place for people to gather for family meals or as a place to host a festive dinner party, the dining room expands and contracts to suit the size of the occasion.  When the users need six chairs to accommodate all guests, they remain at hand.  But, when smaller gatherings necessitate the need for less furniture, the sideboard turns into a storage unit onto which the host can store four chairs in the unit, two on each side, thus adding depth to the room and interest to the decor.  According to Bachelard, this double meaning for objects allows us to layer memories on them and imbed them in our everyday places.

Complementary accent colors tie the room together. The energy of bright yellow and cerulean blue serve as welcome companions to soothing gray and creamy white. Contemporary accessories such as bowls, hardware, ceramic vases, embossed metals, art, and accent pieces make the room more inviting.

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