Thursday, July 22, 2010
Mrs. Howard, and Max and Company, have taken over the palatial former Charlotte Women's club. Collaborating with her talented husband, Jim, the couple create breath taking architectural rooms in multiple styles that are timeless. Downstairs, Max and Company has a more modern, youthful take on decor. Upstairs, Mrs. Howard dazzles us with elegant, colorful, layered rooms. Take a lesson from the Howards! I have literally sifted through all their design projects on their websites, and there isn't a: "Ho-Hum" in the bunch. The look, within any genre, is perfectly balanced. Beach houses, mid century modern, eclectic, mountain and urban rooms are executed with equal skill. If there is a more beautiful store in the world, it is probably theirs.
The first three rooms at the street entrance to the store, were kept original to maintain the historic character of the house. Jim's architectural additions to the building are seamless, and look entirely original.
This Geometric tile floor in this hall is so chic with the opulent paneling and retro chairs.
This sophisticated focal point in the hall has a stunning floor with a three dimensional effect. The symmetry is restful and interesting. As we wander from one splendid space to another, the versatility and originality knocked our socks off.
We loved how the monochromatic oriental panel creates flow between these two spaces. The relating walls in the bedroom beyond, are perfectly hand painted.
Nail head trim is all the rage in upholstery. The designers crafted a hefty pattern on the velvet fabric walls, instantly lightening the formality with the small scale chintz fabric on the chairs, and a country table. The Yin-Yang design concept speaks to me.
This detail, taken from Mrs. Howard's website, highlights her signature sunburst mirrors, repeated in the nail head motif. If anybody can beat this English country dining room, send me a picture!
Here is one of the max and company rooms. Dovecote loves the egg prints!
Mirrors are like bracelets for Mrs. Howard. She stacks them! This room positively glows with elegance. The detail of the drapery fabric repeating the molding on the horizontal plane enhances the geometric pattern of the mill work, reflected in the mirror.
Clean and serene. This mountain house from the website is fresh and light. Grey really is a pastel color, blending evenly with soft blue. A Gustavian desk doubling as a bedside table is practical and pretty. Of course the coterie loves the egg prints.
I couldn't resist this picture. I don't think I have ever seen a fabric I love more! The lantern on the ceiling is a trademark touch. Browse through the Howards' design projects and let us know which rooms you love the most.