I have been a huge fan of Eddie Ross since he appeared on Top Design - the "Top Chef" equivalent for interior designers. Most recently, Eddie was asked to participate in another challenge - The Big Window Challenge at Bloomingdale's flagship New York City store. Three designers were asked to create a living room for an imaginary New York City dweller of their choosing. Eddie represented ELLE DECOR Magazine. The other two participants are from Apartmenttherapy.com and Bloomingdale's.
The voting is currently underway and ends on January 28th! You can vote (hopefully for Eddie - the clear and deserving winner!) by clicking here OR by texting 1 to the number 89800. As you go through the images of Eddie's gorgeous living room on the above link, I encourage you to read the entertaining captions he wrote about the woman who lives there. This is just a snippet: "As the founder and President of her own fashion Public Relations firm with offices in Paris and New York, our inhabitant has fashioned a space for herself and her family just as she lives - boldly, joyously and with fearless panache."
Here is Eddie's room:
The layered details are what sets his room above the other two. What I love about this room, is that the color comes from the accessories. Eddie demonstrates that by investing in good quality, classic, neutral colored furniture there are infinite creative possibilities with the interchangeable pieces.
This was a daring choice, but it SO works. The blue speckled Jackson Pollack-esque walls are actually wallpaper! The addition of the blue molding to break up the wall space was so clever. A DIY option would be to paint a canvas yourself then frame it! The frame could be painted to match the speckles just like Eddie did. If you have a large wall to fill, a triptych would be great.
Even the floors are painted the same color blue as the trim and molding.
A great lesson in how to style shelving. I love that it reflects a personal collection, and items that are used by the occupants rather than artistic fillers.
Putting the brass flower arrangement and vase along side of the silver tray and goblets, shows how mixing metals can work beautifully!
Another inspiration. The combination of the pillow styles and colors is just brilliant.