From Margaret Everton on March 5, 2010 in Philadelphia
I’ve constantly been impressed by people who can take a simple (and sometimes ugly) space, and transmogrify it into a veritable museum of interest, beauty, and character. Often, the people who do so aren’t interior designers. They are simply people with personality, passion, and creativity. Here’s how one Philadelphia resident by the name of Augustine did it. Admittedly, he is an interior designer. However, he shows how easy it is for anyone whos not what he is by trade to do what hes done. His living space was a cave15-foot ceilings and one gigantic room. He knew that creating less space was important. So, he chose to re-segment the room using smart design tactics. The first segment became a sitting area. He used part of a wall as this segment, but created the remainder of the section by situating the furniture just-so. Furniture arrangements alone dont create new space with personality. So, he framed a piece of junkpacking materialand placed it on the wall. Instant interest and true artistic ingenuity. The kitchen, still part of the same vast room, is an area all its own. An ex-churchgoer (a pew) and an ex-shop rat (an antique metal worktable) now serve as placements in the eat-in kitchen. The eclecticism of the kitchen art fits in with what the designer sums up in his simple statement: If you love something, get it. Beyond the kitchen is Augustines closet. He uses careful arrangement to define a generous and wide-open area that gives him room to dress, and to survey his clothing rack from a distance, if necessary. Augustines bed lies nearby. He chose a very low bed so that it does not intrude upon the overall feel of the room. To further achieve this purpose, Augustine made the artwork the most significant thingusing a vast frame with minimal design, and even adding some silk screen portraits to his bed pillows. Every designer must have a laboratory. And Augustine has his. The corner reserved for this sanctuary is a museum in its own right, boasting a wooden sculpture, a yard or two of fencing, and the interplay of colors and paintings.