Friday, March 25, 2011

abandonment. what would you do?

have you ever visited kevin bauman's 100 abandoned detroit houses site? i have it saved on "my favorites" list on my laptop and feel the need to visit it every now and then. there is something about detroit for me. i've never even been there but for some reason, if i had the good fortune of being able to afford property, i'd buy in detroit. if you can see the pretty in things, the fabulous, the interesting, the amazing in the currently not so amazing, then detroit holds a plethora of spaces, from residential to commercial. this one particular house calls to me, and this is some of what i'd do...

i'd have to enter a henzel rug into one of the main spaces. for vibrancy, for spice, even paired with some vintage pieces you could not go wrong. eclectic, eclectic, eclectic.

to walk around inside, there must be so many interesting nooks, windows, small spaces to design. keeping spaces light and airy, but comfortable is the key. bringing back a comfortable ease to this house is important. via emma's design blog.
i'd mix textures, from furs to leathers to everything in between. mod to antique. and sometimes, all in one space. how fun? don't forget, this house needs a little fun. tiny smiles will form. via rue.
i'd have art walls, lots of art, eclectic, exotic, antique, photographs, sculptural, intriguing. this space via james leland day.
i would have to buy pieces of local artist's work as well. this abstract by adrian deva would do the trick to give this wonderfully tired space some new breaths of life. a spark for sure.

i love the graphically/mechanically engineered & inspired pendant lights from melbourne based artist, james hargraves. after all, we are striving to engineer a new beginning for this home, these spaces, so hargrave's lights offer that concept but keep the idea soft and subtle.

i'd also have to incorporate (or keep, as i imagine there may already be fabulous light fixtures left behind) a more glam, vintage~esque chandelier here and there as well, mixed in, from very small to perhaps one more grand. so that even with the lighting, we are guessing at each turn, questioning what style or mood might be next. keeping this house unexpected and interesting. via rue.
i'd definitely get daring and add a subtle (or maybe even bold) wallpaper to one or more of the rooms, even if in that room, only one wall is papered and the rest painted. to add interest. this paper from elitis is the beginning of a super soft approach.

so i still don't know what it is about detroit. but it seems to be a forgotten land of stunning homes, businesses, people, all in need of attention, an overall facelift, design~wise, economy~wise, cultural~wise, and i'm left to wonder why no one is noticing? hmmm, i suppose it's friday food for thought.

with that said, what would you do differently to this home? would you go with a flowing, comprehensive color palette such as creams or whites or would you mix it up in a different way than me? i'd love to hear your thoughts. also, if you have been to or live in detroit, i'd love to hear your thoughts as well. for now, happy friday, here's to imagination and here's to hopefull creativity! enjoy...


alexandra grecco said...

great blog!


Black Pearl said...

Bonjour, Robin! Maintenant, Detroit n'est pas tres cher! Je besoin l'aide de toi qui je creat une chambre pour la fete dans novembre. Je vais etre vendre mes vetements. J'espre tu compris moi! Ecrire-moi, si'il te plait!

Heart Charlie said...

I have to check these out!! Especially, kevin bauman's site, that looks so interesting ;)