Have your guests talking!

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We all love when our house guests tell us how much they like our homes. Sometimes it’s what keeps us going!

I’ll be the first to admit that I love to create dramatic powder rooms for our clients; I want your guests to go back whispering to the party: “You must see the powder room!” That is a small signature as a designer in many houses!

But what can you add to your home to make it stand out from the rest? Is a bold paint color really enough to get people talking? I’ve found that most conversations in my own home start when people come across things they have never seen before. It’s a fun way to get people to chat about things other than work or yesterday’s weather.

My first recommendation will be: “If you want drama start in a public space”..…. I mean create “design drama” in an area that your guests will experience; kitchen, powder room, front door, etc.

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As architects we love to create “the experience of surprise in a building”, at this waterfront house the main door reveals the amazing view of the water through a columned pool terrace. If it does not create conversation… it will at least leave you speechless!

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One of our clients asked for a chef’s kitchen we added an illuminated onyx table, it is the must see piece of the house! Lighting is also a great way to make your house more interesting and fun! Try cool pendants, designer’s floor lamps!

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Do you have a great view from one side? Multiply it with mirrors. In this pied-à-terre with an amazing view of the Acropolis in Athens we added a mirror as the kitchen back-splash, when you walk in the open floor living dinning, you get amazing views from all sides and it makes the room feels bigger.

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                     picture Ted Davis, D&D Studio

A very simple way to add some “design drama” has always been paint! We will add a small tool, use stencils, we were able to brimg this bedroom to life with the use of one image in different shades of blues!  So easy it will give a new personality to any room.

What fun or creative things have you added to your own house?