With a gorgeous black-dotted staircase, overlooking the living room and adorning it with style, the Iron Lace mansion has one of the most stunning and surprising interiors we’ve ever seen. This sophisticated interior, mixing textures is the work of Gestion René Desjardins, in Montreal, Canada. Spacious, luminous and sprinkled with sophisticated elements of décor, the three-story mansion is the ultimate expression of elegance. The main floor accommodates the public space: kitchen, living room, dining room, a dinning terrace and a wine cellar. Black, grey and white create a wonderful story of neutral tones warmed up by a simple, yet elegant living room fireplace.
The most surprising element is definitely the black staircase, that looks rather like a conglomerate of interconnected black bubbles. It basically looks like a detailed work of art, a black lace vail that completes the elegant decoration. The second floor accommodates the more private areas, such as the bedrooms and the fitness centre, while the third floor hosts the master bedroom, offering a great panoramic view.
Speaking of “less is more” design, if your shelf offers little display space, consider opting for one or two standout items to showcase rather than a slew of small finds. In the next image, we see the Magical Thinking Peaks Shelf, crafted from glass and aluminum. Then again, there’s something charming about a curiously cluttered look, especially if items are thoughtfully curated. The Magical Thinking Pyramid Shelf below holds treasures and curiosities. When your shelves make a sculptural statement, don’t overwhelm and block them with clutter. After all, when the design is as fabulous as the Bamboo Step Wall Shelf in the next featured image, you certainly don’t want to cover up the bold form of your shelving.
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.