Barry Dixon Inspirations

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Here are eight grand reveals from Barry Dixon, one of America's top designers. From a modern beach cottage and a chic chateau to a grand estate home, with a high-rise apartment and a row house in between, author Brian Coleman unfolds the broad range of Dixon's decorating style and what inspired him for each location. For example, a beach cottage flaunts colors from the sea, sky and sunset; a new home exudes Georgian architectural traditions of symmetry and proportion.

"Inspiration is everywhere," says Dixon. "It ...

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Overview

Here are eight grand reveals from Barry Dixon, one of America's top designers. From a modern beach cottage and a chic chateau to a grand estate home, with a high-rise apartment and a row house in between, author Brian Coleman unfolds the broad range of Dixon's decorating style and what inspired him for each location. For example, a beach cottage flaunts colors from the sea, sky and sunset; a new home exudes Georgian architectural traditions of symmetry and proportion.

"Inspiration is everywhere," says Dixon. "It lives in the memory of our past, the vibrancy of our present and the possibility of our future. . . . It lurks in foreign ports of call and waits patiently in our own backyard."
Luxurious photographs show how inspiration has sparked imagination, resulting in fresh interiors that nurture, uplift, and stimulate.

Barry Dixon was named "2010 Hall of Fame Designer" by Home & Design magazine. He is a frequent lecturer at design centers around the country.

Brian D. Coleman is a practicing psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington. Also an old-house enthusiast, he has grown his love for historic restoration into an active second career. He has written numerous articles on historic home design for magazines ranging from Old House Journal to Period Living in the U.K. and is editor-at-large for Old House Interiors. Brian is the author of Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, Scalamandré, Window Dressings, Historic Arts and Crafts Homes, Cottages, and Barry Dixon Interiors, among other home design books. He divides his time between New York and Seattle.

Erik Kvalsvik is a widely published and traveled photographer of architecture and interiors. His clients include major national magazines and museums as well as leading architects and interior designers. He has been the principal photographer of more than a dozen books. He lives in Washington, DC.

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Editorial Reviews

Family Circle

In Barry Dixon Inspirations (Gibbs Smith), the Virginia-based interior designer presents a dozen of his favorite interiors along with real-life tips for achieving each look. Check out his advice for creating the house of your dreams.

NATURAL SELECTION If you have a beautiful view outside your window, avoid using busy printed curtains.make the vista the focus of the room.

DYNAMIC DUOS When it comes to pairing colors, opposites attract. For example, cool grays work with warm yellows and soft lavenders go with rich browns.

HIGH TOP A bamboo coffee table or tray is perfect for a family room.drinking glasses won't leave water rings on this sustainable material.

— Kate Doherty

Katiedid

I am always excited when a new design book comes along....even more so when the book is all about a designer for whom I have the greatest admiration. Barry Dixon is a household name: listed in House Beautiful's Top 100 Designers, "A-list designer" by the Washington Post, and "2010 Hall of Fame Designer" by Home and Design magazine. The list does go on! You can imagine my excitement when I received a copy of Barry Dixon's newest book, Barry Dixon Inspirations from the kind publishers at Gibbs Smith.

Many of you may already have Mr. Dixon's first book, Barry Dixon Interiors. If you enjoyed it, get ready for his newest work in this beautiful book. It is full of ideas that are, as the title represents, nothing less than inspiring.Written by Brian D. Coleman with beautiful photographs provided by Erik Kvalsvik, it is as beautifully put together as are the designs on its pages.

One of the the things I most admire about Barry Dixon's work is that he mixes things up: modern and traditional, refined and rustic. And he seems to do so effortlessly. That is the mark of a master...the seeming effortlessness. In the kitchen above, Mr. Dixon mixes rustic finishes with clean modern cabinets, and then throws in bar stools that reference traditional style. It all works!

You can see Barry Dixon's attention to detail and, again, his ability to mix things up right on the front cover. At first glance, everything is of course lovely, leaning towards a tailored traditional look. But when I took a closer look, details such as the grommets on the curtains and modern drapery hardware, the contemporary lines of the sofa, and the modern accent table all combine to make the space much more interesting. And just take another look at that chandelier....fantastic!

The book is all about inspiration. It so happens, I have been working on a remodel of a house in the Sierra foothills where I am using metal panels on the face of the kitchen peninsula. My clients and I have been reviewing metal samples, and we finalized the choice today. I was inspired to include metal in the design since I had recently been looking at metal strapping that was holding together the wine barrels on a recent trip to the wine country. It is just a bit of positive reinforcement to see metal panels used in a kitchen design by Mr. Dixon pictured above.

I wanted to show you a few of the pages that inspired me. The whole book is beautiful and it was hard to narrow it down for you. These images just struck me, and all for different reasons.

This bath looks so serene and beautiful. The 18th century marble tub is decadent and set perfectly in the symmetrical space. The exotic touches of the Ming Dynasty carved teak window screen and the inlaid mother of pearl chair transports me to another place. I love the Kathryn Ireland toile fabric on the curtains and the Walker Zanger tile floor....all so very pretty.

Another favorite project of mine in the book is the converted brick building in Corinth Mississippi that Mr. Dixon turns into an Urban Loft. Again, Barry uses his design alchemy skills mixing up elements. He kept the walls as they were: brick with plaster worn away. He deliberately left the electrical conduit showing on the walls behind the painting...perhaps the detail I liked most in the space. He differentiates the Dining Room from other spaces by using horsehair and linen sheers keeping everything open and light. He used the open Plantation style caned back chairs with a nod to the warm Southern evenings. Southern Industrial style....a new trend?

The Master Bathroom in a home outside of Washington D.C. caught my attention because Barry used a 1930's Lucite English chair covered in zebra at the traditional vanity table. What a great way to shake things up! Just a "glass slipper" of a thrown for a lady's bathroom.

It is all in the details: the nailhead trim on the onion dome screen, the decorative tape at the bottom of the ottoman, the contrast welting on the custom designed chair and the metal chain link floor lamp....it all takes design to that next level.

At the beginning of the book, Barry Dixon describes where he finds inspiration:

"Inspiration is everywhere. It lives in the memory of our past, the vibrancy of our present and the possibility of our future. It hides in plain sight in the view outside our window and it sits on the shelf inside our home. It lurks in foreign ports of call and waits patiently in our own backyard. It whispers to us in our dreams and screams at us in our waking moments, urging that moment of glorious combustion when our thoughts collide to spark out imagination."

I am putting that up on my wall.

— Katie Denham

Katiedid - Katie Denham

I am always excited when a new design book comes along....even more so when the book is all about a designer for whom I have the greatest admiration. Barry Dixon is a household name: listed in House Beautiful's Top 100 Designers, "A-list designer" by the Washington Post, and "2010 Hall of Fame Designer" by Home and Design magazine. The list does go on! You can imagine my excitement when I received a copy of Barry Dixon's newest book, Barry Dixon Inspirations from the kind publishers at Gibbs Smith.

Many of you may already have Mr. Dixon's first book, Barry Dixon Interiors. If you enjoyed it, get ready for his newest work in this beautiful book. It is full of ideas that are, as the title represents, nothing less than inspiring.Written by Brian D. Coleman with beautiful photographs provided by Erik Kvalsvik, it is as beautifully put together as are the designs on its pages.

One of the the things I most admire about Barry Dixon's work is that he mixes things up: modern and traditional, refined and rustic. And he seems to do so effortlessly. That is the mark of a master...the seeming effortlessness. In the kitchen above, Mr. Dixon mixes rustic finishes with clean modern cabinets, and then throws in bar stools that reference traditional style. It all works!

You can see Barry Dixon's attention to detail and, again, his ability to mix things up right on the front cover. At first glance, everything is of course lovely, leaning towards a tailored traditional look. But when I took a closer look, details such as the grommets on the curtains and modern drapery hardware, the contemporary lines of the sofa, and the modern accent table all combine to make the space much more interesting. And just take another look at that chandelier....fantastic!

The book is all about inspiration. It so happens, I have been working on a remodel of a house in the Sierra foothills where I am using metal panels on the face of the kitchen peninsula. My clients and I have been reviewing metal samples, and we finalized the choice today. I was inspired to include metal in the design since I had recently been looking at metal strapping that was holding together the wine barrels on a recent trip to the wine country. It is just a bit of positive reinforcement to see metal panels used in a kitchen design by Mr. Dixon pictured above.

I wanted to show you a few of the pages that inspired me. The whole book is beautiful and it was hard to narrow it down for you. These images just struck me, and all for different reasons.

This bath looks so serene and beautiful. The 18th century marble tub is decadent and set perfectly in the symmetrical space. The exotic touches of the Ming Dynasty carved teak window screen and the inlaid mother of pearl chair transports me to another place. I love the Kathryn Ireland toile fabric on the curtains and the Walker Zanger tile floor....all so very pretty.

Another favorite project of mine in the book is the converted brick building in Corinth Mississippi that Mr. Dixon turns into an Urban Loft. Again, Barry uses his design alchemy skills mixing up elements. He kept the walls as they were: brick with plaster worn away. He deliberately left the electrical conduit showing on the walls behind the painting...perhaps the detail I liked most in the space. He differentiates the Dining Room from other spaces by using horsehair and linen sheers keeping everything open and light. He used the open Plantation style caned back chairs with a nod to the warm Southern evenings. Southern Industrial style....a new trend?

The Master Bathroom in a home outside of Washington D.C. caught my attention because Barry used a 1930's Lucite English chair covered in zebra at the traditional vanity table. What a great way to shake things up! Just a "glass slipper" of a thrown for a lady's bathroom.

It is all in the details: the nailhead trim on the onion dome screen, the decorative tape at the bottom of the ottoman, the contrast welting on the custom designed chair and the metal chain link floor lamp....it all takes design to that next level.

At the beginning of the book, Barry Dixon describes where he finds inspiration:

"Inspiration is everywhere. It lives in the memory of our past, the vibrancy of our present and the possibility of our future. It hides in plain sight in the view outside our window and it sits on the shelf inside our home. It lurks in foreign ports of call and waits patiently in our own backyard. It whispers to us in our dreams and screams at us in our waking moments, urging that moment of glorious combustion when our thoughts collide to spark out imagination."

I am putting that up on my wall.

Family Circle - Kate Doherty

In Barry Dixon Inspirations (Gibbs Smith), the Virginia-based interior designer presents a dozen of his favorite interiors along with real-life tips for achieving each look. Check out his advice for creating the house of your dreams.

NATURAL SELECTION ¨ If you have a beautiful view outside your window, avoid using busy printed curtains.make the vista the focus of the room.

DYNAMIC DUOS ¨ When it comes to pairing colors, opposites attract. For example, cool grays work with warm yellows and soft lavenders go with rich browns.

HIGH TOP ¨ A bamboo coffee table or tray is perfect for a family room.drinking glasses won't leave water rings on this sustainable material.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423607519
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,421,964
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian D. Coleman, MD, divides his time between Seattle and New York. His articles have appeared in magazines ranging from Old House Journal, where he is the West Coast editor; to Period Living in the U.K. Brian is the author of seven books on the decorative arts, including the recent titles Farrow & Ball and Cottages.

Erik Kvalsvik is a photographer of architecture and interiors. His clients include major national magazines and museums as well as leading architects and interior designers. He has been the principal photographer of more than a dozen books, including Barry Dixon Inspirations. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Cottage Modern at Bethany Beach

Color was Stolen from the outside Elements- The Sea, The Sky…Evening Blues, Lavenders, Purples and Grays…

The cottage's location was perfect, just yards off the Atlantic Ocean on Delaware's sunny, Bethany Beach. The owners had vacationed here for years and loved the simplicity of life at the shore-a stroll along the water's edge and a good book being all that was needed for a relaxing afternoon. But the house itself, built in the eighties, was cramped, dark and increasingly dated; it needed to be modernized with sensitivity, keeping in mind that it was, after all, still a modest bungalow on the beach.

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Table of Contents

8 Foreword: Mickey Riad, Fortuny

10 Preface: Barry Dixon

12 Introduction: Brian D. Coleman

The Homes:

24 Cottage Modern at Bethany Beach

46 Chateau Chic in Carolina

68 Stately Living in Nashville

80 Industrial Redux in Cornith, Mississippi

178 Family Rowhouse Reinterpreted on Capitol Hill

178 Georgian Traditions on the Potomac

178 Sky-High Living on Chicago's Michigan Avenue

178 Inspirations

178 Source Guide

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