Monday, February 17, 2014

Making A Statement: Fire Wood

Do you subscribe to Architectural Digest? I don't but every once in a while I'll pick up the issue if something catches my eye and this month it did.

The Frank Gehry-designed home of Patrick Dempsey and his family living in Malibu is a home not to be forgotten. This feature is one of the reasons I picked up AD this month. And this photo in particular caught my eye immediately - fire wood. Lots and lots of it organized so nicely in each of the built-in sections of the wall. What a statement!


Pretty awesome, don't you think? The impact, the texture, the symmetry - what other words come to mind for you? Right before I started typing this post up, I decided to also watch the short video clip on AD with Patrick Dempsey talking about his home. And I'm so glad I did because he talked about how this wall of fire wood actually serves a very functional purpose. Any ideas? You can watch the video here - it's quick and interesting. He doesn't talk about it in the video at all but the article discusses their collaboration with Estee Stanley on the decorating aspect of their home.

On a side note, we just got our fireplace fixed not that long ago (we needed to get it resealed). We've used it a few times and I do really love the texture that the wood brings to the fireplace. We only have a few logs stacked on it (it's no Dempsey fireplace wall), but I really enjoy having it in our living room. Maybe some smaller piles of stacked wood are in our future.

Besides the statement wall of fire wood (which also please note the fireplace is actually lit - good photography  styling/staging there), what other things are you drawn to in this space?

7 comments:

  1. This is truly breathtaking. I just love the mix of wood and metals!

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  2. I have to admit the firewood steals the show. The simplicity of the design helps it be the star of the room!

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  3. Yes, this room is really a standout and the firewood cutouts are the reason. I do love the warmth and texture they bring, and in such a dramatic way. I never read AD but clearly am missing out!

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  4. I went crazy about that room when I received my issue in the mail. Incredible. But weirdly all I could think about was spiders in that wood wall, haha. Thank you so much for sharing the video - I had not seen that and it really brought the house to life much more than the photos could even begin to show. I am in love!

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  5. Yes! Isn't that room fabulous?! I feel as son as I saw it!

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  6. I love this room and the firewood is certainly statement making - beautiful!!

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  7. A truly architectural design! I adored how the wood piled in one place and create a huge impact in the whole room! The table, the couch and the lamp, simply classy!

    Sebastian Chuter

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