Monday, June 14, 2010

How the Navy Introduced Me to Designer Lee Ann Thornton

While researching my last post, looking for images of Navy chairs, I discovered this kitchen nook designed by Greenwich Connecticut-based designer Lee Ann Thornton.


I also discovered that I love her aesthetic and affinity for mixing patterns, textures and styles. Check out the disparate pairings in this small corner alone: distressed table surrounded by mid-century chairs and a vintage-inspired bench dressed with a tailored, contrast piping cushion topped by crisp pillows in contemporary patterns and colors. Add one gorgeous pendant light, a modern botanical and the warm textures of a woven blind and wood flooring and yes, please, I'll move in right now.


And—what luck!—look at the kitchen that comes with the nook. The perfect mix of vintage and contemporary (pressed ceiling + modern stools), cool and warm (fresh green walls + deep brown floors), clean lines and textural details (crisp white cabinets and expanses of marble + woven blinds and baskets). And is that a mud room I spy through the door? If there is also a walk-in pantry somewhere nearby (there has to be, right?), then this is most definitely my idea of kitchen heaven.


More of the same heavenly mix in this seating area. Can you find all of the elements I've already mentioned in this single shot? They're all there.


In fact, it seems that every one of Lee Ann Thornton's designs incorporates the same elements even when the look is decidedly different. Here, a living room in soft blues, neutrals and bits of the sea and chinoiserie.



Another living space in periwinkle and white with hits of chocolate, a tropical touch of seagrass and bamboo, and an unexpected zebra or three.



And here, the boldest, brightest pattern-mixing-est room of them all: a casual family space in summery, sea-worthy blues and whites.





To see a bit more (honestly, I've stolen—um, borrowed—more of her images than I probably should have), visit Thornton Designs here. There is also a lovely interview with the designer here. I am so impressed with and inspired by the designs of Lee Ann Thornton... and so happy that the Navy sent me her way.

12 comments:

Kathysue said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, I am with you on this one, I am ready to move in. I was just looking at Carolyn Roehme's book on blue and white and felt like I was in heaven looking at all the blue and white, this is all so lovely to me, thanks for the intro!! Kathysue

Annie@A View On Design said...

yes these colour colages are amazing!!!

Karena said...

Lee Ann is fabulous. Her works are stunning yet serene.

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love that kitchen! The mudroom is just the cherry on top!

Averill said...

Thanks for introducing me to Lee Ann -- her mix of patterns in all of these room is genius! And I love that blue rug in the last photos...

Casa Bella said...

What a beautiful kitchen. All the pics are inspiring. Beautiful patterns, excellent color palettes. Thanks for the introduction. Always great to know where to go for inspiration.

Tammy@InStitches said...

I see why you like her, very nice !

shiree segerstrom said...

Beautiful rooms! What a great post this week. Love the kitchen. Love the pillows. Thanks so much for sharing! Shiree'

prashant said...

yes these color colages are amazing!!!
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pk @ Room Remix said...

I can see why you were attracted to her designs. She's obviously very talented! Beautiful images. Thanks for the introduction!

Hickory Furniture Mart said...

Great pictures. The pattern mixtures are tastefully done, especially with the different tones of blue in the living room furtniture. Check out our blog about how to mix and match living room furniture for a sleek look: http://bit.ly/a0DuQP

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