Thursday, January 27, 2011

At home: Tommy Smythe

This space is a prime example of how to live large in a (very!) small space.Tommy's former apartment, (pictured here) was a mere 180 square feet, but you can see that he's spared no effort to cram as much fabulous into each square inch as possible! This tiny space has been transformed into a veritable gentleman's haven, reminiscent of a classic country club.

Tommy has definitely disspelled the notion that you can't use a dark colour in a small space. Here he's used Farrow and Ball's Off Black. His tip for dark colours? Rule No. 1 - Don't be afraid! And use the flattest possible (matte) paint.

The black walls show off the warm wood and gold accents so beautifully, and instantly add a sense of elegance and luxury.

 Tommy has displayed his collection of ebony objects and a set of Springbok antlers on this beautiful antique dresser from the 1850s.

When the space is limited, everything has to be multi-functional. Here the nightstand doubles as a dining table set for dinner a deux.

'It isn't a home without books' - this vintage brass etagere has to be the most elegantly functional way to display a host of treasures.

{Photos: Michael Graydon via Tommy Smythe's Facebook page}


Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Great use of dark matte paint and pops of color from decor!

Designwali said...

love it.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

love black walls lately. gorgeous place!

Jessica said...

I've loved his space since first laying eyes on the spread last year. So chic and functional. Love.

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

the man has such incredible style. I think he deserves his own show..

Dancing Branflake said...

Is it weird to call a place handsome? It's a very handsome house for sure.

Suite Henry said...

I love these images.
This is how I would style interiors... if I had a more fabulous interior :)

be inspired always said...

Oh I really love this. I'm going to show it to my boyfriend, he'll love it too.