DOC Wrap-up: Classic Designs and Fresh Ideas with Rosalind Brinn Pope

The first Designer on Call workshop of the season was a great success, with designer Rosalind Brinn Pope presenting inspiration in the form of photos of selected design projects, as well as a recent lake house remodel. She gave professional tips on how to incorporate light into a home, what materials and finishes to use in an open-concept design, and how to incorporate colors harmoniously. Her classic, refined style seamlessly ties in with her practical and timeless advice.

At the seminar, Pope spoke about the Decorator’s Show House, in which she participated again this year, a Carmel home that she redesigned and lakeside cottage on Lake Maxinkuckee.

In the Carmel home, she took a dark, closed-in kitchen and brightened it up by taking out some upper cabinets, as well as using white in a variety of finishes to achieve a clean, beautiful design open to the other living areas of the house, with expansive workspace.

This open concept kitchen uses white in a variety of finishes, including marble, subway tile and cabinetry.

To maximize space and functionality in this kitchen, she installed a rolling barn door to hide a coffee station and microwave, as well as conceal additional storage space. This solution creates an area in an otherwise small kitchen and maintains streamlined sight lines in an open floor space.

A gray-slatted rolling door moves easily for access to the microwave or coffee station, while providing additional concealed storage space.

Pope also spoke about open floor plans while discussing the lake cottage remodel. In this home the living room, kitchen and dining room are all open to each other, as well as being visually adjacent to much of the rest of the house. To create harmony and closeness in a shared space such as this, she used recurring finishes – warm pine planks and paneling, white trim and wainscoting, natural stone, black granite and black metal – and compatible colors, in taupe, blue and white. These elements recur in all areas in the vast, connected room, which joins the spaces and makes it feel cozy and cohesive.

The white wood cabinetry mixed with the natural wood, as well as the black hardware and countertops joins the connected spaces in this open floor plan.

The dining room, with natural wood, dark metal and white-painted details echoes the adjoining kitchen and living room.

The living room showcases more natural wood tones as well as the blue and white color scheme seen in other main areas of the home.

The repetition of the blue and white and natural wood tones, enhanced with a patriotic pop of red lends interest to the den, without looking discordant.

The adjacent den employs the same finishes and color scheme while also playing up the blues and whites with touches of red for a dose of Americana. Layered with the Oriental rug and other bits of chinoiserie and nautical motifs, the overall effect is an interesting and collected whole.

About Rosalind Brinn Pope

Rosalind Brinn Pope has been creating custom designs in Indiana and North Carolina for over 20 years. She is renowned for her classic, timeless designs and attention to detail. Rosalind works with your architecture, collections and favorite furniture to create a home of comfort and grace, reflecting your lifestyle.

Rosalind Brinn Pope is a professional member of ASID. She has participated in numerous Indianapolis Dream Homes and Show Houses, and has been featured in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine.

  • Complete interior design services, including interior space planning and design consultations
  • Custom draperies, bedding and upholstery in sumptuous fabrics and trimmings
  • Fine furniture, lamps, flooring and accessories
  • Bed linens, including Egyptian cotton sheeting, duvet covers and matelassé coverlets

 

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