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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Opulent Design

Opulence is defined by dictionary.com as:

1. wealth; affluence
2. great abundance; profusion


1. abundance; abundant quantity
2. a great quantity or amount
3. lavish spending; extravagance


Every once in a while, I crave opulence. Just to experience it, not to live in it. When I do, I visit the a theater to take in a show. On my home town, Rochester, NY, I would go to the Eastman Theater....

In Washington, DC, where I am now, I'd visit the Warner Theater.....

Here are two examples of what I consider opulent interior design, both found at Architectural Digest. First, a Craig Wright design (the top picture is also his).....
I can see hosting a magnificent sit-down dinner party here.....
This room look pretty comfortable!
A dream soak in this tub!
I could lunch here!

Now a design by Juan Pablo Molyneux .....
Looks pretty comfortable.
I could spend time in there.
Brilliant colors.
Pattern accentuated.
Nice palette. I love that he kept is spacious appearing.

Here is my predicament ~ I often find that opulence and comfort do not go hand in hand. Some of these rooms DO look livable and comfortable, which is wonderful. I also grow tired of ornateness. I don't find it particularly relaxing. These design are truly splendid and likely spot on for the clients they designed them for. I would prefer a place like this for a 'sweep me off my feet' romantic second honeymoon ~ time limited and special.

What do you think? Would you be able to live with this decor day to day?


  1. I love the sunroom pictured. They bring the outdoors into the decor and with all the natural light it is gorgeous!

  2. WOW! This place is a mansion! I really want to see that place...I hope i can visit and see for my self.

    Deirdre G


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