Tossing Out Your Antiques or Traditional Furniture
Maybe you should look at selecting out a few of the best pieces and recovering and/or refinishing them. At Santa Barbara Design Center we do just that. Choose from over a hundred different finishes and fabrics. Your options are endless. Carl Bryant has put together some vignettes at Santa Barbara Design Center to show us that instead of tossing out your beautiful antiques or furniture, you can simply reuse them to bring old and new together in interior design.
“What I have tried to show with this vignette is a mixing of what would be someones traditional pieces, to create a style that will last through the pendulum swing of design styles. Over time one could add to this vignette more modern pieces, and then add more traditional pieces when the pendulum swings back. It what would be called a traditional home with trim and crown molding. Lets face it most of us don’t live in any extreme style, modern or traditional, but we do want inviting and comfortable. I think this is the important mantra in thinking and living with interior design.
Over the last several years design styles have transitioned away from neo-classical, to traditional, to transitional to now a full move to modern, or neo-modern as it should be called. As a child having an Interior Designer mother, I have seen this before, but in reverse. Unfortunately years ago, many good pieces of modern furnishings hit the dumpster with the thought that we would never go back, but now we see this style returning. I am not trying to put a halt to movements of style, I think these are a natural weeding out of stayed looks that can become monotonous and repetitious. I’m making the case that good design is good design and can work throughout the spectrum of design styles. – Carl Bryant ”
For nearly 100 years Carl’s family has been involved in the architectural and design fields, starting with his grandfather’s graduation from Cornell University School of Architecture in 1917. His mother, influenced by her father’s career as an Architect, became an Interior Designer and later started her own award-winning A.S.I.D. firm in 1979. Having been given many of his grandfather’s tools, drawings and blueprints at the age of nine, Carl knew his future was to create great architecture for people to live in and be inspired by.
During and after college Carl worked for firms on wide variety of projects from Institutional, Commercial, Ski & Resort Facilities, to High-Rise Hotels. After which Carl wished to return to his true love of residential design, and in 1985, drawn by its rich architectural history, Carl moved to the Santa Barbara/Montecito area. After working on many large estate properties, city houses and multi-family dwellings, partnering with several other designers, as well as many of his own projects, He formally opened his own firm in 1994.