This Week at Home: Wood as Accent and Art

From light-blonde teak to honey-colored oak, wood can warm and brighten your surroundings—plus, it’s minimalist and functional, too. The photo featured above, of Oppenheim Architecture’s stunning re-design of a 9,000-square-foot Miami Beach, Fla., residence, should be proof enough. This week’s round-up also features a modern makeover of a Los Angeles apartment; wood art and objects you must-have in your home; and pro tips on how to mix and match wood furniture.

Someone Who Inspired Us

For the astonishing makeover of her L.A. home (click here to see a before photo), interior designer Melanie Burstin went for the wow factor by replacing her dark mid-century furniture with lighter Scandinavian and Japanese-inspired pieces, such as sling chairs, a bookcase from Hedge House and a custom Cladhome sofa.

Add It To Your Wishlist

The Smith Chair in blush leather by Barnaby Lane is very similar to the sling chairs seen in Burstin’s living room. Other wooden items from Burstin’s home worth seeking out include the Muuto Cover chair, Extended Bench by el dot and Low Table by Matthew Philip Williams.

Check It Out

Light | Waves, an exhibition by artist Clifford Ross, is now on view at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, N.Y. The exhibition features photographs from his Hurricane Wave series—which were taken during storms in East Hampton in the 1990s and digitally printed as triptychs on maple panels. “I get hungry for touch,” Ross told Photograph magazine. “The wood is a very physical thing.” The exhibition is on view through Oct. 15.

Know Your Stuff

Architectural Digest recently asked several designers how to mix and match wood furniture. “If you open a design textbook, you’ll find the dining table and chairs in the same wood tone. But you should know when and how to break the rules,” designer Anne Wagoner told AD. According to Burstin, the key is make sure the various wooden elements stand out from each other. “A few slightly different grey-washed wood pieces won’t pop; instead try for an oak, a teak and a walnut,” she told INHABIT. “Mix colors that can add depth and tones that are light and airy.”

Home Goals

56 Charles Street is a beautifully maintained, turnkey, 6500 square-foot two-unit townhouse, with a superior West Village address. Represented by Meris and Kenny Blumstein.


Images in order of appearance: Oppenheim Architecture‘s Villa Allegra photographed by Laziz Hamani; photography by Tessa Neustadt via Melanie Burstin; image via the Barnaby Lane website; image via the Clifford Ross website; photography by Tessa Neustadt via Melanie Burstin; image courtesy of The Corcoran Group.