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As you think about incorporating nature into your interior design, be sure to consider using live-edge wood elements. Live-edge refers to the practice of showing the natural edge of the material, rather than an edge that has been cut or shaped by hand. Stone and wood both lend themselves to showing more natural texture and beauty through the live-edge treatment, and isn’t that what embracing natural elements in your rooms is all about?


Gorgeous live-edge wood kitchen island extension. |

The use of live-edge wood in interior design has been around since the first tree stump was used as a stool, but when Dwell founder Lara Hedberg Deam incorporated it into her kitchen, people took notice.


A live-edge wood headboard. |

This headboard is a terrific example of incorporating live-edge wood into a contemporary space.


Live-edge wood bench adds interest to this mudroom. |

This live-edge wood bench is a smart and visually interesting addition to the mudroom/entry space.


Well, here we are–at the end of this week long experiment of taking one topic, British Influence, and looking at some of its various facets, from notable designers to icons to film and retail. What do you think? It’s a ton more work for me, but it’s satisfying in a new kind of way to wade hip-deep into one idea. And this final post looks at Sherlock Holmes and his more recent media incarnations–and, more specifically, the representations of his abode in those shows. I originally thought I’d include the Guy Richie led films in this post, but, honestly, I’m much more interested in the modernized Holmeses, Sherlock from BBC/PBS and CBS’s Elementary, so those shows will be my focus today.


Sherlock as imagined by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for BBC. |

Is there anyone who has seen Benedict Cumberbatch’s embodiment of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s interpretation of Sherlock Holmes and not instantly been captured by it? This seems to be one of those shows that cuts across all boundaries and, because it’s so smart and engaging, has created fans from all walks of life. When it comes to interiors, the default feeling is moody mixed with creative–a spray-paint smiley face on flocked wallpaper; a 3D art piece–which provides a ton of visual interest while keeping an appropriate level of tension. Here is the central image from the set:

The most well-known wall on the Sherlock set. |

On the right edge of the above shot, you can see “Mr Blue Skull”, an original piece by British artist John Pinkerton who describes it here:

The piece itself is actually two skulls, a black one painted onto a blue marbled background on cut plywood and a silver one (silver leaf) on cut perspex placed slightly above. Four bolts separate the two sections making it a bugger to clean!

He produced a limited (221-piece) edition that quickly sold out; here’s what that looked like:

"Mr Blue Skull" by John Pinkerton. |


Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson. |

Relocated to NYC and starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson, Elementary is CBS’s take on Sherlock Holmes as a Brit in the US. Strangely enough, it works–which I think is primarily due to the good work and interesting chemistry between the two leads. Their primary set is a brownstone that serves as both home and office, and it contains a mix of both off-the-curb found pieces and mid-century modern classics like this Womb Chair:

A shooting target & a Womb Chair on the Elementary set. |

Along with Tolomeo Lamps, various Eames chairs, and at least one Saarinen Executive Armchair, the set contains a Strut table and Mouille lamp:

A Mouille lamp and the Strut table share the spotlight on Elementary. |

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