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Michael Steiner was honored to be selected as one of the interior designers for the 2008 ASID Showhouse, "Ramblewood at North Hills," in Raleigh, NC. The house was designed for professionals wanting an urban chic, low maintenance townhome in the up-and-coming prestigious area of North Raleigh known as "The Midtown". The interior reflects a lifestyle for both formal and casual living and entertaining. Using the architectural plans as a foundation, Michael developed all interior details for the foyer, living room, library, rear hallway, staircase, and upper landing.
An eclectic Art Deco feel pervades the living room planned as a multifunctional area for relaxing, reading, intimate conversations, and an occasional uptown cocktail soiree.
A custom-designed wool area rug blankets the floor with its period motif. Walls are covered in exotic wood veneer and accented with a Chagrin (sharkskin) border. Due to environmental concerns, these materials are actually rendered in a commercial vinyl wall covering. The vintage chandelier centerpiece creates a cascade of sparkling ice.
Metallics of silver, copper, bronze, and iron accentuate architectural features. Structured iridescent silk draperies frame the bay window with stripes of earthen metals and rich patinas. The sheers filter the sunlight by day, but create a veil of woven coppery metal when the sun goes down The commissioned painting above the sofa is Cathy Martin's interpretation of the famous Chrysler Building in New York City.
The two story foyer demands a special light fixture, custom-designed by Michael Steiner with multi-tiered blown glass baubles. The space creates a welcoming and easy flow for homeowners and guests alike to enjoy and relax in the entertaining space.