Focal Point

Focal Points in Design

Upon entering a space, your eye may be automatically drawn to a certain feature of the room and often, a room’s architectural elements will in fact be the Focal Point.  If your space does not have an architectural Focal Point you can add one or have your designer create one.

These incredibly beautiful photos feature  some of the  more commonly and frequently used Focal Points such as Fireplaces, Kitchen Islands, Mirrors, Chandeliers, Ceilings, Windows and Staircases.

FP Focal Point
The limestone fireplace and mantle become a beautiful Focal Point in this bedroom.
FireplaceRemodel half
 Even with a two-story wall of windows and oversized wrought iron chandelier, this natural all Ohio stone fireplace that I designed becomes an outstanding Focal Point in this Family Room in an Ohio home.
rustic fireplace
The two-story stone fireplace and the rafters on the ceiling are both impressive, but the Fireplace would be the Focal Point in this room.
Focal Point Kitchen
In this historic home, a range has been placed in the former fireplace area creating a unique yet functional Focal Point.
Gorgeous kitchen
My eye is immediately drawn to the ceiling of this kitchen for it’s totally unique structure as a Focal Point. The detailed island and the cabinetry built around the range become secondary.
Green range and hood
Although you cannot view the entire kitchen in this photo, I would guess that this brightly colored double range and hood just may be the Focal Point in the room.
casual elegance kitchen
This kitchen is well balanced with its large island (Focal Point), beamed ceiling, arched doorway and spectacular floor.
Brick wall, lg llighting
The Focal Point in this room is the arched doorway and brick wall and in the eating area it is the over-sized chandelier. Just lovely.
Beautful Kitchen
Here is an example of how you can use chandeliers as a Focal Point. The island, being constructed of a darker, high contrast finish could be the Focal Point;  the use of these extremely large crystal chandeliers make them  winners in this kitchen. The chandeliers end up maintaining the balance between the island,  beamed vaulted ceiling, arch and double built-in range in a niche by bringing you eye down from the ceiling! It all works beautifully.
glass ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons
This incredible glass ceiling becomes a true Focal Point in this light filled kitchen by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Beamed vaulted Ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons Arch
This beamed vaulted ceiling is a striking Focal Point by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Copper Barrell Ceiling
This stunning copper Barrel ceiling creates interest as a Focal Point.
pink ceiling
The ceiling steals the show as the Focal Point in this room (although the room is very ornate overall).
sun room with windows
The radius of windows in this Sunroom and the view beyond become the Focal Point with the detailed ceiling coming in as a secondary point of focus.
stained glass windows
The black painted trim around the ornate stained glass windows causes them to stand out even more. No competing with those windows as a Focal Point
wall of mirrors
This room did not have a Focal Point so the designer created one with a
“Wall of Mirrors”. It works and looks great.
super large mirror
The enormous scale of this mirror enables a Focal Point to be created in a basic drywalled room.
Double mirror
The over-sized mirror becomes the Focal Point in this Powder Room due to scale.
mirror and arch
Side by Side elements create a Focal Point Wall.
Ceiling Focal Point
 Arches in the construction of a home can be beautiful. These arches have been added as a decorative element to this room to create interest and a Focal Point. These somewhat over-bearing arches draw the eye up but distract from the room. It appears top heavy.
Spiral staircase and ceiing detail
This Foyer has multiple Focal Points: arches, a floor medallion, wrought iron detailing on the double entrance doors as well as the arched window above, a curved staircase, a wonderful wrought iron railing, and chandelier have been well-balanced to create a sense of cohesiveness and serenity!
Often, if a room has multiple Focal Points, it can become too busy and overwhelming to the senses!
Elegant and easy on the eyes, partially due to the soft color palette.
Staircase
Another example of a stairwell being a Focal Point and additional details and architectural elements.
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High Acres becomes DPVA’s 2013 Designer’s Show House and Gardens

Welcome to High Acres, the Rike Estate

2013 DPVA Designer’s ShowHouse and Gardens

A discernible hush has settled on the estate since my last visit.

The expected hustle and bustle had cleared for the present to accommodate the photographer taking pictures for the DPVA ShowHouse and Gardens Program Book. A sneak peek around the house and behind a few closed doors revealed spaces waiting patiently for their fixtures. Darkened rooms accompanied by white dust covers draped teasingly over the fine upholstery arouse feelings of anticipation to see it all come together! A few more touches here and there, a light fixture to hang, towels to add and High Acres will proudly receive its guests for tour. You do not, I repeat, do not want to miss this one!  It is the grandest and best showhouse that the DPVA has sponsored and they have been producing show stopping show homes and gardens for quite some time…

Conservatory

The marble Conservatory. Lovely.

2013 DPVA ShowHouse Sneak Peek

2013 DPVA ShowHouse Sneak Peek Master Suite

It’s located in the lovely area of Oakwood and here’s a little background info on both Oakwood and the beginnings of Rikes Department Stores.

Oakwood History

Oakwood was officially incorporated in 1908. It was initially farmland, but after a disastrous flood that destroyed most of downtown Dayton, the property of Oakwood was largely advertized for real estate investment. Growth took place rapidly and by 1930, the population of the village topped 6,000. In 1908, Oakwood was incorporated as a city. Orville Wright was one of the city’s early inhabitants, and his home, Hawthorn Hill, is still present.

Rikes became Lazarus, Lazarus became Macy’s. A biographical sketch from Wright State University Library.

Biographical Sketch of Rikes…

On March 9, 1853, “Gideon G. Prugh, James J. Joice and David L. Rike announced that “Prugh, Joice & Rike.. Third Street opposite the Methodist church..are now receiving and opening, direct from New York and Philadelphia, dry goods…in the room formerly occupied by Gebhart’s.” It encompassed only 2,500 sq. ft. and employed four sales people.”

In 1868 “Incorporated as D.L. Rike & Company with R.I. Cummin and Samuel E. Kumler, Mr. Rike’s brother-in-law, as partners.” In 1870 “Rike’s began to expand, opening a “suburban” store at 235 Fifth Street under the name of Rike, Hassler & Company.” In 1977 Rike, Hassler & Co. moved to new, larger quarters at 417-419 E. Fifth where it continued in business into 1894 (the year after the parent firm opened its new store.)” In 1893 Rikes opened a new building at Fourth and Main Streets. The building was designed after the Exposition Building at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

By 1912 Rikes had moved to Second and Main. 1913 saw the Flood of Dayton ruin the main floor and basement. In 1915 an addition for men’s wear was added. 1918 saw Rike’s join eight other independent stores to form the Associated Merchandising Corporation.

In 1938 an eight floor was added. The addition included air-conditioning and four elevators. 1950 saw the formation of the Rike’s 20 Year club. The Rikes parking garage was opened in 1959. During this time Rike’s became a Division of the Federated Department Stores. Rikes opened up branches in 1963 and 64 in Salem and Kettering. (Information from Box 6 File 1 125th Anniversary)

After the death of D.L. Rike, his son, Frederick, became the company’s president. The business continued to thrive and expansion again became necessary. Rike’s continued to grow and David Rike, Frederick’s son, eventually took over as president of the firm.

Rike’s celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1953 and 125th in 1978. In 1982 the company merged with Cincinnati’s Shillito’s Department Store and became Shillito-Rikes. In 1986 that corporation became Lazarus.

In 1999 the Rikes Building was destroyed to make way for development. Today a performance arts center stands where the Rikes building was located.

That’s all for now, see you soon with more pics! Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design!

You can get more information on the DPVA Showhouse, events, parking and hours here.

DPVA Designer’s Show House and Gardens

DPVA Designer’s Show House & Gardens

Saturday, April 27 through Saturday, May 18, 2013

DPVA logo and photo

22 rooms, 10 bathrooms, 8 fireplaces and an 8 car garage from another era

EIGHTEEN THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OF DESIGN. That’s exactly what purchasing a ticket to this fabulous Designer Show House can provide access to! In addition to the acres upon acres of gardens to peruse at The Rike Estate (High Acres) during the upcoming 2013 DPVA Designer’s Show House & Gardens, there are also many wonderful events planned such as three separate High Teas complete with Fashion Shows presented by “Get Dressed“, “Joli  Boutique“, and “Magnolia’s On Main” ,  a tour of the estate  and a book of exclusive tea recipes. Also planned is a “Little Me Tea” complete with a children’s fashion show accompanied with a tour of the estate and fun entertainment to bring your favorite little ones to. Please join us for  an Opening Night Party on April 27th and another lovely evening party on Friday, May 17, as the Show House tours come to a close. Yes, it’s party season in Dayton, Ohio!

Why must you wait until April 27th to walk through and drool over this estate? Because….right now there are 45 designers, umpteen contractors, electricians, plumbers and painters etc. running to and fro (near frenzied) to transform this mansion into a special event just for you.  Sounds like a lot, right? IT IS.  Since this is the first DPVA Designer Show House & Gardens for which I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of as a designer and additionally as a blogger, I thought I’d take you on a little behind the scenes look at the activity over the next few posts.

Head Honcho

This is Carol. DPVA Officer Extraordinaire,

Carol is standing in the newly renovated kitchen. You’re getting a little sneak peek here and it is beautiful!

Without Carol, nothing that could be done would be done in regards to the Show House.  Currently the Vice President of the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteers Association, Carol is devoting her time to making sure everything gets done on time and according to plan.

“A non-profit organization, the DPVA was created in 1952 with an ongoing mission to support the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in the areas of education, promotion, fund raising and membership development, the DPVA is the largest music  education program in the United States and The Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association’s Young People’s Concert Previews were named a Gold Award winner by
the
 League of American Orchestras. ” ~ DPVA

The Show House takes place every other year and my last conversation with Carol was that the DPVA was already on the lookout for the next location for the Designer’s Show House & Gardens for 2015! Makes my head spin just thinking about it. Carol is responsible for coordinating all the trades personnel (just like a designer) and making sure all the right color paint, provided by sponsor Sherwin Williams, gets put on all the correct walls and ceilings in all the correct sheen in the proper order necessary to allow the next trade personnel into a particular space. She’s great on her IPad (I’ve seen her) and still wears a smile ’round the clock.

In addition to Carol, there are dozens of generous volunteers who are overseeing various aspects of the Show House production; from marketing and printing to gardening and catering. Many volunteers also generously donate their resources to assist the effort. Volunteers must be lined up to work the High Teas, take your tickets, direct the parking and on it goes. A big Thank You goes out to all of those wonderful DPVA Volunteers and other residents of the surrounding communities whose participation and efforts make the event so successful.

Here’s a BEFORE picture of the Family Room:

Rike Estate Family Room BEFORE!

Rike Estate Family Room BEFORE

Luken Interiors Inspiration & Design Board

Luken Interiors Inspiration & Design Board

Designer Jon Blunt of Luken Interiors of Dayton is one of the designer’s I’ve met since I’ve been working on this project as a designer as well as blogging about it.  This is Luken’s design/inspiration board for the family room.

I simply adore Ralph Lauren’s new fabrics, don’t you?  The choice of Emerald Green as a predominant color in the theme is so beautiful that  I can’t wait to see this room and entire home come to life.

Two second floor bathrooms will be transformed by Patti Johnson Interiors  and will be featured  in an upcoming post. To the homeowner, Tom McColgan, who had to move out for a couple of months, thank you so very much for allowing us to have some artistic license in  your home.  We hope you will love it!

Terrace BEFORE!

Terrace BEFORE!

View of the property at High Acres Estate, Oakwood, Ohio

View of the property at High Acres Estate, Oakwood, Ohio BEFORE

Looking forward to seeing flowers in bloom from the terrace overlooking the pool, pool house and grounds.

Interested in coming to see the transformation? For more information, please contact Leta at: leta@erinet.com or call 937-572-7494. We’ll see you there.

A very special thank you to all of our wonderful Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors

Individual Sponsors

Clark, Schaefer and Hackett  Marcia and Walt Wood
Emerson Climate Technologies Robert and Leta Fairbank
Grismer Tire Paul and Carol Lamberger
Midwest Fasteners, Inc. Betsy and Lee Whitney
Wright State University Lisa Fry and Neal Gittleman
First Financial Bank Carol & Don Erwine
James Investment Research Karen and John Marshall 
Dayton Dental Collaborative MJ and Bella Freeman
Huntington Bank Rogers and Greenberg
TDH Marketing
Centerville Winnelson/WinWholesale
Blanco America
Lamps Plus
RTA
Arrow Wine and Spirits
Bonbright Distributors
Sherwin Williams