Happy Friday Everyone!
So this weeks project focuses in on a client I had a few years ago. He was a single guy in his 20’s who wanted a cool, modern place to call home. He was often traveling the country as a musician, so time at home needed to be restful and clutter free yet visually appealing. He desired to collect iconic investment pieces, beginning with the purchase of the Ludwig Miles van der Rohe Barcelona chair and ottoman. Respectful of budget, I tried to be as resourceful as I could be by selecting less expensive furniture to pair with his investment pieces so we would be under budget. You know, its like buying the $70 dollar dress but pairing it with the Chloé handbag and heels 🙂
At first glance, the empty space had some great features, like the soaring ceilings and a real wood burning fireplace. Unfortunately, these features were overshadowed by some funky aspects as well, most noticeably, the abrupt drop in ceiling height in the adjacent dining room. It had these oddly sized windows that were placed in the strangest spots along the wall that connected the two rooms.
So, the question became: how do you take advantage of the great feeling you get from the amazing ceiling heights while minimizing the abrupt change in lower ceiling heights in order to successfully connect the entire space?
Well, Im glad you asked 🙂 Two words, walls and windows. Take a peek at the photos and read on down below!
Oh and ps, Im going to link some of the similar items from this room that I found online incase you wanted to try to implement this look in your own home, enjoy!
5 Changes I Made:
- I stacked smaller art pieces vertically to create an overall taller look on the unusually tall but skinny wall. You can see this implemented on the opposite wall from the fireplace.
- I created a striking vertical focal point above the fireplace. I used an iron art piece that was also a votive candle holder. A little secret, I used remote control operated votive candles with fake flames so the homeowner wouldn’t need to climb up there to light them all the time.
- I used an oversized art piece on the main wall above the sofa. The canvas there is 7’x5′.
- I used lighting to connect the spaces by dripping 5 pendant lights from the ceiling that lit up both the room and the art piece on the wall.
- I normalized the window heights by placing a taller tree in front of the window. I have found this to be a clever trick as it camouflages the strange window while still allowing daylight to filter through the tree branches.
Another quick tip: Window treatments or fabric panels need to be hung as high as possible. In the picture above you see I hung chocolate brown velvet panels at the ceiling in the dining room to help continue the living room height overall throughout the space.
1. Leather Sectional / 2. Leather Lounge Chair / 3. Leather Ottoman / 4. End Table / 5. Candle Light Wall Sconce / 6. Electric Candles / 7. Graphic Art Piece / 8. 3 Piece Art / 9. Pillow Set / 10. Modern Fireplace Screen / 11. Stainless Steel Fireplace Tool Set / 12. Area Rug / 13. Table Lamp / 14. Mini Pendant Light /