Happy Friday Everyone!
So this week’s Fix it Friday post is dedicated to one of my favorite projects from back in the day. For sake of simplicity, and my newfound love for formatting here on my blog, I’m going to outline this weeks FIF in a new, fun way. Oh and ps, I’m 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. Ready, set, read!
About the clients:
The homeowners were professionals with 2 young daughters, eager to move into the home they had just purchased. Only one problem, in its current state, the home lacked taste and did not match their personal style. They wanted a warm and friendly home they could feel comfortable in, with a modern twist on traditional style.
- The living room shape was challenging with a 45 degree angled wall as the first impression when entering the home.
- When Mr.Client needed to escape from the family for occasional work at home, the room just off the living room proved to be the perfect spot. Unfortunately, the wide opening between the rooms made it difficult for him to avoid the house and activities of a growing family in the adjacent rooms.
- The clients wanted Rebecca to infuse a few family heirloom antique pieces in their modern style. All the antique pieces were in pretty bad shape and in a cherry wood / mahogany finish.
Changes I Made:
- I updated the space by using rich sophisticated finishes, fixtures, and furniture.
- I added a 10′ tall built-in bookcase to flank the angled wall, creating the perfect backdrop for light colored accessories and plants.
- With a quiet retreat in mind for Mr. Client’s new office space, I closed in the opening between the two rooms with a custom made arched window and beautifully crafted iron inserts which still allowed light to filter through.
- I ghost coated the antique pieces of furniture to better mix with the color palette, bringing them up to speed with the newly modernized look of the home.
- I intentionally placed canned lights over each chair with pinpoint accuracy for reading while small directional lights lit up the new window treatment panels.
- We installed hand forged iron sconces with crystal embellishments to add length and flank either side of the new arched window separating the two rooms.
- The original hardwood floor remained and an oversized silk rug in rich chocolate brown was added to define the conversational area providing warmth and texture to the room while balancing the contrast of color.
- The stuffy living room was seldom used before, so my gaol in this new look was to create a cozy conversational area. I added four upholstered chairs, an eclectic set of side tables and a highly textured coffee table/ottoman.
- I replaced the old traditional draperies with a bold geometric patterned window treatment to create a dramatic first impression that the room was screaming for.
- I worked with the medallion patter in the fabric by inverting the pleats, creating an even more dramatic look to the treatments.
- I added custom made oversized pillows in the medallion fabric and made a last minute decision to paint the medallion design between the panels on the wall to fill the empty space and to really bring the look all the way through.
- The walls are painted in a flat finish color called “Stingray #1529” by Benjamin Moore. The ceilings, baseboards and crown molding are “Chantilly Lace #2121-70” by Benjamin Moore also.
Another quick tip: With little wall space available for actual art pieces, I chose to capitalize on the new bookcase as the focal point for accessorizing. Using white statues, seashells, metallic finished objects, and artificial greens in the deep espresso wall unit allows for the space to become a bright and airy, high contrast point of interest.
We are working on getting this look shoppable, check back later today if you’re interested in any of the furniture in today’s post.