“It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways.”
– Glenn Close
BEFORE | FORMAL LIVING ROOM/ENTRY
Sometimes you have to start a remodel with nothing. This home had a great shell, but was in need of some cohesion and updating to bring it to a level of modern grandeur. With high ceilings and oversized windows, I wanted this room to radiate natural light and feel less heavy. Fresh paint and a re-stained floor were just what the zhush doctor ordered to remedy an ailing room.
We began by painting the cherry wood rafters white to make the room appear even larger, while keeping the focus on the furniture. The wood floors were in great shape, but a rich espresso stain gave them new life and created a dramatic feel against the neutral palate. A black leather Chesterfield was the first piece we chose to anchor the room. Belgian Linen chairs, a reclaimed wood coffee table with chrome legs and accent pillows in striped velvet, mongolian sheep, embroidered linen and Peter Dunham’s Gatto Pardo give the space a mix of pattern and textures.
Under the staircase was a large unused space that made no sense! An antique bench tucked beneath, with a cushion made from Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon, is a cozy place for the kids to read and a place to store, while still showing off the client’s bongos. Perfect for an improvised jam session with this musical family!
BEFORE | FROSTED GLASS WINDOWS AND CHERRY FLOORS
What a difference light can make! The frosted panels were replaced with clear glass letting the sun shine and allowing the home owners to enjoy a view of their garden.
The abundance of shutters in this room was overwhelming and made the space feel cramped and cluttered. We removed the excess panels, leaving only the ones to frame the bay window that faces out to the front of the property.
AFTER | LIVING ROOM
BEFORE | SHUTTERS CROWDING THE CORNER OF THE ROOM
An antique inlaid mirror sits atop a vintage wood cabinet serving as an informal bar area for serving guests. Hand carved chairs re-upholstered in Belgian natural linen are the perfect size for extra seating. A white hide warms up the space without distracting from this mellow vibe.
It’s all in the details! A set of vintage wood nesting tables re-invented by painting as faux malachite. A vintage Venetian glass lamp set atop the client’s antique game table. Vintage cane chairs laquered in black with cushions in abstract stripes with our Deco Scales Pillow. If you could change one thing about your living room, what would it be?