Monday, October 8, 2012

designing a room with coral and orange accents? absolutely!

a few months back we got a really great client at work.

when she came in to meet us she pointed to my nail polish color and said, "i have a scarf that color and i love it, do you think it's crazy to do my tv room in those colors?"
uh, you askin' me????
 i was so excited because it was my current color crush-coral red!!

it was so much fun pulling together materials and designs that would make her tv room fabulous!
it is one of my favorite projects so far.

here is what her room looked like BEFORE:

here is what it looks like NOW:

initially quite a bit was done to the space from removing the stone on the fireplace to treating the wood floors to a beautiful grey wash. 
flanking the fireplace there had previously been 2 floor to ceiling bookcases that they had ripped out when they first bought the home. unfortunately, these spaces being left open were strange and felt empty.
nestling a chair in either corner made you feel too far placed from everyone else in the room. the niche's were really meant to have some sort of built in casework where you could really create a moment and keep the fireplace the focal point in the room.
we decided to custom design storage pieces that would have a formal feel but keep warmth in the room. the round mirrors helped to soften some of the right angles and mimicked the coffee table/ottoman in the center of the room creating movement and reflection.

we chose a chunky modern design for her sectional sofa in a dolphin grey fabric then brought it to life with pillows that had modern pop floral prints and a stripe in our coral red and orange.
i'm all about pattern mixing when it comes to big squishy pillows on your sofa.

the coffee table needed to be practical as this was a room the family was gonna watch television and lounge in, it had to be comfortable and also able to take a beating.
the orange leather top on the ottoman was chosen in a waxed finish so that it can be easily wiped off and is comfortable for resting feet but as it is touched and rubbed and worn-in, it will only get better in time.

the grass cloth scared the client quite a bit.
i am a firm believer in grass cloth.
if you are or have ever been my client you are most likely laughing right now because i have never had a client that just said OK! right away to grass cloth.
there is always that slight bit of hesitation.
i will say it a million times over- grass cloth will transform a space.
it adds so much beauty and texture you will want to paper yourself in it!

we went with the charcoal grass cloth because it created a bit of drama and sophistication.
the print is in an off white that has been painted on, this added a bit of playful modern edge to the grass cloth.

the lamps were just a given.
look how well they work against that dark grass cloth and follow the pattern in the wicker chairs!

yes, i just said wicker. these aren't your grandmas old wicker chairs.

we purchased the wicker lounge chairs in a natural finish and had them painted in this off white gloss, then chose this pop flower to modernize them just enough so they kept that traditional shape and beachy feel yet felt as if they belonged inside and not outside.

these chairs ended up being one of my favorite things about the room. i love them!


we took the nail polish and scarf color and chose a solid linen to make ripple fold drapery panels. the panels were hung on a track from the ceiling to help create the feel of an even taller ceiling height.

the rug is a large 12'x12' woven jute. this is not a scratchy rough seagrass or a sisal. jute is also a natural fiber however it's much thicker and softer in feel. you can walk around barefoot and it feels almost as soft as a thick plush wool rug.

i love when a client is fun and takes chances with color in their home. this room reflects our clients personality just as your home should!

stay tuned the breakfast area in the kitchen is next!!