Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Not Your Typical Living Room

A living room is a place that often greets visitors and sets the tone for your entire home. We feel strongly that it should be a room that draws friends and family in-- and invites conversation. When this unique couple moved to their dream home, they realized that the wonderful furniture they brought along from their previous home didn't feel quite as warm and inviting in their new abode. Since they have always had a very adventurous spirit and were willing to have us make some suggestions, the room took on a personality all its own. Starting with rich plum color on the walls, the room already felt warmer. The gold ceiling added even more interest, drama and charm. And how about this wonderful chandelier? I can't think of a better way to invite people in.

Fabric on the windows in a fabulous plum and gold pattern made this room feel even more inviting. We found some comfortable new chairs and added a subtle pattern. Pillows in this pattern along with a couple of other new patterns on the sofa gave this room a look that this great couple could truly embrace. Finally, traditional elements like the area rug and the antique chest made this room like no other. It is now impossible to pass by this room without taking a closer look or to sit and have a pleasant conversation. It is definitely not your average living room!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Never underestimate the comfort of a room! Always consider how you intend to use each space before you start to add furniture. When we first met with this lovely client, she made it clear that she enjoys entertaining. She is a fabulous cook and enjoys sharing that with her friends and family frequently. It was very important that everyone felt comfortable and welcome. The space was already there—our challenge was to combine her unique style with her purpose. The dining table and chairs were the first concern. She wanted to be able to accommodate large groups of people. The room certainly lent itself to expanding. We selected a pedestal table so that squeezing a few extra people around would not be a problem with a leg in the way. We also helped her find a light fixture that she had admired for a long time. Problem solved!

Next -- recognizing that the living room was an extension of the dining area, (and was a room that was rarely used for any occasion), we wanted this room to be inviting enough for multiple purposes. Rich durable fabrics and great quality seating now make it a room that can be used for reading and/or working on a laptop. And additionally, guests can retire from the dining room table and have another comfortable place to sit. What a wonderful way to spend an evening entertaining friends and family!