Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Historic approach to design

I am working with the loveliest client who owns a  wonderful old 1900’s home in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. The house is actually a dream as it really has not been touch,  we think the original paint is still  in many of the rooms. The house has one the best butler’s pantry I have ever seen and I can’t wait to get my hand on it but that’s another day.  The jumping  off point is  the dining room and foyer. We are trying to keep the historic integrity of the home but add some pop and life that reflects the home owners personality.

This is what I am working with

Dining room

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Entrance/ foyer


This is what I am proposing:

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My client’s favorite color is purple, she loves toile and mixing fabrics is her idea of perfection.

What we  are planning in the dining room: Aubergine walls that are highlighted with lots of trim color( soft white) and just a hint of a color that is similar to radiant orchid. Dramatic window Treatments will be sunshine yellow silk drapery panels that look like ball gowns. The toile and plaid fabrics will be made into darling chair covers and a pale lavender rug will tie things together.

The foyer will tie in the yellow either in a lovely wallpaper or paint on the walls.

This photo below show the 2nd scheme that I presented to her at the same time as the above. The  scheme  has similar  principals to the above but a safer color choice with soft blue on the walls, purple silk draperies, purple toile for chair covers and brings the duck egg blue  into the foyer with an amazing large scale damask.

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She has chosen the more daring scheme and I will share more as we progress through the design process.


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