The Bright and Happy Great Room

Well hello! It's been QUITE some time since I posted here (eek!) but I hope to get back on track by sharing some projects I've worked on recently. First up is this bright and happy great room for a fun family in Lexington! 

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I was approached by my client after she made a few purchases for the room. She worried she was heading down the wrong path and asked me to take over.  Instead of starting from scratch, we incorporated the pieces she already bought and filled it out with additional furniture and accessories.  She asked for modern, fun, family friendly, and pops of color.

The room was very big, so it called for different zones.  Matching sofas face one another to create the main hangout zone while two chairs help form a U for conversation and TV viewing.  We added a reading nook adjacent to the built-in bookcase.  Opposite that is a spot for the kids to lounge around, play games, or read books on bean bags.

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The room was already painted gray and my client had modern white window treatments from Hunter Douglas installed. While she liked the the modernity of the paint color and shades, she asked to warm it up a bit. I immediately thought that bringing in a caramel leather would be perfect.  Instead I chose two sofas covered in a faux velvet in a caramel color that almost looks like leather from afar, but at a much lower price point (and super kid friendly - did I mention they have 7 year old twins?) The sofas and lilac colored side tables are from Lekker Home.  The blue armchairs and rug are from Crate & Barrel and the marble coffee table is from Room & Board.  Pillows are custom using Scion fabric and accessories are from HomeGoods and CB2.

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It's always hard to see a beautiful room with bare walls, especially a room of this size, so I was excited when she asked me to recommend artwork for the room.  I knew I wanted to use art to bring in the pops of color she requested since most of the furnishings were neutral.  I chose a large giclée print on canvas from Lola Donoghue via Etsy to anchor the largest wall behind the sofa.  Opposite it we paired two Stephanie Henderson works on paper to balance the space.  Behind the chair in the reading nook, we added an original painting on canvas by Logan Ledford.  I love how these three pieces work together. They're all colorful, but have varying saturation and structure.  A HUGE thanks to art consultant Libby Silvia for her help with this project - she always has such awesome pieces to choose from!

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I added a cowhide rug in the reading nook to ground the space and warm it up a bit and mirrored it with faux pony hair bean bags in the kids corner. A shout out to a good friend of mine for bringing these bean bags to my attention - they are super comfy and as they're from PB Teen, a good size for both kids and grown-ups to lounge in.

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It was a wonderful project to work on as my client had a great sense of humor and trusted me completely to bring this together.  I'm so glad they love the finish product and hope you do too!

Cheers!

Photos by Sabrina Cole Quinn Photo

Inspired by...La La Land

So I finally watched La La Land!  This is my life...watching Oscar nominated a year late.  I had heard rumblings that it was overhyped but I really liked it.  I mean...it's a musical and stars Ryan Gosling - what's not to love!?

But my favorite part were the colors!  They were insanely gorgeous- so many beautiful jewel tones and primary colors throughout.  From the fashion to the furniture to the landscape. This article from the LA Times is fascinating, explaining the techniques used to get such vibrant, technicolor-esque color.  And I loved the LA vintage vibes shown through the houses, decor, and even the opening scene with all the cars. I started thinking about what a home or room might look like if it were designed around the movie. Here are a few that I think fit the bill.

A pop of yellow says "welcome - now let's have some fun" at this Palm Springs home.

A red door plus a classic Slim Aarons photograph make this one happy entryway.  Side note - make sure to check out the before and afters of this project here. Incredible!

 Image via  Contemporist

Image via Contemporist

More subdued in color.  I picture a more mature Sebastian and Mia living here after they "made it"....sigh.

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Image via Pinterest

I mean BAM.  Talk about color.  This reminds me of a less feminine version of Mia and her friend's apartment.

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Image via One KIndesign

If you haven't seen the movie, do it. For the color alone it's worth it (and obviously Ryan Gosling too) - Enjoy!