Hi There !
One of my favorite rooms, why you say ? The richness of it, the collected look and the feel above all else. This project was fun and successful for one main reason, my client, Beth Langston and I worked together to achieve the end result ! We were on the same page working towards the overall vibe. Dark, moody, cozy. What once was just a big white passage way to the upstairs, is now a room to entertain, read, listen to music or just hang out and chat.
What I have been doing over the past couple of years or so is creating these saturated, collected, personal rooms. Moving away from the large, all white. I love older homes and I love smaller individual rooms. It may come from my love of British (old) chic. We have project over there in motion and every time I go I fall in love with what I am seeing (it's definitely the vibe want for our new offices) When I have a client that shares the same love it makes it more than fun to work on. We surprised each other with art, rugs and random furniture finds (via text images while we were on the hunt) and when the day came to bring it all in I was thrilled. The final product was just how I pictured in my head, even better.
I am seeing now, splattered all over instagram are the trends for this New Year. Color and saturation are replacing the monochromatic whites and beiges. Now don't get me wrong - I can absolutely do the all whites so long as it's loaded with textures, but I am loving the return of richer colors. I have always loved the layered collecting, been doing that for years in both my "city" house in Charlotte and for sure in my "weekend" place in the mountains (see here). The art of the hunt is what I love more than anything. There's nothing cookie-cutter about this, it's personal and special.
Take a look !
For you people that have a "formal" dining room that you only use on holidays I say... "it's probably beautiful to walk past and look at, but why not really use the space !" If you are about to design your dining room keep in mind to think about more regular use and choose your pieces accordingly !
A very visible space as you walk past constantly towards the kitchen and family room we wanted a little drama. While working with Beth room by room in her home, this dining room was a space we both were really excited about just as much as the lounge.
First off.. a killer paper. This grasscloth, by Windy O'Connor was where we started. It jived with the rest of the house but created such visual impact when you we in and walking past the space.
We then started mixing in all the pieces. Texture, uniqueness yet simple. A huge vintage round mirror, cain back chairs, beaded chandelier and wood curved back side chairs.