Bringing the Whole House Together – Chapter Two

Like so many of us, this busy professional was working from home.
He had a full plate – managing biological research teams and his household.
On the initial in-home consultation, he expressed that when it comes to designing his home, he “wants it done right” and doesn’t have the time or the talent to pull it all together.
He had purchased his house two years earlier and the pandemic offered just the break in the action that he needed to reach out for help to put his mark on his place.
He chose the house because it was not far from his workplace, in a desirable neighborhood and had a good flow for entertaining.
However, he had yet to open his doors to guests because he didn’t feel like it was presentable.

The Challenge…

The interior was dull and lacked character.
There was too much beige.
He longed for color – and actually, likes wallpaper.

As far as selecting furniture goes, he had hit a dead end.
The stores that he had shopped at previously, like Arhaus and Restoration Hardware had a limited selection.

The Details…

He envisioned warm and inviting decor to share with friends, family
– and most of all his constant canine companion, Nico.
They like to curl up on the sofa after a long day of work.
The furnishings needed to be casual, comfortable and dog-friendly.
He wanted an interesting accent table and floor lamp beside the sofa.
The space needed rugs to unify the color scheme in both the living room and adjoining den.
Looking at his collection of prints, it was clear that he is drawn to graphic, nature-inspired images, particularly animals and birds and has a touch of wit.
The bare windows called for window treatments to soften the edges
and make the space more inviting.

The natural focal point is the malachite fireplace.
How could we make it more dramatic?

And what about arranging the accessories on the shelves, so that they are attractive?


The New Space…

This casually elegant living room is both distinctive and inviting.
The black mantel emphasizes the green marble fireplace and draws you into the space.
The teal hue of the marble is subtly reiterated in the rug, pillows and accessories.
The wallpaper installed on the back wall of the built in bookcases is a unique touch.
The strong black elements are perfectly balanced throughout the space.
Ivory drapery panels with inset trim soften the edges of the space and make it welcoming to friends and family.

Next comes the seating area opposite his workspace…

“Den” seems like the perfect word for this comfortable retreat space.
This seating area is adjacent to the homeowner’s office and provides a place to get away from the computer, read or enjoy a drink.
The contrast of the black back wall with the white side wall adds drama.
His dog, Nico, loves to roll around on the luxurious shag rug.
The Four Seasons sculpture adds an artful touch that elevates this simple space.

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