This amazing living room is the end result of a whirlwind project completed just days before Christmas. Here's the background:
I got a series of calls from this client,Chaunte, in early December. She is the best friend of the daughter of my client Debbie whose home we transformed here and here. She was in a bit of a panic. She was closing on her new home in a few days and desperately wanted it to be fabulous for Christmas. Er, this Christmas, 2012? My head was spinning. I wanted to wind down for the holidays and a rushed project was not in my forecast. She pleaded. Her best friend called as well and pleaded. Sigh. Okay, I'll come take a look.
It was a fabulous home that clearly needed some wow. The budget was also tight so we would need to work in phases, starting with the main floor. Three weeks to pull this off? Lord help me but under contract we went.
Here's what we started with.
Bare walls throughout as you enter the foyer, living/dining rooms. The round mirror you spy on the floor is one of three that we'll re-purpose and use in the final design.
On her wish list: a black wall. Her husband Kevin gave us a scowl but she was undeterred. My design juices were peaked. I'd forgive the rush on this project because I'd been dying to find a client bold enough to welcome such a color in their home. She'd in fact purchased a can of black paint a year ago to use in her previous home, but just didn't have the guts to go through with the plan. Sweet. Here's what we ended up with after a whirlwind few weeks of sourcing, shopping and installing - just three days before Christmas.
Remember that mirror? Well, we painted it white (along with two others) and they are now a great addition to the family's new home. The starburst mirrors were also a dull gold when I purchased them and they were fab, but I spray-painted them silver because I needed them to pop a bit more off that black wall. That can of black paint did its thing as well. I saw a few skeptical faces when we first painted it but I think we made a believer out of a few folks. Hooray to Chaunte for daring to be bold.
While we were still negotiating a contract, my clients went furniture shopping. I had a panic attack when I learned this because well, I like to select key pieces in my design work to keep in line with the overall plan. Luckily they selected a sofa and two chairs that were fab. I did end up nixing their dining table and chair selections in favor of this glass top beauty. I'd also selected white chairs with nail heads, but learned on delivery day that they were on back order for several weeks. Arrggghh. Always have a plan B in mind. I'd also loved these other chairs and thankfully they were readily available. Problem solved and guess what? She forgot all about the other chairs once she saw the final reveal.
|Tricks of the trade: pull elements together when you can. Notice that the Nate Berkus Chevron urn on the side table, is mimicked on the rug? The legs of the table are also similar in shape to the lines on the rug.|
I'm never afraid to mix finishes, so blending gold and silver for this table scape was a no-brainer for me. It's a setting that lasts way beyond the holidays and I've encouraged her to add fresh flowers when she can to mix things up a bit. I also often use multiple runners run width-wise instead of length-wise just to add additional layers/texture to a table.
The foyer was not to be outdone. To play off the black wall, I selected a black accent chest for use as the foyer table. It offers great storage for miscellaneous items. Since it had an amazing pattern, I kept the decor simple. Fresh flowers or a simple orchid, to me, are a must do on foyer and coffee tables.
All the accessories were budget friendly finds from Target, Home Goods and Ikea. Ditto too on the curtains which were all from Ikea. I simply used curtain rings to give them the pleated look of more customized curtains. I also always hang my curtains floor to ceiling, it simply adds height to a room by forcing your eye upward. Floral arrangements shown here are a simple mix of hydrangeas from my local florist, and some plants from the clients front yard.
I do know from an amazing phone call, texts and email that they were ecstatic and proud to show off their home over the holidays and beyond. I was also happy they took the time to write a pretty amazing review over on Houzz. Humbled as always. We'll tackle the powder room next and other phases when the budget allows.
Kudos again to Debbie and the team for pulling out all the stops to whip this together in record time, and thanks always to Shaggy of Circle Ten Media for his amazing photos.
Holla, holla, holla. Do you have a favorite element in this design? Would you ever do a black wall?