As was the case with several of our projects in 2020, this particular project began just prior to Covid, then picked back up again after a six month hiatus. We needed to take the steps that would ensure that our client – as well as our trades – were kept safe during this redesign. Protocols included open windows for fresh air flow, temperature checks and closing off other rooms in the home so that the homeowner could have free reign during the renovation process.
Looking at “before” photos reminds us of the transformation of this year-long project. The stunning results make these challenging processes worthwhile.
In our client’s formal living room and foyer, the goal was to create a more casual, cozy and inviting space where friends and family could gather for holidays. We updated several of the architectural elements such as the dental moulding that was replaced with a more streamlined crown moulding.
We replaced almost all of the furnishings with updated, clean silhouettes that are still traditional in feel. Our client’s amazing sunburst mirror was hidden in her dining room, so offered it center stage by anchoring it above one of the two sofas. We used rhythm and repetition by adding pops of blues and greens throughout the space. This technique creates a cohesiveness in the adjoining spaces and allows your eyes to move seamlessly around the room.
The Dining Room – before
A vibrant chinoiserie wallpaper was chosen for above the chair rail in the dining room. From the entryway of this home the jeweled-toned colors draw you in to this space – but does not distract. An indoor-outdoor area rug (it’s the same that was used on the front steps and foyer) was chosen to establish a casual vibe and create balance between the more formal details of the client’s crystal chandelier. The dining room chairs were upholstered in that same green velvet fabric that you see on the chair that greets you at the front door. (both performance, worry-free fabrics) Rather than choosing traditional art for this space, we found a contemporary piece of artwork that contrasts with the style of the traditional wallpaper – this dichotomy adds a little bit of friction and a whole lot of interest to this space.