September 23, 2014

Animal Lovers’ Living Room Before & After

Last week, we installed a living room for our clients, who travel frequently and ADORE animals.  They’re incredibly mindful of the environment and in their spare time, educate kids about endangered animals.  They have an amazing collection of things they’ve found on travels over the years.  When they contacted us about redoing their living room, they told us that they rarely used it (holidays and larger family gatherings mostly) and were hoping to spend time in there on their own.  The brick fireplace wall drove them crazy and they wanted to completely change it:
{the fireplace “before”}
They hadn’t done much to the room since they’d moved in and were looking for a very different feel from what they had, which was mostly reds and darker earth tones.  They’re drawn to neutral monochromatic spaces with natural touches and wanted a living room that they could just exhale in.   The view of the private backyard and pool is so gorgeous and we wanted to make sure we drew attention to it.   I also wanted to be sure to bring in their love of animals without making the room feel over-the-top safari-themed.  Here are a couple more before pics: 
And here it is now:
The walls are now an ivory (BM’s Seashell- one of my favorite colors)  instead of a stark white and we had the red carpet replaced with wall-to-wall seagrass.  The uphonstery fabrics are in a mix of light oatmeal-colored linens.  We used Scalamandre’s tiger velvet on a pair of pillows for a little nod to their love of animals.  The pillows in the sofa are in Lauren Liess Textiles’ Fern Star and Pierced Porcelain, both in mossy olive tones:
In our original plane we’s placed a narrow console along the back wall of windows with a pair of see-through glass lamps on top and ottomans below (see original floorplan below) but my clients felt it would obscure the views too much so we left them out.  Now the ottomans, sit under the windows and can still be brought into the conversation area during gatherings/ when needed.  (see in pic above)  We’re still waiting for a (stunning!!!) backordered rug to arrive that will soften the seating area.
My favorite thing in the room is a photograph our client took himself.  (Seriously, I think he could have another career!!!)


{I had so much fun accessorizing with things from my clients’ travels like the tribal jewelry on the leather trunk}
The fireplace brick was drywalled over for a much lighter look and and a balanced feel.  The new hearth is honed black granite and the mantle is made from reclaimed barn wood:
{The “madhatter” wing chair makes a cozy spot for reading by the fireplace}
We hung the curtains above the transoms at the height of the highest windows (the palladian ones on the side) and used them to simplify the lines of the windows by creating one unified line at the top instead of the up-down-up of the original window line.  The window treatments now draw the eye right to the back of the room and the views when you first walk in.  We replaced the ceiling fan with a simple sculptural  iron fixture.   
Only one of our clients was there for the “big reveal” but she was thrilled and just so sweet about it.  Am hoping they got lot to spend lots of quality time there over the weekend.
Hope you enjoyed the peek too!  Have a good one!
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