11.07.2012

Going for a More Casual Design

When my client moved to Lido Isle, she wanted a more relaxed feel for her Newport Beach, California home. YAY! 
She likes blues and crisp whites. Since our homes are smaller here, it's important to use every inch.  No reason to have formal rooms that are not often used.
Remember this design board?  
Her sofa was rarely sat on in her previous home's formal living room.  It was in great shape.
So, we slipcovered it in a pre-washed cotton linen...it's washable! 
And had pillows made from Ralph Lauren paisley with contrasting welt (GOT TO spring for a few things).  We also purchased blue linen pillows from Restoration Hardware (on sale :)  
Here are her chairs from the previous home.  I had them re-upholstered in Thibaut heavy linen with a new higher back box cushion.  
We added two more linen lumbar pillows from Restoration Hardware.
  The boat painting was in the boy's bedroom in the previous home...here, on an island, it gets a place of honor.
 We put all of her accessories in one place and then I "shopped" from what she already owns.  We didn't have to buy anything.

In their cosy family room, we bought a slipcovered loveseat and leather club chair from Pottery Barn.  
Tip:  get your man a leather chair and the decorating goes smoothly.  
We took the heavy frame off the pretty painting to make it more casual.
 This fancy ottoman was reupholstered with a cotton damask by Ralph Lauren.

For their wet bar area, these two stools were purchased from Ballard Designs.  The cute, little Ralph Lauren lamps that my client scored at Home Goods (and I found a home for here) provide nice lighting at night.
My client decorated her outdoor table for Fall...so pretty.

 There are a few more finishing touches that I hope to show you. For now, the family seems to be settling into the relaxed Lido lifestyle.


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44 comments:

  1. Nice job. One of my favorite posts as you showed how you can take outdated or tired sofas and chairs and update them!! Really well done. So pretty!!!

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  2. love it so light and fresh. ang

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  3. How beautiful to see the design board at work! Love the RL fabric on the pillows. Looks like a job well done! - Tonya

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  4. Beautiful decor, the the accents of blue and white.

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  5. Wow, that's quite a sofa transformation! Nice update...and very accessible.

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  6. LOVE what you did Mary Ann!
    I saw those wonderful RL blue & white lamps at our TJ Maxx and wanted them!!!
    Love all the upgrades you did to her existing pieces... you are good my friend, real good. I love the value you bring to your clients.
    Bravo!!!
    XO

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  7. Hi Mary Ann.....thanks for your concern, its GREAT to be back in this happy beautiful place!! Its been a nutty 10 days, thats for sure. But we are counting our blessings. I love this feeling, the blue and white is always a winner, so crisp and clean...very inviting. Well done!!

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  8. Lovely and so nicely put together!

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  9. Really fresh and pretty, Mary Ann. Fun to see the changes. Nice work!

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  10. Mary Ann
    You did a phenomenal job of making the perfect changes and using so much of what your client already had acquired! Perfect!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2012 Artists Series

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  11. I love how this room came together using the original furniture. Blue and white is so fresh and classic. Well done!

    XO,
    Jane

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  12. I love it! Anything that is blue has me at hello. By the way, do you by any chance know Ann Janes? She lives in Newport Beach. I have visited her twice, but we have lost touch. We were friends in college and later were neighbors and then we both moved - she moved to California and I moved to Kentucky.

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  13. Mary Ann...this is beautiful! You know how I love blue and white and the fabrics are gorgeous. I love the way you accessorized the bookshelves too. It's so light and inviting....great job!

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  14. If I still lived in Southern California, I would so be calling you......

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  15. Awesome job Mary Ann! It is amazing how you transformed the space while purchasing very few items & re-using your client's pieces! Sometimes that can be one of our biggest challenges as designers and I bet you exceeded your client's expectations with this beautiful design!

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  16. Looks great! Love all of the blue and white...so pretty!

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  17. Beautiful changes in this home! I love everything that you picked and recovered!

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  18. I love what you have done with their home! The blue fabrics are gorgeous and the slipcovered pieces were a great idea! I am leaning towards that for my own home. It's so practical and beautiful. Great work! I also love your new blog header. :)

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  19. Mary Ann,
    This is amazing and fabulous on so many levels! Seriously, how wonderful that you took art from her sons room, took the heavy frame off of art in the family room, slipcovered the sofa, the new cushions on the chairs, the pillows, the adorable lamps on the bar...i'm just loving all the details and that you used so much of what she had. You have a great eye!
    xo
    annie

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  20. Love the sofa redo...she had great pieces for you to shop and put together!
    Clean, crisp and I can almost smell that great southern Cali air!

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  21. Well done Mary Ann! The blue and white is perfect!

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  22. So beautiful. I love seeing how you "shopped" in her home! Such a lovely transformation.

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  23. As usual you created a gorgeous space full of classic touches. She must be thrilled with how the room came together.

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  24. Just lovely Maryann! I love your fresh, fun style!

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  25. It looks wonderful.....some of my fav fabrics.

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  26. Mary Ann I don't think you are capable of doing a room that I don't absolutely love. Love the colors and style of everything in your client's home...so fresh and beautiful!

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  27. Great job Mary Ann! I like the crisp white and blues. Very cozy and warm.. nice new look!

    leslie

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  28. Got a couple emails about the paisley fabric...it's Ashbourne Paisley Blue by R. Lauren.

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  29. Mary this type of decor is right up my alley. Blue and white with a casual elegance. Great choice in fabrics. Who did you have make the slip cover for the sofa, they did a fabulous job!?
    Kathysue

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  30. Mary Ann,
    Very pretty and so inviting. I love blue and white accents.
    Karen

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  31. Beautiful work! It is a stunning space!!!

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  32. Maryann, your apart of our post today....check it out!

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  33. Beautiful, Mary Ann! You can never go wrong with blue and white - so crisp and fresh! Love the fabrics you chose :)

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  34. Beautiful and this shows how a few changes can have a big impact.

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  35. What color did you paint the walls? It looks like a light beige. I'm using the same Ralph Lauren fabric for some new pillows in our bedroom!
    Niki

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  36. Mary Ann,

    Looks great love the blues and tan together. Seems like clients are getting back to the pale neutrals this year. Two of my color consultations this month used a selection of beiges and blues in th fabrics. It is a great feel.

    Bette

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  37. I could definitely move right in. You've done a beautiful job updating her pieces and adding new, beautiful pieces. Well done Mary Ann!

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  38. I love what you ve done with the sofa it really changed the entire room! ... love the blue tones my favorite color ...as far as the love seats what a transformation !!..needless to say ...well done!

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  39. Fabulous!!!! love the whites and blues. soooo much!!

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    Blinds

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