This was such a fun e-design project. My client/new friend, Gail, lives about an hour away (but it can be much farther in Los Angeles traffic).
So, we updated her living room via the web. We aren't completely finished but I stopped by her home on my way back from Mammoth and want you to see the progress!
Here are some "before" photographs.
The paint color needed refreshing and with the ottoman coffee table and chair ottoman ...just too many ottomans.
The sofas needed replacing. Since the room is rectangular, I recommended a long sofa on the long wall and a love seat on the shorter wall.
They watch television in here and the leather ottoman is a good place to put their feet up.
The cool bamboo chair needed some weight added for balance.
This is one gorgeous cat...and I'm sure the
bergere chair was gorgeous at one time, too.
Here's the initial paint recommendations and suggestions using my clients fabric (Gail SEWS and already had a big stash of material). I selected my favorites and combinations.
I recommended recovering the bergere chair but losing the ottoman. Also, to paint the standard red fireplace brick black. Painting the bamboo chair also black with some rubbed gold and cushions gives it a weightier look. My client made the pillows! I'd like a small drink table in between these two chairs.
GAIL DID THE EMBROIDERED MONOGRAM, TOO!
Here we have one of the new slipcovered sofas and pillows. Her husband is an expert carpenter and made the book cases!! What a team. I suggested staining the tops of the cabinets a mahogany (a hassle after it was already made) but he DID it!
Gail bought the Chinese jars at Home Goods. Loving the pillows!
Her husband made this new piece and she stained/finished it. This is to the right of the fireplace and we balanced it with a tree on the left. Notice the updated lamp shade...that's an easy fix for any lamp.
I am cutting the top of the mirror off in the photo as it is a bit too tall (out of scale). Gail is an artist and we'd like some art here and then a mirror on the mantel...a follow-up post. The totally in style aged brass lamps were also updated with new drum shades.
Let me show you more of her house...for which I, unfortunately, cannot take any credit :)
Watercolors done by my client...awesome.
Happy laundry/butler's pantry.
Here is her backyard. Notice the slope. She lives in the Glendale foot hills, towards the mountains...a pretty place.
My photos aren't so hot...I needed more sunlight. I used my better camera but it was mid-afternoon and already getting dark! I'm not crazy about the shorter days. How about you?
Here's a sneaky shot of Gail...all that talent and she is beautiful, too!