I’m Working On It
July 23, 2014
It’s always a lovely drive down to Narragansett Rhode Island… Several bridges, miles of coastline and farms and charming towns along the way. I made a recent trip to deliver some goodies to a client there and here are just a few (non-professional) iPhone snap shots. Just wanted to share what was keeping me busy these days. Among other things I was picking up a custom sisal rug from Merida from their Fall River plant. Very exciting to me as I had never seen their operation before and I’ve been selling Merida for over 10 years.
Check out this state of the art facility. They have work tables that must be 30, 40 or maybe even 50 feet long! I loved seeing the guys working on custom bindings, and I feel lucky to have the “workroom” so close – by just a few towns away – not because I intend to visit more… but because my orders come so quickly! So after the brief tour of the Merida facility, I was on my way to deliver not only a beautiful sisal rug but ALL of this furniture (mostly LEE Industries).
This room was a totally different layout when I first saw it. Sofas flanked the fireplace just out of the frame to the right. It was cozy but cut the room in two, and no one was using the other half of the room and that was the space with the best views of the ocean beyond. So, I pushed a sofa to the window and turned another sofa to face the fire-place. English arm chairs covered in a Thibaut woven fabric flank the fireplace (so there’s still a cozy spot for cold nights) but the room is much more open and inviting. We 86’d green sofas and red and green striped chairs so the greige palette is quite a change. Once I place the coffee table and a few accessorizes this living room will be done.
Since the kitchen is open to the living area the client and I decided to update the yellowy kitchen too by painting the island a warm tannish grey Ben Moore Revere Pewter HC-172 and the other cabinets Ben Moore OC-85 Mayonnaise. The white is still a warm white but the yellowness is reduced to something that feels white, without feeling like primer. The existing kitchen had beautiful wood countertops but the island had a basic “builders special” granite top so we upgraded the counter surface on the island to this beautiful Calacatta marble. We chose to have it honed, knowing a highly polished surface would give way to use.
Last but not least, what do you do when you walk into a clients bedroom and you discover they have a water-bed that they are not willing to part with? you recover it! I chose this nautical looking woven from Thibaut to update a well made but dated wooden bed. The dark nailhead coordinate with the bedside lights and sconces in the room and maintain our intended “tamped down” tonal, quiet range of colors. We repainted this room too, a dark mocha to set off the view… pale blues and creamy whites brighten this master bedroom and keep it interesting.
Different client, different house, different look. I can and do use color. Quite a bit in fact, even though I prefer to live with less of it in my life. I enjoy the enthusiastic client that asks for color. This hip couple wanted something that felt younger and more playful than what their pervious designer had given them. The house is big, and formal and in an area where, um… Lets just leave it at the first designer made assumptions based on the house and the area, she didn’t know her client. The shot above is a screened porch. We started from scratch with the exception of the brown woven side chair, the set was newer and very useable so I found a dining table to match and we worked with it (recovered cushions of course). The chaise can be flipped to allow the user to face the fireplace in colder months and away from the fire when the fireplace is not appropriate.
This is the same clients sun room, the only thing we kept was the woven wallpaper. Oh, and I recycled the settee that has the Thibaut print on it,because it was the right scale, well made and it allowed us to spend more on other things in the room. I love this room. Plenty of color – NAVY is a color – for the client and still tonal and sophisticated and grown-up feeling too. The dark inky blue sofa is from LEE, the custom pillows are all made from Thibaut fabrics. All thats missing here is a rug. Were going to go tan to pull the wall color because this fall the floors are going dark! The lighter rug on the dark floors with the tan walls is going to look amazing.
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