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An Eclectic Redesign
A recent redesign we completed brings to mind how a space can come together with an eclectic approach. Our client had painted her living room and needed it "put back together" in a hurry as she was planning to entertain friends in a few days.
Her home was a charming 1800's farmhouse. But the things she loved were not necessarily all items that "fit" the idea of old country charm. She collected items that spoke to her without fear of whether they would follow a particular style or theme. This is what makes redesign so interesting and personal. And those beautiful pieces are exactly what can make a house a home...surrounding yourself with things you love for their beauty, comfort and cherished family memories.
She had chosen a transitional leather sofa, chair and ottoman for comfort. She had a beautiful Asian screen with butterfly motif that she purchased simply because she loved it. Being a talented seamstress, she had made a table skirt and matching window valance from a paisley fabric she loved. In her years of antiquing she found an old painted top of a china cabinet that originally she intended to use for storage in the basement. However, she decided to refinish the piece and the result was a beautiful cabinet that she used as a bookcase in the living room. Over the years she had collected a wide variety of artwork ranging from wildlife pieces to contemporary florals. With a treasure trove of different styles this proved to be a very fun project to put together.
Basic furniture pieces remained in the room and we came up with an arrangement that would address the focal point of the room: a TV with contemporary stand next to a potbelly stove with a brick chimney (out of camera range to the right in the before picture). We relocated the recliner to an office and traded it with a vintage traditional chair with carved arms and legs. We removed a fairly large sofa table and it became a nice serving piece in our client's dining room. The ottoman (on wheels) served two purposes: to put your feet on when watching TV and as a coffee table when entertaining. The Asian screen had a home in the corner. It served a few purposes: camouflage for a large speaker that could not be moved, to break up visually, a large wall, and most importantly to add color and interest to the space. The lamp table in front of the screen we discovered on her front porch. The airy metal design is clean and does not interfere with the beauty of the Asian screen. The artwork has a contemporary vibe that helps to tie in the Asian element. Here is a tip: if you don't have one large piece of art to hang on a large wall, try putting a few pieces together to visually create one big piece. The key to putting a collection of artwork together is finding a common theme. In this case we chose pieces that coordinated color-wise (yellow, burgundy, and green), style-wise (contemporary) and frame-wise (metal).
This second after photo shows the paisley skirted table that we used plus another contemporary piece of art that coordinates with the ones over the sofa. Our inspiration for color in the room began with the paisley material. The third picture below shows the antique bookcase that we eventually kept in the room. We had tried it in the dining room and various locations in the living room before settling on this spot. The lamp on top of the bookcase is actually a wooden birdcage with a wooden bird perched inside. A perfect addition to a room with eclectic sensibility and charm!
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