living room

Making a home light, bright and inviting!

I wrote about part of this project recently, so now let's look at the whole thing.  It's quite a change:

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Above is the Before of one corner of the Family Room...

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...and here's the After!  The room was always attractive, but it was time to lighten things up.  

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I showed you this entertainment center in this previous post, but I can't get over the difference between then....

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...and how that same wall looks now.   Are you loving that accent rug?  Me too.  Meeee-yow!

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Here's another camera angle of the room.  Since these photos were taken, the coffee table has been replaced.  No pretty objects have been placed on it yet, but I want to include it:

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Pretty fandabulous!  The metallic finish on the top makes my heart beat faster!

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We took down the sheers on the back windows and replaced them with my favorite roller shades that go up and down with the touch of a finger.  When rolled completely up, they just disappear.

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Such nice nailhead detail on the Sherrill sofas!  Custom accent pillows, window treatments and that fab rug add color and pattern to an otherwise neutral room.

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The Family Room is open to the adjoining Kitchen.  Above is a Before that gives you an idea of how it looked.  I need to find a pic that shows the old light fixture....

Found it!

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Here's the After:

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Morning coffee in here will really put you in the right mood to start the day!  

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We used french returns on the metal rods for the custom cafe curtains.  Tres bien!

Then we tackled the formal dining room.  The Before will show that it was already a gracious, traditional space with lively colors, custom window treatments and a gorgeous table.  These clients were just ready for a change.  A general updating with a calm vibe was the goal.

Here's the Before:

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And here's what we did:

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The heavy top treatments came off the windows, a new custom rug was designed and the dining chairs were reupholstered.  This room is still formal, but in a lighter, brighter and more modern way.

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I always try to use 2 upholstery fabrics on dining chairs.  It's a subtle touch.  When you're in the room, I want you to find little design surprises slowly but surely.

This entire project was a treat to work on.  We were able to make big and small changes that added up to a refresh that flows from room to room and really reflects the personalities and lifestyle of the clients. 

Life is good!

Ciao,

Anne

Sometimes things don't go as planned.

I started working with a fantastic young family this summer.  They had just purchased a gorgeous home inside the beltline in Raleigh and were ready to furnish and decorate it.  We had an exciting start--and then a job offer whisked them away.  Just like that, the project is over.  

Raleigh realtor Wilson Crow generously shared his listing photos of the rooms we were working on.  He's done an excellent job of getting this home under contract quickly.

Here's the Dining Room:

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The walls have been painted (Salty Dog) and that beauty of a rug came from Robert Fritz Oriental & Fine Rugs.  We selected the awesome light fixture and the dining table is new. Left undone--window treatments, new chairs and artwork on the walls.  Oh well.

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A large leather sofa was immediately installed into the Family Room, another fabulous rug from Robert Fritz's shop added warmth and that big club chair is a recliner from Bassett.  A console table behind the sofa and window treatments were planned.  

 

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The leather sofa is bigger than it looks in the photo.  It's from Restoration Hardware and the whole family could fit on it for movie night.  Do you like the sleek fan up there amidst the coffered ceiling?  You can't really see the barstools, but their stainless steel backs are cool.  I love mixing modern with traditional (and a bit of rustic and some industrial.. .).

 

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In the back of the house, a Sitting Room looks out on a lush back yard. We furnished that room with the pieces you see in the photo, including the sisal rug (it's a faux sisal--soft on the toes and super easy to keep clean).  I love the chair in the foreground.  We purchased it from Dexter Furniture.  They've got an extensive fabric library, making it easy to customize.  This is a swivel, so visitors can look out the windows at the view or turn to face the fireplace on the opposite side of the room.  The prettiest drapery panels you have ever seen were going to frame those windows.  Alas, not to be.

 

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One more photo - obviously not the realtor's, just taken quickly with my phone. We chose this gorgeous LED light fixture for the foyer.  The owners said it reminded them of fireworks on a summer night!

I wish this family all the best.  Maybe the new owners will give me a call!

Ciao,

Anne