Our client’s home was architecturally designed to follow the curve of a wonderful views: a pond, meadow, and extensive garden. Though she had lived in the house for many years while raising her family, she felt the interior no longer reflected her sensibilities. At our first meeting, she specifically asked us to bring femininity and softness into her living space focusing on the master bedroom, living room, and family room. Her existing home was decorated in earthy shades of olives and browns, which had begun to feel heavy and drab.
Our first step in creating a lighter, airier feeling in the living room was to ask our client to edit down a lifetime’s worth of ephemera. Often rooms feel small because they’re crowded with too many possessions: our client sifted through her large collection of books, which allowed us - once we removed a built in book case - to get better traffic flow, incorporate furniture to seat more people, and develop a cleaner aesthetic. Our color palette combines pale blues with ivory and taupe for a sense of peacefulness. The rug is the grounding textile in the room and was custom-made in a contemporary pattern reminiscent of moving water, which speaks to the pond below. We draped both sides of the windowed room from corner to corner with translucent linen panels woven in a small scale stripe, bracketing the space in softness.
In the casual family room, we encouraged our client to keep her beautiful wall of antique books because they created such a delightful backdrop, adding texture and coziness to a room that is otherwise glass on three sides. The TV is mounted to the back wall of the bookcase on an extending arm, allowing it to float in front of the books. Our lead textile for this room was the wonderful drapery of large scale green and white hydrangea blossoms printed on a light-weight linen ground and made into drapery panels which span three walls, meeting in the corners. European linens woven in chunky textures and green shaded keep the room connected to the outdoors. A big change resulted from our approach to the rug. Previously the owner had positioned a series of beautiful small scale oriental rugs scattered throughout the space which made the room feel busy; we repurposed them in other rooms of the house. Incorporating a single floor covering that includes the whole space feels calmer; our large scale chunky weave sea grass rug links the activity areas.
For the owner’s suite we wanted to create a soft cocoon in our client’s favorite color: periwinkle blue. She wanted an upholstered headboard but also to have her king size bed positioned between the two windows. A commercially available king size headboard would not fit. We developed a design that includes a dramatic custom-made pull-tufted headboard architecturally inserted between the trim of the two windows. To feature a piece of art of the shore at sunrise, we suspended it over the headboard from brass brackets. The client’s antique bedside tables and dressers remain. Linen drapes for two walls meet in the corner and extend our grayed periwinkle blue paint color in soft folds of fabric. On either side of the headboard we installed top-down bottom-up Roman shades of the same material. Because our client’s dog sleeps on her bed at night, we commissioned a washable bed scarf out of the extra fabric from her custom-made linen/cotton bedspread. An undyed natural wool woven rug is super plush and soft under bare feet.