Lately it seems that there is a renaissance taking place…. a return to elegant sitting areas that greet guests when they enter the home. That is exactly the kind of room I was asked to create for these clients, as long as it was feminine so that it could double as a “woman cave”.
I remember my first meeting with these clients. They were vibrant and energetic and fun. Then I was asked to do pastels. What?! It totally flew in the face of the vibe I was getting. But I was asked for a relaxing “woman cave”, a place for her to enjoy a good book and a glass of wine. He already had a man cave upstairs to watch Georgia football. So I thought, “Pastels. I can do this and keep it vibrant and fun.” So here’s what I did to create a soft and elegant sitting room.
Here is the before:
My clients had some lovely cream leather sofas that I was asked to keep. The rest was leaving the room. It was almost like a blank slate, with one hitch. It’s a rental. So no painting, changing light fixtures or hanging drapes. I always look to fabrics first. I ADORE creating fabric schemes so it was a no brainer.
How’s that for pastel with a pop?! Coral and Spa Blue. I decided to keep the gold pillows that were originally on the couch and use gold as our metal finish. In order to keep it light I knew we needed glass top tables (these folks don’t have kids at home so its safe) and a white rug. I didn’t want to over do the coral so I found some beautiful chairs at a local store in the spa blue color. While hunting their house I also found 2 spa blue garden stools to use as side tables.
The inspiration fabric had to be just that, inspiration. It’s $120/yard. (Although I’m still waiting to see if it goes on sale! For 75% off!) Those would be some expensive pillows to have made! I also found some art with the spa blue and a touch of green in it to speak to our inspiration fabric. It is from Uttermost. The candle sconces are from Z Gallerie.
An amazing Flokati rug was ordered from Overstock.com and I found beautiful tables at Market from Chelsea House.
And then it all seemed to come together. The gold tones work perfectly with the gold toned walls. And when my clients need to move out, everything goes with them. Then they can get the curtains and a great gold light fixture with some BLING! It will be fantastic!