can an entire room be designed around a small accessory? in my house, the answer is, absolutely! when i came across this little gem on one kings lane almost a year ago, i fell in love instantly. the colors, the pattern, a bit of gilding, sign me up! this little tray evokes the feel i wanted for the room; fun, playful and not too serious. all things you could say about me!
when we purchased this house, the living room was quiet impressive. the room boasts a soaring vaulted ceiling, gleaming hardwoods and loads of natural light.
because this is the first room you see when you enter the house, it had to pack a punch. i claimed this as the 'adult' living space; the kids have their own lounge downstairs. no one has ever accused me of being afraid of color, and with my dazzling jumping off point in hand, i set out to design a happy space i actually wanted to spend time in.
i have loved this schumacher fabric from the moment i saw it. i smile every time i see that dragon looking at me; isn't he cute?! the combination of colors is interesting and definitely not for the faint of heart.
since the dragon is my main focus, the rest of my fabric palette is more subdued.
lucky for us, we were given some fab mid century pieces that belonged to mark's grandmother. they are original Lane pieces that just needed a little update. i love this sofa, it's LONG and LOW...
i love the silhouette of these chairs, although in their original state, the lines were lost in that busy floral. i had a more streamlined fabric in mind. just wait until you see these now!
mark and i were in atlanta visiting his family last summer and i picked up these vintage baker side chairs at Scott's. talk about a score, all they needed was a new seat fabric.
anyone who follows our blog knows how crazy i am for jonathan adler, so it's no surprise i went for two adler fixtures in this room. one stunning chandelier and a sleek pendant hanging over the stair.
because the ceiling is so high in this room, there is a lot of vertical wall space. i wanted to introduce some texture and make the tallest wall a feature. a period-perfect solution, grasscloth. i loved the purple accent of this particular one, and so did mark, purple is his favorite color.
furniture placement was a bit tricky in this space. after moving that heavy sofa a couple of times, it finally found it's home at the far end of the room. by placing the sofa along the far wall, it immediately draws you into the room and leaves opportunities for other chair groupings.
one of my favorite things in the room, hands down, is this vintage vanity. while in greensboro, i stopped in a fabulous local shop on a whim and spotted it on my way out. it started out as a vanity, but in my mind it was going to be a perfect desk. you won't believe the transformation!
and now the reveal! take a look at the room when i started...
there's a lot of things to see in this room, check out the details...
this is my favorite room in the house, i love spending time in here! it's full of old, beautiful pieces that have character and meaning. i encourage you to breathe new life into your own finds and you might just be surprised how they become your new favorites.
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