A Living Room Redo

I love making a client's vision come true.  In the end, that is (or should be) the goal of any interior
decorator or designer.  The client needs to feel the room is theirs, not their decorators.

Living room - before
white walls and carpeting

before: worth keeping - china cabinet and mirrored wall

before:  ceramic tile entry and outdated railing
Bonnie and Rob's dream was a traditional living room full of rich warm color.  They had been living with their late 80's blue and white palette for a couple of decades and it was clearly time for a change.
before:  70's brass and glass light fixture, carpeted stairs with runner

before: dining room and long mirrored wall
Tuscany was what Bonnie had in mind.  She was craving rich deep wood tones, and a palette of golds, reds and greens. 

Entry - before (with flooring demo completed)

Our first change was to the 'bones' of the room.  We updated the architectural details it was missing by adding new deep crown and base moldings and framed the skylight.  The skylight and long mirrored wall were important features in the room - ones they desired to keep, but the 70's popcorn ceiling had to go!  It was removed and replaced with a hand plastered finish. The new deep crown molding helped draw the eye to the vaulted ceilings.

Living room progress - new ceilings, molding and Dunn Edwards 'Crimson Red' wall

Bonnie was no coward when it came to color.  She wanted a bold feature wall, so we embraced red, wrapping the color around the corner to the dining room wall to be reflected in the mirrors.   The rest of the room was painted a soft gold.

Living room progress:  Dunn Edwards 'Crossroads' walls and 'Cream Puff' ceilings
The color is a little 'off' in this photo, the walls are lighter and more golden.

Warm, deep-toned, distressed hardwood floors were installed throughout the ground level of the home.    We added wall sconces to the feature wall to flank the large china cabinet that was to reside there. 
Entry - looking into kitchen area.
Oasis hardwood flooring - Hickory with a slightly distressed finish
Travertine flooring in the entrance was inlayed with bronze accent tiles and bordered in a deeper colored travertine.

A plain oak and metal seventies-style railing was updated with a new railing to match the flooring and white painted spindles.  A matching hand rail was added to the stairwell.
The wood flooring continued up the staircase with painted risers.  Beautiful sconces were added, as well as a wrought iron chanderlier in the entry.
With all the 'bones' of the room in place, the real fun began.  The large china cabinet was reinstalled against the accent wall.  I recovered the lampshades of the sconces in dupioni silk to match the colors of the room.
A new sofa and an upholstered chair and ottoman replaced the large outdated sectional.  She kept her existing coffee table and we added a new sideboard to hold a flat screen t.v. (see below)  To define the space, we placed an area rug under the coffee table. 
When you have a large mirror, it's important to have something beautiful to reflect - I love how the red wall and beautiful oil painting is reflected in this photo.
I made the custom draperies for the living room windows, which we placed on shortened rods. 

In the dining room, a new dining room table and upholstered chairs replaced their vintage set. We added a rug, a console under the window and a new chandelier over the table.

Bonnie and Rob's new living and dining rooms (with entry) are warm, elegant and inviting.  Just like Bonnie and Rob!



Paint used throughout: Dunn Edwards:
Living, Dining and Entry areas Crossroads;

Living/Dining Accent Wall: Crimson Red;
Ceilings: Cream Puff


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