As a Winnipeg Interior decorator, I am often called upon to refresh the decor of a clients home. During this type of project I am sometimes required to create a design that includes valued treasures from the client’s past. This calls for the willingness to blend styles, colors, and trends from the past and the present.
For this project, there were numerous treasures these clients required that I keep as part of the decor. Because of this, when we first met, we needed to make a list of what was staying and what was leaving.
The following were staying:
- Avocado green silk drapery from 1970. At first glance, I could tell the quality and workmanship that went into these drapery. Even the silk used was very high end.
- lamp’s from my clients mother’s home that she had inherited
- lamps from 1970 that were a wedding present from important family members
- traditional dining suite from the same era
- petit point pictures
Over the years the client’s taste had moved away from traditional to more transitional furnishings. This was very evident as they had the kitchen done a couples of years prior with gorgeous espresso transitional cabinetry with equally dark cork floors. So when it was time to start work on refreshing the dining/living room it was decided to select furnishings that were transitional.
The following transitional items were selected:
- sofa and chairs with slight curves. Furniture from Inclusive Design signature line.
- occasional tables with curves from Inclusive Design House, manufacture Bogdon and Grosse.
- Custom toss cushions by Inclusive Design House
- new lamp shades from Robinson Lighting
- dark espresso custom cabinetry similar in color to the new occasional tables. These cabinets were identical to the kitchen cabinets to keep the style consistent. The cabinets are used as a divider between the front door and living room. The clients wanted a place to put ornaments, and to hide the small flat screen.
To really make this design work I had to find a reason why the avocado green would be present in the home. In every room there must be a reason why the colors you see in it are present. Avocado green was very popular in 1970, but now 43 years later, it was not a color that could be easily found. Finally after a couple of hours of searching I was able to find some stunning fabric with avocado green in it. My client fell in love with this fabric, as does anyone who sees the fabric in person. It is the wow factor of this room. The only negative about the fabric was the fact that it was a hand embroyderd, danish linen, cutour fabric from Kravet that cost $400. per yard. Denmark is world renound for its linen.
To help make these toss cushions affordable for my client I found some coordinating red velvet fabric for the back and piping, which significantly reduced the amount of fabric needed. I was also able to find some Candace Olson fabric which had avocado green it it for three occasional chairs, and the dining chair seats. A soft creamy fabric to coordinate with these fabrics was selected for the sofa, and a similar color for the paint.
More of the cork floor used in the kitchen was purchased and installed in the living/dining area to ensure a flow of color and style through out the home. The floor and neutral cream wall color also helps to unify the space.
The pictures below are of the living/dining area prior to the re-design.
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