This project began about 2 years ago with my good friend and fellow Drexel grad Cindy Allan. Our clients beautiful oriental carpet was the generator for the decor of the room. Because the carpet was so ornate we had to make careful color and furniture selections to compliment it. There were also a few family heirlooms like her mothers china cabinet, that was given new life by upholstering the back in a chinoiserie fabric, a small dresser that we transformed into a bar, and an antique Queen Anne style chair that was recovered in Brunschwig & Fils, Les Touches.
Rather than replacing the existing sofas we had them reworked, resized, and reupholstered in a Rose Tarlow fabric for Perennials. The idea of having the sofas reworked was not only to make them look more modern but also to make them completely different from one another. This was accomplished by skirting one of the sofas and placing a detailed tape along the bottom. The second sofa was then floated in the floor plan and reupholstered without a skirt showing off its legs and lifting it up off of the carpet.
A colorful mountain landscape was placed over the sofa to accentuate many of the jewel tones in the room. Emerald Green was the accent color taken from that painting and carried throughout the room by installing two upholstered and framed Robert Allen Silk panels to the walls behind the new Etageres. The Etageres framed the clients large picture window and were stylized with a mixture of new and old blue and white pieces. The layering of bold and soft jewel tones throughout this living room brightened and updated the space.