A cozy room at the front of the house near the kitchen had been used as a formal dining room. It was really never used much, and the dining table became a clutter collector catch-all. The furniture was passed along. The idea was proposed to turn the room into a morning sitting room.
|The new sitting room now|
|A snap shot of the room then - I moved the sideboard to the other side of the room and got Mitchell Settoon paint it|
|Sitting room then - I moved the sideboard under the art installation already n the room - The leather chair was passed along, art work rearranged, and objects edited|
|The room in progress - The painted sideboard in its new spot, and the ottoman arrived, and the new chandelier was installed|
|Sideboard now - Painted by Mitchell Settoon - Metallic cow hide chairs with embroidered fish are by the artist Ashley Longshore - she searches for vintage and antique frames to work her magic on|
I had Mitchell Settoon paint the sideboard which had to remain. I moved it to the other side of the room, and purchased two husband approved slip covered club chairs from Pottery Barn. One of the conditions of the revamp, was that the husband had to be able to sit on any chair before it was purchased.
Two custom art chairs done by Ashley Longshore were brought in. The couple collects local artists, and loved the idea of these chairs becoming a part of their collection.
Other new pieces include a chandelier, a side table, a new lamp, an ottoman, a tray, a pet friendly pieced cow hide rug, and some toss pillows. I had plenty of great art to move around from other rooms.
|Here's another look at the "now"|
I did many small things that added up to a big refreshed look in just about every room of the house. I had to keep and work with a beloved leather couch, a pair of French chairs, and other furnishings in the living room.
|The living room then|
|Then - One of a pair of French chairs|
|Then - The stairs in the living room|
|The living room and stairs now|
The changes in the living room: New white linen drapes; French chars reupholstered in pet friendly outdoor fabric with a linen look; pet friendly cow hide rug; pair of stone top tables; new lamp shade; large toss pillow in Robert Allen indoor/outdoor fabric (which I also used in the kitchen open to the living room for Roman shades to replace mini blinds); and leopard print carpet on the stairs.
|Large pillows help update the leather couch|
|Some changes in one guest room - The couple bought the bed when they were first married, so it stays - We added new nightstands and lamps, and curtains - I had Mitchell paint some other brown French style chests in the room, - I simplified the bedding|
|A detail shot of the wonderful work of Mitchell Settoon|
|The guest bedroom then|
|The guest bedroom now|
Respecting homeowners possessions while doing a revamp and an update is an exciting challenge. I love making them fall in love with their stuff all over again, while giving them the thrill of new ideas.
Other changes we did:
- Resurface a dark concrete floor in a dining room to a lighter finish to match the Travertine tile floors on the lower level of the house
- Custom build a wall of bookshelves and a place to put a 60" TV in the family room
- New modern pretty recliners for the family room
- Switch out rug in family room
- Add a new small chest for a back entry hall
- Install new white linen drapes in the front entry hall
- Venetian plaster for a guest bathroom
- Remodel an art glass light fixture for the guest bathroom
- Re-purpose "new" art in guest bathroom
- Add a new Chinoiserie chandelier for the upstairs hall (the couple travel to China and collect Chinese objects)
- New chaise lounge for the master bedroom
- And I did the wedding decor
|Small changes make a big difference|
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PS All the "now" photos by Sara Essex Bradley
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