Personality, exquisite existing finishes and a functional layout were pluses for this client’s Second Empire Revival home located in an upscale development. Having never furnished the great room, the homeowners sought our design assistance to provide a clear voice to execute the interior design. High quality upholstery combined with aged iron and wood casegoods provided new comfort and function. Portable lighting filled the space and provided ample lighting for evening reading. The aged appearance of the furnishings combined with a historically reproduced European tapestry added a sense of history and a lived in feel.
Upon invitation, the designers returned a few months later to update the sitting room in a more formal manner per the client’s request. Symmetry and traditional design elements were used to reflect the more formal intent requested for this space. Flanking the new sofa were richly stained drum cabinets and coordinating circular metal lamps. A rich stone topped coffee table with gilding was accented by a pair of ottomans tucked away for additional seating. A high back upholstered chair adjacent to the sofa added richness of color and height to the space while a full custom pair of oval-back arm chairs in the window niche evoked elegance and grace. As a special feature, heirloom horticultural prints of varying size were custom framed and grouped centrally as a focal point above the sofa. Existing oil paintings collected from Ireland were displayed on the opposing wall.
Finally, the front foyer was created with the casual European styling in mind. Combining the formal and informal, the newly furnished entry encapsulates the entire style of the home. A new tie back drapery and a hand-knot Persian wool area rug blend the colors of the renovated and existing spaces creating a harmonious European casual home our clients can relax, entertain and enjoy for years to come.