Last week, I wrote about the empty great room that I was hired to transform into a chic, warm, inviting space for my imaginary clients, the stylish, well travelled golfers. Interested in how it turned out? Remember how it looked when I started?
It was a nice room with windows on two sides, a sliding glass door to a lovely screened porch on the third and the hallway and kitchen on the fourth side. There is no fireplace as an obvious focal point and the furniture had to be arranged for tv watching (even though the clients I dreamed up would not arrange the furniture around a tv in a million years, the average buyer wants to know that they can watch tv in their living room!!!).
I divided the room in almost half but left a "hallway" in between . On the living room side, the space is anchored with a large jute rug and a slipcovered sofa and swivel chairs provide comfortable seating. The furniture pieces are large scaled which makes the space feel warm and inviting without looking too busy.
The dining area has a bit of a tropical vibe with the bamboo director's chairs and the gorgeous hot color of the rug. I also brought in lush greens with the abstract painting and the arrangement on the table.
The white slipcovered wing chairs provide weight on this side of the room, balancing the slipcovered furniture on the other side.
A few fun accessories like the hide (brought back from Safari in Africa?), ikat pillows (from a trip to South America?), intricate carved plaques (from Indonesia?), a black ebony sculpture (picked up at the Marché aux Puces in Paris?) create a layered, interesting room rather than a sterile "staged" space.
And imagine if our couple brought a much loved portrait of their son when he was small to hang on the wall in their new home.? I know, "they" say not to have anything personal in a staged house. I disagree...if it's a lovely painting with beautiful rich colors like this one painted by local artist, Robin Hays!