I had the great pleasure of working with some dear friends of ours who moved into a beautiful old (built in the 1940s) home in Washington D.C. I worked with them first on their living room, which they wanted to make a grown-up living space where they could spend time together in the evenings and entertain comfortably in, but that would also be a place they could use as a family during the day.
They wanted plenty of seating, a cheerful, but sophisticated color palette, and as you can see they loved mixing patterns.
We settled on a gray, indigo, yellow color palette which was so much fun to work with. We layered in comfortable (and gorgeous) seating and side tables.Before I entered the project they had already designed this gorgeous bookshelf which they added to this room to separate it from the entry. I think it was really the perfect piece to add a contemporary edge to the traditional home, and really set the tone for the room. And, of course, I had a great time searching for the perfect accessories to fill it!I wanted the bookcase to feel like it had a little bit of a gathered feeling, so I tried to mix vintage and new pieces. Like this collection of bud vases I sourced from all over and displayed together as a collection. And, I also incorporated family photos, some of their favorite books, their sound system (which you purposely can’t see behind the lampshade), and a tray for mail on the other side.
Because they wanted to use this space a lot in the evenings we added pretty lamps in every corner and candles.The artwork we added really helps add movement and color and pattern at eye-level, while the larger more solid sofas help to ground the space and keep it calm.