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Monday, July 25, 2011

A Recent Client Project!

I recently finished decorating a living room for a fantastic client.  We were under the gun to get it finished before baby girl's arrival, and we ended up having 2 weeks to spare! 

The project started basically with a blank canvas.  The client's family of 4 had moved into their home about a year ago and had not really done anything with the living room.  The house has great bones, and the client has great taste, so I was really excited to start on this project.

As you can see from the before photos, the room was painted a yellow beige, furnished with a few antiques and hand-me-downs from family members.  The first time I walked into the room I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous mirror over the fireplace.  It belonged to her great-grandmother and would be a stunning focal point of the room- it just needed to be hung vertically!

The wood floors, beautiful crown molding, and gorgeous fireplace provided a great backdrop for our decorating plan.  We used several of the client's antiques in the final plan but didn't hesitate to sell the pieces she didn't love. 

After a few discussions and based upon the other colors in the home, we decided on a neutral color scheme, accented with chocolate brown, light blue, and touches of coral-ish red (to bring in the coral red from the adjoining dining room).

After deciding on fabrics, we got to work on having the upholstered pieces made.  Country Chair did a fantastic job making a pair of chairs in the modern blue floral fabric and made her sofa in the neutral beige herringbone. 

We found the rug at Pottery Barn- it is the Chunky Basketweave Jute Rug.  I absolutely love it and plan to use it in another project.  We got rid of the yellow on the walls and brought in a more neutral tone.  Instead of placing the furniture against the walls, we created a seating area in the center of the room with the gorgeous fireplace as the focal point.

We had the curtains made in the chocolate brown and beige quatrefoil fabric.  A gorgeous chest of drawers that belonged to the client's grandmother sits between the two windows.

We found a beautiful limed-wood Baker coffee table at here in Charlotte.  You can't really see the detail from this picture, but it has fabulous ming legs with Greek key detailing and a grasscloth top under the glass.  The client had gorgeous pieces of family silver that we displayed all over the room!

Here are some quick pictures I took of the finished room (click to see them better).  When accessorizing, we mixed high with low, using everything from antique sterling silver to odds-and-ends from Homegoods.  The client had some beautiful pieces of art we were able to incorporate into our design. 

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these project photos!  If you are around the Charlotte area, I'd love to help you decorate your home.  Email me (Sarah) at for more details!

And don't forget to send us your Before and After entries!  We are so excited to share them with our readers! 


Melissa said...

Gorg! The difference is amazing-- and those curtains are just fab!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

i recognize those home goods lamps--they look amazing!!

congrats on a beautiful job :)


Betsy said...

Wow--this is absolutely gorgeous! You did a fabulous job. I hope you will do some "e-decorating" projects because I'm in Atlanta and would love your help!

I Do Declare said...

Love the curtains!

SHAZAM!! said...

What an amazing re-do! Great job of taking an uninspring room and making it gorgeous! Love the pillows on the sofa and the fabric on the chairs!!

henzy said...

I am loving the fabric on the chairs.. great job!

Erin @ NonShrinking Violets said...

Looks fabulous! I'm talking to Country Chair about pricing for a few pieces I need...

traci zeller designs said...

So pretty, Sarah! It turned out beautifully! I'm crazy for that coffee table ... and how lucky to have some pretty antiques and art to work with!

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

This is gorgeous Sarah! You did an incredible job! I love, love the color scheme and the fabrics you chose!

Any interest in doing an e-project on how to decorate a bedroom/nursery in one?! :)

Vickie H. said...

WOW! What a wonderful change to that room! The chair fabric is spectacular! Beautiful job! I am sure the homeowner just pinches herself to make sure she is not dreaming this room is actually in HER home! Great job!!!

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