Diary of a Show House Designer: Proposal #2
After setting my sights on the room for my zen retreat, I still needed to find that space in the upcoming Junior League of Boston Show House that would let me Go Big or Go Home. With all the restrictions on the first floor (preserving the woodwork, fireplaces, tapestries, stained glass windows, etc.), I was left with one space: the Sitting Room--a room immediately off the entrance foyer; most likely the room that visitors would see first and that could really be a showstopper.
The room has great bones, as we like to say. Tall ceilings, bay window, French doors opening to the Living Room, imposing fireplace, great moldings and architectural details. Here are some views, first of the entry from the foyer, and second, of the fireplace wall:
Obviously, this room was going to be in high demand.
I started formulating my design with furniture. The bay window was perfect for a chaise. Window niches flanking the fireplace called for a pair of consoles or chests. The seating arrangement by the fireplace required chairs and a sofa whose silhouettes would be appealing from any view, even their backs. Some pieces immediately came to mind. I saw this chair at High Point and knew it was perfect.
Now to color scheme. Again to the Boston Design Center for inspiration. This velvet by Designers Guild became my springboard. Vibrant shades of teal, olive, and mustard and some neutral taupes to temper the saturation. Spot on!
This fabric would go on the inside of the chair frame and on the seat cushions with bright yellow pillows.
For the chaise, this piece by Donghia upholstered in a beautiful Donghia wool with teal pillows in ottoman cloth.
For a sofa to complete the seating arrangement with the chairs, the Charleston Button Sofa by Eric Cohler for Lee Jofa, upholstered in Rogers & Goffigon Shaker Linen in Kiwi with the seat cushion in GPJ Baker's Cosma Lime.
With additional occasional pieces from Oly Studio, an area carpet by Golran that I viewed at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May, a chandelier by Ironies and drapery panels of off-white raw silk banded in teal and a hint of green, my design was complete.
Here is how my talented assistant, Kristin Kelly, so ably rendered the room:
So what do you think? Which room would you want to see in the Show House? I'll post which room the Design Committee has selected for me to do next. Stay tuned.