Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WHAT ARE YOU IN THE MOOD FOR?


Today I thought I'd share with you a design project I'm currently working on. My clients are a young couple that live in a prewar penthouse apartment that features rooms of cherry wood floors and heavy paneling. The home felt dark and masculine, definitely not the design aesthetic the young couple wanted for their home. We decided to lighten things up by adding modern furniture and fixtures and infusing the space with soft texture and color, starting with the small foyer which is accessed through a private elevator. The foyer was lacking character; drab green curtains and an old black bench framed a large window which overlooked a stunning garden and swimming pool. Unfortunately these gorgeous features were lost in the lackluster entryway.

How did we fix it? 



We brought the color palette of the outdoors in with soft, silvery blues, infused the space with subtle texture and pattern and added some warm metallic pieces for a touch of modern glamour. Here are two of the design boards I presented to my clients. Do you have a favorite? My client's did.  I'll let you know later when I announce the winner of the Exotic Taste-Orientalist Interiors giveaway! 

13 comments:

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Both lovely...but I'll choose number two. Have a great day. Mona

quintessence said...

Mona wrote exactly what I was going to say - both lovely but number two gets my vote as well.

I Dream Of said...

I agree with Q and Mona. I was drawn to the Schumacher fabric and Stark carpet. What a lovely home you are creating for this lucky couple.

Splendid Sass said...

Tough choice, but my favorite is the 2nd, but I may mix.
Have a great day, Barbara.
Teresa
xoxo

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I am the oddball and prefer #1 but would be thrilled with #2 as well. I tend to shy away from pattern so the sold fabrics in #1 attract me.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I like the second board~loads of glamour and a prettier look. That is what would appeal to me. Thanks for stopping by the blog today, I am already following you under (with my twitter pic!

pretty pink tulips said...

This looks like my kind of palette!!!! I have antelope up my staircase and it is my all time favorite "animal" print for carpeting! Love the neutrals and blues...sure to lighten up that prewar in no time!!!!

xo Elizabeth

The enchanted home said...

LOVE IT!! This is one of my most favorite color palettes, so soothing and calming, and totally timeless. I cannot wait to see it all come together.....love them both but am leaning towards the 2nd, feels a little more timeless to me, though I do like both light fixtures. Love the direction you are going in Barbara..they are in great hands!

Anonymous said...

No, the boards are too similar.

HAMPTON HOSTESS said...

thank you for all your comments--in fact, my client went with board number one-she fell in love with the silk drapery fabric and modern pendant light--thanks for playing!

Cashon&Co said...

I JUST used that Oly bench in a clients bedroom! In fact, it just came in today after ordering it back in May. I hope they
Love it! I like the color scheme and softness to the boards you are coming up with, so lovely :)

Punctuation Mark said...

i love these colors... have a hard time deciding but I guess #2!

KR said...

Hi from Jeanette's mom. (Everton Terrace).
I like "Mood A" for design but I like the light in "B".
We are beginning a project on Coronado CA. luckily Jeanette and A.H. have excellent taste and wonderful ideas!