Our client came to us for help in transforming her dated, lifeless rooms into charming spaces filled with personality and timeless appeal. To provide a classic foundation for the room’s new lighter look, architecture was enhanced with creamy white custom cabinetry and substantial millwork. Most noticeably, the fireplace now offers pleasing proportions, elegant finishes, and is the focal point of this inviting space. The original, unusually shaped fireplace was clad in red brick and the whole room darkened by uninspiring wood paneling. The new fireplace had been designed to be built directly over the old without costly and messy demolition. The cabinets on either side house media equipment and storage. Above the generously scaled mantle, a gold framed mirror reflects the sparkle of a bronze and crystal chandelier from Currey Lighting. The old paneled wall was sealed and painted and now has fresh cottage charm.
A tufted wool, vine-patterned area rug from Dash and Albert grounds the seating arrangement and introduces a whimsical yet elegant note. Under the rug, hand-scraped hardwood floors gleam in place of the old wall-to-wall carpeting. Plenty of comfortable seating is offered by the upholstered sofa and side chairs from Norwalk. A skirted ottoman in toile printed fabric, also by Norwalk, is perfectly centered under the chandelier and accented by fresh flowers and personal treasures. Fireside, a rush-seated French styled chair and ottoman from Miles Talbott lend an old-world feeling and very comfortable spot for resting or reading. A country-painted round table holds a gorgeous, intricately decorated porcelain lamp by Currey.
In the dining area, a wing-wall was removed to open up the space where the client’s long wood table and traditional painted chairs are invitingly lit by two glass lantern fixtures. The client herself is now reflected in her lovely, remodeled living and dining spaces- lively, serene and breezy with a fresh, Scandinavian airiness.