We cannot have a reveal without the "before." This was originally the dining room. We have little use for such a room, and our house has a wonderfully roomy eat-in kitchen. I staked claim on this space envisioning it as the Mama Lounge, a place where I could relax in the evening and enjoy a book or my design magazines.This is the view from the front door. The new living room/lounge is the first room you see when you enter our home. I wanted it to make a statement and be a sort of calling card for my design services.
The red leather chair is a sleek little "kapow" against the out-sized orchids of the wallpaper. I enjoy a little (okay, A LOT) of tension in a room. Innermost's Asteroid Light fills a void created by the angle of the chair and is an unexpected element. The aluminum table holds a saucy "WTF" snow globe. The pillow (no longer available) is from Hable Construction. The "Hello Gorgeous" screenprint is by my talented Aussie friend, Kate Banazi.
My vision for this room was a meeting of traditional and contemporary elements, more formal than other areas of the house. I liked the floor-to-ceiling mirror and decided to keep it. My first purchases were the coffee table and a camel-colored velvet Milo Baughman chair (shown below). A clean-lined sofa in either white or cream topped my shopping list. I eventually found a down-filled one in a local consignment shop. The too-fabulous horse print is by my good friend Karly Hand and is
I'm waiting for the Mongolian lamb pillow in the middle (but in the sand color) to go on sale. It will pick up the color of the Baughman chair.
A pair of contemporary glass and chrome side tables flank the sofa. I bought the lamp specifically for its red cord. I wanted another touch of red in the room to play off the leather chair. The stone sculpture is the first piece of art LB and I purchased as a couple.
To the right of the sofa is an Artecnica Daedales Lamp. It lends a touch of ethereal other-ness to the room and is a favorite of The Pea. She digs the touch-sensitive switch base and is forever playing with the settings. I cannot remember where I first saw the Barack Obama pillow, but its awesome-ness warms my cockles.
The coffee table, another consignment store find, is a monster which measures 4 feet by 5 feet. It has a vaguely tortoiseshell faux finish and easily holds over a dozen design books and my branch menorah. I'm looking for just the right color of cowhide to throw under this table and warm up the travertine floor.
This Milo Baughman chair was my first purchase specifically for the house. The floor lamp adjusts to a myriad positions, and the silver garden stool was a TJ Maxx find. The C. Jeré-esque piece on the wall was purchased by LB years before we met (he has good taste). The wallpaper is Osborne & Little's "Davidia" from their Suzy Hoodless "Hothouse" collection. Jamie Foley of Jamie Foley Interiors and the Sanctuary Home blog generously volunteered to help me hang it.
So, Dumplings, I hope I haven't bored you to death with this lengthy post. When I have the accent pillow for the sofa and the cowhide rug, I will post new photos of the completed room.