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Monday, April 19, 2010

Living room reveal

Dumplings, I know I've been teasing you for months with shots here and there of my living room. You've been so enthusiastic with your post comments that, even though I'm still waiting for a couple of items to complete the room, I have decided to take you on the grand tour.

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 still available for purchase sold out. Hurry, she has less than a dozen left!

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.

A shot of the carved shutters that came with the house.

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.

71 comments:

abchao said...

Oh good Jesus gay, Raina. That is fucking incredible.

Naomi said...

Oh I just love all the contrasting bits. You are a master of the mix and match!!

only a movie said...

Ack. So amazing.

ita darling. said...

YAY! a highlight of my day! your taste is lovely. I STILL cannot get over the carved wood shutters in that house.. and the masterful touch it takes to highlight them. You add a touch of glam, a touch of mod, a touch of mod-ern, and touch of texture and (ugh i hate this word) "ethnic" mystique kabam! its great. And you have great taste in lamps. love love love.

p.s. i love the semi-awkard height that you hung that picture near, (but not hovering over) the chair. mwah!

Jamie said...

As gorgeous as I had imagined. I had the good fortune of seeing most of the furniture under plastic while we were wallpapering, but it is great to see it come together!

The Shiny Pebble said...

One word: irreverant!

It belongs in a magazine.

The Shiny Pebble said...

OK, it is irreverEnt. English is my second language. (roll eyes)

karly / design-crisis.com said...

Kapow! It looks amazing! I am so so flattered to have a print of mine in the center of such a stunning room... although I have to admit, i think the corner with the red chair and asteroid light is my fave. the light on the floor is just so brilliant!

PS, did I tell you I saw 2 panels of shutters like yours at round top this year? They wanted $1,800 a piece for them. $3600 for half of what you have there in that amazingly lovely room.

You really are doing this house justice! Well done!

nkp said...

Ha, I'm waiting for the same pillow to go on sale! Figures. :0). It's the softest thing I've ever groped.

You know I love everything! But I'm absolutely insane for Karly's gorgeous art floating in the middle of that mirrored wall and the red cord detail. You thought of eveything. A cowhide is going to look utterly fabulous under the coffee table. Oh to see it in person...

Paul Anater said...

Oh my Raina, it's glorious!

ModFruGal said...

You've seriously rocked that room...it feels warm yet cool all at one if that makes sense. Lurv it.

Champagne Taste said...

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!

Marija said...

Lots of good stuff to comment on here and while the wallpaper is one of my favorite elements (that and the good sense to keep the mirror) - how you manage to make it feel neutral is where the skill comes in.

And how could I not love a space that so artfully selects the perfect 70s Baughman specimen to complete the look?!

Terrific.

my favorite and my best said...

fuck. that's delicious.

erin@designcrisis said...

I love it all. Do my house next!

Aloysius (or however you spell his name) looks amazing on the wallpaper... red, purple, and yellow. Who knew?!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Raina your home is full of personality, and it rocks. Love it. xo

Tonia {Chic Modern Vintage} said...

GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURL, you have done the dayum thang! I need you right today to, get on a plane to Dallas, TX right the hell NOW. I must post over at CMV, immediately!

Robin said...

GORGEOUS! You have mad skillz babycakes. When is Elle Decor coming over to shoot?

susieq said...

it's so so so incredibly beautiful. A joy for my eyes. And I can't decide what I love the most -- the red cord, that bed-sized coffee table, your Milo? I think it's how fabulously it all works together. Brilliant.

DREAMER'S DEN said...

holy mother of god.
it is un-believable. i think my absolute favorite shot is the mirror wall with karly's print.
it's nothing short of genius. xoxox

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

bored me?? are you kidding?! wow. i am loving it all so much. our decorating styles are quite different, but we both love the kapow factor and you have it in spades here. it is absolutely spectacular. i could see us enjoying a few bevvies in this 'ladies lounge', i bags cuddling up to the obama cushion though! actually, i have a little obama kitsch in my place too, will take a pic and show you in the next little while.
ps. abchao, i love the way you tell it like it is....i am still laughing aloud at your comment.

Jessica said...

seriously wow! I knew I was gonna love it when you showed the peek of the paper but holy shit sister, words fail. The purple, the red, the yellow, the hard, the soft, the shiny, the plush and the branch menorah? yes to all of it!

and yes I'll have fries with that (for my word verification)

Hampton said...

love it! your wallpaper choices are bold and beautiful--just perfect. Wonderfully edited pieces that are high on glamour-congrats!

ticklishfromadistance said...

Just insane. Girl, you got it so right. Love it ALL!

Bromeliad said...

Wow. I thought this was snatched from some design magazine web site. Amazing. You are an (imaginative) pro.

Yana said...

awesome.

Kate said...

Its so super cool!
And what an honour to have my screenprint winking at your guests through the front door.
love it, love it all!

Leigh Chandler said...

Absolutely amazing! So glamorous and chic, yet so cozy and inviting! It is definitely destined for Elle Decor or Australian Vogue Living, my two favorites!

A Perfect Gray said...

GET OUT! I am smitten. your space is fantastic...

sherri said...

BUH-DAMNNNNN, my friend. way to rock it. karly's print looks ahhh-mazing and I love the wallpaper. the carved shutters that came with continue to blow me away. as do you.

Michelle said...

shit.dog.digity damn...I freaking love it. You lady, have some major balls, and some major taste! Put that together and what do you get??? Tasty balls? no, gross, how could you say that!! No, you get one sweet ass living room, with major style.

Keri Batchelder Hoffman said...

I know you're a designer and all, but that room looks like it came right off the pages of one of the shelter mags. Props to you!

Elisa @ whatthevita said...

Wow. Insane. I've been looking forward to this reveal and the wait was definitely worth it!

I also really enjoyed your detailed explanations of everything. Not boring at all! Beautifully written.

Raina Cox said...

Champagne Taste and Hampton - Hello to you both and welcome to this deliciousness!

Nick Klaus said...

Okay, that is not fair. You've got wallpaper which I actually like (and I'm a wallpaper hater) and if I didn't know better, I would have thought that your living room was taken from someplace like desiretoinspire.
And it's not even finished yet.

SPLENDEROSA said...

You hit a home run with this. Awesome. Love the red. Love the boldness.

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

I loves it all!
But get very special place twinges at the site of your front door opening.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Raina,

This is one cool space and I LOVE that you are fearless in your approach!

The wallpaper...swoon!!!

Sol Kawage said...

I'm drooling. I agree this belongs in a magazine. Have elle decor signed you up yet?

The Zhush said...

And I thought I could not possibly love you any more....
wow!
(and where exactly does one find a wtf snow globe!?)
The wallpaper is like visual prozac!
XXXXX

Cashon&Co said...

girlllll..... you are glamor to the tilt!!! I LOVE it!!!

Raina Cox said...

Splenderosa - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

The Zhush - You can click on the word "snow globe" and the link will take you directly to Urban Outfitters. It was only $12!

Real Estate Resuscitation said...

Seriously, that room is going to end up being photographed for a magazine. I'm willing to place bets on that one. FANTASTIC!!! When you first walked into that house and saw those shutters were you like, "Oh my you must be kidding me this can't be for real"??? They are so beautiful!

Thanks for sharing,
Sharon

Pemberley said...

Very chic! The room demands a cocktail in hand.

Adrienne S. said...

Hi. I'm a newbie to your blog (discovered you through Chic Modern Vintage) and I have to say the carved shutters are amazing. Love them. Did you do anything to make them look so good?

David said...

How the hell did it take me a day to see this post?

I'm in love with the wallpaper, and honestly when you showed us earlier the scale scared me.

I'm really glad you kept the mirror (I love big mirror), and even more happy that you hung Karly's work on it.

The cocktail table rocks, in both it's shape and scale.

Love the floor, will love it even more with a hide.

BEAUTIFULLY DONE, not that I'm at all surprised!

Raina Cox said...

Adrienne S. - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

The shutters are in the same condition as when we moved in last year. Except a little more dusty. The wood has a very light wash of paint.

The master bedroom and my daughter's room also have them (click the "Barbie dream house" tag for a peek).

Love Where You LIve said...

Exciting. Fun. Hip. Sophisticated yet approachable. Great room! And I do love your friend's horse print. I can be the details you love where you live. And you know I appreciate that! -susan (also in Colorado -- in a little mountain town called Salida.)

amyoliver said...

It is stunning, I love it. The wallpaper is lush and the lamp with the red cord is to die for. I think a cowskin will look fabulous in the room and the shutters are lovely. I am very jealous of you reclining with design mags in that room, and it has motivated me to ebay some of the crappy stuff cluttering up my living room!!

hello gorgeous said...

Wowza babes! You have decorating balls o' steel. It turned out fab. (Not to mention the super speed with which you work!! Didn't you just move there?!)

If I were the Pea, the lamp would be my favorite thing, too. I LOVE Karly's print on the mirror.

*wolf whistle*

Jill said...

Those amazing shutters! I am so fucking jealous of them!! You've done a great job...cool interiors by a cool chick!

La Dolfina said...

It's all been all said, so I'll just throw in my "I'm not worthy bow"
Seriously... great job, it is definitely magazine worthy :)

Raina Cox said...

Love Where You Live and Amyoliver - Hello to you both and welcome to this deliciousness!

Real Estate Resurrection - The shutters were definitely one of the selling points of the house.

Design Darling said...

good god, you have an eye! let's see some of your work in the near future, ok? ah-maz-ing.

Leigh said...

i am drooling on my laptop.
seriously, GAH, this is amazing.
you're good, hon.
wanna redo my bedroom when you come to nyc?

Raina Cox said...

Design Darling - Thanks! You can click on the "Barbie dream house" tag to see more of my house projects.

Leigh - Totally! Paul Rudd will be the handyman on the project, right? ;)

The Down East Dilettante said...

Oh, is the party over? But I just got here----and wow, it's gorgeous.

The red cord is great

Charlotta Ward said...

My word! I am speechless! (sorry for the contradiction there..)
What a magnificent room and those shutters - Mama Mia! How could they leave them behind!!?

Love the wall covering - it really ties the room together.

All of it is divine!

xCharlotta

P.s. Loved your Shiny Pebble Designer Challenge pitch. So my style too. Well done! x

Raina Cox said...

Charlotta Ward - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

artluvr said...

Between this and the DR over at Shiny Pebble, it is official. You are some sort of iconoclastic, totally original genius. This is what I was reminded of regarding your design process while reading about the individual components, which are so fabulous when put together in this kinky gestalt. Who else would put this stuff together so serendipitously?
http://tinyurl.com/R-sDesignProcess

Raina Cox said...

Artluvr - My goodness! Thanks ever so much. You get the comment gold star of the day. For obvious reasons. ;)

beki said...

Ooooo, sexy!! Awesome room!

Raina Cox said...

Beki - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

maison21 said...

lovely, raina.

Amy said...

This is a beautiful room. I love the 70's vibe a lot and the space looks really glam, but achievable.

Linenqueen said...

Let me start with "I don't like wallpaper" and then follow up with "That wallpaper made my day". The low contrast pattern and the harmonizing colors: I actually copied off the source and would strongly consider using it.

Thank you so much. What I find I am attracted to in your blog is the way you state a problem and then take us along to the solution. You don't just do "before' and "after". Process is so interesting. The excitement is not in knowing answer but to be part of the thinking that leads to it. Ann

Raina Cox said...

Linenqueen - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness! Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment.

Leigha said...

I want to snuggle your Barack pillow and leisurely flip through all those coffee table books. Lucky for you, I live too far away to "pop in" and make good on this self-extended invitation! Enjoy your trip this week. So jealous...so jealous.

Designers' Brew said...

oh em eff gee.

It looks STUPENDOUS. Love every inch of it. :) :) :)

Appletree said...

How did I miss this before!!!! Raina it is so amazing!!!! I liked you before, but now I am downright in love with you girl.

Daydreamer said...

The screens as shutters are just simply beyond...and I love your wallpaper...and that this is what people see when they first walk into your house. SPECTACULAR. AND it's still inviting and warm, and FUN. It looks like there's about to be a cocktail party starting at any moment!