Classic Formal Living Room Design on Pitt Street, Old Town
I am doing my best to try and document each of the projects we are working on - as we are finishing up or waiting for final installation! This project, in particular, has me staying up at night with anxious excitement, ready to see our final selections, installed, with the addition of acquired, as well as new, accessory placement. Our main goal for this space was to really balance the black and white, the soft and hard. It is one of the largest single rooms, with two beautiful marble twin fireplaces and matching crystal chandeliers. This Classic Formal Living Room Design Project is a little different for a few reasons. First, it was almost a year ago I saw the house for the first time. It is a beautiful home, built in the 1800's, with original hardwood floors, 11' or higher ceilings, architecturally sound with large windows, and situated beautifully on the corner of Duke and Pitt Street, just a 30 second walk from where we live.
This project was also unique, with its challenge to break up such a large room, throw out the dated interiors, and update with fresh paint, new mirrors, and, well - the need to simplify, simplify, simplify!
The view above shows our blank canvas at the beginning of the design process. We stripped the walls of a "faux" yellow texture paint application - and applied a crisp white, while lightly updating the large amount of trim work. My client is one of the nicest people I have ever worked with, and also extremely talented. During one of our appointments, we both made multiple trips up and down the basement stairs bringing up a large assortment of her custom pottery pieces to display in the built - in shelves. Her work was my first sprig of inspiration - to bring in the variety of different forms, colors, and textures - still allowing the neutral back drop to breath.
We selected two large tortoise shell mirrors that have been installed above each of the fireplaces, to set the backdrop for art installation that came soon after. With final selections almost in place, we will be seeing a completely different space, with crisp new finishes,
The floor plan below was executed to feature sparse furnishings, but an arrangement of seating for entertainment. The clients have two younger girls - one of which that has an immense amount of energy and personality, therefore, suggesting that the floor plan allow for rearrangement to push major items to the out skirts of the room for playful activities for the kids.
The concept board below shows the majority of our furnishings, with the warm wood console and wicker bar cart selections to balance the lighter original hardwood floors in the space. The casegood pieces and materials reflect of lot of the client's pottery pieces - reiterating and reflecting her love and talents throughout the space.
In a few weeks we hope to have the room close to completion and photo ready - in the mean time, we are working on 2 guest bedrooms for a client on Lee Street! This one will be fun to share - plans for pops of color, fun textures, and eclectic selections!