Designer Credits: Barbara Elliott and Jennifer Ward - Woods
One of the hardest jobs for a designer is creating her own space. The major problem was to update the area but still incorporate my art collection.
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For over 20 years my husband and I have collected several pieces of art that are dear to our hearts. Not all pieces are expensive but we love them, so keeping them in the design is very important. For the last 16 years, we had lived in a yellow family room, which we loved, but it was time for a change. I knew for sure I wanted to have soft gray, calming walls. I also knew I wanted to use blue to incorporate the existing kitchen which is open to the family room.
We have a large family and entertain a lot, so we needed as much seating as allowed. I chose to use a generous sofa, two wing chairs, recover an existing recliner and two ottomans.
A grayscale linen fabric was chosen for the window treatments. The material had a large scale leaf pattern with colors of blue, orange, yellow and gray. Panels were designed from this fabric, and the side hems were accented with a greek key trim of orange and crème.
The colors in the window treatment also repeated some of the colors of all the artwork we wanted to keep in the room. I chose black hardware for the drapes and reframed the art in simple black frames.
The sofa was covered in a blue small herringbone fabric, and the two wing chairs were covered in gray linen. Silver nailhead trim highlight all pieces. The recliner was recovered in a gray skin look velvety. Two small ottomans were recovered in a lemongrass-colored vinyl.
To add drama, the ceiling fan was replaced with a large round chandelier in an iron ore finish. The spheres add excitement, and the crystal orb on the end adds softness.
Large scale gray ceramic lamps and accessories add more color to the room.
The back walls of the bookcases were painted blue to accent the accessories.
A simple sisal look rug with a blue border complete the look.
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