Depending on which manner of social media you follow Design Manifest, you end of seeing different aspects of of our work. I tend to save the blog for the Before and After’s featuring dazzling professional photography and larger scale photos. On instagram however, I’m much more prone to share jobsite photos, mood boards and progress shots. The result is that the projects I “tease” on instagram and twitter end up taking months (occasionally years) to make it onto the blog and portfolio. Today I thought I’d bridge the gap a little and fill you in a few of the decorative projects we are designing right now.
If you follow me on instagram (@designmanifest) than you know that I often name projects with a hashtag, so you can follow along and see all of the pictures in the progression. The three main interior design projects we are doing right now are #malvernreno #swarthmoreproject and #stationroadproject. Each is a completely different type room, style of architecture and decorating style. Really the only thing these client’s have in common is that they are awesome and trusting. I honestly feel so lucky to be able to work with such great people on such varied designs.
The Living Room Rug with a few Textiles we May or May Not Use
“True Fans” (just can’t say with a straight face) will recognize Malvern Reno because this is the 3rd time I’ve worked on this house in as many years. What started as a very styling hall bath moved onto a complete master suite renovation last year. This year we are tackling the formal living room, dining room, foyer, office, possibly now powder room, probably soon family room and kitchen… I’m never leaving Malvern. (Ha! kidding C ;) Seriously though, someday this house will be finished and professionally photographed and hopefully splashed across some fabulous magazine. Until then, I’m just sharing pieces and enjoying the process.
Living Room, Before
The jumping off point for this project was the under-used formal living room. Umm, does anyone really use a traditional formal living room? We are hoping to re-invent it as a lounge, a cozy TV watching space, and place to entertain with a few couples. The goal is to make it much more casual, but still totally elegant and stylish, of course.
In an effort to make the space more intimate and cozy, plus to better serve the furniture layout, we ended up altering the openings from the foyer and into the dining room. This allowed us to add built-in bookshelves and a fireplace along the former sofa wall. This is going to be such a welcoming entrance and focal point! By reducing the doorway to the foyer (still a generous 4′ opening) we will be able to tuck a sectional sofa along the stair wall. We are having this custom made in a rich, soft caramel leather and I am very excited to see it in 8-10 weeks!
Our Inspiration Sofa
From the start I had a strong vision for the overall feel of this space. We would bulk up the traditional feel of the home through architectural elements, mouldings, built-ins, fireplace mantel, but then balance the room out with more modern furnishings and a few classic vintage mid-century pieces. As my client has worked with me, I’ve watching her tastes grow more and more modern, but I felt maintaining traditional elements were necessary to tie into the rest of the house and provide some depth to the more contemporary furnishings.
Living Room, This Week
So last week we started working and its been mouldings, mouldings everywhere. (I think my Dad may think I’m nuts.) I’m very excited that we are doing full height picture mouldings in the living room. We even matched the cabinetry doors to mimic the same style. The whole room will be the same gray as the cabinetry, Benjamin Moore CW715. It will provide the perfect neutral backdrop with just enough moodiness. As much as I love an all white room, this room just doesn’t have the right lighting for it. So light gray with just a little bit of taupe was the winner.
This is the sofa/sectional wall. The holes in the walls will be wall sconces. We will hang art right over the upper mouldings. Still figuring out what the perfect piece will be….
Another big part of the architecture is the lighting. We are doing two sconces over the sofa and two more sconces over the bookshelves. The center of the room will have a chandelier. We decided to mixed brass with oil-rubbed bronze. I enjoy this mix and it will continue into other parts of the home. All brass is beautiful, but it felt just a bit too trendy and matchy to us.
Living room fixtures plus the dining room chandelier.
We will be doing TWO of the bottom right over the table!
What’s better than a chandy? A double chandy.
As I showed above the rug is the gorgeous patterned pale violet wool number. We will be using color judiciously in this room. Only where it makes a maximum impact and layering the rest with a great mix of neutrals. We are striving to make this space feel “undecorated” which definitely has its challenges. Honestly it’s so much easy to pick a inspiration fabric and pull colors from it and make it all coordinate nicely. Here I’m trying to take it a step further. Pairing things that aren’t expected and colors that don’t necessarily match. Hoping it all comes together seamlessly and beautifully.
One piece of the puzzle got dropped off at my house today. Vintage Milo Baughman Parsons armchairs that we we had recovered in a green velvet. I’m loving that pop of green. That is one of the colors that has been carried throughout the house and helped with continuity. Bonus- They are really comfy.
I’m very much looking forward to about 3 weeks from now when all painting is done, dining room paper is hung and floors are refinished. That will give us a great sense of the new spaces and allow us to make some final decisions.
Woof, I was supposed to talk about three projects, but just the bit about the one feels like a full post. I think I’ll continue this next week where you guys will see either a behind the scenes into #swarthmoreproject or #stationroadproject. Each has an install happening in the next month so its a busy time for us!
As always, thanks so much for reading and your continued support of our work.