Sunday, April 29, 2012



My current client has very large bold artwork.  So the furniture's goal is to be neutral but not boring. 

The jumping off point was her large cream linen sectional, a pair of gray microfiber chairs and a large gray modern coffee table.

The best way to tie together a very long living room with two seating areas is to place a long large ottoman in the center of the room.  It ties the areas together without blocking the view and offers extra seating which can be pulled to either area when needed. 

60" wide x 25" deep x 18" high

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When doing a room - find multiple materials and surfaces - and mix them up.  It creates interest.    We have porcelain, fabric, wood, glass, mirror, marble,  -  and we need to add plants. 

We don't want it to look all Chinese so we added an Isamu Noguchi modern coffee table with glass top.

The customer preference is dark brown wood - so we used the Modern coffee table for reference on where to head on color. All the woods will be similar in a dark brown stain.  Because they are done by different factories - they will not all look the same. These photos won't do it justice because they are taken in the factory under bad lighting. 

  The sofa is surrounded by a pair of simple designed cabinets.  One houses the stereo - the doors will open and slide into the cabinet.   A pair of silver metallic porcelain lamps in a retro shape on both sides of the sofa. 

I brought the arms and back down so they would fit an elevator - and balance with the arm heights in the rest of the room.  The chair below has arms that are also 28".  This is done in a heavy linen with gray undertones - not this pink that is showing in the photo!

84"w x 38" x arms & back 28" and pillow height 33".  Seat height 18". 
The glass coffee table is only 16" high so I didn't want the sofa to sit too high. And the sectional on the other side of the room also has low seating at 15".

None of the arms on the upholstered furniture are the same.  But what they have in common is they're all  high... around 25 - 28". 

Two accent tables are topped with marble  - a  design from 1930's Shanghai. The finished product of the two marble accent tables.  20" round and 18" high. Arms of the chair are 22.5" so about a 4" drop. 

SUSTAINABILITY AND AFFORDABILITY guide the construction of this modern home. 

29" w x 18" h x 28" h.
Simple modern cabinets were made for either side of the sofa.  Inside one of them will be a stereo system - a component on each shelf.  So we made the doors open and fall back into the cabinet to make easy access. We still need to add a beautiful antique key for the doors. 

The stereo equipment creates heat - so to support the units I found these 1" racks - the heat should stay clear of the wood shelf. 

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Clients lovely imported linen sectional. 

I'm removing the silk pillows - and replacing them with oversize 25 x 25" down pillows in light gray  and soft taupe.  And a pair of pillows in the same fabric as the ottoman to repeat it.  Much more up-to-date and sophisticated. 

Clients coffee table. 

Finished Chair.  
This chair will wrap around you done in a taupe/lt brown tweed ...
 arms 28" high.  
35" w x 40" d x 37" h

This clover leaf reproduction will look adorable next to this chair.  Very different and just the right size for a cocktail. 20 x 20 x 24" high -since the arms of the chair are 28" - I wanted about a 4" drop below . So it might seem a little high - but it needs to be in proportion to function.  

We don't want everything to look new - so here's an old weathered trunk for the side of the sofa and will house a lamp.

 This shade is the same color as the chair - but my guess is we keep all the shade in the same neutral cream - maybe in different weights of linen - the  weave will look stunning when the lights are on at night.

And then a single garden stool - maybe by the ottoman. 


Wood furniture and artwork - and even these silver porcelain lamps -  will be enhances by a painted wall of tan.  Everything will 'pop' with this as the backdrop. 


Because the living room and dining room are next to each other - but not combined - the look needs to be repeated. 

--------- DINING ROOM ---------

Clients dining room set.  The wood has a gray tone surrounded with light tan microfiber chairs. My look is a little more French country - but the client is contemporary...  So we compromised. 

We're adding a simple alter table under the window flanked by 2 chairs.  Then a old sideboard is being refurbishing for the wall opposite the artwork housing 2 mustard crackled porcelain lamps.  Suggestion was to find a drum and finish it so the large statue would get off the floor and be noticed. 

The sideboards final stain and hardware.  Originally the design had alter table style wings.  I had them removed which created a longer top - this is good because repeats and fills the long wall where it's located. 

A mirror would be wonderful.  It reflects candlelight from the table and the artwork opposite it. Also added were a pair of these crackled porcelain lamps. 

More linen curtains.

The red bull is showcased on top of the alter table.

75 x 18 x 32

Ways to showcase with an alter table.  

Place baskets or trunks under the table to fill the empty space. 

This painting will take up the entire wall. 


We couldn't find anything old to refurbish to a TV cabinet so we designed this below.  I LOVE IT!  Simple is sometimes the best.
The glass doors are being replaced with frosted glass before it ships 

(we don't want to see the inside). 
We are also making sure that there are proper cut outs in the back for all the cords.  
And then adding lovely 'key's for the doors. 

I wish you could see the grain of wood in this photo - it's lovely. 

The family room needed a modern style easy chair - so this is the final product with a matching ottoman.  The ottoman opens up for additional storage. Again the photo does not do the fabric color justice - it's a lovely quality linen in soft taupe.

Then one more item for the master bedroom.  Again we could not find an old antique the right size and simple in design.... so we made this at
64" wide x 15" deep and 17" high
We want room in the height to add a 2" pad. 

1 comment:

  1. Love Modern Furniture, like this one: