It’s hard to believe it’s already March!
Anybody else feel like 2018 is flying by?!
Today, I want to fill you in on an exciting project we’re working on here at Arianne Bellizaire Interiors LLC: The Highland Road Project!
Our clients, Rubin and Manisha, recently built a gorgeous custom home that literally sits atop a hill!
The busy couple has three children ages 8, 5 and just under 2, and an adorable bull-dog.
Much of their home has already been decorated to the clients’ tastes, but there is one room that has remained empty because the clients just didn’t know what to do with it.
This room is prominently positioned at the front of the house, so it is visible from the main road in front of the house as well as to any one walking just a few steps passed the foyer.
With soaring ceilings and large windows, the room inherently feels grand and is flooded with tons of natural light!
The room itself is amazing, and we couldn’t have asked for a better project to sink our teeth into!
However, there were a few challenges:
- The client’s didn’t really have a clear idea of what they wanted to do with the space.
- There is no existing furniture in the room. It is literally a blank canvas.
- With the room’s tall ceilings and grand size, we had to make sure the furniture and accessories we chose for the space were the right scale.
- The clients wanted a more contemporary-style fireplace. They loved the idea of one with glass pieces instead of the traditional logs.
- The couple has small children and a dog, so we had to design a space sophisticated enough for a cocktail party yet comfortable enough for everyday living.
Here are some before photos of the space:
THE DESIGN CONCEPT
DESIGNER TIP: When decorating a large room, break it up into zones that are designed to address specific tasks that will happen in the space!
The first step in our design process for this room was to establish the primary and secondary functions for the space.
Although this home is large and the room is grand, we don’t subscribe to the idea of having rooms that are just for show!
We believe that every space should have a purpose.
During our first client consultation, one of the things Manisha mentioned was that she has always loved the idea of having a grand piano in her home.
Her oldest son has recently started taking lessons, and she hopes that he and his brothers will eventually become proficient.
We LOVED the idea of building a parlor-style room around a grand piano, and we were excited to show the client how we could make this room so much more than a sterile, museum-like, off-limits space.
Now that we knew the room would be a PIANO room, we set out to create vignettes that would address the major areas of concern!
Here’s a floor plan of the room as it stands now:
Instead of grouping a bunch of furniture pieces together in the center of the room or making the pieces “hug the walls,” we took a layered approach to this room’s design.
First, we helped the client work with our local piano specialist to figure out what size and style piano our clients needed. Then we determined the ideal placement of this foundational piece.
Next, we addressed the need for comfortable, stylish seating options as well as other furnishings for the main seating area in the center of the room.
We wanted the clients and their guests to have the choice between sitting with the large group during gatherings or sneaking away to the corner for a quiet one-on-one conversation, so we added a smaller seating area in the back corner of the room to fill in the empty space.
The fireplace and mantle float in the middle of the first wall you see when we enter the room, and since the fireplace cladding tops off at the room’s 22 foot ceiling height, we decided to bring visual balance to that part of the room with oversized mirrors/art and two brass benches.
Finally, we needed a creative and cost-effective way to fill in the large empty wall at the back of the room, so we suggested beautifully framed family photos hung in a grid layout.
The trick to making this gallery wall application work is that all the photos will be printed in Sepia and the frames themselves are relatively large (25″ squares with 11″x 14″ photo openings).
Our mission was to create a room elegant enough for the occasional cocktail party or holiday gathering yet livable enough for a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon snuggle with a good book!
Here’s how we see the room layout once all the elements are in place!
THE COLOR PALETTE
After seeing the visuals above you might be wondering how we landed on the colors green and yellow as our accents.
The truth is, it took some work getting there!
You see, typically our clients have very specific color preferences. They can usually tell us what colors they love verses which colors they hate.
Manisha and Rubin are much more laid back than our average client!
They didn’t really have a preference, and when I asked Manisha if there is a favorite color she likes to wear she said, “Black!” LOL!
At that point, I knew that I had to change strategies, so I asked her if there was a particular piece of clothing that she loved to wear or that she really felt special in.
She mentioned that she had recently had a custom gown created for a best-dressed gala she had attended.
I asked her to grab the gown so that we could see if there were any colors in it that she was drawn to.
Here’s the dress:
She obviously loved the black and white foundation, but after really looking at the dress, she decided she loved the golden-yellow color most.
She also realized that she has always been drawn to the color green!
We locked in on the jade green as a primary color with the golden-yellow as an accent.
I used a paint color deck to mark the colors so that I could be sure the client and I both had the same understanding of which green and yellow we were going for.
Here’s the mood board we used in the office as we began to source fabrics, accessories and art for the space:
After weeks of designing and product sourcing, we were finally ready to present our concept to our clients!
Our client’s got a kick out of the video we produced for the presentation:
We’re happy to report that our clients LOVED our concept, and we’re working our magic to make this dream space a reality!
We’re scheduled to install these beautiful elements late May, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, what do you think of our space plan, color palette and selections? Which part of the design do you love most?
Let me know in the comments below!