If I'm working with a client who has all men in the house, it's just a matter of time until the words "leather" and "recliner" make their way into the conversation. In their mind, the  ideal room would have a row of these.  "Hey look...cupholders!"

The lady of the house tries to compromise and let the guys choose at least one thing in the room so it feels like it's their house, too.  Well, that plan is usually what got them into the mess they've hired me to get them out of. your wives/mom! They've got your back and and want you comfy, happy and 
r e c l i n e d in style!
For example, these adorable transitional style recliners my client received last week:

(Paint color is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, of course :)
I Know! Aren't they darling? We love the fresh custom geometric fabric and they're so comfy! And best of all her guys love them, too.  This is the kind of compromise I like when it comes to design. Everybody's happy (mostly ugly recliners ya'll!)

Rooms With a New Purpose

It's so rewarding and fun to help a client figure out what to do with non-functioning rooms. The "formal" living room just isn't needed for our casual lives and most times neither is the formal dining room. Over time these rooms become catch-all's for work, home and school clutter or even worse go completely unused. That's valuable space! We want comfortable rooms to gather with family and friends, maybe watch the game or enjoy close friends and their kids, and be comfortable.

One client is excited by the idea of four chairs and an ottoman in her front room which adjoins her dining room. This set up is ideal for socializing or entertaining. Here are some images we're using for inspiration:



                                                       Source: via Curious Details on Pinterest

Isn't this a great  alternative to a sofa and loveseat? And an ottoman offers even more additional seating or serving opportunities.

Another client is creating a multi-purpose room for her family. So far we've added custom built-ins which include a computer desk, painted the walls with Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter, painted her french doors black and replaced her ceiling fan with a simple black fan. Black hardware will be added this week and then onto seating, a rug, a gallery wall and some pretty accessories.

From this:

 To this:

I love how it's coming together so far.
Do you have a room that's not working for you? If you'd like help making it pretty and functional I would love to help you find a new purpose for your room.

Revere Pewter

Are we still loving gray? Greige? Gray/Beige? Yes! We are! A client is sampling Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter for her living room and entry this week and I'm excited to hear what she thinks. The gray moves her away from her existing gold color palette. I'm seeing this a lot. Revere Pewter is a color that seems to work with warm and cool accents, feels modern and plays well with vintage.

Eclectic mix in the living room + Benjamin Moore 'Revere Pewter'



Here's a peek at the new furniture going in the living room (ipad pics...sorry for the blur).  Beautiful linen sofa by Southern at a very modest price point. The high back gives makes it more of a visual focal point in the room.  This sofa would be three times what she paid for it at Restoration Hardware.  We picked these pieces up at my "go to" furniture store in Tomball Laurie's Home Furnishings

Gorgeous feather accent pillows feel luxurious.

Love the nailhead trim on the chairs ( we got two of these).  This family's living room is going to come together beautifully with the addition of artwork, a rug and a few new accessories. 
Gray...still loving it.