Full Service Decorating Project: Create a floor plan, color palette, use existing furniture, shop for new furniture, add accessories and custom artwork.
Location: Denton, Texas
History, Inspiration and Style: This quaint 1930′s home located in the historic area of Denton Texas is said to be built from a Sears Modern Home kit. It was during the start of the early 1900′s that Sears Roebuck and Co. began to sell homes through their mail-order program. Imagine handpicking your home from a Sears Roebuck Co. catalog, having it delivered by the local railroad and then built by the hands of the proud homeowner. The current home virtually remains the same, but with today’s modern conveniences. It was important for my clients to keep the integrity of this 1930′s Sears home; with its original hardwood floors, and millwork.
Living Room Furniture Placement
With limited wall space it was necessary to float the furniture in the center of the room. The focal point of the fireplace will be used as an anchor, which guides the placement of the sofa and upholstered chairs. When floating a group of furniture don’t forget to add an area rug; this will ground the pieces and create a conversation area.
Resources – Custom Upholstered sofa and chairs, Pottery Barn Tanner coffee table, Home Goods lighting, Gilcee print with custom frame, Pottery Barn Chloe round table, Pottery Barn Lynne area rug
Furniture Fabric Selection
The main upholstered furniture pieces consists of a custom sofa, and chair in a soft sage green fabric with a loose back cushion, flared round arm, and spool foot. To prevent the accent chair from over matching I chose a contrasting frame and fabric with a tight back cushion, lean arm, tapered leg and patterned fabric. The accent fabric consist of colors in blue, green with a touch of golden yellow pulled from the kitchen. This added a burst of color to the room and it’s the perfect amount for my ‘color shy’ client!
Resources – Pottery Barn Chloe round end table, Custom upholstered chair and accent chair/ottoman, Lowes table lamp, Clients artwork
It was extremely important to the client, that their home not feel cluttered with accessories from the local retail stores, but to use personal items and traveled pieces that they’ve collected over the years.
Resources - Artist – Ramona Candy of New York, Custom bench cushion, Custom wood shutters
The dining room located off the front entry, is furnished with an Arts and Crafts style table/chairs, buffet, custom wood shutters, and accessorized with an area rug and original artwork. While shopping at the Dallas Market Center, I found the perfect area rug to coordinate with the existing paint color. Exclusive to the trade only, Feizy Rug has been serving the Dallas area for over 35 years, producing the highest quality hand knotted, hand tufted and power loomed rugs in the marketplace today.
Resources – Are rug -Feizy Home Collection Saphir Adur, Custom wood shutters, Original painting in custom frame
Dining Room Art work
With an appreciation of the arts, it was important for my clients to display original artwork from local artist. This painting called ‘Summer Bales’ was created by Dallas artist Lori Cusick. She specializes in the technique called ‘en plein air’ meaning ‘in the open air’ which is used to describe the act of painting outdoors with the use of natural light. This original painting in a custom frame can stand on its own and really pops off the wall, making for an eye catching design.
Framing the custom made archway with round decorative plates, draws your eyes up highlighting the architectural design of the arch.
I placed the clients existing marble top table/iron base and wicker chairs in the breakfast nook located off the kitchen. The built in niche is ideal for displaying the client’s collection of coffee mugs.
The sun room located off the living room provides an abundance of natural light, with its five windows, 2 interior and 1 exterior french door. I kept this space to a bare minimum, taking advantage of the the natural light, highlighting the original wood floors.
Resources – Woven woods, Home Goods upholstered swivel chair, Consignment wicker chair, Pier One round glass top end table, Client custom artwork
One of the issues with this floor plan was finding the proper placement for the queen size bed. With a set of two windows, a total of 5 doors (two closets, 3 interior doors) and paneled bi-fold doors placed in the center of the wall, creating the perfect layout with today’s modern furniture was indeed going to be a challenge. I resolved this issue by placing the queen bed in front of the paneled bi-fold door area, thus creating a unique one of a kind, headboard!
Window Treatments and Custom bedding
It was important to the client to keep their existing Laura Ashley drapery panels of soft pinks and greens in an English rose pattern. Due to the size of the window and the four inch white trim, the current panels were not long enough. I resolved this issue by having the panels trimmed approximately 24” with the hem resting just above the window sill.
Using the remnants from the Laura Ashley panels, I had 2 large flanged pillows and a rectangular shaped pillow with ruffled ends created. A custom reversible coverlet completes the look with the use of two different shades of green and a custom quilting pattern that compliments the design of the English rose drapery panels.
Exclusive to the trade only, this outdoor furniture set was purchased from Outdoor Living Showroom, located at the Dallas Market Center. The Palm Harbor collection from the Ratana Home and Floral Company is made from a resin rattan and is sure to withstand this Texas heat!