The clients have already started planning their kitchen renovation
and identified the look they want to create: dark woods, simple
contemporary style, linear elements. They have also designed
a custom media unit built to look like it's part of the wall.
We are asked to help finalize materials specification, select
colours, and supply window treatments and furnishings, except
for a pair of red leather sling-chairs they wish to keep. Their
only requirement is that, due to familial dust allergies, we
use leather and washable fabrics.
Together we select massive low-slung leather pieces in a dark
neutral brown. For the TV area, a matching sofa and loveseat
surround a quilted storage ottoman. Completing this grouping
are the clients' red chairs. In the sitting area, the same brown
leather is used for a complementary sofa, delicately supported
by a shiny chrome frame. A pair of matching armchairs are upholstered
in red. Red walls in the kitchen and scattered red accessories
pull together the 3 zones.
While the TV area is designed for maximum seating capacity,
the sitting area is designed for maximum drama. A subtle window
treatment softens and accentuates the 2-storey windows that form
a soaring backdrop to the sofa. Bridging the gap between these
elements is a vignette of a few large-scale accessories on a
deep console table, flanked by a pair of tall potted palms.
Viewed from the open railing in the upstairs hall, the effect
is of geometric precision, underscored by the motif of the area
The decorating project spilled over into the adjoining main
hallway, which spans the full 50-foot width of the house. To
break up the bowling alley effect, we situated small groupings
of furniture and objects reflecting the esthetic of the main
living area. Other unifying elements are the drapery and rug
in the colonnaded dining room and the deep red walls of the powder
room. All that remains is for the clients to select a few large
contemporary canvases and a special piece for the niche above