As anyone who lives with cats knows, we don’t own them–they own us. Pictured above is Callie, who came from Holland with my husband and his daughter nearly eight years ago. Callie, and her sister, Cassie, think that the living room sofa is their personal boudoir. The soft, down-filled sofa cushions are just purr-fect. We don’t have the heart to make them change their ways, so pretty soon I’ll probably have to reupholster the sofa, but at the moment the neutral fabric pretty much hides the cat hair and snags that they inflict upon the fabric daily. This photo was taken by my web designers, Blackstone Edge, last week, when they were shooting my entire main floor. I think they had more fun taking photos of the cats than anything. Here’s a wide shot of the living room, including the sofa, sans cats:
Our home is a continual work-in-progress. When I viewed the house in 2005, the living room looked like this:
Now it looks like this:
We kept the red walls for several years, after adding recessed lighting into the ceiling, and removing the dated window coverings. It was a another year before I was able to re-face the fireplace with tile that suited our taste more than the old original brick. Several years later, I got tired of the red walls, and painted the room taupe. Last year I found a rug at Seams To Fit Home that was perfect, so that added another lift.
The room is very personal–all of the paintings were done by Janet Pressman, Jim’s late mother. The bust of Jim’s Grandfather, Irving Kahan, was done by Irving’s sister, Lotte Kagan Rushchuk.
Here’s a portrait of Cassie, sitting in our library. This is a room where we spend a LOT of time–reading, watching TV, entertaining friends, and playing games. When I first viewed the house in 2005, the room looked like this:
Here’s what the room looks like now. We took out the acoustical ceiling, dropped some soffits for art lighting, added recessed lighting and speakers into the the ceiling, and filled the room with built in bookcases.
When Jim and I are in this room watching TV, we are usually being sat upon by the two cats and our black Lab, Emma, who somehow managed to avoid being photographed in these shots. So, when you need an interior designer who truly knows how to decorate around kids, cats, and dogs, give Emery & Associates a call. We understand!