My clients are having some friends over for dinner tomorrow evening, and I told them I’d bring the flowers for the table since the room is now completed and I wanted to photograph it. The hostess is using her mother’s Spode china (“Buttercup”), and her own coral red place mats and napkins. This space now feels as vibrant and warm as the owners themselves, but it wasn’t always so.
When I first met the homeowners, we talked about what they loved about the room, as well as what they didn’t like. The antique buffet was a family piece, and the table and chairs were the first furniture purchase they made together as newlyweds several decades ago–these items were meaningful and precious to them. The wife was tired of the peach-colored walls, and said the room didn’t feel pulled together. The stunning painting by Shirley Gittelsohn over the buffet was a large plus, since it added a huge punch of color to the otherwise bland space. I thought the teal rug argued with the painting, and there seemed to be an overabundance of brown wood. This is how the room looked BEFORE:
After interviewing the clients at length about how they wanted the spaces to feel when we were finished, both husband and wife said “cheerful, happy, relaxed, and welcoming.” We accomplished this by removing extraneous furniture, and changing the color palette: the wall color became “Anjou Pear” green, the drapery panels a sunny yellow floral, and upholstered host and hostess chairs in the same golden yellow. The place mats and napkins, which the wife already owned, echo the hot colors in the painting, and now the room truly feels “pulled together.”