Susan Bach and Doug Egan combined their households some years ago. When they asked Emery & Associates for help redoing the entire house, it was apparent that what they needed help with the most was integrating Susan’s family pieces and whimsical country style with Doug’s more formal, traditional French style. We began in the TV room, since it got daily use. Here is a shot of the room “BEFORE”:
Both Susan and Doug were tired of the dated valance, wallpaper, sofa, and peach-colored cellular shades, and they also felt they didn’t need a sofa in this room; a pair of chairs would do. After scouting around the house, I suggested moving a rug from the master bedroom into the TV room to use as a jumping off place for a new, more vibrant, palette. The Tibetan rug not only amps up the color palette (Susan is very fond of red), but the fleur-de-lys design and colors telegraph “Provence,” thereby keeping a French vibe going for Doug.
Inspired by this rug, I proposed Dijon yellow for the walls, a cayenne red fabric for a pair of chairs, and a media cabinet painted in traditional cream like the room’s trim to hold the TV, books, and objets d’art. New Silhouette blinds replaced the old cellular shades, giving much more flexibility as they diffuse the light during the day, while at the same time affording a view to the outside. At night or when needed, the blockout vanes can be completely closed for total privacy.
Once the painting was completed and all the new furnishings were installed, we moved a pair of whimsical pastels by Anora Spence from another room, and added a lamp and table between the pair of chairs. Now this room has a warm, cozy feeling, and reflects both Susan’s and Doug’s taste. Here’s how the room looks AFTER (also, see detail, above):
One way to unify a space is by the use of color, which is what we did in this case. “We’re really pleased with the house, its transformation and all your work.” I’m pleased that they are pleased.