“ It ’ s really the room that creates the statement of the house and how the house is going to feel ,” Linda says . “ It had this pretty tray ceiling that was tall and lofty , which we wallpapered .”
Hanging from that ceiling , a showstopper chandelier from Visual Comfort adds a touch of flair to the room .
“ I knew that she would want something somewhat classic , but also with a little bit of an edge ,” Linda says . “ Small handmade bars of crystal create this feather design . It makes a very elegant statement , but it ’ s sort of playful at the same time .”
In the keeping room off the kitchen , the idea of repurposing items from the previous home drove the design . Linda created custom draperies for the prior project , using a sunny yellow fabric with a gray-and-white botanical pattern . They selected fabrics for pillows and accent pieces that would coordinate with the draperies .
“ All of the other selections for the space were made in order to repurpose these draperies ,” she says . “ To add comfort and allow a central place for repeating the colors of the draperies , we crafted a custom round ottoman on lucite legs .”
Because the room is situated off the kitchen , Linda outfitted the space with comfy swivel chairs that allow for enjoying conversation or watching television together .
“ It ’ s wonderful to be able to sit in those chairs and turn to look outside , turn to see the television or turn to have a conversation ,” she says . “ When the homeowner uses this room — I ’ ve been there many times — she usually puts a tray filled with snacks on the ottoman . It works out really beautifully .”
Touches of yellow from the keeping room flow into the main living room where Linda freshened the palette with an aqua blue . A yellow bamboo frame chair from the client ’ s former home adds a pop of color to the living room . Floral patterned throw pillows pick up both the yellow and blue , as do the paintings hanging above the sofa . Vases on the mantel and a small ceramic side table also add blue touches to the space .
“ The pretty fabric on the pillows was subtle enough to introduce the aqua tone without commanding too much attention . One addition and the old and new were joined ,” Linda says .
That aqua shade transitions from the living room to an adjacent sitting area . Overlooking the backyard and bathed in natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows , the long , slim space is outfitted with a sofa and chair , along with a small table and chairs ideal for playing cards , a favorite activity of the homeowner . Because the space is small , Linda selected furnishings that would create an open , airy feeling .