A special thank you to Jill Schardt Photography for taking these photos for me.
I have so many little anecdotes to tell you about this room. For one, I'm in love with the animal print pillow that you see below. I wanted to keep the pattern to a minimum in the room but I knew I wanted a dose of animal print, so a pillow to jazz up the chaise was the perfect add. And trimming it out in an emerald green was the icing on the cake. A big thank you to Therese Marie Designs for the execution of this fabulous pillow cover (that I get to take home with me - weeeee!!!)
The painting that you'll see in the photo below was the basis for my color palette. And together the painting and the chaise were my starting points for this room. As soon as I saw the chaise I knew I wanted two main zones - a reading nook and a desk/work space.
The fabric on the chaise was a little mousy but it worked. And I used Rub N Buff on the frame of the floral painting to give it one continuous gold tone. Before it had a lot of black in it and appeared dated but the Rub N Buff really gave it the look I wanted.
I envisioned this space for a young female design professional. A space to relax and unwind, but also a room that she could work in and create.
I love the fun details of the desk wall. I used a hanger from ReStore and sprayed it gold to hold fabric swatches. And I found a portable ironing board that I also sprayed gold and used mini clothespins to hang pieces of inspiration. The vintage lamp and milkglass vase are both my own.
The heart banner was made out of a music book that I found at ReStore. The mother who will be living here eventually mentioned how much her and her son loved music, so this was a nod to their favorite past-time (as well as the "Isn't She Lovely" print shown above that I made using leftover animal print fabric and a downloadable font).
The desk, chair, acrylic tray, letter holder, and small organizer were all ReStore items.
I have so many more photos and details to share with you, but I thought I'd share these photos that Jill took first since these are the best shots.
After wrapping up the open house on Saturday, I had time to reflect on the experience. Not only am I so proud of the space that I created, but I'm also pleased that I stuck to my design beliefs of creating a beautiful, personal space using items that you already own mixed with "new" items. This was a fun exercise in using my technical skills along with a lot of creativity.