March 26th, 2014
When it came time for the Mercers to finish out their home’s full renovation, Caroline knew she wanted a dedicated space for both her and her youngest daughter Louise to spend time together. The last round of design work gave the oldest daughter, Margaret, a hip bedroom of her own with an adjacent playroom for hanging out after school with friends. As round two came to fruition, it was time for the youngest to have a perfect place for crafts, homework, and an after school escape. The mother and daughter team envisioned a feminine, creative space where they could bond over glitter and popcorn, with the one requirement to infuse the color pink. The result is a Lady Library; a girly yet sophisticated study for both work and play.
Apart from a place to lounge and hang, we designed a streamlined desk surface that seamlessly extends from one of the flanking, open etageres. This allows for a craft-worthy table surface with enough room leftover to house a computer and hidden drawers below for when homework time strikes. Opposite, a fully custom cabinetry system with minimal leather pulls to house bulky storage bins along with narrow pull-out drawers; perfect for large sheets of colored paper.
Check out our creative process below as well as the sources you need to get the look:
1. Nailhead Sofa – Bunny Williams / 2. Varese Fabric – Designers Guild / 3. Chenonceau Wallpaper – Schumacher / 4. Harlow Nesting Tables – Madegoods / 5. Fineas Table Lamp – Robert Abbey / 6. Calvin Chair – Arteriors Homes / 7. Jacques Cocktail Table – Jonathan Adler
August 22nd, 2011
We came across these table bases a couple of years ago and held onto them until we found just the right use…
What were once a rather drab pair of gold toned table bases are now transformed into a set of high design ottomans. We upholstered the seat with Quadrille‘s gorgeous Kazak print (the colors really pop!) and then added a CB2 acrylic Format tray that can be stored on the shelf below or used on top to create a table and protect the fabric. So kick your feet up or rest your martini down…
March 25th, 2011
We are constantly on the prowl for furniture in antique shops, yard sales or even discarded in a narrow Savannah alleyway. We found this wingback chair over a year ago and loved the distinct hump at the top of the back. We decided to emphasize this feature by adding a felt “blanket” to run from front to back. We had been looking at belts as a layering and securing tool for a while and finally we had the perfect vehicle for it. With an equestrian inspiration in mind we covered the chair in a tan houndstooth plaid and pulled the accent blue up to the blanket. We used a total of 4 skinny belts on sale from Urban Outfitters to complete the look. We also stripped the unique legs and base to reveal a raw lighter wood which we added depth to by washing with a watered down milk paint.
See the below wingback transformation from Inspiration to Implementation.
It’s important not to get too “themey”. We kept this setting from looking too “hunting lodge” by pairing the chair with some other vintage elements but maintaining the crisp modern feel of the white loft space.
Inspiration image provided by Country Living
Hand dyed felt by Purl Bee