Cheryl Clendenon

After working through all the other rooms of this client’s home over the last 10 years – transforming each space into something fun, funky and exuberant (she loves color!), we were challenged with the last room of the house. A small, informal dining room that was hardly ever used and felt like a true leftover in the home (but with such prominence being right off the main foyer entry.) Besides asking us for more storage and an easy place to sit down and work from home – there really weren’t many real guidelines that initiated the overall design. There were certainly plenty of details that limited it though! With a large bay window and hardly any other existing wall space in the room the placement of furniture was a trick – and knowing that the client already had a wrapping room upstairs and a more casual library off her master suite – this had to offer something wholly different. Pushing her towards a more refined final design than some of the more casual rooms of the home, we wanted to wrap this room in texture, develop an interesting juxtaposition of punchy but rich color, and masterfully offer up a cozy reading nook adjacent to a work area fit for a task-mastering queen. The desk was one of the first selections that needed to be made and finding one at Mr. Brown was such a treat. Anchoring the space with its size, and revving things up with zig-zag nature of the wooden detail on the legs – we loved how this piece played off of the husk wallpaper, popped against the Vintage Wine built in cabinetry that ensconced the room, and felt equally bright and pretty with it’s mate, the embossed velvet “wing-back” style chair. Anything but ordinary – that’s for certain. (Did we mention how much we love that zig zag detail on the leg?) Don’t miss how it plays off the open weave pattern in the sheer panels we convinced the client she needed to layer up and soften that bay window area! All said and done, this space was the perfect end result for the woman who has everything.

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