Rich, saturated jewel tones have been around for awhile but the grey-loving, abandoned Belgian farmhouse, Restoration Hardware types have only been incorporating touches of these jewel tones as “Pops of Colour…” I know that this term sends many into quite a dither so it is said here in jest. Those of us who are not afraid of colour, are using these jewel tones together in abundance or at least we are proposing this to clients. Some give you the look of absolute horror and panic when you suggest it, while others like our #Hurndale clients say - “HELL YES” in a heartbeat and you are off to the races.
I’ve been using peacocks as inspiration for the living room and hopefully soon dining room for our #Edmonton project. My bestie loves rich jewel tones and made a bold choice of a red sofa years ago. We’ve been layering as we go and she loves the direction we are heading in.
I showed her this room in House and Home years ago now as the ideal colour for her master bedroom should we be allowed to make changes there - family politics and a collection of dressers. Don’t ask - suffice it to say it gets an entire chapter when I finally write that tell all… I am currently obsessed with the idea of using this shade as high gloss lacquer in either built ins or in a KITCHEN. If I did it in a kitchen, there for sure would be a brass reveal on the cabinetry. Just need to find the right clients to let me make that happen!
Or perhaps this shade - it’s more blue.. it’s just so rich and luscious. Celia and I keep finding ourselves looking at this colour and mixing it in - in velvet. It’s hard to resist.
Carriage Green by Farrow and Ball…
Mere Green also by Farrow and Ball
But Dark Harbour by Benjamin Moore is my fave. Can’t you just imagine an entire kitchen all glossy and fabulous in this hue with brass trim? Seriously. MUST MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
I’m always on the look out for palettes that catch my eye and will inspire a project. I hoard them to be honest. Waiting the right client, the right space to execute. The photo above is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul. It’s pretty much the scheme I’m using for my own living room. Of course then I go and see this bad boy and think to myself - “Am I making the right choice in the den???”
To be honest, green velvet sofas are totally my jam these days. I love the rich saturated hues in this photo. I used Tin Eye and Google to try and track the image source down for this delicious space but no dice. 6.22 billion images searched and it came up with the big fat ZERO. The Mosque photo was found on about 6 billion Tumblrs but not one credit. If you happen to know either of the credits for these two photos I’d love to take a stab at adding them at the very list to pinterest. Still inspiration worthy and I want you to know that I did take the time which wasn’t very much to do a reverse image search for both. We all need to start doing this more often.
UPDATE: Thank you so much to Keri in Florida who sent me a note letting me know that the photo of the green sofa is from HERE
Here’s a palette we put together in rich jewels & neutrals for our #CollingwoodSkiChalet project. We are pushing to get this baby done by Christmas!!!!
If you recall we posted a week ago about a remote consultation we were doing for a client in Ohio regarding the exterior of her home. I put together this fancy lil sketch and gave her several different scenarios with C2 paint.
This was the option that the client chose after consultation with me about the pros and cons of the lighter options which she did LOVE. The problem with a light brick exterior in a city -DIRT. I can attest to this on my white window ledges which I am perpetually dusting. My handrails on my porch also need to be washed on a weekly basis. It is amazing how quickly the dirt will build up. So I said that if we were being practical and if there was any chance of this client having OCD then we should stick with the darker palette. Here’s the before.
As you can see from the start of the post - the change has been DRAMATIC. So much fresher and crisp the new palette is isn’t it? I swear the house price shot up $50,000 based on the refresh alone.
Next summer I want to see Boston Ferns hanging from the porch roof and modern traditional woven porch furniture with a great fabric scheme to match. This now should become a gorgeous outdoor room.
Even the back looks like a million bucks!!! We are in talks over the lighting changing up to something swankier and of course all the little accents which really make a huge difference. I am certain though that this client is now the envy of the neighbourhood!
We love fashion. Colour. Pattern. Animal Print….”
Meredith swoons with euphoric glee.
I seriously got this email from our new clients at #MadisonDecoration and I practically wept tears of joy. I think as an artist, finding people who appreciate your area of expertise or your style for that matter does something to you psychologically. It’s an acceptance that you seek, an appreciation of the skill it takes to put things together and yet make it still feel like it is the client’s own taste you are catering to.Working on identifying our ideal client has absolutely made finding Alignment much easier. Then the true challenge begins - the challenge to better yourself, your last project. Up your game and take it to the next level. I’m a competitive person by nature - I’ve now channelled that into competing against myself. Box what box? Why do you need to think outside of a box if you don’t start with a box to begin with. So our inspiration and challenge is to use the runway and elements of drama found in nature and translate these into an interior.
So the living room. We designed the living room with two focal points: A fireplace and a TV wall. Our clients prefer to not have the TV in the formal living room but they do have a pretty sweet glossy black piano that will be our second focal point. Because the goal of this room is to entertain in we want the seating to be open on both sides of the room and seat as many as we can as well as be able to use this room as a music room.
Celia and I get very set on using specific pieces and we’ve plotted out our design using these items. We’ve shuffled the clients’ existing pieces throughout the house but the living room we’re starting fresh with…
Animal Print you say? Well by all means let me help you with that. Dining Room. We are looking to potentially refinish the clients’ existing dining table and this is how we imagine it to look. If they don’t want to go that route, then we are going ahead with this table in this finish. It’s a win win we think. Animal print on the walls and the chairs and then dramatic Citrine silk drapery on the windows. I think the room needs a Meredith Heron custom rug too don’t you??????