February 20, 2014:
I was reading something about designer on facebook and I wish I had flagged it and saved it but the gist of it was that few designers ever work with a blank slate. The natural of residential design is that as designer, you inherit something that you will have to work around or with in your design. Sometimes this is a fabulous stroke of luck - I'm thinking our #Hurndale project's collection of antique books. Other times, it's a white elephant in the room.
Our #Brooklin project is a hybrid of both scenarios. We were able to re-imagine many of their existing pieces through new lacquer and upholstery. We've actually added very few new pieces in the living and family rooms. They have an existing sectional in the family room that we initially worked with but when the client opened the door to her being good with us moving it downstairs, Celia and I pounced on the opportunity to put something else there.
The sectional is very well done in terms of quality but it's a giant mass of charcoal black leather. It has a chaise on one end, which I have to say, is only practical if you are a singleton and a shut in. You can't entertain with this sort of sofa. There's no back on the chaise so people may perch but they won't relax. You can fit three people across but forget any sort of conversation unless you are prepared to have a neck kink that requires an adjustment afterward. We dressed it up with pillows to tie it into the rest of the room but it just doesn't belong.
These clients love pattern and colour. They aren't afraid to go bold and so we are looking to add the following....