While work continues on our back porch refresh, I wanted to share a recently completed client project with you. Some of you may have seen this image on my Instagram page...today I thought I'd share the rest of the story. This front room is in a beautiful older home here in Charlotte. The client has a wonderful vintage - industrial inspired style with loads of fabulous pieces, they just needed help bringing the room together.
Here we are in on our initial consult...the room has super high ceilings and big beautiful windows, but the overall space is not large and serves as both an entry to the home as well as a pass through to the less formal areas at the back of the house.
While they had great pieces, most where too large in scale for the space. Fortunately, we were able to come up with a plan to utilize some of what they had while adding a few key pieces to open up the room and make it more functional. All while keeping the budget in check, of course!
The initial plan took cues from the era of the home, updated the look and maximized seating. We removed the overscale sofa, but kept the love seat and wing chairs; added a new rug, light fixtures, occasional tables and accents. Of course, some things change along the way - as they always seem to do.
Here you can see that we flipped the lovesest away from the front door and into the alcove of the bay windows. The large sofa was relocated to an upstair playroom and the wing chairs were moved to the far wall. Their tall backs and dark upholstery help to anchor the design and frame the window beautifully. We also upgraded the rug with an all wool, neutral option and added a brass and glass table to lighten the overall feel of the room and allow the rug to really shine.
A couple of new low back chairs open the view to the front door and work well with their vintage-industrial style. A new-to-them vintage light fixture and simple accessories finish off the space. Note: new fireplace tile surround coming soon!
I really enjoy working in older homes (there aren't many here in Charlotte!) and this project was no different. So much fun, especially when it's for such a great young family. There's one more room to go in this project, and so far it's coming together nicely. Can't wait to share more, soon!
PS. you and I both know that these pictures are not doing this project justice. I really need to stop with the iPhone shots and bust out the big camera or even (never gonna happen) invest in a true photographer. It's on the list, people. On the list!
More to come...