Style and comfort never have to be at odds. My goal is always to create not just beautiful, but livable, interiors.
I love formal elegance, and many times a room will call for a formal look. However, increasingly my clients are requesting a casual elegant look throughout their homes.
Of course, “casual elegance” is a trendy word in today’s design vernacular, but to me it has serious meaning – that comfort does not have to be at the expense of beauty!
I love these photos of one client’s family room – the essence of a livable interior! No style has been sacrificed to make this room inviting to all.
Beyond the basics of creating the proper furniture plan to fit my client’s lifestyle, here are the 3 essentials I always consider when creating a beautiful and livable room: flooring, furniture covers, and lighting.
- Flooring – the 100% wool carpet in a two tone taupe color with a basket weave pattern does the trick. It anchors the room, is very forgiving and easy to maintain.
- Furniture covers – the wonderful red leather on the sofas is not only a dramatic color, but comfortable, wear resistant and easy to clean. The luxury wrinkles developed over time add to the inviting look. The ottoman in a durable and fun alligator leather will withstand the test of time while adding pizazz to the room.
- Lighting – the brass lighthouse lamp and floor spotlight add fun accents, while providing the essential reading and playing atmosphere. Highlighting a commissioned work of art adds a touch of elegance. The lighting makes this room come alive and invites you in.