Simple, classic and elegant while still maintaining a sense of informality which would be fitting for any occasion.
The design challenge was to capture the perfection of the outside view of the intra-coastal while creating a special place to relax for the clients when they vacation from New York.
Initially, the clients requested the space to be light and airy with some drama of black to ground the space.
This was accomplished with the use of soft contemporary furnishing with the high contrast of ebony furnishings against the soft color palette and layering textured fabrics throughout.
The color scheme makes generous use of the soft tones of golden silk, crème upholstery, pistachio and soft blue accents with silver accents. Each fabric chosen has an abundance of texture and tactile feeling to create a warm and inviting space.
Two distinct seating arrangements were spaced planned “mirroring” the sectionals to create ample seating when entertaining and a reading area, and television viewing during quieter moments.
Scale was very important as the ceilings were eight feet in the living and dining room area. The furnishings were specifically designed with a lower profile to visually impart a feeling of height in the room. Too large of scale would have overwhelmed the space.
Conversely, the window treatments were designed to enhanced the vertical feel of the room and create the feeling of height pulling the eye upward due to their vertical lines.
The designer layered bamboo woven wood blinds under metallic sheers for atmosphere and privacy. The finishing touch was padded, slightly gathered cornice and stationary side panel draperies in golden silk.
Existing down lights were relocated and additional lighting was located along the perimeter of the room to add flexibility, sparkle and drama.
A large area rug further united the two seating areas to create one cohesive space. The interior decorative rug center panel was specified in textured crème and beige carpet; highlighted with a secondary pistachio carpet border in soft contrasting pattern and ending with Spinneybeck “Alaskan” iridescent leather for trim.
Art and accessories were a very important element of the space. All the art shown was custom framed and designed specifically for this project. Continuing the art above the sofa, the original pieces were trimmed and framed as a set triptychs on the art wall. Contemporary satin nickel art lights were added on dimmers for emphasis.
The art shown below in the entry is hand painted in an iridescent medium on plexi-glass with stainless steel brackets.
This project included a complete renovation which included replacement of the existing flooring, kitchen, baths, paint, lighting, crown and trim molding.
Location: Ocean Ridge, Florida
Interior Designer: Marilyn McGaw
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