Thursday, December 1, 2011

S+S Design: a monochromatic living room

Thursday has arrived! At last! The finish line is in reach. What is it about a full work week after the holidays? It is always killer. Allow us to get to the subject at hand. Shall we? We recently did an e-design for a client who has a very full house. She is outnumbered by boys by 4:1. Girl has to be spunky in a scenario like that! After our consultation, it was clear she wanted a classic, sophisticated and functional space that incorporated a lot of neutrals. Now for the kicker. She is going for black lacquer doors. Yes. Yes. You heard it. We obviously loved where her head was at. As soon as she mentioned black and lacquer in the same sentence, we knew where this room was headed. 

Let's get started with the furniture pieces. Our client had an amazing existing credenza. It had excellent bones and just needed a minor paint job. In effort to carry on the neutral and lacquer theme here, we decided a high gloss white lacquer would be perf for the piece. Our gal already had a beautiful and super comfortable couch that was a must stay. To frame this amazing couch, our thought was to flank the piece with these two black feminine curvy side tables. Since the space is monochromatic with masculine touches, we have added some patterns and also lines that give a super feminine vibe. We would love to have these two ottomans in front of the couch to serve as a coffee table/ottoman area. The cognac piping definitely ties the accessories together in the space.

On to lighting. You will not see the chandelier in the design board. It looks like the twin to the sconces. Brill. As you will notice, we have incorporated blackcents in the space to tie in the black lacquered pocket doors. We think the black accents will make the space sophisticated and will also go fantastically with the client's black lacquer mantel. To. Die.  Also, we have added some matching black drum scones to either frame the mantle or the pocket doors in the space. To finish up the lighting, we included a great mercury glass lamp with a fabulous drum shade. Super elegant.

As we mentioned, our client has a gorgeous fireplace/mantel space that is just begging to be retiled. The tile for the fireplace that we selected is definitely a conversation piece. It definitely has a glammy and feminine feel. Super shapely. Fabric. We have chosen two fabrics to reupholster both their existing cane chairs and their existing overstuffed chair. We love mixing the patterns in the monochromatic shades.

Accessories. We have included a slew of pillows to adorn the existing couch. We wanted to add some feminine pieces here. Some glam but nothing in loud colors. We think this is a great blend for the space. To play off the pillow and also the cognac piped ottomans, we thought a cognac rug would be a great addition to the living space. They had some gorgeous french doors that were in desperate need of some accessorizing. They were looking for roman shades for the french doors, and we think we found the perfect adornment. These roman shades are customizable and we love the band of color that makes them pop. The neutral white is a fantastic background for the high contrast border. As for the room color. A creamy gray is the best route. We think it will be a soothing color for the space and will be the perfect canvas for this livable glamorous space.

We are beyond excited for her to get started! Cannot wait to see the end results here! Happy Friday Eve. 


  1. Love this board, especially those lamps. I really need some black lamps in my life.

  2. Monochrome designs are all great. Very simple and elegant.


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