Tuesday, January 10, 2012

S+S Design: a 1940's craftsman

2012 has just begun and has been filled to the brim with some incredible {and fun!!} clients and projects! We are loving. every. second. Our most recent client just moved into a 1949 Craftsman with her new hubby and she asked us to help her get started with the decorating! The new house has amazing character and provided us a great bones to work with. Let's get started and take a look at the designs! 

As you step into our clients home, you walk directly into the living room, we will begin there. Let's first talk about the tiled wall which we know you are definitely eyeing. Since our clients' home has some historic charm, we wanted to pay homage to that. The tin tiles will add texture and create a beautiful design on the wall behind the couch. This is going to give the space an amazingly historic and unique vibe. For the color palate we decided to go with a rich navy and emerald against putty grey walls. We chose very traditional furniture pieces that can carry our clients all through the years. We love the tufted slipper chairs and think they will add some elegance to the space. We included a chest ottoman to hold all of our client's modern comforts, ie remotes and trays. Functionality is key in every space. On the wall opposite the couch, our clients are planning an Ikea hack of all hacks to create a custom, built-in entertainment center. It's going to be grand. 
The living room leads directly into the dining. Before we even began, our client knew she wanted one thing in the dining room, tone on tone striped walls. We think this gives the room a super sophisticated feel. We incorporated the client's existing dining room table, which we are obsessed with! We paired the table with two high back chairs that have darling button adornment on the back with gorgeous neutral velvet pieces from Pier 1. We love the two types of chairs especially with the scheme of the room. We had visions of a mirrored buffet table in this room. We incorporated a brassy gold intricate chandelier to hang over the rustic table. To match this, we have highlighted both the buffet and the art placed over the buffet with sconces. These match well with the chandelier. The rug that is used in the room ties all of the neutrals together and also gives a little hint of plum. We picked up this hue by using plum glass bowls on the table. You will never believe it...from Ikea! They sure don't look like it. As for the window treatments, we chose a very neutral shade and pattern for the drapery. We think it adds a little contrast with the stripes in the room but also carries the monochromatic theme throughout. 

Last but not least, the master bedroom. This room is filled with DIYs sure to keep our clients busy! In our initial consultation the client expressed an interest in making her own upholstered headboard. We found a bit of inspiration for her! We adore the simple curves, linen upholstery and large antique brass upholstery tacks lining the edge. For their existing dresser and floor length mirror we suggested painting a distressed griege. As far as side tables go, we chose two different pieces, a skirted table and pedestal table {not pictured} to create a collected feel. On to the bedding! Our goal was to piece together a few simple elements to create a custom layered collection. We adore the look of a tucked white quilt and the light amethyst, pintuck duvet folded at the end of the bed. The lilac patterned fabric is to be used to create custom euro shams with plum linen piping. Accessories, accessories, accessories. We wanted to bring a little rustic into the room with the gorgeous antler trio above the headboard. The mercury glass lamps will add a touch of shine and will look beautiful flanking either side of the bed. The art we selected delivers color, tying in the lilacs and plums to the teal in the rug. The silk striped curtains will also add a bit of drama. We worked to create a calm space with a simple color palate. We hope it will be the perfect retreat for our clients!

We can't wait to see all of these spaces come together! Let us know what you think! We always enjoy hearing our sweet readers opinions! Oh, and happy Tuesday!! love, L+L

For any of you interested in our design services and are looking to get additional information, email us at sadieandstella@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!


  1. Great job! Love the subtle and pretty use of plum.

  2. The tuffed chairs in the living room are amazing. Are you able to share where you found them?

  3. Ladies, these are fabulous, love the fresh colors and the youthful nod to the home's history. Nothing is more rewarding than getting new home owners started at square one. You have chosen some great pieces with staying power, I imagine your clients are delighted and I hope you'll share photos of the transformation. Nice work!

    Cathy @ Room Rx

  4. GORGEOUS. I am a new follower. Can't wait to see what the finished product looks like :). I'm in the process of decorating my own apartment, so I'm looking forward to some inspiration!

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