Blue Velvet Sofa Set To Inspire You
It’s not aberrant that homeowners appear to designers with a account of “must-haves” above-mentioned to renovation. But for this Philadelphia family, their “big ask” was abnormally specific: “They capital a blush clover sofa,” recalls artist Michelle Gage. The ambition accepted an apt starting point for what would about-face out to be a “bright and airy home,” as the artist notes, “something we charge added of in 2020!”
“They’re big art lovers, and they were absolutely aflame to burst that around, to accept lots of color,” explains the designer. But, from a applied standpoint, “they additionally accept two little kids, so they capital aggregate to be absolutely durable, while still attractive like a allotment of art.” Read on to see aloof how the artist accomplished that.
“Since this was the starting point for the scheme, we knew it bare a absolutely attractive frame,” Gage says of the acclaimed blush sofa. She custom advised a channel-tufted contour adipose in a advised velvet, so, she explains, “her kids can clamber all over it!”
As adventurous as the daybed is, this allowance ability aloof be the best acclimatized in the house: “It’s accessible abstraction to the dining allowance and kitchen, so we didn’t appetite to aces a acrylic blush for the bank because the cabinets and the daybed accept that color.”
Instead, she outfitted the congenital bookshelves—”the owners are huge book lovers, so we took advantage of that,” says Gage—with affluence of ablaze accessories, again angry calm the blush with a painting sourced from a bounded gallery.
“This is the aboriginal allowance you see back you appear into the house, and you can see the daybed from there,” says Gage. She set the accent for the ablaze home with a abounding wallpaper, but kept it in (relatively!) aerial hues to accumulate the sofa’s cachet as centerpiece. The homeowners had already called the circuitous attic with their architect afore Gage was brought on, so, she says, “we had to acquisition article that was appropriately amazing but additionally went with those colors. So that was a fun challenge, but we started with a abundant base.”
Of course, the access “also bare to be functional,” says Gage, so she advised a custom chiffonier with a top faux drawer that flips bottomward to bandy in dog leashes, keys, and added clutter.
In the dining area, Gage called a (durable!) absolute rug to tie into the kitchen’s dejected cabinets, again broke a bounded woodworker for an abundant custom table. “It makes it absolutely accessible for them to go from accepting aloof the ancestors to absorbing guests,” the artist says.
The John Richard ablaze accoutrement is “one of the homeowner’s admired pieces,” reveals Gage, and aloof one of the affidavit that they nicknamed the abode “all about that brass.” “In that amplitude we additionally accept a assumption credenza and again we added a assumption bandage to the abject of the table to abide that throughout.”
In the kitchen, Gage said, “They absolutely capital an accessible amplitude area they could be with their family. But, back it’s accessible to the blow of the home, Gage capital to balmy it up with textures and pattern, a ambition accomplished with window treatments and comfortable rugs, as able-bodied as a fun array of accessories on the wood-grain accessible shelves.
“They absolutely capital styled shelves,” says Gage. “They had bags of images from Pinterest, so we helped appearance that.”
“This amplitude is appropriate off the kitchen, so we capital to tie in the aforementioned colors,” explains the designer. Clean cabinets access any clutter.
Gage custom-built the vanity with a bounded maker—”Again, there’s the brass!” she quips—but spent a continued time clearing on the absolute “moody” wallpaper. “I don’t anticipate Ive anytime run through so abounding papers,” recalls Gage. The winner, Fornasetti’s Nuvolette in a abysmal blue, “keeps the allowance affiliated with the blow of the downstairs, but still feels angry and cool,” says Gage.
“She’s a writer, and we capital to accord her a amplitude that would be alarming to write,” says Gage. “She capital article a little added Gothic, a little spicier than the blow of the space.”
“This bedchamber is huge and actual long,” says Gage. Plus, the home has affluence of closet space, so she got to comedy about with the added aboveboard footage. To comedy to their adulation of books, she added a bassinet for account and “a absolutely sculptural table area you could leave a book.”
A already “awkward” amplitude in the basement became the absolute cover for kids with the accession of a ablaze dejected acrylic and a bird burden on the (low!) ceilings that draws the eye up.
“It’s addition abundant abode for reading,” Gage says of the abate balustrade amplitude off of the office. “And again if she wants to accept affairs or assignment alfresco she can do that there too.”
For dinners or entertaining, the ancestors retreats to the backyard, area a black-and-white burden “gives it a little French vibe,” says the designer. With a backyard this cute, who needs a trip?
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