One Room Challenge - Week 2

First, I have to say I am so excited about this room, I can't stand it!  This client is hands down one of the most fun, loving, talented...I could go on...people I've ever had the privilege of working for.  She is up for over the top, drama but in a modern way.  Her dining room is in my portfolio (Northridge) so you can definitely tell when you see those pics that this is a FUN family of five.  Since the dining room is drenched in navy lacquer, we are in a situation where the home office needs to be able to "hang with" but not really "compete" with all that delicious drama of the dining.  

So we start at a point that many clients find themselves when they move into a new home.  A blank slate.  The ONLY thing in this room is the chrome Arteriors light fixture and then the client found an amazing vintage wood and chrome desk.  That's it.  So where do you start?  If you really don't have one thing to serve as inspiration (even a room on Pinterest), one piece of advice that I constantly tell people is...START WITH ART.  A beautiful piece of art can become the single source of inspiration for the room.  We had the stunning piece below commissioned by the talented Kristen Dowd at Gypsy Soul Interiors.  Kristen has actually done numerous pieces of art throughout the house - she and the equally uber talented Carolyn Joe Daniels (whose work can bee seen in the dining room) at Carolyn Joe Art have brought this home to life with their beautiful pieces.  I can't say enough about these two amazing artists! 


Well, now we have this amazing piece of art, the desk, the fixture and a few inspiration pictures we found after the painting started giving us all the feels.  There is a room in the client's favorite store that kept creeping into both of our minds.  Blue Print is one of those stores so expertly curated, you forget you're in a "store".  The ladies behind this ever changing house of amazingness can do no wrong.  Jenkins and Collins Interiors are just such a source of inspiration to me. The upstairs "lilac room", as we like to call it, was what we kept coming back to.  


I think in part because her baby girl's nursery (also currently in the works) is black, white and lavender and we both love the combo. Why not bring it down into the home office and put a little bit of an adult spin on it?!


I mean, could she GET any more precious in front of those roman shades we had done?!?!  The fabric is Mary MacDonald's Puka Diamond for Schumacher. So we thought we were pretty much set on the lavender grasscloth (by Phillip Jeffries) but we had some STRONG contenders.  In the end, it was the PJ Extra Fine Arrowroot in Hyacinth and that top right Quadrille (Coth and Paper) Persia in was hard to pick for sure but the PJ won!!  

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That's a LOT of lilac grasscloth and it may or may not have given me goosebumps when I opened the box.  MAN, I love my job!! 

So here it is going up (that was FAST!) and stay tuned to see what that huge piece of furniture in the shadows is there on the hint...burl. I mean, you may not be able to sleep with a cliffhanger like that.  ;)

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