An Ikea trip! You know I love a good Ikea trip...
At the end of the year, I was contacted by Michelle of the awesome blog Houseography (lots of great tips you can do at home actually!) about volunteering to take on the decorating of a room in a local safe house run by Doorways that was being remodeled by Sagatov Associates. This kind of project had been on my list of goals for the business already so when the opportunity came to me I couldn’t say no.
We were able to state a preference for which rooms we would like to work with and I really wanted to work on the living room and dining room. I know it sounds like a lot but I love working on a good living room and dining room — putting together great pieces in an interesting way is like a fun puzzle for me.
Here is a before photo from a while back (it had been updated since this photo was taken to replace it with a sofa and a new TV, and one less chair).
It’s a little different than decorating a client’s home. There are no personal details in the spaces and they need to (unfortunately) appeal to lots of women and children of all ages. I didn’t just want to make it a neutral space though and needed to find some color that could brighten it up while still keeping it look stylish and classic.
While I was in the house taking measurements there was a really sweet child who was obsessed with the tape measure (going back to my theory that kids really just want to play with real tools and boxes) and his mother. I asked her what color made her feel good. And, she pointed to her handbag — a rich teal, the color you might wear on a tropical island vacation. That was my inspiration and my starting point for the room.
I immediately knew the perfect paint color — Benjamin Moore’s Salzburg Blue. We painted my assistant’s amazing walk in closet this color and both of us are now obsessed with it. It’s just lovely.
I couldn’t paint the whole room that color though, so have decided to paint just the wall behind the TV and the wall around the eating area (not shown in the picture) in Salzburg Blue.
The dining area has a great built-in banquette that I’ll have a cushion made for. To try to keep it looking stylish, I am going to have the banquette and the built-in bookcases (both currently white) painted a dark gray. I love how Benjamin Moore’s Overcoat looks. A true, dark gray.
And, to keep it light, the rest of the walls will be painted a light gray — Benjamin Moore’s Nimbus.
There is our base!
And, our other colors?? Well, I needed a great piece of art. Couldn’t be too personal, needed to by happy but not cheesy. I knew just the piece. One I had taken pictures of in my phone over and over…
Crate and Barrel’s (I really like their art — it’s unique, limited editions and just generally pleasing and affordable) Orange Poppy Print.
So, I now have my second and third accent colors — orange and a little bit of hot pink. So excited!!
I’ll go over the furniture choices tomorrow but you can’t have a living room for kids without a couple of poufs or fun ottoman things for them. I went to my go to source for these — Overstock.com — and found the perfect orange. They have actually arrived already and are sitting in my house awaiting the install date. They make me happy every time I look at them!
**A couple of people have asked if they can make a tax deductible donation to this project. It’s actually pretty easy to. Any amount is appreciated and will definitely go to a good cause! The room costs about $4500 to put together — all high quality, durable furniture that I hope the safe house can use for a good long time.
1) Go to Doorways’ secure website at http://www.doorwaysva.org/donate/.
2) Click on the purple “Donate Now” Box in the middle of the page and complete the donor form (2 pages).
3) On page 1, in the box that says “Additional Information” type “Safehouse – For Nicole Lanteri, Designer for Living Room and Dining Room”.
Thank you to those friends, family and clients who have donated already — it means a lot!