Artful Design: Before and After
It’s an exciting time at the Laura U office right now! On top of working on fab client projects and spending the last week in Sin City at the Las Vegas Market (a recap of our favorite finds is coming soon!), we have also been nominated for the HGTV Fresh Faces of Design awards in the “Patterns and Textures” category.
Before you read on for the details and a before-and-after look at the design, we’d love your vote to help us win! To vote, check out the “Patterns and Textures” category of the awards, select Laura and Blair’s project, browse through the photos, and select “’I’m ready to vote” at the end of the slideshow. Let’s take a brief pause while you pop over to vote…
Now that you have voted (thanks so much!), take a tour of the before-and-after photos below to see the design come to life!
The space was a new construction apartment in the fabulous Astoria high rise so the team had a solid blank slate to work with. The clients were also avid art collectors so many of their pieces became the focal point of the individual rooms. In fact, the dark floors and crisp white walls throughout the home provided the ideal, gallery-like backdrop to showcase curated art and furnishings alike.
In the living room, we had an amazing open floorplan to work with and the floor-to-ceiling windows provided a healthy amount of natural light pouring into the space (not to mention the views of the Houston skyline – swoon!). The first order of business was to create an area for additional storage and displays so we installed the stunning wall unit and went to work designing the home in full with fine furniture and eye-catching works of art.
The art in the corner is a Totum piece by Karen Hawkins, which was sourced specifically for this client by our fabulous friends at Laura Rathe Fine Art. The gray chairs on the left are custom creations from House + Town covered in Harlequin fabric and the white chairs are from 1st Dibs. Lastly, the serpentine sofa adorned with velvet upholstery ties the room to the vibrant cobalt accents throughout the rest of the home’s interior.
Because the kitchen and the living room share the same open space, we wanted to be sure the furnishings complemented but did not overshadow the eclectic décor in the living room. To do so, we chose gold pendant light fixtures and bar stools with gold accents, which provided just the right amount of glam for the space, without taking the spotlight from the living room.
In the dining area, we turned the blank slate into the perfect place to showcase the client’s stunning piece from Ken Tate’s BARDOT collection, which was sourced for the home by Kathy Dimmitt Fine Art and a Lichenstein piece from the client’s personal collection.
As if these pieces weren’t showstoppers in their own, we complimented them with the stunning chandelier by Sciolara Italia via 1st Dibs, a custom dining table by an uber talented local craftsman, and custom chairs by House + Town covered in Pierre Frey fabric, Holly Hunt cording and Samuel and Sons trim.
As with the living spaces, the bedrooms provided a tabula rasa where we could work our magic. For the first guest room, we wanted to create a serene escape with an unexpected color palette. We went with a seafoam green tone on the walls and sourced twin art prints which, when suspended in front of our wall to wall drapery, become the focal points of the room.
From there, we finished things off with neutral and understated furnishings including the pendant lights fixtures by Arteriors Home, a custom bed by House + Town in Holly Hunt leatherette, pillows covered in Great Plains fabrics, twin Kartell nightstands, geometric rug by Lapchi and the stunning, yet understated, drapery by Larsen.
In the second bedroom of the home, rather than centering the design around pieces of art, we had some fun with a statement wall as the focal point of the room and accessorized with eclectic pieces including the custom headboard from House + Town wrapped in Unika Vaev fabric, a Made Goods nightstand, Jaipur rug and lamp from Arteriors Home.
Finally, the master bedroom is truly the highlight of this art collector’s home. The saturated watercolor wallcovering by Area Environments on the bedroom wall instantly sets the tone and immediately draws in the eye. The palette of deep, moody purples swirl into rich aubergines, fade into serene blues, and spill out into the room. The lilac-dyed parchment writing desk via Cory Pope pulls the brighter tones across the room and mimics an artist’s brush stroke with its curvilinear profile. Adding to the curvilinear profile is the desk chair by Kelly Wearstler wrapped in Metaphores fabric.
The desk also introduces the first of many layered textures: the smooth sateen of the custom channel-tufted headboard by House + Town, the clean quilting of the cool gray coverlet, the crushed velvet of the ottoman wrapped in Marcus Williams fabric, and the glazed linen of the drapery. From the color selections to the range of textures, each detail plays a role in pulling inspirations from the painting into the interior to create a fluid design throughout.
Our team truly enjoyed bringing this project to life for some of our favorite clients ever! Every detail was carefully crafted and considered, encouraging guests to pause and view the overall space and inviting them closer to experience each visual and tactile layer. As with art, the smallest of details are at the heart of a design and the same approach was taken in each room of this home.
-The Laura U Team