DESIGN DILEMMA: My best friend, Trish, is renovated a 1920’s bungalow. There was little in the budget for NEW furniture. She had/has TWO GIANT BEAUTIFUL BURGUNDY sofas, which she needed to work into her main living space.
Often this is your point of departure,( A BURGUNDY SOFA) the INGREDIENT that gives you your limits…your parameters. Sure it would be lovely if we could scrap it all and start from scratch but that is NOT how real-life works…
She asked for my help and so I started where I always start….
1. LOOK FOR INSPIRATION
I can see why Trish is having such a difficult time imagining her sofas looking NEW and FRESH. If you GOOGLE “BURGUNDY SOFA”, you find page after page of sad Burgundy sofa ALL in mundane TAN rooms, NO other colors…not even ART, it is the most depressing thing I have ever seen…WHEN did BURGUNDY get so boring???
I think it has such Life!!!!
WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE…
Whenever you are doing a renovation, either of your home or your wardrobe, or your LIFE…and there are plenty of things you can just TOSS, but we always end up with some pieces which are too nice or were too expensive, of too important to replace and we need to
MAKE IT WORK.
I often find my inspiration in fashion:
AND NATURE ALWAYS INSPIRES ME:
2. GATHER COLORS TOGETHER
The next thing I do is gather colors together that I think will balance in this case BURGUNDY. These colors will go on the walls, accents, rugs, pillows, accessories etc.
I suggested that she should keep the walls light…maybe Palladian Blue….
and perhaps paint the backs of the bookcases HALE NAVY:
FOR THE ACCESSORIES AND FABRICS THESE COLORS BUT NOT ON ONE ITEM…MIXED UP ON LAMPS AND PILLOWS, BLANKETS ETC.
OH My gosh this is so fun for me!!!!
I cannot wait to get back up there to do some more decorating!!!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. I WILL BE BACK MONDAY!!!