I was contacted a few months ago to do an e-design for a basement media rom in a historical tudor home. The client is a big fan of repurposing vintage and antique furniture. She is also a journalist, so I received these wonderfully descriptive, narrative emails. My responses always felt like jumbled, bumbling, rambling messes in comparison. She and her husband traveled extensively through Europe and had a painting of the Eiffel Tower they purchased in Paris that they wanted to use in the room. The room needed to walk a fine line between man cave and stylish spot for the couple to entertain. My concept was “Parisian Jazz Club”, but had to be lightened up a bit so it didn’t feel like a dungeon. The client already had a sofa, loveseat and eames lounge chair to work with and some fabrics found on ebay for a great price. I recommended she upholster the sofa and loveseat in a fabric and style similar to the one below. I created this first scheme or “mood board” to send to the client to see if I was on the right track. The feedback I received was that it need a bit more color, drama…vavavoom.
Below is the final design. As you will see, the design didn’t change much, I replaced the small amount of aqua with a healthy dose of purple. It doesn’t show much in the mood board, but is more evident in the moulding details below.
The furniture plan presented a some challenges. I wanted to give them as much seating as possible, the wiring for the TV had already been placed and they wanted a ton of storage for DVDs. Below, you can see I placed the asian inspired DVD cabinet behind the sofa. Because the sofa is long and low, a good portion of this pretty piece of furniture is still seen. I originally selected a small coffee table, but it just wouldn’t fit. Instead, I selected two tufted round ottomans. This will allow for additional seating, if needed, or a spot to put up their feet.
Here are the moulding detail options I designed. The small squares at the top of wall #1 elevation are glass blocks. Inset in the moulding will be beautiful aubergine grass cloth.
Moulding Option 1
Lastly, a little peek into how my brain operates. I sketched and colored this of the wall detail shown above during the middle of the night. Sometimes I have to capture my vision at the strangest times.
I hope you have enjoyed this peek into how an e-design works. In order to protect the integrity of the design and my relationship with my clients, I don’t provide my sources. However, I provide these images as an introduction to my services and abilities. Please contact me, by clicking on the link in the sidebar, should you wish to have Jamie Foley Interiors design a space that is uniquely yours.