How Would You Do It?

I thought I would do a new weekly feature.  It is not my normal style to be critical of another designers work, but I am going to post a photo and invite commentary about what is good, bad and how you would do it better.

Here is the first photo:

 My thoughts

The Good:

1) The fireplace surround –

2) The chesterfield –

3) The gorgeous metal framed windows –

4) The Chandelier –

5) The funky little corner piece that appears to be used as a bar –

What I would change:

1)  Sorta looks like they took this photo in the middle of moving out.  It is missing some vital pieces of furniture.

Add – a coffee table like this from Oly Studio:

The only two pieces of upholstery in the room are the same boring tan leather.  I would replace the chair with a pair of smaller scale chairs like this:

Add a few pillows to the chesterfield:

Jonathan Adler


A Floor Lamp:


An End Table:

Crate and Barrel

Some accessories for the fireplace and around the room:


french bookends from 1stdibs

Cost Plus

I could go on and on.  Anyway, here is my (somewhat) finished product.

So, how would you do it better?  I would love to hear your description or a link to your “do it better” post.


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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One Response to How Would You Do It?

  1. Tami McCall says:

    Texture. Something fuzzy. Plus it’s just fun to say fuzzy. Fuzzy, Fuzzy, Fuzzy!

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