When a couple has very divergent likes and dislikes, the design process can get very interesting! That is exactly the situation encountered by the design team on this project. He collected antique French clocks and Audubon prints and she collected African objets d’art and items from India. It was the job of the designers to pull everything together into a cohesive whole.
Looking at the photos now, it’s hard to image that the fireplace had a piece of brown stained plywood over the mantle area and carpet on the hearth face. There was no cohesion in the room before we started the remodel.
The approach adapted by the designers was to use pattern and color to solve the divergent problems and tie the townhome together so that one room flowed into another. We did this by establishing a color palette that was carried throughout the residence and selecting fabrics that emphasized their respective likes. For example, the designers found an amazing elephant tapestry for the wingback chairs in the living room to complement her penchant for things African and Indian and a strong print for the master bedroom that worked with his Audubon prints and her African spears. The plywood was removed from the fireplace over mantle and new Jerusalem Gold travertine was chosen for the fireplace surround, mantle and hearth. These changes created a perfect backdrop for the blended family and their collections!