Derrick Ivey

Design Coach

Portfolio: Custom Textiles

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For this project, my client had several objectives.

First, to re-define the style: my client was in the process of making the transition from many years of "country" décor to a more modern look. Second, to bring in color: the room was very pale with a large white sofa, pale beige carpet, and pale green walls. Third, to maintain flexibility: the room needed to work both for kids and for the adults in the extended family and for their various activities. There was also a long-range plan to easily transition to a more mature look as the kids grow older.

We achieved progress toward all these goals with the addition of custom designed pillows and area rug. I suggested the colors for the rug to provide both weight and visual interest. The pillows continue this color theme and are reversible for a variety of looks.

All fabrics are durable and stain resistant and, while both looks are sophisticated, the floral/stripe option is a bit more elegant for the adults while the multiple solid color option is a little more fun and whimsical for the kids.

Another fun addition was a "hearth cushion" in front of the seldom-used fireplace, which both softens to look of the brick and provides additional seating around the low game/picnic table.

Next on the "to-do" list, which my client will continue on her own, are finding new artwork, modern lamps, and a long, low console for the television.

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