Our own Donna Smith was honored at the annual 2010 Decorating Den Interiors conference in New Orleans. This living room designed by Donna was selected from hundreds of entries submitted by interior designers around the country. In fact, two of Donna’s rooms were award winners! Today we are giving you the background about her award winning living room and we will showcase a fantastic family room later in the week.
Donna Smith’s client wanted to create a modern living room in her traditional colonial home which would reflect her unique style and personality. The client wanted to keep the room’s off white walls which naturally led to a beautiful neutral color scheme. The neutral room was layered with beautiful textures and various materials to add depth and richness to the room. A lively mix of velvet, leather, shiny metals, lucite, silks and more provide the drama here.
A unique curved sofa combined with the round acrylic cocktail table and two slipper chairs created a central conversation area. The curved lines of the furniture counter balance the boxiness of the room and also contribute to the contemporary flair. A circle pattern on the throw pillows repeats the circular shape of the furniture adding cohesiveness to the room.
A custom area rug in mocha and cream provides some contrast to the upholstered pieces and Donna added espresso tables and leather ottomans to provide depth to the color scheme. We also added bolster pillows in an exotic cowhide leather for extra punch. Our final choice was to accent the room with apple green, one of the client’s favorite colors.
The window created a unique challenge since there was little room for installing draperies. Donna solved this problem by choosing square glass cube drawer pulls and mounted them directly to the window molding on a small loop tab at the top of each pleat. This kept the vertical line as clean as possible, given the low window height.
The final result is a room that is contemporary but also works well in the traditional home. The one of a kind custom elements and the unique mix of furnishings and materials make this living room a true reflection of the owners taste and style.