10 July 2008

project preview (in process)

our responsibilities as a decorator include not only conceptualizing a room, but also troubleshooting the process along the way. today we visited one of our workrooms to review some pieces in progress, in order to ensure that the end results are just as pretty as originally planned.

the overall concept of this project is sort of "trad meets rad"- combining both traditional and modern elements in adventurous and colorful ways for our hip and modern client, and her family.

for a long blank wall in the client's living room, we've opted for panelized handpainted chinoiserie wall covering (yes, you've seen them in a prior "project preview" post, and will see them again once the panels go up- any day!). in front of the panels, we are pairing a sleek and modern 8 foot polished brass parson's table (in process at a metal fabricator) with a pair of more traditional cerule base benches:
here's the elevation of the living room wall, incorporating the benches, initially presented to the client:
pretty, no? we think it strikes the right balance between modern and traditional. we also wanted to dial back the femininity of the wall panels by pairing them with more masculine surface textures, like the polished brass table, zebra skin (cow hide) chosen for the seat cushions and ebonized wood with antique bronze nailheads on the bases of the benches, (not upholstered as the workroom's sample).

so today, we were very pleased when we visited the workroom for a progress check. we were also able to make any last minute adjustments needed, and after laying out the zbra print cow hides, we eliminated the top row of nail heads on the seats- seemed too busy- but other than that we couldn't be happier with the in-progress results:
we are looking forward to the finished product, and we'll share that, as well as some more in progress items, as we go!

15 comments:

Linda Merrill said...

M21 - this looks fantastic! I'm looking forward to seeing the end results!

maison21 said...

thanks, linda!

Anonymous said...

Your client is lucky to have you.....while familiar elements are being used, you have customized and created one of a kind effects. One of my favorite designer pairs is Stephen Sill and James Huniford who sharpened my eyes for the elegant and unusual. I get that same feeling with your work but with added "fun". Ginny

maison21 said...

thanks, ginny- i feel i'm lucky to be working with such a great client- she is so open to my ideas, but she's also very design savvy, so in addition to being enthusiastic, she's a great editor.

couldn't agree more about huniford-sills, their work is amazing...

Pigtown-Design said...

Looks like it will be a fun room! I love the bench. What colour will the wood be? Red or black?

maison21 said...

thanks, meg. wood on the benches will be stained black - the sofa i'm making has a black wood base as well, and the chairs in the room have black painted legs, so although i'm basically incorporating every color o the rainblow into the room, at least there will be some uniformity in the wood of the upholstered pieces.

i AM looking for a red lacquered or stained wood side table for next to the sofa, so red wood will be introduced!

Cote de Texas said...

Whoa!!! You are like, talented - right? This looks like the real deal. VEDDDDDY impressive. seriously so. Can not wait to see the final results!!!! Very, very chic Maison!

Anonymous said...

I'm only sorry about the zebra-pattern upholstery. It's getting so trite people will be rolling their eyes whenever they see it.

maison21 said...

thanks, joni!- let's hope the room turns out as pretty as i hope. now that i'm putting out these in process posts, i hope i haven't set myself up...

maison21 said...

oh anon, i can always count on you for a kind word. really, you are my rock- when the chips are down, i know my anon will be there for me.

but much as i love you anon, i have to beg to differ- zebra is a design classique. it's popularity may come and go- and i admit, it's getting huge amounts of play right now- but when the current trend settles, it will remain a a true staple in a decorators toolbox.

Mrs. Blandings said...

M21 - completely and totally wonderful. Can't wait to see further progress. Your client must be thrilled.

maison21 said...

thanks, mrs b! so far both my client and i are quite pleased with what's happening. wall paper goes up on the 21st, and table and benches arrive not long after that. i can't wait!

Topsy Turvy said...

Christian - you're right, zebra (and animal prints in general) are classics and will always be chic. Those benches are wonderful, as is the entire room scheme. Great job!

-Lana

Style Court said...

I think I said this a few weeks ago, but I love what you are doing with the panels!

maison21 said...

style court- thank you! i am very excited- the panels are being hung monday!

i'll be sharing the results!