19 August 2008

maison21 puts out! (a little bit more)

just finished another installation of furniture over at the bachelorette's, and not to toot my own horn, but it looks fabulous...

BUT, today's installation notwithstanding, the living and dining rooms are not quite ready for their blog debut just yet (90% completed on both, but that remaining 10% is enough to keep m21 from reaching for his instamatic).

so we thought we'd show you a little more of the completed entry- this much you've already seen:
Example

and we thought it might be interesting to show you the rest of the room via before and after.

before m21

Example
after m21

to goal was to take the unused space at the end of the room and give the bachelorette a place to open her mail and file her bills- the numerous compartments and cubbies in the client's existing chinoiserie desk offer plenty of storage and m21 converted the 1970's brass storage chests to hold hanging file folders, so the space is actually useful, not just decorative. (vintage brass chests purchased at the 111 antique mall in palm springs- one of our favorite sources!).

we particularly love the floor treatment- what looks like wall to wall sisal is actually a roll out vinyl flooring! it can withstand mud being tracked in, or pets having an accident on it- simply mop or even take a scrub brush to it- can't do that with a real sisal carpet! m21 thinks it's perfect for high traffic areas, like this entry, or it would also work well in bathrooms or covered outdoor rooms. a couple different suppliers manufacture the flooring- ours is by design materials, purchased from linoleum city (one of l.a.'s best flooring resources, btw- you'll see every set decorator and designer in town there).


here's a view of the flooring right after it was put down. the only difficulty in using this material is that it is only 6'6" wide, so outside of halls, it will almost always need to be seamed. since our room was long and narrow, we incorporated the seams as a decorative element by adding a contrast border of the same material in a darker colorway, and quite loved the results...


more from the bachelorette's as we get the rooms finished!

19 comments:

Ivy Lane said...

What an awesome transformation! It's like when a woman gets all dressed up for a grand party!Going from drab to FAB! That floor treatment is really neat. Can't wait for the rest of the reveal!!

Topsy Turvy said...

Well, aren't you clever! I've never heard of that flooring, but it looks great. And I love how you painted out the ceiling to match the red walls. It's looking fabulous, Christian.

Anonymous said...

I had that bright yellow in my master a house ago and I alway felt like I needed to add mint and tea. Too lemony..Too puckery. I love your new color choice...strong but sexy. Nothing like pow!! and practical!! Ginny

Sydney said...

Bravo! Very sexy and elegant.

Visual Vamp said...

Very, very, very good! How's that white couch coming along? Did you see how mine turned out? What vinyl cleaner do you recommend? Now hurry up, and show us more :-)

Suzy said...

Love it! I really need to get stateside and go shopping with you!

maison21 said...

thanks, all! i'm very pleased with the results.

lana- in a smaller room like this, i'd always want to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls, so they all recede visually. plus, with no crown molding, as in the rest of the house, it just worked really well. also, because it's gloss red, there are lovely reflections from the chandelier in the evening...

vamp- sunbrella has a vinyl cleaner that works pretty well (your sofa turned out great, btw). i just had the white chesterfield i had made for this project delivered and it looks amazing- i can't post pictures of the room with the sofa for a bit, as i held off on getting lampshades made until i installed all the furniture- i wasn't sure if they should be black or white, but now i see that the room needs more white, so white it is!

Pigtown-Design said...

brilliant, as ever.

finally got to the p.o. today. you'll get something in a few.

Cote de Texas said...

I agree with the white lampshades - can't wait to see the sofa!

the red is such a great choice!!!!

but my favorite part is the desk (you'd know i'd love a black chinoiserie desk!!!)

Looking very M21!! Cant wait to see the finished project!

Emily said...

I LOVE your hanging file idea! How clever are you!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Darling M - It looks fabulous, and now I, too, am coveting the "filing cabinets." So chic. Can't wait to see the rest.

Oh, and not that it matters, but Design Materials is based in, you guessed it, KC.

katiedid said...

I thought I said" YAAAAYYYY!, but I think I got distracted by kids before I could post the comment. So: Yaaaayyy!. IT looks fantastic! Is that flooring chiliwich or something else? She is a lucky bachlorette to have you.

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Oh C - its FABULOUS! especially the first image!! WOW WOW WOW!!

Now tell me, when you refer to "we" is is you and a partner or you, Richard and Mona?:-)

Hugs and smiles

Felicity

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

quite impressive, i love how this turned out!

Anonymous said...

Miss you....Maison. Hope all is hunky dory. Ginny

Patricia Gray said...

I love what you have done. That vinyl flooring is great. I have used it for area carpets, but never wall to wall before. Did you glue it down?

Patricia Gray said...

BTW love the black Ghost Chair

katiedid said...

Where are you honey! I hope you were off having a wonderful long weekend. Hope you are back soon.:)

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