I've been prepping all week for a design workshop that I'll be conducting at the Little Silver Library next week. You all know I love to share so I thought I'd give you a preview of what I'll be talking about!
We All Want a House that Feels Like a Home
I love this room because it provides us with so many lessons on how to achieve that perfect room. While it might not be everyone's style, it does teach us a lot!
Let's break it down...
1. It has a great bones. This is the first thing we'll talk about at the workshop. You need to get the bones set in place in order for the room to really work for you! When we talk about bones, it's not only the walls, floors, architectural details and windows, but also the core furniture. The amazing fireplace is the obvious focal point, and everything flows from there - a nice sitting area surrounding it where people could sit for hours.
2. It functions well. Function is what my whole design philosophy rests on! Without function, a room just will NOT work. The sitting area is just perfect - a mix of sofas, a comfy chair, a cushy ottoman and a large coffee table. I really think I could live in this room day and night! The lamps behind the sofa provide soft light (you definitely want table lamps - don't rely only on overhead lights!). Oh and look at those sconces on the built-ins. Fabulous!!! The real function in this room comes from the built-ins. Notice the TV in there? Not above the mantle? Many times putting the TV above the mantle just doesn't work because we're forced to crane our necks to watch TV. Also so nice is the fact that no matter where anyone is sitting, they have a place to put their drink. So simple yet CRITICAL!
3. It's balanced without being symmetrical. There's just enough symmetry and balance to pull off the fact that things are not totally even steven. My point here is that you don't always need to have things matching on both sides of a room for it to work. They just need to be balanced and the right scale.
4. The amount of natural light is amazing You can never underestimate the effect that good natural light has on a room. The window treatments are nice too - a mix of panels and romans in the same fabric. Lovely.
5. It has a lot of soul. See that little side table next to the chair. Looks like it could have come from an exotic location on this family's travels (or maybe just Pier 1 but let's use our imaginations!) Books are everywhere too.
They're the perfect way to reflect who you are, add some color, and just good soul.
6. The plants bring it to that next level of fabulousness. I know I've said it many times but plants are a great way to add life and texture to a room. Just know how much light you get so you can get the right plant for your space.
7. Thanks to the use of color, the room feels airy yet cozy. During the workshop, we'll talk about what a difference color makes (and I'll reveal my top 10 paint colors). Notice how the room feels colorful but has white walls AND white sofas? Thanks to the fabrics and the different shades of white, the room feels colorful and full of texture.
Who knew a picture could teach us so much?!?!? Do you have any other observations? I'd love to hear them!
If you want to learn SO much more and chat in person about YOUR home, please come to my workshop! It's on Thursday, January 19th at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Little Silver Library!
I'm all about sharing ideas in home design, gardening and living so we can love our homes. I'm joined by my dog, Boomer, who is always by my side.