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California designer Shiree Hanson Segerstrom's weekly tips for decorating, gardening, and stylish living

British Cozy...a Cheery Home Makeover for Stylish Ex-Pats
























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The design client, a stylish ex-pat, was easy to work with and even easier to befriend. When I first met her and her husband in 2005 they called me for help on a large custom home they had purchased. They had recently relocated here from the Monterey area and the wife had trepidations about her new digs. I was brought in just after the last of the construction work to create continuity between her personal style preferences and that of the new architecture.
 
 
 
 

 




















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She ended up being a dream client. Her taste was conclusive, she adored all things British, had beautiful antiques, and collections of Spode, chintzware and Wedgewood. We became great friends.
 
 
 
 























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Fast forward seven years…The husband was just retired from his second career as a school teacher and with retirement came the opportunity for more travel. With two other homes to maintain on both coasts, three residences posed logistical issues. When a smaller but equally charming home came on the market nearby, the larger home was put up for sale and sold within weeks. The smaller home was purchased and the upgrades began.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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As with the previous residence, the client was concerned about the new home’s style and how it would relate with her traditional style furnishings. But after seeing the furniture placed, the curtains altered and installed, and every last picture and English platter hung she was smitten.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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At the wife’s bequest, skylights were installed in the bathrooms, living room, kitchen and master bedroom and solar tubes were installed in the hall. They were an invaluable investment in year round light and ambiance. The tops of the flowering pear trees are visible from both the sofa and master bed creating the most magical effect in the spring.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Challenges are inevitable when moving into a new home. The art of a designer is playing up a project’s best features and turning the flaws into assets. The living room had nice dimensions and a charming, white painted brick corner fireplace with a lovely white painted wood mantel. But a large wall of book shelves visible from the front door, entry, and formal dining room created an undeniable focal point. Depending on what was put in them, they would either be fabulous or…not.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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What first came to mind was of a large collection of travel, design and garden books, and biographies the clients have been collecting over the years. We started by artfully filling the shelves with them, six or seven here and six or seven there. Then we filled in the blanks with framed photos of family, some great iron urns, several pieces of cream colored ceramics, and pieces of her China collections. The results were charming. It became the focal point and anchor of the living room.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The color scheme started out as “yellow and blue” but as the project progressed, we added touches of red. There is a white and blue slipcovered sofa, a white quilted armchair with contrasting yellow welts, a pair of red plaid armchairs, and some great feather throw pillows in a variety of yellow, blue and red print fabrics. An antique wooden trunk serves as a coffee table and has a tray on top to hold more books and television remotes. An antique armoire holds the television. Wonderful red vintage area rugs, chosen by the client dot the pale maple floors. We’ve hung framed tapestries, new prints, and old paintings. And in every room there are pieces of her china.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The window treatments taken from the previous home fit perfectly after alteration and we used all but just a few drapery panels. The antiques and custom upholstery and slipcovers create an attractive contrast to the cool, contemporary feel of the architecture.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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In the small but open dining room we kept the décor simple with floor to ceiling blue tone on tone drapery panels and matching blue slipcovered chairs. What I love about tone on tone “prints” is that they add subtle pattern to a room. The table was a cherished family piece that was refinished after an unfortunate bout with water. On the walls above a vintage sideboard we’ve displayed a matching mirror, some stunning antique oil paintings and pale blue English platters. The former ceiling fixture didn’t relate well to the antiques so a vintage chandelier smartly replaced it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The overall effect is a stylish combination of antiques, collectible accessories, and the current day fabric treatments we designed. It’s warm and full of character. I think of it as “British cozy”. Best of all, it represents the client and her distinctive style.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A home is never really done. It evolves as we do, adapting to our changing needs. Soon there will be a new garden in back. Personally, I’m hoping it will be an English one with big cabbage roses, climbing vines, fountains, and maybe a small, understated statue or two.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Shiree’s  File Style
 
Don’t let yourself get too wrapped up in a certain color scheme. Choose one vibrant color like red or turquoise and add it to your existing colors for an artful look.
 
Drapery panels are not just for Grandma’s house. They are a classic addition to any interior if done in the right fabric. Choose a two or three pleat header or a “goblet” pleat for a fresh take on draperies.
 
“Busy” decorating schemes take well to changes and provide a great opportunity to display mementos and newly obtained items from travels.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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