BASSETT FURNITURE above
The onset of warmer weather invariably changes our priorities. I want to travel; garden; shop the local farmer’s markets for seasonal produce; fix big, flavorful salads; play tennis; and do a little work on my own home’s interior. It’s been a busy spring here at the design studio but I’m somehow managing to do five out of six.
BALLARD DESIGNS above
On this year’s home improvement calendar is a den, also known as a “man cave”. As most of my friends and readers know, my new husband David has recently retired and moved into our Sonora home full time. We are in the process of weeding through his own, thirty years of accumulated belongings. There is a chunky plaid sofa and chair (tres 90’s); a Colonial style, dark wood kitchen set with round table and Windsor style chairs; an oversized, ultra-suede chaise lounge; numerous flat screen televisions; and a huge headboard/night stand combination with a queen size bed, most of which by the way, will neither fit in nor go with my already over furnished home.
PHOEBE HOWARD above
Of the three rooms available, the easiest room to convert to a new den is the guest room. Out will go the two twin beds, custom bedding and my pair of favorite, black Edwardian étagère style bookcases. In will come a hide-a-bed loveseat, television cabinet and 70” flat screen television. The basic décor will stay the same with its dark sage green paint and fabrics. There are custom valances and floor length curtains over the double hung windows and a matching, slipcovered bookcase which will nicely accommodate part of David’s DVD collection. There are built-in storage units and a small closet for the rest of it. Because it is a guest room, I designed it with both masculine and feminine elements. I’ll play up the former by adding dark wood, and manly artwork and accessories.
I’m also planning a redesign of my dining room. David has a great looking, Mediterranean style china hutch that I’m considering. I’m still not sure it will look good though. It might be a bit too dark with the dark woods already in the room. The custom curtains are still in good shape, happily. However, the sheers are growing threadbare and my “his and hers” accent chairs that sit at the heads of the table are getting faded. The wood table and the carpet are fading too. It’s going to be a challenge choosing new elements, fabrics and finishes that will coordinate with all the other existing furnishings. I guess if anyone can find replacements it would be me but truthfully, I’m not that fond of change in my own home. As with my personal wardrobe, I tend to adopt a “uniform”. This allows me to focus less on my own style and more on that of my clients.
EILEEN KATHRYN BOYD above via Traditional Home
Whether young or middle aged, creating and combining homes for newlyweds can be a challenge. It takes a least one person with a strong sense of style to weed through the disparate pieces and create a home that stylishly melds two distinct identities.
Danish modern glass top table available through SHIREE HANSON SEGERSTROM
When combining styles it’s helpful to find a commonality such as one wall or fabric color that will pull everything together. This doesn’t mean to paint one wall an accent color. Instead, you need a singular, unifying paint color throughout the main living spaces. Reserve accent colors for the master and guest bedrooms, and bathrooms. You can also pull a design scheme together with white upholstery or slipcovers and a simple print fabric on pillows and windows. Or, consider having a 1-day home makeover with a professional. He or she can guide you on what to keep, what to repurpose, and what to discard. They can hang your pictures, artfully place your accessories and make solid suggestions on upcoming projects or purchases like paint and furniture.
via A THOUGHTFUL EYE above
Most importantly, if any of your furnishings are overtly masculine or feminine, try to compromise. Know when it’s time to move away from the Easy Boy recliners and usher in the wingbacks. A peaceful and harmonious home life is worth the concession.
above available through SHIREE HANSON SEGERSTROM
Shiree’s Style File
After quality pieces are chosen, each spouse should choose their own, two to three sentimental pieces.
via LESS THAN PERFECT LIFE OF BLISS BLOG above
wood stool above available through SHIREE HANSON SEGERSTROM
via ANA PEREZ
SUZANNE KASLER Dining Room Table
available through SHIREE HANSON SEGERSTROM
PIERRE FREY above
Sectional Sofa and slipcovered chair available through SHIREE HANSON SEGERSTROM
via COCOCOZY BLOG above
Slipcovered sofa above, available through SHIREE HANSON SEGERSTROM
via DESIGN SPONGE above
Tufted ottoman above available through SHIREE HANSON SEGERSTROM
above via LITTLE BLUE DEER
above via RESTYLE ME
Chippendale Chair via POLO HOUSE BLOG