Our living room design has been a tricky exercise in balance that has evolved over the year we have been in the house so far. I wanted this room to be all about the art, and so I chose the standard art gallery white walls- but all done up in lacquer. I wanted the room to have a subtle sparkle that really drew you in.
The room is quite large- but also pretty long and narrow which made the floorplan a little tricky. I spent a lot of time studying the kooky layouts of design-legend Mario Buatta to get inspiration on how to create conversational vignettes while still allowing for some flow. And then- also to create a fancy space that was more fun than formal. I chose the main pieces in a kind of random order- which ended up working out but led to more than a few WHAT HAVE I DONE moments. I fell in love with the rug which was my first big decision, and reupholstered our green velvet sofa in a blue ticking stripe. The curtain fabric came later and was a godsend as it pulled all of my random pieces together- and related to the dining room with its olive green. It is hard to capture the effect of the lacquer in pictures- but in person it is really special.