he client wanted to turn a basement with an existing bar and wine cellar into a complete family entertainment space. To do this, we had to transform an open game room into a formal home theater, complete with reclining leather chairs set on a jazzy geometric carpet. What makes a romantic theater like this come together is some serious Bling, and the wall sconces really deliver: gorgeous crystal sheaves wrapped in gold bands simply radiate light! We enclosed the original open entrance wall to make a snug acoustic space, and added Doric columns under the side arches on both sides of the room. By applying wainscoting to define the wall plane, we were able to upholster the upper and lower wall portions in coordinating black/gold velvet and grasscloth which highlights the handsome woodwork, but also balances and absorbs the sound from the new state-of-the-art A/V system.
Updated bar lighting and snazzy bar stools at the (now) ice cream and popcorn bar, as well as a conversion of the temperature-controlled wine room into a burgundy-hued family dining area, completed the makeover and kid-friendly concept.
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What a unique challenge! The clients had just downsized into a sunny townhouse, but didn’t know how to display the many collections of antique native, tribal and artisans’ pieces that they had amassed over a lifetime of travel. When we first visited the home, the masks, bowls, baskets, carvings etc. were just piled up on every surface!
To bring order to this happy chaos, we were given free reign to group the valuable items into workable displays that were united around a theme or color. I brought in an expert on antique Middle Eastern textiles to help us safely hang rugs and Bedouin tent ties on the walls. We then designed or sourced practical furniture that also doubled as display cases throughout — from entertainment walls to cocktail tables— to hold African, Indonesian and First Peoples artistry. Some of the most valuable collections we framed in museum-quality lucite. For most of the rooms, we conceived the upholstery in shades of white so the rich and complex textiles remained “center stage.” Finally, the client brought us about 60 family photos and asked us to display them somewhere.
And then— they went abroad for 6 weeks! When they returned, they found their home was newly designed as a comfortable mini gallery. Such a fun project!