The Millers' home speaks of their adventurous and unique personalities. It provides a gathering place for large groups of friends and family, a place where good food, insightful conversation, and laughter abound! The dining room is a very important room for them, so it needed to be just right and before the renovation, it was a bit too Victorian for their casual lifestyle. We started by replacing the formal valences with long, elegant silk panels which were a better fit for their European-style wall art.
We then shopped for reclaimed wood that would capture that casual feel, and from that a table was built by Mr. Miller himself. He not only did an exceptional job but the process enabled a perfectly-scaled table to be created to fit the size and grandeur of this large-scaled gathering space.
The formal crystal chandelier is even more stunning paired with this naturally beautiful wood. The contrasting effect is breathtaking! The art and Oryx Gazella mount offers a similar contrast. This fine balance of juxtaposed elements can create the most unique and lovely design, which reflect the unique and lovely people who live and entertain in this space.
The master bedroom was in need of a breath of fresh air. Some brightening and lightning was in order! We began by removing the wallpaper and painting the walls with this fresh sea salt color. View the BEFORE images here.
The dark drapes were replaced with light and airy linen curtains raised 8" above the molding to provide a grander look to the room. This is one of my favorite design tips.
New pillows and a fur throw freshen the existing bedding. The new window hardware and lamps pull together the other black accessories together gathered from other rooms of the house giving the space a sophisticated new look.
The finishing touch was the gold elephant found at a hip vintage store. It was the perfect piece to not only add fun and interest, but to also echo the homeowners' well-traveled lifestyle!
The master bath was also covered in busy Victorian wallpaper which we replaced with a deep and calming shade of blue, offering more of a spa-like feel.
Now we needed some artwork to complete the space. LeeAnn had a large Victorian picture that had previously hung in her bedroom, and would no longer be of use. We decided to salvage it by chalk painting the glass. After that, Alyssa Eliot, our local chalk artist extraordinaire, hand-wrote on it a verse from LeeAnn's favorite song, one she often sings in the morning while getting ready to face her day! How beautiful is that?!
And it all happened on a modest budget! That, my friend, is what home should be--a place that reflects those who live and love there. Nothing more and certainly nothing less!