Ask any interior designer this question: "Which is harder — to start with an empty room or to start with something a client already owns?" I would answer that a blank slate is often the more difficult assignment. When starting with a piece that a client already loves, be it art, a rug or something else, the designer has clues. And clues are always helpful in deciphering the mystery of someone's taste and style! Color preferences and stylistic tendencies can be read in a well-loved piece.
But sometimes you don't get clues — you get a blank slate. In this case, a large beige box. A perfectly ordinary room with absolutely no character whatsoever:
The charge for this space — create a home office for the lady of the house. She wants a computer workspace, sumptuous fabrics, lush colors and a place to put up her feet and chat with a girlfriend. Oh, and there needs to be some glam!
As I finalize the design, the client and I do a little gallery-hopping and bring home this fashionista from local artist Sandy Welch:
Although she's out of frame in this next picture, you can visualize how she now takes pride of place in this glamorous home office:
The Barbara Barry desk is the statement piece for this room, with the Robert Allen ottoman in a divine blue velvet a close second. Creamy whites, deep blues, charcoal walls and silver silk drapery are the perfect complement to the fashionista who lives here!