Newly-married couples often must work toward blending their worldly goods. There are always a few pieces embraced by one spouse that the other spouse simply cannot stand to look at. Maybe it's a reminder of a former life, or maybe it's just plain or ugly or both! Case in point, the sofa seen in this picture.
Try not to be distracted by the ghastly pink carpet! The sofa is curvaceous and feminine, but a previous decorator chose to swaddle it in what appears to be a bathrobe. Blah, bland, boring! My client's first inclination was to replace it. In examining the cushions, I noticed the high-end manufacturers' label and decided to rethink the "pitch-it" plan. (But seriously, how is it possible to make a VERY expensive sofa look so damn ugly? Same designer doubtless chose the pink carpet. Enough said.)
As we were working through the melding of households, my clients purchased a new home. The owners of the home had a very definite "look" — one that involved the extensive use of faux florals with feathers — six feather florals in the living room alone! Yikes. Here's the before (featuring four of those florals):
Frankly, I can't imagine anyone sitting in this room without falling over fast asleep. A snooze-fest of muddy colors. It looks like it came from the Bombay Company catalog. But notice the room has good bones and great light. It just needs an injection of life and beauty, in other words — my client's personality!
So back to our poor, under-appreciated sofa and my glamorous, vivacious client. She favors blues and silver with a little touch of modernism. Cool, crisp, graphic but not cold. And Barbara Barry rides in to save the day — a match made in design heaven.
This is Barbara Barry's Inlay, in Delft from Kravet — a confection of blue, cream and silvery gray.
And herein our frumpy sofa sheds her ugly-duckling bathrobe, shows a little leg and celebrates her curves:
Improved, yes? The unchanged Baker chairs and the inherited artwork are wonderful supporting players, but the sofa leads this living room symphony! Thanks Barbara Barry for unmasking the swan!