Where has all the Personality Gone?

I realize this post may be polarizing, but I'm going to forge ahead with it because I got somethin to say about it.

Like most of you, I use platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram to find inspiration for projects or examples of ideas I'm considering. What I'm finding  are basically the same rooms with the same design elements that are just reshuffled over and over again.  It's disheartening to see such a lack of personality in interiors these days. I find it’s getting harder to find creativity and an original point of view when it comes to decorating our homes.

Take the "Farmhouse" style that is so prevalent right now.

Oh, it's  all  here from the painted distressed furniture to the galvanized accents and inspirational quotes. And I'm pretty sure that's a burlap pillow on that bench.

Oh, it's all here from the painted distressed furniture to the galvanized accents and inspirational quotes. And I'm pretty sure that's a burlap pillow on that bench.

I can’t be the only one who is ready to move past all of this.

Industrial is another look that has been done to death.

Black warehouse lights? Check. Metal stool? Check. Old metal locker? Check.  Just between us, I never quite got the appeal of this look . There’s nothing comforting about it.  Last one - "Coastal" - seen below

Black warehouse lights? Check. Metal stool? Check. Old metal locker? Check.

Just between us, I never quite got the appeal of this look . There’s nothing comforting about it.

Last one - "Coastal" - seen below

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Blue and white color palette.  Aquatic prints.  Driftwood.  An anchor.

I'm not saying it's wrong to use all of this or any of this.  It's just that these styles have become so formulaic that there's really no "design" or creative point of view that comes into play.  It's a "just add water and stir" kind of room.

For my money, I prefer to go with something that incorporates a range of design styles and furnishings that creative a bigger sum than their individual parts.

Compare the above images to this room by the legendary Bunny Williams


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Most definitely not a paint by numbers approach here.  This is the difference between curating an interior and following the herd.  Just try and guess when this room was designed.  It's nearly impossible because it's layered and inclusive of different design styles.  And it’s timelessly beautiful.

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This is coastal done right.  Mark D Sikes kept it simple with a mix of blue and white fabrics, a natural fiber rug and clean, minimal accessories.  Do you think this room will look dated in 10 years? I say “Not a chance.” It's so very gorgeous and timeless.

What makes a room magical is it’s mood. And mood is achieved in a subtle, nuanced sort of way.

Did you see this room in Southern Living Magazine recently? This is the stuff I’m talking about. It feels relaxed yet sophisticated. It has just the right amount of color and layers of accessories. No one “formula” was used to create this space - it’s a collection of beautiful design elements from all different styles and eras that come together as a beautiful whole. Also loving the hits of texture here. #winner

Did you see this room in Southern Living Magazine recently? This is the stuff I’m talking about. It feels relaxed yet sophisticated. It has just the right amount of color and layers of accessories. No one “formula” was used to create this space - it’s a collection of beautiful design elements from all different styles and eras that come together as a beautiful whole. Also loving the hits of texture here. #winner

Don’t be discouraged if Farmhouse style floats your boat. It can be perfectly charming and timeless if restraint is used.

How about this kitchen as Farmhouse inspiration . There’s a little shiplap, a simple vase of sunflowers, and a framed vintage still life to suggest farmhouse style without being trite or kitschy.

How about this kitchen as Farmhouse inspiration . There’s a little shiplap, a simple vase of sunflowers, and a framed vintage still life to suggest farmhouse style without being trite or kitschy.

When it comes to designing your space, particularly if you have a theme in mind, restraint is your friend! Keep it simple and it will age beautifully!


 

Art in the Kitchen

Kitchens sure have come a long way over the past few decades.

What was once a strictly utilitarian area for no-frills cooking has now become command central in today’s homes. Kitchens are now living spaces that accommodate many different activities - and look beautiful while doing so.

Selecting art for the kitchen is sometimes overlooked, but I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to add some personality and color to the kitchen - after all, it’s usually the place where everyone ends up!

As you will see in the images below, you don’t have to resort to giant forks or “EAT” signs to adorn the walls of your kitchen. Original and/or collected art always adds so much to a space, and the kitchen is no exception!

Notice that each of these kitchens has a different feel, and how they have their own distinct personalities!

An eclectic mix of framed art was tucked into these open shelves and mixed with more utilitarian elements - including a big pot of rosemary! Image from OneKingsLane.

An eclectic mix of framed art was tucked into these open shelves and mixed with more utilitarian elements - including a big pot of rosemary! Image from OneKingsLane.

Have you seen the kitchen by Lauren Liess below? In this kitchen, the art takes center stage, creating a moody and collected vibe.

The art makes for an interesting view at the sink - which, in many cases, is normally provided by a window.

The art makes for an interesting view at the sink - which, in many cases, is normally provided by a window.

I love this quaint kitchen. . The collection of landscapes makes this space feel homey and welcoming. This kitchen exudes personality and warmth. There’s nothing slick about it!

I love this quaint kitchen. . The collection of landscapes makes this space feel homey and welcoming. This kitchen exudes personality and warmth. There’s nothing slick about it!

Oversize modern art combines with a rustic table and chairs, creating a moment of the unexpected!

Oversize modern art combines with a rustic table and chairs, creating a moment of the unexpected!

Here’s one for my color lovers (me included). The painting - which I adore - was surely the jumping off point for this unapologetically pretty kitchen. The kitchen is humble and definitely not “new” , and they certainly made the most if it!

Here’s one for my color lovers (me included). The painting - which I adore - was surely the jumping off point for this unapologetically pretty kitchen. The kitchen is humble and definitely not “new” , and they certainly made the most if it!

If order is your thing, consider adding a grid style art installation to your kitchen. Related subject matter and matching frames create order and calm in what is typically a busy space in your home.

If order is your thing, consider adding a grid style art installation to your kitchen. Related subject matter and matching frames create order and calm in what is typically a busy space in your home.

Who knew there were so many options when it comes to placing art in your kitchen? It’s a great opportunity to add some beauty in such a hard working space!

The Green Room Interiors is currently accepting new clients for early fall of 2019. If you’re ready to discover the joy of living in easy elegance, contact Kim at 423.653.3186 to schedule your consultation!




What I'm Working on Now - Lake House Living Room

Right now I’m working on a project I’m pretty excited about. It’s complete design project for a wonderful couple I’ve worked with on multiple occasions in their primary home on Signal Mountain. A few years ago they built a house on Watts Bar Lake for a weekend getaway for their active family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with them to select all of the finishes in the lake house during the construction phase, and now that the dust has settled on construction, we’re moving forward with getting the living room decorated.

Here is a list of priorities they gave me that guided our selections.

  1. Since my clients will be hosting multiple families with children, easy-care selections were imperative. After all, they didn’t want to be slaves to cleaning the upholstery nor did they want to be stressed out when kids with ice cream cones were in the house.

  2. My clients will host multiple families at the same throughout the warmer months, so they wanted to incorporate as much seating as would comfortably fit in the living room and dining areas.

  3. Since the house is surrounded by nature and gorgeous lake views, they wanted to keep the decor simple to allow the lake and the property to be the main focus.

  4. Their primary home is a brick Georgian style traditional home with very classic furnishings, and the lake house has a cottage vibe, so we decided that clean lines and natural elements would dominate the interiors. We also plan to mix in some classic design elements to give the room some longevity. #timelessovertrendy

In all projects I work on, form follows function, so I wanted to get the layout right before sourcing furniture pieces. The living room is a nice size, but not oversized, so it was important to pay attention to the scale of the furniture so we could incorporate as much seating as possible.

For the aesthetic, it’s natural/neutral with plenty of texture and high contrast.

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Yum. Leather, wood, stone, and nubby textiles provide plenty of interest. Dark and light bring the contrast to keep the look crisp rather than frumpy. Fresh green stuff adds softness and life.

I love this direction!!!


Okay, here is our sofa selection. YES we’re going with the caramel leather!!! No, we’re not adding the nail heads. This sofa has such simple lines we decided to keep it pure and leave off the additional ornamentation.

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Proposed additional seating in the images below - all smallish in scale but comfy and so so handsome. PLUS - easy to maintain!!

This chic rocker definitely fits the direction we’re taking, no?. Natural wood finish and that fabulous woven seat and back remind me I’m in a very special place  and  it puts me in a very mellow frame of mind.

This chic rocker definitely fits the direction we’re taking, no?. Natural wood finish and that fabulous woven seat and back remind me I’m in a very special place and it puts me in a very mellow frame of mind.

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Leather woven occasional chairs. Easy care + comfy + so good looking!

Leather woven occasional chairs. Easy care + comfy + so good looking!

We’re going to add in some metallic finishes, baskets, greenery and place it all on a fabulous vintage persian rug.

Here’s where we hope to end up:

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Easy care finishes: Check

Seating for a crowd: Check

Simple,organic style with some contrast: Check

Almost forgot - the dining area of this open floor plan will tie in with the living room perfectly. They’ll share the clean lines, natural finishes, high contrast, and a touch of nature. Added bonus - the host chairs in the dining room can easily be transported to the living room and used for comfy seating as needed for super large crowds.

Do you see how important it is to plan your room’s design?

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Currently we’re sourcing and ordering all of the pieces. Once we receive everything and I get it photographed I’ll post pictures.

Super excited to see this one come to life!

If you’re in the Chattanooga area and ready to live each day in easy elegance, call Kim at 423.653.3186 to discuss your project! We’re currently taking new projects for late summer 2019.












Five Little Tricks to Elevating Your Decor

How about today I give you some simple hacks for giving your space a more custom, expensive look without breaking the budget?

I’m going to share my five favorite tips with you that I’ve used time and time again to make any room feel a little bit “extra”.

Here goes:

Grosgrain ribbon - I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used Grosgrain ribbon to add some punch to very simple design elements.

Bonus: Grosgrain ribbon can be found at craft stores - even Walmart has it. The cost is minimal, usually about $3 per roll.

Here’s what grosgrain ribbon can do for you!

See that little green stripe on the drapes that separates the blue velvet from the white linen? Well, that’s the just a band of grosgrain ribbon in the freshest shade of green that makes those curtains extra fabulous.

See that little green stripe on the drapes that separates the blue velvet from the white linen? Well, that’s the just a band of grosgrain ribbon in the freshest shade of green that makes those curtains extra fabulous.

Yep, that’s more grosgrain ribbon , this time in red, to add a little extra detail and color to this custom shower curtain and valance.

Yep, that’s more grosgrain ribbon , this time in red, to add a little extra detail and color to this custom shower curtain and valance.

Here’s a plain cotton pillow that’s been accented with white ribbon trim. I love that it’s so simple in design but it stands out as a bold accent.

Here’s a plain cotton pillow that’s been accented with white ribbon trim. I love that it’s so simple in design but it stands out as a bold accent.

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The image above is from Pottery Barn, but there’s no reason you can’t add simple grosgrain ribbon to a plain lampshade yourself. All it takes is a roll of your favorite color grosgrain ribbon and a hot glue gun. Tip: Ribbon is easiest to apply on a drum shade. Tapered shades are a little more challenging.

And speaking of lampshades, that’s my next tip.

Update your lampshades. Lampshades are becoming important design elements unto themselves, and I’m loving the unexpected hit of color and pattern a fun shade like the one below brings to a space.

Here’s a lampshade I had custom made for a recent project. I loooove it paired with the vintage alabaster lamp. And it brings a little life to an understated corner. Side note: I cannot wait to share this project with you! Lots more to come on this one!

Here’s a lampshade I had custom made for a recent project. I loooove it paired with the vintage alabaster lamp. And it brings a little life to an understated corner. Side note: I cannot wait to share this project with you! Lots more to come on this one!

Honestly - just a clean, updated lampshade will do wonders for your lamps and your room in general - and it’s an absolute must when incorporating vintage lamps! Black shades are particularly chic!

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Images above from a room I decorated for The Junior League of Chattanooga Showhouse a few years ago called “Young Lady’s Retreat” featuring a vintage pineapple lamp updated with a tailored black lampshade.

Images above from a room I decorated for The Junior League of Chattanooga Showhouse a few years ago called “Young Lady’s Retreat” featuring a vintage pineapple lamp updated with a tailored black lampshade.


Paint your trim the same color as your walls. I have to admit - this is a tough one for some people because trim is supposed to some shade of white, right?!?!? Wrong! It’s perfectly acceptable and so so lovely to paint out your trim in a color! Paint the walls in flat or eggshell finish and paint the trim in satin or semi-gloss (in the same color as your walls - or a shade or two darker or lighter). Not only does this method make your room look more expensive, but those baseboards will be much easier to maintain!

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Art - step away from the mass produced stuff!! If purchasing an original piece from a favorite artist is outside of your budget, you can always frame children’s art. I just did this in a client’s house and it turned out so great- even better than expected! Children’s art adds lots of color and it offers a true emotional connection to the art.

Or you could have a favorite photograph framed. A photo from a favorite vacation would be perfect - every time you see it, you would be transported that time and place again - even if just for a moment!

My absolute favorite way to source original or unique art on a budget is to visit local antique malls. You just never know what will turn up!

I found this fine art original portrait at a local antique mall for a song - the gorgeous custom frame included! All I had to do was decide on which wall to place it!

I found this fine art original portrait at a local antique mall for a song - the gorgeous custom frame included! All I had to do was decide on which wall to place it!

Something old. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of recycling vintage decor. Not only does it add character, it makes your home feel more personal and collected. And isn’t interesting far better than just “coordinated”?

In my living room above, nearly everything is vintage, including some of the furniture! The beauty of this is that I’ll never walk into someone else’s home and see the same pieces.

If you’re interested in adding vintage design elements, you can start with something as small as a vase, planter, candlesticks or even vintage books. Before you know it, you’ll be addicted to the thrill of the hunt!

What do you think? Would you try any of these simple tips in your own home?

The Green Room Interiors is accepting new clients for late summer/fall of 2019. Call Kim today to set up your consultation at 423.653.3186 or email thegreenroominteriors@gmail.com


My Favorite Window Treatment Styles

This topic could go on for quite a while, because there are so many options available for window treatments in your home.

I’m going to keep it simple and just talk about my go-to window treatments that I use over and over again.

  1. Curtain panels. My all time favorite because they add softness, drama - and they’re just cozy and wonderful. They can be real statement pieces, or they can be be understated and quiet. It depends on the fabric selection and color.


In this Chattanooga master bedroom, we opted for creamy white linen panels to evoke a quiet and restful mood. Note the woven shades here. They provide light control, privacy and some fabulous texture.

In this Chattanooga master bedroom, we opted for creamy white linen panels to evoke a quiet and restful mood. Note the woven shades here. They provide light control, privacy and some fabulous texture.

Below is another room in the same home. This is the media room, and we went with a fabric in a vibrant orange print. The color selection definitely helps create a more energetic space. We used the same woven shades under layered under the panels for privacy, light control and added texture.

One thing to note here is that since the blinds provide light control and privacy, the curtain panels are strictly decorative. That said, we had them made with extra fullness to work aesthetically with the width of the triple window. Wide windows and skimpy curtains are a no-no.

One thing to note here is that since the blinds provide light control and privacy, the curtain panels are strictly decorative. That said, we had them made with extra fullness to work aesthetically with the width of the triple window. Wide windows and skimpy curtains are a no-no.

Here’s another example of curtain panels (these drapes are functional because they provide light control and privacy to the sunny back veranda). Did you notice these “windows” aren’t windows at all? They’re French doors, and the window treatments frame them so beautifully! We topped these panels with a simple, box pleated valance to create a more finished look.

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Do you see how important fabric selection is? These curtain panels feel so fresh and modern because of the graphic black and white print . This is one of my favorite fabrics of all time, and I love how we punched it up with the orange trim.

2. Roman Shades. Oh, how I love a Roman Shade! They’re so handsome and smart looking. Not to mention super functional!

Here’s where a bold, colorful fabric could have been too much if we had used curtain panels on all of the windows. Roman shades were the perfect solution to providing light control over the existing shutters, and their tailored style keeps the bold print in check. I think having a fabric window treatment in this space really helps soften the hard edges of the brick and wood, and they provide a welcome shot of color!

Here’s where a bold, colorful fabric could have been too much if we had used curtain panels on all of the windows. Roman shades were the perfect solution to providing light control over the existing shutters, and their tailored style keeps the bold print in check. I think having a fabric window treatment in this space really helps soften the hard edges of the brick and wood, and they provide a welcome shot of color!

Here’s a sneak peek of a dining room project that’s complete but not yet professionally photographed. Simple linen roman shades with neutral trim play a supporting role to a yet to be revealed superstar design element that is just out of camera range in this shot. Stay tuned to see more of this gorgeous home soon!

Here’s a sneak peek of a dining room project that’s complete but not yet professionally photographed. Simple linen roman shades with neutral trim play a supporting role to a yet to be revealed superstar design element that is just out of camera range in this shot. Stay tuned to see more of this gorgeous home soon!

Did you know you can combine window treatment styles in the same room? Here we used curtain panels on a traverse rod that spans the entire width of this wall of windows in combination with Roman shades on the French doors. These window treatments share the same fabrics for continuity. I love how crisp these treatments feel.

Did you know you can combine window treatment styles in the same room? Here we used curtain panels on a traverse rod that spans the entire width of this wall of windows in combination with Roman shades on the French doors. These window treatments share the same fabrics for continuity. I love how crisp these treatments feel.

3. Woven shades. I absolutely adore the texture and casual feel of woven shades. I’ve shown examples of them above layered under drapes, but they’re just as gorgeous on their own, and they lend an easy breezy vibe to a room.

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So there you have it! My 3 favorite window treatments that I incorporate time and time again. Usually I like to keep them simple and tailored but have a little fun with fabric selections and trim details.

I’d love to help you find your perfect window treatment style too! Call Kim at 423.653.3186 to set up a consultation.

How to Get the Most Out of The Designer/Client Relationship

The Green Room Interiors  Family Room Design for a recent project

The Green Room Interiors Family Room Design for a recent project

I get lots of inquiries from people who have never worked with a Designer or Decorator before. I find that people can feel a little uncomfortable or intimidated when sharing their struggles with me. After all, they’re really putting themselves out there and feeling vulnerable - even a little embarrassed - by the state of their homes.

So that leads me to the topic of today’s blog post. How to get the most out of the Designer/Client relationship. Because it really is a relationship. I have to know a lot about you to begin to create a home that represents your best “self” and allows you to feel at home in your newly designed environment.

I’ll be in your home from time to time. I’ll see your home in it’s “before” state, when you’re still living with that hand me down sofa, or your husband’s bachelor pad ping pong table that’s currently standing in as your dining room table. No shame. We’ve all been there, and we’ll dig deep to find out what really excites you and exactly what your vision is for your home.

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Of course the Design process is fun and exhilarating! But there are also lots of details and decisions that must be addressed along the way. It’s a process that’s like a roller coaster ride - and the more prepared you are, the more comfortable you’ll feel when those inevitable highs and lows come around.

So, if you’ve never worked with a Designer before, here are some things you might find helpful.

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Think first about how you want your room to function. Are you entertaining crowds regularly? Do you need a place to Home School? A quiet place to pay bills? Let’s make the space work for your needs first - once we get the functionality right, we can always make it pretty!

Pick a few adjectives that describe how you want your space to “feel” when we’re all done. Vibrant and happy? Quiet and cozy? Clean and simple? It’s really about creating a mood over picking coordinating colors (although we’ll create fabulous color palettes too!)

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If you’re planning to incorporate some of your existing pieces into the new design, make those decisions before we start, and be ready to let go of the things that don’t reflect the direction you want your new space to take.

Think about a realistic investment for your space. Not everything has to be super high end, but we’ll want to invest in some good quality statement pieces. Having a budget allows me to stay in line with your expectations for the project and will save both of us time and disappointment if we’re on the same page from the very beginning. I work hard to find the very best options that suit whatever your budget allows.

Communicate how involved you wish to be. Do you want a designer to handle everything for you, or do you want to be involved in every single decision along the way? Do you need bi-weekly updates on the project, or do you just want updates on milestones as they occur? Do you want to purchase and manage delivery of your own furnishings, or do you want your designer to place orders and manage them on your behalf?

If there is a significant other decision maker, determine how conflicts will be resolved.

Gather up some images of rooms you love on Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz, and your favorite shelter magazines. You may not see a common thread, but your images will give me clues into your preferred style.

Trust me. This is a big one!! I want to get you the absolute best look I can create for you based on your style preferences and your budget. Some of things I recommend may feel a little uncomfortable for you. This is where the magic happens! Allow me to push you a little outside of your comfort zone, and trust that I have the big picture in mind. Whatever it is you were nervous about will make perfect sense on installation day.

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Know that the Design process is fluid. Yes, we will create a Design Plan for your new space, but as the process moves along, be open to veering off the path a little.

Know that there can be setbacks - out of stock items, damage from shipping, and custom items all contribute to delays. Implementing your design can be frustrating at times, but keep your eye on the big picture. It’s a little like childbirth - sometimes the process is painful but when we’re done our baby will bring you more happiness than you imagined!

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And the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy this exciting process! A well designed room provides tremendous benefits that will be enjoyed long after your project is complete!

The Green Room Interiors is accepting new clients for late spring/summer 2019. Schedule your consultation with Kim at 423.653.3186.




Chattanooga Interior Design Project Reveal - The Upper Level

HI again!

In my last post I shared the reveal of a new home Decorating project for a wonderful family in Chattanooga. Today we’ll go upstairs and have a look at those spaces!

In case you missed it, the aesthetic for this home is light, bright, and simple. The clients’ previous home was very traditional and was decorated with an Old Word/French Country twist - which worked perfectly for that home’s architecture. However, my clients were ready to embrace a more pared down style in their new home.

At the top of the steps is a loft area. We decided to utilize that space as a media/game room.

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A cozy sectional is perfect for lounging and watching movies, especially in an area mostly used by family. My clients love color, and the blue and orange color palette is a great counterpoint to the light and neutral wall color.

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My clients wanted to incorporate a game table into the loft area, and I was lucky enough to source this mid century modern game table and chairs from a trusted local antiques dealer. The chairs are fantastic quality pieces and we had them recovered in a sturdy fabric to work within our color palette.

Right off of the loft area is a bedroom that is used by my clients’ daughter when she is in town. Our selections in this bedroom were guided by her style preferences.


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We tucked a little workspace into this area under the eaves to make it as functional as possible. The floral print on the drapes adds some movement and interest to the room without dominating the space. I love this understated feminine print!

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All of the art was selected by my clients’ daughter, and she can add to this gallery wall as she collects more pieces.

The last space we’ll look it is very special. It’s a home office for the lady of the house, and I’m pretty in love with this room.

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This space represents everything my client wanted in her home office. It’s colorful, light hearted, a little whimsical, and eclectic. This room gets the most beautiful natural daylight and it’s a such a happy space to work in!

That rounds out the tour of this beautiful home! I hope you enjoyed seeing it as much as I enjoyed working on it!

The Green Room Interiors is accepting new clients for Spring/Summer 2019. Contact Kim at 423.653.3186 to set up a consultation.

Chattanooga Interior Design Project Reveal - Main Level

Welcome!

Today I want to share a recently completed project that I’m sure you will enjoy seeing.

How about a little background info first?

I have had the pleasure of working with these clients on their previous home, and they’re great to work with. Not only are they trusting and decisive, but (added bonus) they had a pretty clear vision of the direction they wanted this new home to take! And speaking of the new home, it’s a downsize from their previous home and it’s a gorgeous newly constructed home that they bought upon it’s completion.

All of the finishes ( paint colors, cabinets, countertops, tile, stain colors, etc) were already selected when the clients made the purchase, and they provided a wonderful light and neutral backdrop for the furnishings.

The clients’ former home had an Old World French style of architecture, and although it was a beautiful home and a good fit for them previously, they were ready to embrace a lighter, cleaner aesthetic in the new digs.

Ready to tour?

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Like many of today’s new homes, the main level is quite open! We decided to work with the existing paint color (a light, warm greige,) and add color through furnishings and accessories. All of the furnishings you see here are new, with the exception of the nesting table set to the right of the sofa. The clean lined legs made these tables a perfect fit for our new direction!

Although there is no dedicated foyer, we created an area to drop keys and mail by adding a small chest near the front door.

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And here’s the opposite side of the room. We added a little drama by painting the backs of the bookcases off-black, which provides a stronger silhouette for the items on the shelves.

Newer homes that are very open don’t offer a lot of wall space to hang art, and we loved these prints from the clients’ previous home. Our solution? We placed them on the front of their built-in bookcases. I love a little of the unexpected!

The ceilings are very high in this area, and the topiary urns act as finials to each bookcase.

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This is the view from the front door, looking through the living room and kitchen into the dining room. The vaulted ceiling created a great opportunity for some design drama, so we capitalized on that opportunity and swapped out the builder’s fixture for this stunning gold showstopper. Yes, it’s large, but since it’s simple in form it doesn’t feel too heavy.

The Louis dining chairs are from my clients’ previous dining room, and they work perfectly in their new home.

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Here’s closer look at the dining room . The table and buffet have a slightly weathered finish, which contrasts beautifully with the modern art and contemporary chandelier. The overall aesthetic is very clean and simple, which makes a perfect backdrop for family dinners and casual entertaining!

The master bedroom is also located on the main level and it came with some wonderful architectural details. My clients opted to change the paint color to a restful blue. They had used this very color in their previous home, and it’s such a lovely color we were eager to incorporate it into their new home.

This room gets some beautiful natural light. We also love the coffered ceiling, hardwood floors, and tall doors. The chairs, bedding and pillows were brought over from the clients’ previous home. Everything else was selected to work with these design elements.

This room gets some beautiful natural light. We also love the coffered ceiling, hardwood floors, and tall doors. The chairs, bedding and pillows were brought over from the clients’ previous home. Everything else was selected to work with these design elements.

I think the takeaway here is that with some careful selections, you can create a feeling of calm and enjoy some color at the same time!

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We opted to create a fun, bohemian look on a main floor bedroom that is used by the client’s adult son when he is in town.

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A clean-lined low brass bed is flanked by vintage mid century modern end tables topped with smoked glass. The charcoal velvet quilt is accented with mud cloth and bohemian inspired pillows. The end result is completely appropriate for guests while pushing the envelope a little.

I hope you enjoyed touring the main level of this lovely home today. In my next blog post we’ll tour the upstairs rooms. Hope you’ll stop by again for a look!

The Green Room Interiors is accepting new clients for Spring and Summer 2019. Contact Kim today to schedule your consultation. Email thegreenroominteriors@gmail.com