From Carol Donayre Bugg, Vice President of Design,Decorating Den Interiors
by ipdesign |
April 12th, 2010 |
Here is the story behind a recent entry in Decorating Den’s 2010 Dream Room Contest…I chose this room to write about because of the way decorator Valerie Ruddy adeptly handled a problem faced by many homeowners.
Ruddy’s young newly married clients fell in love at first sight with the 1920’s colonial architecture of their new home. However they were less enchanted with the layout of the living room where multiple windows and doorways made it extremely difficult to place furniture. The plan the decorator devised addressed the awkward long dimensions of the room, traffic flow, and seating to accommodate the clients’ entertaining needs.
Positioning the sofa and a console table in the center of the room facing the fireplace and the two chairs served two purposes. It visually divided the long space and it established a pleasant conversational grouping. A large area rug also helped to break up the stretch of hardwood floor. Another of the decorator’s clever moves was to slightly angle the chest away from the corner walls.
By using a pastel palette of blue, cream and taupe, Ruddy was not only keeping the room light and airy, but on the cutting edge of a new color direction. The furnishings she selected for this young couple’s first home are sleek and sophisticated with enough traditional tailoring to blend the vintage architecture of their home with a smart contemporary aesthetic.