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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Best Client to Have is a Friend....

The Best Client to have is a Friend...
When I first met Tammy & Robert, they were just looking, thinking of changing their home furnishings. 
Little did Robert know we would be changing a whole house full of furniture.  As my store changed, new inventory, more elegant style, Tammy wanted her home to have that same feel.  So we started out with just a few changes, then a few more, and before we knew it, I was involved with a whole house remodel.  Making decisions on kitchen cabinetry, paint colors, flooring, etc...
It was alot for Tammy & Robert to deal with, but I always saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
I am so happy that they both were very trusting in my decisions, from paint colors, moldings, and down to all the furnishings in the house, I paid attention to every little detail so their home would reflect who they were.  The more and more I worked with them, the better we got to know each other, and the more the house evolved.  We became very good friends.

Living Room
I chose a heavy white linen slip covered sectional. It fit their room the best.  An old farm table was cut down to serve as coffee table, and of course my favorite accessory, a large white finger coral.  French side table with marble top, a French oval mirror with perfect patina, another obsession of mine, ocean oil paintings are a must.
The pair of old french carved arm chairs, were perfect worn gold patina, we reupholstered them in an old grainsack, and added a down seat.
A stack of old New York Times Chronicles from the 1920s serves as a table next to her couch to hold her grand girandole lamp.
Of course, for the man of the house, no living room could be complete without a large flat panel TV, as much as I think they are a distraction in a room, it worked, we dressed up the mantle with more coral, and old handmade apotocary bottles, and French leatherbound books.
This gorgeous primitive cabinet houses all of the video, and stereo components, you would never know, it looks as if its just a beautiful primitive piece to hold her candle holder.

This beautiful original painted aqua bombe was a find of the century. I was going to keep it for myself, but you know how it is, we can't keep everything, and of course it was the perfect piece for Tammys entry way.

Now the dining room was a different story, I knew we needed something different, something very unusual. Tammy is just like me, we like to have something no one else has.  I found 2 antique chippy fluted columns, her husband had them cut down to size, and fitted with a White Calcutta Marble top.
The parsons chairs are actual antiques from a Renaissance era, we just slip covered them in the same heavy white linen like her sofa.
The chandelier was an old french gilded piece, we brought in to finish the space.
The mirror below is a piece from a local artisan. All handmade from a fragment pediment piece.
In her kitchen we have this old iron cross fragment, from France, with a tin heart. Perfect rusted patina.  A very unusual find. And of course more coral.....

At last, the boudior...
I found this magnificent bed that we converted to fit a queen size.  We painted it, and gave it that antique finish. Came out just perfect....
The very best client to have is a Friend...

15 comments:

Debby said...

Gorgeous!! I love the bedroom and the dining room! xo

Pamela said...

Simply stunning! These interiors are just gorgerous. I love everything.
I am now on a hunt for ocean scene paintings...especially since i now live on the west coast.
Thanks for sharing!
Pamela xo

Sue said...

This "makeover" definately has the WOW factor! Loved just starring at the pictures. You did a great job although it is no suprise to me!

Take care, Sue

Leigh Ishee said...

So beautiful!

Rebecca said...

I love it all.............. don't know what to comment on because it's all wonderful!

Cabin and Cottage said...

Congratulations! These are beautiful rooms. The TV works wonderfully. What an elegant style!

NanaDiana said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous house...LOVE it...you did a fantastic job. I think that is one of the most beautiful beds I have ever seen. You said you converted it to fit a queen sized bed...was it a King or a Double bed to start with?

I'll be the owners just feel like they have stepped into a dream! I know I would! Diana

Faded Charm said...

Everything looks fabulous. It is all so calming and simple. Looks like you guys made a great team.

Take care,

Kathleen

My Shabby Roses said...

WOW!!! Just gorgeous! I loved every piece. You did a wonderful job!

Debi said...

Absolutely exquisite! So glad I found your blog! I am a follower!
xox
Debi

huntedtreasures said...

I love the bed, been looking for one myself, where can I find me one any idea, would like to see more of it if all possible it is a Treasure.

Hugs,

Maria & Ruth

June said...

What a beautiful job you did with this home. How wonderful for you that you were able to get to know this couple and become good friends.

FullBloomCottage said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments
-loretta

chateaudelille said...

That was such a treat! I loved it all and got so many ideas. I have many similar ideas that if I tweak might look like yours. i love your blog and I wonder if you'd let me do a feature on you for my blog? Let me know what you think. Fiona

Auntie Bliss said...

I'm just thinking how horrible it would be to have to leave home...if this were your home.