Picture Perfect Design – Keryl’s Room
My friend Keryl has been so supportive of me while I write this blog. She reads and comments daily, has emailed links to her friends, and offered suggestions. I am really grateful. So, I was really excited when Keryl asked me to design a living space for her. She loves to travel, and London is one of her all-time favorite destinations. Here is her inspiration photo:
I happen to have an advantage in designing this room in that I know the occupant very well. So, in addition to taking inspiration from the photo, I used some of the things I know about Keryl to shape the design. I hope she likes it.
1. I like the simple lines of this side table. Black plays a key role in this space and having a pop of it next to the sofa is a great start.
2. The sectional is spacious and modern. The blue reminds me of the sky in the inspiration photo.
3. I love the scale of this coffee table and the slightly retro feel of it. I also think the wood helps keep the room from feeling too stark.
4. The tomato-y orange and the vivid blue in this palette come straight from the inspiration photo. The black is an accent color. I used grey as the main color on the walls; it is such a great color for modern spaces. I picture it above a wide chair rail in black with orange below.
5. This light is so cool. Keryl is a huge film buff, and I thought this would be a humorous touch for the room.
7. This slogan/logo is everywhere lately, but I love the source. It was a propaganda poster used by the British government during World War II. As a rug, I think it is a great conversation starter for the living room.
9. Finally, I added a personal touch to the space. All four clock faces have some significance for Keryl. The first is the clock on Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans where Keryl grew up. Next is Big Ben in London. Then we have the clock on Orchestrion Hall in Baltimore, where Keryl currently lives. Finally, Albritton Tower at Texas A&M, Keryl’s alma mater. Turning all photos black and white and framing them in orange helps unify the collection.
Keryl was looking for a modern, slightly retro space inspired by London. How did I do?