New is always better! We all have pieces of furniture we love but, over time, have become worn and need some TLC. As long as your pieces of upholstery have good structure/frames, adding new fabric and detail can be just the ticket to bring your old furnishings back to life! Our client loved the overall style and comfort of her sofa and bench, although both needed to be updated.
One of The Goode Touch Interior’s designers, pictured on our client’s old sofa below, is noting that comfort is a key factor for our client, so down-wrapped cushions will be replaced for both seat and back cushions.
The bench is used as both a foot rest and coffee table so durability was very important when selecting new fabric.
Our client recently inherited a beautiful antique pillow cover and wanted to incorporate it as an accent pillow on the sofa. A turquoise blue pillow insert was designed so the color peaks through the spaces between the button closures, while decorative silk tassels were added for the finishing touch.
Pictured below, the new fabrics & trim completely transformed the sofa and bench! The client was in love at first sight! The sofa was reupholstered with a textured linen fabric from Kravet and the skirt was accented with decorative tape. Two additional throw pillows were created with a cream background to accent the antique pillow and contrast with the main sofa fabric.
A commercial-grade Pollack fabric was selected for the bench because of its durability. Its soft, brushed nap gives a luxurious feel and the metallic welt cord frames the cushion beautifully.
We designed the sofa with the original welt detail and a flat flange on the pillows for diversity.
To bring attention to the sofa’s skirt, a Highland Court tape was applied at the bottom, giving a tailored appearance.
The antique pillow turned out to be the perfect centerpiece for the sofa.
And the silk tassels give the pillow the extra detail it was calling for!
The Goode Touch Interiors design team recommended an entry rug and a stairway foyer rug to warm our client’s open floor plan and expansive wood floors. The sizes needed were not standard, so we designed two rugs with Allure Custom Rugs: a 52” x 19’ runner for the Entry and a 7’ round for the Foyer. The rugs are located within visual proximity of one another, so they needed to complement one another (without being to “matchy-matchy”). Our inspiration sprang from the fabric used on the dining room captain’s chairs. As you scroll down the drawings and photographs you will see the process of creating these rugs.
This is the fabric used on the dining room captain’s chairs (which are visible from the entry).
From the renditions below, we selected the favored elements to work into the final design of the entry runner.
Here is the final design for the entry runner along with the yarn selections picked from poms of solid colored strands and mixed strands.
This rendering shows the area of the rug selected to use for the strike off (an actual sample of an area of the rug manufactured for approval).
Here is an image of the round foyer rug. The design we opted for has an organic, free-form detail (floral sprigs and leaves) intertwined with a more traditional, formal detail (large medallion).
Adding sprigs with buds in warm red and copper hues helped bring visual correlation between the Foyer rug and Entry rug.
Additional sprigs and buds were added to convey more visual color balance.
A few more changes to the sprigs and buds finalized the balance of the color and free form elements.
This specified art was used by the weavers to manufacture the strike offs. The art on the left is for the 7’ round Foyer rug, while the art on the right for the 4’4”x19’ Entry runner.
Here are the two strike-offs: Entry runner is on the left, the Foyer rug is on the right. Having these samples allowed us to verify they would compliment one another nicely.
Here is a close up of the Foyer rug to show some texture detail of the loop (at the lower left of the photo – beige yarn) and cut pile.
Here is a snapshot of the completed Entry runner:
Here is a snapshot of the completed Foyer rug:
Have you considered all of your options for the form and function of your room? Before purchasing furniture, you should feel comfortable with your decision in selecting the appropriate pieces by knowing your size requirements. At The Goode Touch Interiors, we help you understand and visualize functions for your room through computer aided drawings (CAD). Below, are three different options we provided for a client’s living room:
Let us help you visualize with your next design project.
Our client had original wood shutters on all of her guest bedroom windows from when the home was built. Although they were a nice quality, they didn’t provide the softness desired or complimented the furnishings and window trim detail. She wanted to bring another decorative element to the room and still provide shade and privacy.
The first guest bedroom has 2 beautiful antique Twin beds with wood inlay and intricate carving. The bedding is in antique style quilts with a soft blue/green paisley pattern. We wanted to compliment the bedding by using a similar motif but scaling down the size of the pattern.
The custom romans were designed to bring a more traditional, historic style to the windows to compliment the antique furnishings. The style of these romans is called Stagecoach Soft Roman – appropriate for the period of the beds.
Because the beds in this room are both Twins, taking its guests in mind, we wanted to bring a playful element to the window treatments but keep a refined detail using Ribbon bows with a metallic thread stitching.
The second guest bedroom has a more masculine feel to the furnishings but we wanted to still bring a softness and interest to the windows. Because the placement of the windows was set in the corner of the room, creating custom inset romans was a better solution to drapery panels with an angled drapery rod.
The bedding in this room is more simple in nature, so we chose to bring movement and interest through pattern to the windows. To maintain a more masculine feel, we chose a flat style roman to with simple valance. This style lets the pattern be the prominent feature of the custom window treatment.
The bedding also has a subtle grey/blue bordered pattern to the duvet. We incorporated a border detail to the custom romans by adding a contrasting fabric to the edges of the roman and the valance. This detail tied all of the soft furnishings in the room beautifully.
Flow is just as important as function and storage when it comes to a kitchen’s design. The challenge for our client was that her kitchen felt, “closed off from the rest of the home,” which has a modern open layout. The cabinets, countertops and backsplash were standard builder selections and fell short of adding any excitement to the space. Our client’s number one wish was to open up the kitchen to the rest of her home. Adding color and selecting rich finishes would give way to a dynamic personality for her kitchen. She didn’t have the budget to overhaul the cabinets but knew it needed some life and light. These photos are of the original Kitchen…
We removed a section of cabinets that separated the kitchen from the living room in order to achieve the open-flow design our client was intent on. A beautiful granite slab replaced the original tile countertops. Task lighting was an issue so additional ceiling cans and under cabinet lights were added to improve the light quality throughout the space.
The taupe glass tile brings movement and pattern to the backsplash and is highlighted by the under-cabinet lighting.
The upper cabinet doors were replaced with frosted glass panels to give a more open, light feel.
The finishing touches to the renovation: a rich Benjamin Moore paint color selected for the kitchen and hallway, and a fabulous Laura Weitzner wall covering applied to the floating wall…color and texture are easy ways to bring attention to an architectural element.
In the end, the room was transformed from an ordinary kitchen to a space the client absolutely loves!!!
Many people are faced with the challenge of how they can update a room using existing furniture and incorporating new. As designers, we are mindful of the emotional attachments people have with their furnishings and are focused on the seamless integration of “old” and “new” items. Recently, our client asked us to rejuvenate her master bedroom. She requested a colorful environment with a soft, feminine flair that would breathe life into the space.
Our first priority for this project was to improve the scale of the furnishings within her bedroom. One of the solutions was to select appropriate table lamps for the two nightstands and antique occasional table.
Below, are the lamp options we presented to our client:
In the end, our client selected the lamp on the left for her two nightstands. Their appropriate scale, graceful shape and warm metal tones mix beautifully with the accent hardware on her existing case goods.
She selected the tall floral lamp for the antique occasional table. This fanciful lamp will be a statement piece in the room and provide a delicate feminine touch to the ornate table.
Stay tuned for the room’s transformation with the installation of the three new table lamps, the refinished bed and nightstands, new bedding as well as new window treatments…