Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Change Of Plans

The Home Office Redesign is a project that is utilizing, for the most part, a collection of items already owned. However, I've encountered a problem and now need to rethink two major aspects of the design. (It's a small room, small changes are major!)

The Barcelona Chair and Ottoman looked great in the room, with the new paint.



Then the furniture was moved out of the room to hang the drapes. Up they went and these looked great in the room.


Once the furniture was returned to the corner, I stepped back expecting to be delighted. Surprise. Instead I felt disappointment.

Something was off. Hum. I walked away knowing it would come to me later.


Then it did. Initially, when the chair was adjacent to the lighter window trim in the room, the white worked. Once a good portion of the trim was covered by the darker drapery panels the white chair became a very stark element in the room. The effect is even more pronounced with the ottoman in place. Yes, I'm being particular, but this room is for my husband! (Would you make a change or just go with the original plan?)

At first I wasn't sure what to do, then I pulled out some fabrics from Van Gogh Designs, a furniture line I sell to some of my clients. The fabric below mixes wonderfully with the wall color, trim, carpet and drapes. A chair made up in this fabric would bring in just the right amount of contrast. Shoot...how am I going to make this work? From a budget point of view. I hadn't planned on purchasing a new chair.





To bring in a new piece of furniture I'll need to cut costs elsewhere. Where? (There aren't many places to look!)

On the accent wall. I've come up with a new plan for this part of the design that costs virtually nothing compared to my initial ideas. More on that tomorrow...

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  1. I hate when that happens! I see your point. I don't think it's too bad, though.

    Is there a way to bring more white into the room now that the trim got covered up? Put something white on the table next to it and something on the wall? Hmmm...

    I think I'd try a few things like that before investing in a new chair. That one is so cool!

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  2. Yes, I've been thinking about alternatives. I'll probably move on to other items and mull over this decision. I really appreciate your point of view!!!

    Janell

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  3. I agree - maybe you can bring in some more white with your decorations or frames?

    Or what about some type of throw on the chair? It would perhaps soften the contrast a bit?

    Just some thoughts. I love the color and drapes!!

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  4. Janell you know that I'm not good with color! But, looking at the colors of the room on my paint deck, white is a little stark for the room. I know it may be more money, but I think a chair in the chosen fabric would look great!

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  5. BTW, congrats on being featured on Made by Girl!!!

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  6. I see what you mean about the white in the after picture with the drapes {which are gorgeous, btw}. What if you {for now anyway} just get or make a throw and a lumbar pillow in the colors in the office. Drape the throw off one side and with the pillow, you may find it will work better for you {hubby}.

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  7. I think if you can't find anywhere else to cut the costs, I would try a throw in the similar fabric you have shown and work the color around the room. It's coming along great! I know it will come to you, good luck!!

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  8. Keep the chair and add more white elsewhere in the room (frames, accessories)? Or could that chair handle a throw pillow, something similiar to the new fabric you like better?

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  9. I really like the new fabric.

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  10. I agree with you, the excisting chair is too white for the room - I like the new fabric you choose much better

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  11. I like that chair but it needs to be balanced with more white if you are going to keep it. Maybe some white lamps, white frames, etc OR try layering the chair with a throw and pillow in an accent colour.

    But a handsome wing back chair in that tweedy fabric with some handsome upholstery tacks would look very masculine!

    Can't wait to see what you decide!

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  12. Try the throw or a pillow before spending all that $$$$$!

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  13. Oh I hear you. If I bring in the new chair, which I get at wholesale pricing so quite affordable, I may SELL the other chair and ottoman! Then I'd come out with a profit...:)
    Janell

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  14. You must keep the white Barcelona chair! I agree with some of the others that more white in the room elsewhere may make a big difference. And BTW, the wall color is to die for!

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  15. I'm not sure I'd add more white in the room; that almost feels like trying to rescue something you're cooking from an ingredient that just isn't right.
    I do like the suggestions of a throw, if you can find a clever one to link all the colors. But from what you've posted next, I think your mind is already moving on to other options ;)

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  16. I realize what I am about to say might get some people all crazy but perhaps you could recover the Barcelona chair from the leather it's always seen in, into the new fabric you have selected.

    It can always be reupholstered back. I guess it might mean it's resale value in the far future might be less to a purist since it wouldn't be in it's original leather. If you are planning on keeping it for the long term though, it might be an option.

    :)

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  17. Sounds like you've already got all the advice you need here. I agree that the new chair would look very nice and if you can make a profit, what's not to like? Otherwise I agree with adding more white elsewhere in the room as well as a throw or runner down the middle in that fabric and/or a lumbar pillow.

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  18. Oh, don't get rid of the barcelona chair! Such a classic, beautiful. I know you will come up with the perfect solution with a bit of time.

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