For the past few months I’ve been rearranging two rooms in my house. Both bedrooms, I decided to repurpose the one on the front of the house as a sitting and tv room and the other as a guest room. The guest room was easily set up but the new sitting room I tackled as a new project. I scoured decorating magazines and design books and toured every show home within driving distance before settling on a plan.
I decided on a blue and white color scheme. Inspired by the master en suite at the Raleigh, NC show home, I contacted Palette Paint on Ivy Road in Charlottesville palettepaint.com.
They are wonderful! They carry Farrow & Ball and Fine Paints of Europe paints. The room I’d seen in Raleigh had a lacquer finish that I wanted to copy. My twist was that I wanted to give the ceiling that high gloss finish. A decorator in New York who did one of the rooms in the 2016 Kips Bay Show Home first clued me into Fine Paints of Europe. If you are looking for that lacquer or very high gloss finish, then you want Fine Paints of Europe paint. It gives a mirror like finish that does not disappoint. They can also custom mix the color to your specifications. I wanted to match a blue in a fabric I planned to use in the room.
I used a high gloss white on the ceiling and a Farrow & Ball blue color in the Fine Paints satin finish. One caution, the paint quantities differ from the usual gallon or pint you get at Home Depot and I recommend using their primer, especially for a deep color.
I also recommend working with your paint specialist. Palette was absolutely amazing. They worked with me to select and customize my colors to come up with the perfect solution. As an added plus they were fun to work with.
Since the room had a window seat perfect for reading I wanted an upholstered seat cushion. Second Yard, also in Charlottesville, was my go to for fabric (thesecondyard.com). After multiple fabric swatches, I found the perfect fabric for the window seat and the desk chair. Once I had the fabric for the desk chair that was the color I took to Palette to match for the walls.
A white egg chair and Meis van der Rohe daybed make up the large pieces in the room. The daybed is great for a nap or stretching out with the quadraped and, since it is the same size as a twin bed, can be used for an overnight guest. I tapped CB2 for acrylic tables and scooped up lamps, a rug, and sideboard from Palette. The desk table is a family antique and the bookcase made by my Grandfather for my parent’s first home.
I completed the room with a painting by my great-grandmother, an illustration by Inslee Farris at insleebydesingn.com, photographs I’ve taken on trips abroad and framed, and my special treasure – a piece of hand made paper that looks like lace that I found in a small shop in Paris in the Marias. Last, but not least, two whimsical touches, a leather dachshund, named Rosemary, and a leather Kangaroo, named Roo, that serves as a magazine rack.
Now on to my home office, my current work in progress . . .