Festivals, fairs, bazaars, travel…summer months are filled with so many opportunities to purchase unique and collectible items. The challenge? What to do with them once you return home!
The homeowner of this tranquil redecorated room faced this challenge and the challenge of what to do with this large empty space just inside the front door. The good news? We solved both concerns!
Requests from the homeowner:
- Do not block the view of the nature scene outside the set of windows.
- Create an “entrance” in this open space.
- Provide two seating areas in this room.
- Keep the design neutral, classic and timeless.
- Don’t block the walkway between the two opposing sets of sliding glass doors.
- Include the homeowners’ blue glass accessories.
We began the design by defining the two seating areas with an area rug for each space. For fun, we layered a small, fluffy white rug over the smaller of the area rugs and placed two unique chairs around a glass-topped accent table.
The view remains the focal point of the space with the windows appearing to be larger by beautifully framing them with custom panels in a warm taupe. It is further enhanced by placing a chaise lounge in front of the windows instead of a sofa.
The clean lines of the occasional tables draw attention to the homeowners’ collection of blue glass. We placed the distinctive pieces around the room, starting at the front door with the cobalt blue candy dish. By varying the heights and not cluttering the surfaces, each piece is honored as a work of art and offers the perfect “pop” of color.
Here are specific tips for enjoying your own “delectable collectibles!”
- To make the biggest impact, keep collections together: same room, same table and same bookshelf.
- Arrange in groups of three, five or seven; in other words, odd numbers.
- Vary the heights with smallest in front.
- If necessary, use books or boxes to make a piece taller.
- If a lamp is in the grouping, include it in your count.
- If you are including art, it’s OK to place pieces in front. (Rule of thumb when hanging art: middle of piece should be approximately 60 inches from floor.)
- Sometimes the biggest impact is just one signature piece on a table.
Just remember to have fun and enjoy your collections as they bring back happy memories!