Standing The Test of Time - Part Two


I thought I'd get back into my blogging routine by posting the second part of my assessment of some of my old scheme/mood boards.  The image below shows a scheme for a sitting room in the same house as the family room in part one of this post.  The brief was to create a moody, glamorous room, mainly for grown ups, that could be used for socialising and watching films.

 Sitting Room Scheme from 2005

Initially the client was very keen to retain the large purple L-shaped sofa.  I wasn't at all keen on that sofa but sometimes you have to work with things you don't love.  The tactic I used then is the same as I use now in such circumstances, I created a look that would suit the sofa just fine but that was in no way dictated by it.  That way when the client decided that it would be better to change the sofa after all it was very easy to work a different sofa into the look.  

We never purchased the dark Louis ghost chairs that were intended for the bay window because the client spied a super vintage steel desk for the study and we both thought it would be unexpected and striking in the sitting room bay instead.  That's an item that is definitely standing the test of time:  A few months ago I placed a similar desk in a study area on a landing where it looks fabulous and just this month I "stored" such a desk in the bay window of my sitting room  - here is an image of it to give you an idea of how it looked in the room for the scheme:

You can see details of this desk here:

The vintage French chandelier is timeless as antique lighting so often is.  I chose one with amethyst drops to tie in a little with the sofa but coloured drops in an original chandelier look good in almost any setting.  They add interest and the colours can be picked up elsewhere in a room or left to stand alone.

The antique French mirror will never date especially as it is not a style that is much copied and it is very evidently an original. 

The fabric sample on the board conceals the Malabar wallpaper in silver by Cole & Son which I chose because I loved the bold rich pattern.  We just put it on the main wall (chimney breast and alcoves).  The subtle colour kept it from overwhelming the space.  The paper is such a classic design that I would happily use it today.

 Cole & Son Malabar Wallpaper in Silver
The curtain fabric, Liberty Tuxedo Margarita by Osborne and Little, was chosen to be plush and luxurious.  I still like it but these days I would perhaps choose a lovely wool as that would be more contemporary but still classic, as I did in this room recently:

 The curtains I would perhaps choose for that scheme today

The popularity of mirrored furniture became so great that every high street retailer brought out their own range.  When something takes off like that I find the best safeguard against spending money on a passing fad is to invest only in pieces that have some age to them and are good examples of their kind.  The 1950s mirrored occasional tables will always be usable in a home even if they reach a point where they are no longer wanted in the main living area - that time has not yet come to my mind.

Mercury accessories have been popular for years and will be so for a long time to come.  Nonetheless these days I would mix them up a bit with other pieces to give them a bit of a twist.

For me the jury is still out on whether the Louis console table from Heals is truly a future classic, like the Louis Ghost chair, or whether it will really just be of its time. 

All in all I feel quite happy that the scheme has aged rather well.  I would definitely tweak it in the ways I've outlined but I wouldn't feel like the room yet needed to be completely re-done, unless the kids have been allowed in to trash it of course!


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