Some clients have a very clear-cut style. They know what they like, as soon as they see it. They will pull a hundred images, each and every one telling the same story and carrying the same theme. But at the same time, they’re unsure how to pull the look together or how to focus on just one item. This client came to an initial meeting with a tome of tear sheets and printouts, coveting each item but not sure how to select just a few.
She loves bohemian chic and does it well. Her style tells a love story of sorts, and I would call it “Morocco meets Manhattan.” Every item in her home reflects her appreciation for fine, quality, European craftsmanship. A 1960s-era upbringing, lots of travel, East Coast living and now a family on the north shore of Chicago, this Gold Coast condo reflected a full life and was an eclectic haven in need of a refresh.
Just a few new pieces were purchased for this project, including the sofa and rugs. My client’s collection of comfortable, yet mismatched chairs, all had great shape, scale and lines. They worked well together, except for the fabric. While she loved white and blues, we had to work very precisely in order to keep that palate urban and not beach bungalow. Choosing rich white fabrics and leathers, we were able to balance out the room with black as the primary accent color and navy as the secondary.