If there were ever a home to make me question my all-white-interior ways, Alexandra Kaehler recently designed bold family abode would be it! Chock full of deep reds, emerald greens and rich navy hues, this is one place I could happily call home. In other news: my obsession with wallpaper has recently been resurrected, thanks in part to the fantastic washroom facelift you're about to feast your eyes on.
From Alexandra... From day one this client made sure I knew she wanted to have fun with the design of her home. They had been living in the home almost 10 years and wanted something new and updated! They are a young family (with young kids and a pup) so everything needed to be durable but they still wanted stylish. They love bold color, funky shapes, nods to mid-century and lots of texture! We used strong hits of pattern mixed with texture and color to bring the space to life. We didn't want their house to become another grey and beige suburban home, this family has so much personality, we wanted to make sure their house did too! Eclectic has become a bit overused in the world but of design, but it really does fit these guys. Big bursts of modern, mixed with hints of traditional. Colors accented by neutrals (and visa versa). Patterns paired with textures. Vintage and new. Just a big mix! For me, that contrast is always what creates the most interesting spaces.
We knew we wanted to wallpaper the dining room. Its one of the first rooms when you see when you walk into the house, so visual impact was important. This beautiful, beaded, Matthew Williamson wallpaper reminded me of a vintage gown. The texture, the metallic paint, the pattern, all just came together so beautifully. The other pieces just fell perfectly into place after the paper was chosen. The dining set was something they already owned. We left the table as is, but lacquered the previously brown chairs to be white and reupholstered them in a fun, colorful fabrics.
Their master bedroom was a tough one. Its enormous, with slanted ceilings and lots of wasted space. We built out a previously wasted nook with built-ins, put a desk in the center and created an office area tucked in behind. The dark paint made the space feel more cozy and custom bed fit perfectly into an awkward eave. With custom window seats and tons of storage the bedroom now takes advantage of almost every square inch of space. We painted the walls, trim and doors all the same color to help make the room feel warmer, and a little smaller too (sometimes I use this trick in a small room too and it has the opposite effect). The rug was a piece they owned previously, and although more traditional the rest of the home, it is the perfect juxtaposition with the more funky pieces we chose.
The powder room was a last minute add on to the scope of our project. It was a little generic and outdated but they didn't want to invest in gutting it completely. So we painted the existing wood vanity in the powder room high gloss gray, put some new hardware on it and gave it a new life! With a new mirror and beautiful wallpaper it feels like an entirely different space.