We are currently in the process of redecorating Suzanne’s living room. For the past few years we’ve been using it to shoot editorials, as well as stories for the blog, and in the process it has become a little more hodgepodge than we’d like to admit. So, in an effort to give the downstairs a little pick me up, we’ve been repainting a few rooms, as well as re covering some old pieces with new fabrics, and purchasing a few keys pieces to help elevate some of the rooms to their pre-GBGP experimentation hay day.
What we really want to do is create a very clean and classic palette that we won’t tire of in a few years time–the advice we give all of our clients yet seem to find the hardest time taking ourselves ;). With that in mind, we decided to paint the foyer a slightly shiny navy blue–we ended up going with Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen and wallpapered the back hall in a lively paisley by Schumacher. The new living room is going to be based on blue and white with pops of color and lots of neutrals mixed in. What started the idea for this blue and white palette was the Raoul patterned fabric below, middle. Indira in Indigo (Raoul): This is the fabric in the center of the scheme above, and it’s really what inspired the color scheme of the room. We’re going to use it on an ottoman that sits in front of a neutral armless sofa, flanked by a pair of striped club chairs.
Saratoga Iris (Holland & Sherry): After falling for Raoul’s Indira, we decided we wanted to upholster our existing 84-inch English roll arm, tight-back sofa in a blue (that little scrap of fabric sitting on the ticking stripe is it!). The living room doesn’t get a ton of light and the grey sisal rug on the floors tends to suck up color so we wanted to choose something really vibrant that will stand up to the rug.
Wellfleet Ticking in Chambray (Schumacher): The striped fabric top left will make the perfect upholstery fabric for a pair of club chairs on either side of a neutral, armless sofa opposite the new blue English roll arm sofa. We’ve done A LOT of research recently on the best ticking stripes out there and this one by Schumacher takes the cake. It’s the perfect ticking stripe.
Fairie Enchantee Toile in Corail (Quadrille): We’ll make a pillow for the blue sofa in this poppy coral fabric as well as a seat cushion for a small occasional chair in the room.
Lacquer in Maize (Brunschwig & Fils): This Brunschwig fabric is one of our go-to’s whenever we’re looking for an upholstery weight solid with a little bit of texture and shine. In this case we’ll just make one pillow out of this fabric for a chair covered in a white linen.
Wide Linen Sheer in Mascarpone (Rogers & Goffigon): Another go-to, when the budget allows, Rogers & Goffigon is our favorite place to go for window treatment fabric. We have existing roman shades on all of the windows in the living room made out of R & G’s wide linen sheer in mascarpone.
Lacquer in Ivory (Brunschwig & Fils): Another pillow for the blue sofa. With such a strong, vibrant blue fabric covering the largest upholstered piece in the room, it’s nice to break it up with a little white. We’ll make this white pillow a little more interesting by adding a braided tape to the front. This lacquer fabric also has a lovely sheen to it that makes it much more interesting than just a plain white cotton.
Umberto Stripe in Color 01 (Fabricut): Fabric for a pillow.
Ceylon Delft (Raoul): Fabric for a pair of pillows on the neutral armless sofa.