A splendid Georgian, double bay fronted property with rambling garden views and a drawing room to die for, were the perfect partner for this project requiring a high-end furnishing make over. The room was beautifully proportioned; all that was required was the icing on the cake. My client had contacted me two years previously before the project finally hit the ground. A young family had delayed the project, but it was now time to redress the situation. Jo’s previous desires had not faded. A yearning to add ‘life’ to the drawing room meant some vibrant colour, and swags and tails were imminent. During the brief it was also stated that this room was to be a haven of privacy for Jo and her husband: somewhere they could retreat to, away from the rest of the house.
We set to fulfilling the brief by applying a bright sunny hue to the walls such as Woodbine, Little Greene Paint. The ceilings were tall and an abundance of light was evident throughout the day. This sun packed room took ownership of a large bay and an aesthetically pleasing French door to the extensive garden to the side. My client wanted to retain the purple and flame gold floral fabric sofa and chair, which were vibrant and decadent and gave a layered elegant look. The Georgian proportions of the room would easily facilitate swags and tails as it would be fitting to the period.
I advised that the curtain arrangement should not be too overpowering or too fussy. However, swags and tails were desired, so I suggested a series of swags without the tails, replaced by small stiffened pelmet boards at each end. Fabric, Amazing from Camengo, was selected for both curtains and swags, which portrayed slight regency and warmth. The property had dark oak wooden flooring throughout the ground floor which suited the style of the house perfectly, but Jo longed for some warmth underfoot so we opted for a medium pile carpet in a straw colour coupled with a thick underlay for extra padded comfort.
I contacted Tracey two years ago with my project, but due to circumstances we had to revisit the project. I am so pleased with the results. We now have a ‘retreat’ to relax to at the end of a long day!
We are thrilled with our new drawing room, thank you. Dining room to follow please!