Room #30 – Luxe Living Room
My oh MY!!! It has been a HOT minute since last I posted (in OCT!!!). I really do apologize my faithful Roomatoids…but we ALL know it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride as of late and I’ve got the war torn undies to prove it. But despite the woes…I must soldier on. Gorgeous rooms just don’t happen, so I do what I must to help the effort! After a mild case of non-inspiration, I found my muse in a most unusual place…a Beverly Hills retailer of the highest pedigree. A place only the glitziest of the glitterati go to bedeck themselves in envious baubles of pure decadence. I knew once I spotted this wrist snapper of a bracelet, that I had all I needed to conjure up one shining gem of a space for all to lust after.
So how do you turn lapis lazuli, turquoise, white cultured pearls and diamonds into a luxurious escape fit for petit fours parties (say that a couple times without piercing your tongue with your own teeth) and champagne chats? Hint…it takes A LOT of petit fours and champagne, a marathon of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills playing in the background and a few hours of interwebs hunting. Simple right? Well…believe it or not, even for experts of design fabulousness such as yours truly, it actually requires some thoughtful pondering and planning. Fortunately for all involved, my decorator gland (which is located just behind the eyeball – alternate fact) is strong and healthy and secreting all the necessary fluids required for optimal design manifestation.
Now when I start working on a masterpiece, I always ask myself…what is it I want to emphasize? Is it the color combo, the “feeling” (casual, formal, traditional, modern, etc.) I get from it or design style (Mediterranean, Southwest, Ethnic Eclectic, Hollywood Regency etc.) I feel it exudes? It’s like when Lisa Vanderpump (my fave RHOBH housewife) decides which outfit she’s going to wear and which car she’s going to drive. Does she need to run a quick errand and therefore throws on jeans, a white tee, tailored blazer, a demure Rolex and 3″ Jimmy Choo’s (aka, LVP’s version of California Casual) and jumps into the Beemer…or is she heading to a gala and pouring herself into one of her own impeccably designed gowns (she designs most of her own clothes…go figure!), some cornea damaging bling and strapping on 4″ Christian Louboutin’s (aka, LVP’s version of English Traditional Glam) and sliding into the Bentley? Oh decisions, decisions.
For this luxe living room, I decided that my point of emphasis would be color…specifically, the various shades of blue. To accomplish this, I did two things: 1) I literally found pieces in various shades of blue (um duh) and 2) I chose a contrasting color (in this case, the soft orangey-pink/copper tones) to push my primary color to the forefront in a subtle way. How coincidentally serendipitous (like all the storylines and encounters on RHOBH) that I should find a rug that so perfectly exemplifies this strategy? Makes you wonder huh? Don’t ponder too long…you’ll get brain freeze.
You’ll notice that all of my major upholstery pieces are in le famille bleue, as are the curtains, a throw and a few pillow options. I’ve incorporated a memorable example of a side table, because just like Kim Richards (LOVED her in Escape to Witch Mountain)…a little bizarre does wonders for a room (and ratings). The supporting cast of furnishings cover the gamut of colors found in the rug and my inspiration piece. They range from the more traditional, high back Chinese side chair and rococo mirror in creamy whites, to the transitional waterfall nesting tables and shimmering sconces, to the more modern, copper infused side tables. And because I just can’t stop there, I decided to add bit more compositional interest to the mix. Blushing pink marble tile flooring with delicate veining gets the party started and the mouths watering. If pink floors don’t get you drooling…your saliva glands aren’t working (which could be a sign of a petit fours overdose…the remedy…more champagne, STAT!). Droolfest continues with a metallic cowhide covered ottoman, a super contemporary coffee table and a chandelier reminiscent of giant diamonds…each contributing their own kind of drama (just like when RHOBH added Brandi Glanville to the cast…ah snap!) Toss in a few more yummy pillows for some comfort and joy and roll the credits.
As 2017 is already proving to be a reality show filled with last minute script changes and bawdy characters, I am hoping that my simple little blog will bring much needed commercial breaks filled with humor, wit, sass and creativity. May you learn, from my humble musings, how to make your bomb shelters a little more beautiful, a little more comfortable, and a lot more you.
P.s. Just for fun…if I were a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, my tagline/intro would be: I may not be as rich as Lisa…but at least I’m richer than you. (whatchu’ think Andy?)