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what's so special about this room?

By 1/26/2015


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this makeover by steven gambrel from domino is one of my all-time favorites.  let's break down why it's working

1 :: a strip of paint a shade darker than the wall adds interest and creates the illusion of molding without the install

2 :: a grown-up mood board provides a space to get personal, keeps the room from feeling too serious and allows for a changing art installation

3 :: a fake fireplace backed in mirror opens the space up and allows pretty objects to shine twice as bright

4 :: a one-of-a-kind chair makes a statement and injects some global flair into a preppy palette

5 :: versatile smaller pieces keep the small room from feeling crowded and serve as both tables and stools

6 :: a lacquered parsons desk introduces a modern touch, especially in a quirky color.  a budget big-box buy, it helps make sure the feel isn't too frou-frou; plus, it allows a space to work without creating unnecessary clutter

7 :: wall to wall carpet unifies a space with a lot of furniture.  rather than chopping it up, it allows to room to feel larger.

8 :: a sophisicated paint color pairs perfectly with a large-scale paisley print on the soaring drapes.  restricting the color palette allows other elements of the room to shine, like the great mix of textures throughout the space.

here are a few more pics to see just how dramatic the makeover was:


21 comments

  1. Love today's post! Breaking down designers thought processes and why things work helps us amateurs understand why we love their designs!

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  2. Great post! Love the look of this room. I like the makeover.
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  3. I was lusting over this room a couple weeks ago. Since, my living room walls have been painted this exact pink. Lovin it!

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  4. Nice room,nice furnite ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  5. Wow. I haven't seen this yet and I can't believe the difference! Incredible.

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  8. love these posts! I love hearing your take on rooms. and I think this color palette is so unusual and fun.

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  9. I love this chair which is on the left side of the table. It's so beautiful!

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  10. One of my all time favs too. I love it for many of the reasons you mentioned, but also because I love the gorge incorporation of a workspace in the main living area. this is just done right. So much more than just sticking a desk against the wall in the corner.

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