We are excited to share photos with you of a recently completed Full Service residential project. We have to admit, Full Service projects are our absolute favorites, since we get to oversee everything down to the last detail, and make it perfect for the big reveal to our clients! 

This project was a fun challenge. Our clients' home is very formal, and they are anything but. They have a relaxed and casual style, and are the most warm and welcoming people! The goal in this room- the first you see when you enter their home- was to marry their personal style with the style of their architecture. We wanted to create a music room that was cozy and inviting, but still formal enough for all the detailed mouldings and columns of their home. 

Our only parameters were to keep the piano (of course), the existing paint, and two chairs the clients had newly purchased. Here's a look at the "before":

Piano Room BEFORE

And here is the "after":

We started by adding a rug for warmth, and rearranging the furniture. Turning the piano so the keys are visible made it a beautiful focal point. Grouping the chairs together provided a spot for conversation, with a table to hold a drink or book. A large bookcase was brought in to balance the weight of the piano.

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The window treatments had been left by the previous owners and were due for an upgrade:

Updating Window Treatments

We chose columns of custom pleated drapery to give the windows the attention they deserved. 

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The piano bench was previously covered in black velvet and hidden in the back corner of the room. Since it was moving into the spotlight, we had it recovered with a light and bright linen. The new fabric contrasts beautifully with the dark finish of the piano and bench legs, and it shows off the tufted detail that was hidden before.

Piano Bench Reupholstery
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A woven basket serves as a pretty and practical spot to stash music books near the piano.

Music Book Storage Solution
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Using family snap shots instead of formal portraits kept a casual and personal feel in the room. We had them printed in black and white to keep the color palette cohesive. Black accents- in the bookcase metal, the candle, and the lamp shade- are dotted throughout the room and tie back to the piano.

Our client had chosen the chairs because she loves orange, so we pulled that color out in the pillows and some accents throughout the room. But the base of the room is neutral, so if she ever decides to go in a different direction, it will be easy to do with a few quick swaps. We don't think that's going to happen though. After she saw the room, one of her first comments was "I just love the orange!" 

The most rewarding part of this job was seeing the family immediately gather in the room after the big reveal. Dad at the piano, Mom and daughter cross-legged on the rug, enjoying. Thanks so much to our lovely clients for bringing us in on your project!

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AuthorLaura Irion