The fabric Pearl River from Schumacher is one of my all-time favorites. So much so, that I used it in my powder room as Roman Shades, mixed with metallic gold and bronze chinoiserie wallpaper, and also in the adjoining butler’s pantry as a huge oversized cornice board with sandy colored grasscloth walls and a pale aqua ceiling. What I love most about this textile is the painterly quality it has—it is a sort of a semi-abstracted, block print-ish, Asian toile-like scene. Does that make any sense? So, when a client asked me to design her living room using a base of chocolate brown walls, and she wanted to bring color into the mix without changing the wall color—I had a hunch where to start…
In this room, this lucky gal will get to see the entire repeat of this Asian watercolor-like fabric—she is using it as drapery panels. Pictured is the general room palette, where I am bringing in an abstract turquoise and brown/beige Lee Jofa linen, the iconic Brunschwig Les Touches in Brown, and A Raspberyy-Salmon solid velvet as pillows to adorn a sandy linen velvet sofa from Duralee with brass oversized nailhead trim.
For lounge chairs, we chose an unbelievably luxurious marbleized velvet by Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa, which lends an almost 70′s quality that I love.
This room has been such a natural, because it has all the elements I would use in my own home—-truly my style. This rarely happens in design—a situation where the client has your exact same inclination. Lucky me….