Known as the "affordable" interior designer, Marya Taylor achieved this four-room makeover from planning to installation in just eight weeks on a conservative budget.
The objective was to transform the basic tract home interior into a space that was distinctive and one of a kind.
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The key was keeping a contemporary theme throughout the open floor plan of living room, dining and kitchen areas. Because of the proximity of all areas, the same colors of red, black, gray and muted gold are mixed and matched throughout the entire open floor plan.
Taylor calls it "cross pollination" of colors. It is an effective way to add continuity to any home.
Another key element was deciding on a simple but dramatic treatment for the large window areas in both the living and adjoining kitchen areas. The optimal solution was the choice of Hunter Douglas Luminettes known for their ability to transform light in any situation.
The dominant color of red is used to anchor the space in a wool area rug by Capel. The walls are painted a muted Benjamin Moore gold to contrast with the Marya Taylor-designed black suede sofa and striking houndstooth upholstered arm chairs by Younger Manufacturing.
For sparkle, accessories of silver were added to the artwork over the fireplace as well as the lamps on the unusual natural pin shell cabinet and sparkling mirror above all by Uttermost Inc.
A touch of whimsy was added with the embroidered throw pillows to soften the otherwise sleek design. A new mantel/facade was also added to give the fireplace character and pizazz.
This time red was used to anchor as the wall color. Gray is second in command in the chair cushions and contemporary "circles" area rug. Having no windows, large contemporary oil on canvas "lily pond" gives a focal point to a two story wall and is flanked by Uttermost dramatic wall sconces.
Suggestions of "lily pond" were brought into the third dimension with the floral centerpiece of lilies and greenery, which dramatizes the ceiling height without obstructing dinner conversation.
New tableware in black and red, accented with gray glassware and white monogrammed napkins complete the look.
Taylor says accessories are like jewelry and should be the last but very important detail to a well-appointed décor.
The subtle neutral colors of gold, gray, silver, black and a "hint" of red are introduced into the master bedroom. A touch of red shows up in the dresser accessory, and the remaining colors show up in the custom-made bedding ensemble by Eastern Accents and furnishings by Stanley.
The lamps and drapery hardware were chosen to coordinate in silver tone and the custom grommet top black silk side panels flank and bench designed by Taylor in fabric that coordinates with the bedding.
The focal point is the handsome and sexy "Wing Man" bed by Stanley Furniture, upholstered in a neutral tone with silver-toned nail head studs.
The builder's kitchen needed updating from the prior owner's antiquated vine wallpaper, Formica countertops and builder's chicklet fluorescent light and shabby "cheap" chandelier.
Although there was a small dining area across from the island it was insufficient in space to provide dining comfort.
The space was made functional with the addition of the black granite countertops with 12 inches of overhang for a bar eating area.
The elegant pendant lighting was added to the bar area and coordinating ceiling mounted fixtures to the kitchen and dining area. Area rugs brought the theme colors into play.
The alternative wall décor suggests anytime is now a good time for a "coffee break!"