High style living room
The clients wanted to update their dated and drab living room. They envisioned French Art Deco with a hint of the elegant ambience of New York City's Cafe Carlyle on a cold winter night. They requested that I keep the antigue lacquered secretary and I kept the taffeta draperies.
This before photo shows the outdated decor. The clients are very sophisticated and the furnishings were too dull for their taste. The sofa faced the glare from the window and it was unpleasant to sit there. The two chairs had their backs to the wonderful views of a park and the city skyline. Consequently, the focal points were inside, not outside.
At the opposite end of the conversation space was a fireplace, shown at the far right in this photo, with a piano hiding it. The piano was used but the fireplace was never used because there was no seating there. See the next photo for my solution.
The clients dining room furniture was in another area in the living room. I moved the chairs with a new dining table to the fireplace area. This opened up the fireplace to be used as part of a gracious, warm, dining space. I refinished the dining chairs in a crackle finish, colored to match the draperies. The back of the chairs were recovered in a beautiful silk stripe. The seats were covered in a silk-like microfiber so they would be practical. A chandelier was added to provide general lighting to the area...
This area of the living room was where the dining room furniture was previously placed. This area has become the music room. See the next photo. See the previous photo of the new dining room location by the fireplace and the new chair frame finish and new upholstery. The existing art and corner cabinets remained here.
The previous dining area is now the music room by moving the piano here. This alcove, off the living room, now had a purpose that related more to the seating. The chairs could be swiveled to face someone playing the piano. The artwork and corner cabinet locations were not changed.