Lexi — Test 2
Sitting Room at a GlanceWhat happens here: Relaxing, reading, morning coffee or an evening drink, cozying up to the fireplace on a cool nightLocation: DallasSize 180 square feet (16.8 square meters); 15” by 12’ with 14-foot ceilingsExpert tip: use minimal pattern in order to let all your unique art and textures really make a statement.The layering was begun by Pearce underfoot, with a lux Oushek rug, while overhead, there was enough room on a very high ceiling for a 19th Century antique crystal chandelier. In between, she gave the walls a special treatment of Venetian plaster. The view to the garden is kept open thanks to an antique French settee with mohair upholstery. The windows are draped in custom raw silk draperies.Scale and proportion played a large role in his selection and arranging. Just because the space is relatively small it didn’t mean it couldn’t stand up to large pieces, especially with the 12-foot ceilings. “I knew we needed lighting with presence; a sense of opulence and a big scale; it adds a wonderful glow to the room,” Pierce said. ...
Another important inspiration for the room was a feeling of tranquillity. Pearce designed it to be peaceful and comfortable. “You enter this small room from the hall and walk thru it to get to the bedroom, with a view of the garden,” Pearce says. “We designed it to be a peaceful and comfortable place.” It is a TV free room, layered in sumptious fabrics including velvet and silk. “There is a lot going on in here, but its also peaceful,” he says.However it’s not a miniature Versaille. “We wanted the affect to be traditional and contemporary at the same time,” Pierce says. For instance, the velvet armchair is a contemporary take on a traditional wingbank chair, whose proportions stand up to the 14-foot high ceilings. It is upholstered in velvet, its updated silhouette link it to the abstract artwork, while its traditional roots link it to the antiques. Above the mantle are sconces in onyx and crystal
On the ebony coffee table sits a mahogony sculpture. The mirrored cabinets have French-style etchings. They conceal a refrigerator, sink, and shelves for glasses, making it easy to enjoy drink without having to leave the master suite.A contemporary painting hangs above the marble fireplace Its glossy surface contrasting to the Venician plaster walls. It is flanked by scones in onyx and crystal that add more soft romantic light to the room.
A side chair brings in the only pattern seen in the room. (The other pattern is seen on a pillow on the setttee). The fabric is hand blocked printed velvet. Modeled after a an vintage cigaret table, just large enough for one cocktail plus an ash tray, is a little minimalist side table.For the Venesian plaster, Pearce used Agreeable Grey by Sherwin Williams as the base color and added white paint.
Another very large scale piece (75’x75’) that Pearce did not hesitate to add to the room is this mixed-media artwork, which compliments other pieces in the room. The bold graphics and contrasting black and white of the artwork. Along with the playful carved, wood legs of the ottoman, the room is kept from feeling too serious. Pearce’s final words advice for creating a luxurious space: “Stay simple and focus on texture.”