COZY,INTERIOR DESIGN MAKEOVER FOR A LITTLE USED ROOM I designed a Gentleman's Study for this ASID Showcase House that was built in the early 1900's. The room was originally a nanny's room that adjoined a childrens' bedroom. It was pretty chopped up with 2 doors, 2 large windows and a closet. Square footage was at a premium so every inch counted in this redesign. I wanted the interior design for this room to feel like of a turn- of -the- century study to fit the style of this traditional English home. It had loads of charm to start with, being tucked up under the eaves, and had a great view of the front gardens.
The door to adjoining room, on the right, was no longer necessary so it was closed off.
My inspiration for the colors came from this homey cotton rug in deep red and tan stripes. The balloon shades in vertical cotton ticking stripes have a "club" feeling without being heavy. And they "raise" the ceiling. The 2 comfortable arm chairs, one in cordovan leather and one in warm red and tan tapestry are perfect for conversation or quiet reading.
The room is more spacious without the extra door and now the fireplace feels more important.
The leather topped desk provides writing surface without taking up alot of space visually and can accomodate a laptop. Botanical prints and the oil painting add old English flavor. Accessories are an important aspect to the overall design of the room because they complete the look and provide personal touches.
The vertical landscape painting with its large scale helps to visually enlarge the room and the beautiful wood frame adds texture. Vintage phone and letter holder add a touch of whimsy.
This project was so much fun to do. Even though its a small room it makes a real design statement. It has been reborn into a quiet retreat with English flair to fit the architecture.
Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. Visit www.letitialittle.com for more info.