MRS JOHNSON

Living & Dining Room

CASE STUDY

The Brief:

Mrs Johnson contacted us during September after the summer holidays to enquire as to whether we could assist in making her living quarters more inspiring and a wider.

The Space:

3 bed - 1960’s Bungalow - living quarters at the rear of the property. Narrow door leading in to the lounge. Existing furniture & accessories: fire surround - gas fire with log effect, dark brown leather sofa and chairs, Patio doors at the back of the property leading into the garden, Coffee table central to the room, Plain off white paint on the walls with no accessories, beige carpet, floor lamp over high back comfort chair which client wanted to keep, this chair determined the palette.

 

What we proposed:

We proposed to remove the existing door that entered the lounge off the dining room and remove part of the wall before the fireplace that was situated in the lounge backing onto the dining room – by discussing this option with clients it gave them an exciting start. During our 1st meeting we then discussed existing furniture/furnishings and other than the already fitted carpet, a family heirloom cabinet that I thought we could move as a lamp base unit to the dining room and clients favourite arm chair that had a great colour palette the remaining could be changed.

 

Upholstery:

In the interim we organised with the client & upholstery manufacturer in Long Eaton to attend to view the items my clients wished to keep. They offered a variety of styles and colour choice of many fabrics that would be available – and by taking a sample of fabric from existing arm chair – we advised to use 3 different styles and colours from the black edition range that is part of the Romo fabric group – these fabrics were upholstery use only and being a stockist of the ranges we knew that the wear and tare of these fabrics would serve well.

The style of a 3 seater sofa that we decided to have upholstered in petrol blue crushed velvet fabric and the chair in green, blue with gold thread that matched the existing chartreuse colour that ran through the thread to the black edition fabric gave bath the petrol blue and chair a fabulous complimentary to each other.

Cushions where chosen in velvet large spot again taken from the same black edition range – and a mingle of existing fabrics for some of the other cushions that was going to be made with the bespoke chair and sofa.

The client had already upholstered footstool that was decided to use one of the 2 main fabrics chosen for the  re-upholstery of the footstool and this item was delivered direct to the manufacturer for this purpose.

A choice of legs where provided and a black ebony with chrome trim set in to the legs was chosen and we gave us a palette to work with.

Paint:

So our other task which we had decided on the way back from the manufacturers that day was to use the Fired earth Barriyan blue for the back wall where the sofa and existing chair would be placed and remaining walls in a complimentary Fired Earth mocking bird colour for the remaining walls which also followed through to the dining room.

Curtains:

The curtain fabric was chosen in a pewter grey motif fabric and we showed the client curtain poles that would be used for the patio door in lounge and windows in the dining room that was now a open plan space. This also lead to the dining room chairs being upholstered with fabric range from the black edition to bring the 2 rooms together.

Tradespeople appointed:

The clients had local trades they had previously used and was more than happy to appoint again.

Further information: 

When all the work had been carried out, furniture and furnishings placed and fitted the client could not believe that the lounge had become part of the dining room and the space gained by removing part of the dining/lounge wall and door had provided for their everyday living.

 

The client has since moved down to Somerset and we were so pleased to be asked back to assist with our services once more. We altered the beautiful curtains we had made for their Yoxall property to fit the windows to the new properties lounge area. They had inherited similar wall colours to their previous lounge/dining area in their new home and it really was the icing on the cake to see the furniture all working extremely well in their new property.