29 August, 2012

"Before & After. The Study . . . "

SMW Design, Berkeley Project


I thought I'd share a few of the before and after images of our recent project here in the Bay area.  The goal was to create a small study within an office building - a great place for more casual conversation, and to conduct business in a more relaxed environment.

The 'before' was a healthy collection of good news / bad news.  The leather and chenille sofa was in great shape - we simply switched out the upholstery on the seat and back cushions to a hearty woven linen that felt a little lighter.  But, the collection of decorative pillows desperately needed to be updated.  Blessedly, the existing rug was fabulous.  The sheers were in good shape - though, because of the shape of the space - I wanted to add proper window treatments to accentuate the amazing height of the room.

Here's the new colour palette :

Drawing inspiration from the existing rug - simple, clear neutrals - with a collection of beautiful blue hues . . . and the sharp ping of burnt orange.

Progress.  Adding a few proper lounge chairs.  The new side table from Ralph Lauren.  And you can see that the Phillip Jefferies wallpaper has certainly warmed up the room  - and the sharp contrast certainly highlighted all the existing beautiful woodwork. 

More Progress.  New pillows are in.  And a new cocktail table - the round table seemed to be a better choice than the heavy iron trunk - and because of the glass insets, it made the slightly tight space feel a little easier to navigate. 

All we needed were a few details . . . and we're ready for business.


(photography by Scot Meacham Wood and Nicolas Smith) 


NotesFromAbroad said...

It is all lovely but I covet that rug.
besos, C

carolyn bradford said...

I agree with NotesFromAbroad! I am coveting that rug as well! Such a wonderful transformation! Loved everything about it! It just confirms my desire to give my own living area a huge facelift!

Jeannine520 said...

I love it. The wallpaper, the blue ceiling, curtain trim, the lovely palette, everything, just lovely. It looks pulled together, casual, energetic yet peaceful all at the same time, congratulations on a job well done.

Things That Inspire said...

I love how you describe the 'sharp ping of orange'.

I bemoan the fact that chenille has gone so out of fashion - that stuff is indestructible! However, the new fabric you chose for the seat cushion is certainly more fashionable and looks better with the space.

It's a crime that there were not curtains until now - the lovely blue works so beautifully with the arch, and I love how the tops are hidden.

- Holly

shiree segerstrom said...

Lovely choices Scot. Adore that rug. Shiree'

The French Tangerine said...

fabulous. love how you make it look so easy..

Claudia Juestel said...

Great transformation Scot! The wallpaper has a huge impact.



mikky said...

It looks fantastic, you did a great job. I especially love the blue velvety chairs. Such a perfect shade of blue.


diane said...


Denise Mcgaha said...

Blue chairs rock as does the grass cloth. Smart. Tailored. Soooo SMW

Merlin said...

"Ping" got me too!!! The ceiling almost looks "mottled"...what was the "treatment??" I LUV that "fifth wall!!" franki

cindy hattersley design said...

It is amazing what a great designer can accomplish with a few simple changes..You certainly gave that room some pizazz

England Furniture said...

It seems like the rug really helped you create a more cohesive design for the room. Thanks for sharing.

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