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Parisian Living Room

Parisian Living Room

Though light is flooding into this tall-ceilinged and large circular room, it was painted in a light vanilla color to accommodate a wide and nearly never-ending collection of Middle Eastern art. These were the source of our inspiration. My client was seeking a comfortable and light-hearted environment to serve these beautiful art pieces and to welcome family and friends. We spread oriental red hues as dominant tones on the upholstery, rugs, lampshades and corner alcove. The Burgundy red also went perfectly with the sand color background of the Kilims that we picked to cover the armchairs’ seats and backs. The couches were done in Braquenie stripes, completing this Kilim upholstery wonderfully. The vanilla walls temper the warmth of the red and other rich-colored fabrics. It allows the room to breathe and provides a soft background for the delicate tones of the watercolors and oil paintings. Similarly, the oak floor was lightened to better set the deep tones of the oriental rugs. More red or dark tones would have taken us to the Rothschild interiors style of the turn of the century, which would have overtaken the art collection. The mantel, beneath the traditional 1800s gilded mirror, works only as a showcase.

Complete living room

Complete living room

Alliance of fifties, Victorian and Moorish objects and furniture.

Alliance of fifties, Victorian and Moorish objects and furniture.

We integrated all of the family furniture into the room scheme: some of them are Empire style, others are Victorian or 1950s, yet this disparate ensemble does not distract at all from the dominant Oriental ambiance.  It adds a touch of fun: for instance, the red velvet modern sofa reminisces the Dali lips couch, the oval 1950s coffee table brings the bare look of the fifties. The metal pedestal table and the Empire “bouillote” table surrounding the striped Victorian couch, elegantly disappear under the collectibles they display.  We also selected  modern metallic floor lamps to illuminate the paintings, and Victorian black-column bases,garnished with warm Burgundy red lampshades, to accentuate the Oriental decor.

Towering from their pedestal, two 19th-century busts of Nubians guard the entrance to the dining room. They participate in structuring the flow of space, and bring a theatrical effect to the décor.

Busts with headdresses surrounding dining room opening

Busts with headdresses surrounding dining room opening

In the dining room, to counter balance the ebullience of the room, which gathers Asian and African art, Art Nouveau, and eighteen century decor, we had to find a large ceiling suspension.  This would add to the room panache, while providing enough lighting to the huge Regency dining room table. We discovered in an antique store this large Venetian chandelier that answered all of our calls. It is an antique Murano piece. The walnut chairs, circa 1940s, fit wonderfully in this interior with their sober lines.

Opening to dining room with ornamental door hanging

Opening to dining room with ornamental door hanging

Dining room Murano chandelier.

Dining room Murano chandelier.

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