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Project Concord Shingle Style Sneak Peek: A Fresh Traditional Living Room

 

Other than the “Great Escape Great Room” for the 2019 Cottages & Bungalows Magazine Project House, (on stands now in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue!) it’s been a while since I had a new project to reveal to you! But I wanted to give you a sneak peek of a fresh traditional living room I recently completed.

 

My super awesome (and super busy) clients are both physicians in their 30s with a 2-year-old son and a cat. Their Forever Home is a lovely 1940s colonial revival home in Concord, NH, sided in shingles, much like many of the seaside vacation homes of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. The home is amazingly well-built, but not much had been done to update it since the 1980s.

So much of what I see online tends toward a more casual style of living, so I was thrilled that this couple sought a semi-formal room — one that was comfortable and inviting, a place for them to sit in front of the fire after their son was in bed, but also a place to entertain guests in style. But they also wanted seating that was also fairly durable in case of the inevitable spills that come with kids (even when they’re on good behavior!), and adults who may occasionally be clumsy. 🙂

 

In other words, they wanted a RETREAT for grown-ups and a space and for kids learning how to behave in a civilized manner.

 

(Nothing wrong with a little bit of formality in my book, whether in decor or in manners.)

 

Both clients LOVE very traditional style and created a Pinterest board for me chock full of blues & whites, golds and merlots, brown furniture (yippee!), formal window treatments, and Oriental rugs. Some of the inspiration images they gave me below.

 

Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style
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Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style
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Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style
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Further reading: Quality “Brown Furniture” Is Always En Vogue

 

While being blessed with windows on 3 sides, a fabulous marble-surrounded fireplace, and built-in bookshelves, the original space felt dark and squat overall. This feeling was mostly due to the fact that the room is fairly large in square footage (about 18′ x 25′) but the ceilings are only 94″ high.  Furthermore, there were no lighting fixtures, only a couple of outlets wired to a switch.

 

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Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style

 

Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style

 

Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style

 

I wanted to take their preferred colors of blues, golds, and merlots and “youthfulize” them up a bit — light taupe, sky blue, and berry red. Final fabric scheme below.

 

Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style, Berry Red & Sky Blue

 

I also wanted to swathe the room in a single color in order to make the ceilings seem higher (no visual break points at the base and crown moldings).

 

Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style, Berry Red & Sky Blue

 

Lastly, to add some “architecture” to the room, I wanted to create shallow millwork on the walls and ceiling. These details would help distract from those disproportionate dimensions (low walls, lots of ceiling) and break up those big expanses.

 

Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style, Berry Red & Sky Blue

 

For additional subtle dimension and texture, we’re adding a slightly shimmery grasscloth to the backs of the bookcases in a color very similar to the walls.

 

The clients had loved the idea of grasscloth in the room overall — but grasscloth is a definite NO-NO when you have a cat! (We’re talking, climbing the walls!) 

 

Below is the final floor plan and furniture/lighting plan. I was SO HAPPY my clients went for the curved sofa! Fits so nicely in the crook of the piano. The settee by the windows is lightweight (but well made!) and can be drawn forward for extra seating during entertaining, or moved to the entrance hall when the Christmas tree is set up.

The floral flush mount is another of my favorite things — fresh twist on a traditional crystal chandelier, and appropriate for the not-quite-8-foot ceilings.

 

Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style

 

I almost always have renderings done of main living spaces these days — kitchens & open concept rooms, living rooms, dining rooms, master bedrooms, etc. — especially for new clients with first-time projects. It really ends up being a very efficient use of time & money.

Why? I find that most clients have a hard time visualizing the final outcome, even with inspiration boards. With new clients especially, trust can be very difficult to surrender. I understand that. I really do. Renderings allow clients to see the end result. Buy-in happens so much faster, with so much less agonizing & reselecting … and that time savings amounts to $ savings in the end.

 

Renderings by Kelly Fridline Design.

Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style

 

Fresh Traditional Living Room Sneak Peek: Project Concord Shingle Style

These are not exact renderings of every piece of furniture, but, rather, they are representational of the actual furnishings selected, scaled to the proper size and in the correct colors/fabrics. They allow you to get the idea of scale, color/pattern balance, proposed millwork, etc.

I knew that a rug was important to my client, so I gave them 3 choices at different price points. The rug they chose is different from above, as is the lounge chair pillow, but based upon these renderings, everything else was approved in the first presentation.

 

I’ll be photographing this and another space with Emily O’Brien on Tuesday, so there will be snow and gray branches outside the windows instead of greenery. Oh well. Can’t win them all!

Check back in the coming weeks for the final reveal!

 

See you next Saturday!

-Amy

 

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6 thoughts on “Project Concord Shingle Style Sneak Peek: A Fresh Traditional Living Room”

  1. Wow, I love this room! The colors and patterns are beautiful–the cool blues and grays spiced up by the merlot red is so pretty. And the renderings are fabulous–your clients must be thrilled!

  2. Amazing how the millwork on the walls and the beams on the ceiling take the big box of a room down to comfy size! I like the mix of window treatments to cozy the room. Lastly, I can image that the placement of wall sconces adds lovely lighted ambience. Beautiful room!

    1. Thank you! I think the millwork was an excellent investment in the atmosphere of the room, too. All of this was very outside-the-box for my clients, who really didn’t have time to pay much attention to the world of decor. I’m so honored they trusted the design.

  3. stunning room. I love the color scheme. I just read that design savvy millennials are embracing brown furniture and lots of details. Yipee!

    1. There is so much beautiful vintage brown furniture floating around out there! Fewer modern makers though, as many (Harden, Henredon, DR Dimes, Eldred Wheeler, just to name a few in the past couple of years) have had to close their doors. Brown furniture was hard to find at last fall’s High Point Market. But I think designers like Amy Berry are helping Millennials to see how gorgeous and fresh it can be.

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