Friday, February 24, 2017

A Mantel Refresh

I have terrific news to share: our Tudor is under contract! Yay! A solid offer, from a lovely young family, came in a day before the scheduled open houses, and we accepted it. Tom and I along with our wonderful agent, Mary Lynn White, all decided to cancel both open houses. I apologize if that caused an inconvenience or disappointment to anyone. 

Many thanks to those that left good wishes - I received your comments, emails plus messages with much gratitude. I'll keep you posted on our move.

In the meantime, let's revisit a serene and sophisticated home that I decorated and recently refreshed. It belongs to Susan and Greg, special friends and longtime clients. I had the pleasure of featuring this project back in 2012. Take a look here - go ahead.

Now compare that to today: 
Gone are those bright gold silk curtains (which were installed by the previous owner, and conveyed with the house). Per my advice, Susan replaced them with cream linen panels that complement the quiet beauty of the palette of warm neutrals accented by Swedish blues and grays. 

Speaking of Swedish, there are a number of furnishings from my shop throughout this home. But I didn't want the decor to scream antique Swedish showroom, so I layered in plenty of upholstered seating for comfort, English and French furnishings for variety, and one-of-a-kind accessories for originality.
Many of the pieces I actually repurposed from early architectural elements. The iron grate in the coffee table that's in front of a Swedish settee came from a Parisian balcony. The zinc fragment on the mantel was once part of a door lintel; it's the latest Tone on Tone acquisition that inspired my restyling of the mantelscape.
Here is the new mantelscape incorporating my zinc fragment plus sentimental items including family silver and the sublime drawings of acclaimed artist and dear friend Jill Bateman. Jill is also a good friend and client of mine. I'm grateful to her for bringing Susan and me together. BTW, the dramatic seaside painting (shown in fourth photo from top) is another work by Jill.
Let's take a quick peek into the dining room where two more items were repurposed from architectural elements. I found both the zinc window dormer, known as oeil-de-boeuf, and wrought iron balcony guard in Paris. Together they make a striking statement as well as a fun topic of conversation. And how cool to have the zinc pieces in the living and dining rooms speak to each other.
In addition to the beautiful art, Susan is a passionate collector of mercury glass and ironstone china. Here is part of her collection catching the morning light in one corner of the living room. The French cabinet and mirror are from Tone on Tone.
Thanks very much to Susan and Greg for inviting us back into their elegant home. I love the updates!
xoxo
Loi
PS - For more, please follow along on my INSTAGRAM. 

35 comments:

  1. Hello Loi, What a charming and interesting house. I love all the collections and unique pieces, yet I would have made the mistake of crowding the compositions with more examples. The result looks very livable--just add people in order to animate the decor.
    --Jim

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  2. Susan and Greg are truly blessed! Their home is gorgeous,and you have decorated it to perfection Loi! I especially enjoy the neutrals and grays…I feel like I am walking on our little town beach on a foggy late winter morning. So soothing.

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  3. Hello Loi,
    Your beautiful post brightened my morning. It is all so beautiful and in particular your beautiful wrought iron once upon a time balcony. I just love it all.
    Congratulations on the sale of your home. Have a wonderful weekend

    Helen xx

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  4. What a difference the new draperies make! Did you also change the wall color? Lovely, quietly elegant, timeless refresh.

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  5. Oh great paint color on that brick outside. Lovely all around!

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  6. It is always such a pleasure to see your handiwork! Lovely home!! Congratulations on the selling of your home, that is so exciting!!! A whole new journey is about to begin for you and Tom, so much to look forward too, I can't wait to follow along!

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  7. a client/designer match made in heaven.
    personally i love asymmetric displays. the vintage elements add such interest, conversation starters & gorgeous patina.

    best to you loi
    debra

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  8. Beautiful makeover, Loi! As usual, you deliver the best upgrades and inspiration. I wonder, do you know anything about painting brick? Our home is Chicago brick, but my husband and I both love WHITE painted brick. Are they any cons to painting brick?

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  9. Beautiful, Loi. The color of walls and furniture is very peaceful, and mixing in antiques and found objects is a requirement , in my opinion, to make a home unique and truly yours. Your choices are always pitch perfect.

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  10. What an exquisite yet livable interior! Would you mind telling us what they exterior paint colors are? I'm getting ready to paint my existing brick and shutters, & this is exactly what I'm looking for! Thank you.

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  11. Looks wonderful, Loi! Especially fond of the zinc fragment on fireplace.

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  12. Susan and Greg's home is gorgeous....I can see your magic touch throughout!....and CONGRATULATIONS!!!...Why did I know it would sell as soon as it hit the MLS!....Looking forward to your new adventure! Have a great weekend!

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  13. Hi Loi, Congratulations on the sale. It just flowed -- amazing when that happens. xoxoxoxo Mary

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  14. Loi,
    Congratulations to you and Tom on the sale of your house. We're listing ours mid-March. I hope we're as fortunate as you and are able to sell relatively soon. Southern California home prices are on the rise and the inventory is low. Fingers crossed. I love your style and your fresh-up of your friend/client house is amazing, as always.
    xo,
    Karen

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  15. So pretty! can you tell me the wall color please!

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  16. Very peaceful...wonderful place to call home. Congrats on the quick home sale!!!

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  17. Love the discreet layering of texture and tones...so calming but not boring! Restraint is not easy.

    Congratulations on the sale of your home! We sold two of our homes over the years in the same manner and it's nice to do so without the stress of protracted "on the market". Best wishes!

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  18. Simply stunning Loi. This home is so peaceful, calm and serene.

    Can you tell me the living room wall colour? It is lovely against white.

    xo Terri

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  19. What a lovely, sophisticated tone you have brought into this home, Loi! I love the mix of antiques and upholstered pieces, and I especially your fresh use of the architectural elements. All so beautiful!

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  20. Hey Loi,

    Congrats on the sale of your Tudor!

    Beautiful architectural features make this home uniquely attractive. The weathered, French ironwork once constructed for a balcony is presently perfect as the highlight of this sideboard.

    I am especially taken with their front entrance; how welcoming and pretty!

    Have a wonderful week,
    Poppy xoxo

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  21. COngratulations Loi! onwards and upwards! xx

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  22. Wow - This is all so beautiful! I absolutely adore the colour palette, but my favourites have to be the use of Parisian architectural elements in the dining room - absolute genius Loi! x

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  23. Loi congratulations to you and Tom on the sale of the Tudor ... now you can enjoy your renovation in your dream cottage knowing the Tudor will have loving caretakers. Enjoyed this tour of the lovely décor and redesign you did in your client's home.
    xo,
    Vera

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  24. i LOVE THE new curtains!! So much better!!! AND I'm in love with your Tudor house. That is so charming. Sad to leave it I'm sure, but on to new and better things!! ;)

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  25. What a beautiful home. I can't believe your Tudor sold that quickly! I still plan to craft a Tudor post and spotlight it. I have some work to do if I am gonna keep up with your renos! Best to you as you begin again. xox

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  26. I need that zinc mirror - gorgeous room!

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  27. PS Congrats on the sale of your home!

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  28. Would you share the door color? conoil@yahoo.com
    Beautiful home!

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  29. Gorgeous! This is very timely as I am about to move into a house with this exact living room layout!! Please share your wall and trim paint colors - they are lovely :)

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