Springtime is all about big windows opening wide and a blast of fresh air as if for the first time in what seems like forever. I think about lighter fabrics and easier day-to-day routines. The beautiful Paul McCobb armchairs pictured here, from a house I designed in Candlewood Lake, Connecticut, are good examples of this casual-chic, springtime vibe.
My clients’ directive initially puzzled me: they wanted the feeling of visiting their grandparents’ bright and sunny summer house, of camping out, but with a twist of Beverly Hills Hotel glamour for good measure! I think ultimately we got there. The wall surfaces are a happy mix of different grass cloths, lively 70s floral wallpaper from Second Hand Rose, and vibrant paint colors.
The clients had recently been to Australia and picked up a few pieces of furniture made from the rich native Jarrah wood; I had no idea what the furniture looked like and was building my design scheme around these pieces sight unseen! We found another few beautiful pieces at Lobel Modern and reupholstered them. I designed custom sofas, headboards, draperies, and window-seat cushions. The fabrics for the most part are solid cottons in really clear pastels from Osborne & Little, with a few nature inspired prints as well. For that “grandma” touch, I had a few of the sofa throw pillows monogrammed.
The house is furnished and each piece lovingly installed, the lake’s sparkling surface reflects inside on the walls and warm weather fun begins!