We are so delighted to introduce you to our latest project reveal – A Candy-Colored Condo In Wayne. The design was an exercise in exploring saccharine hues and combining them with punchy prints, swirling visual interest all around the home.
This sweet couple wanted to spice up their space for their 25th wedding anniversary and we were tickled pink to lead the charge! They had the proper layout, but the furniture felt dated and dark – which was a real deviation from their cheerful personalities. We wanted to give them a home that reflected their vibrant spirits.
Starting in the entry way, we were asked to incorporate this quirky vintage cabinet. In nearly every project, the homeowner has a piece or two they’d like to see us work into the design. In this case, it was easy, as we were big fans of the feet on this one. We knew we wanted guests to be greeted with a wallpaper that POPS but also gives you a hint of what to expect as you move into the main spaces of the home. The floral and leaf motif in this wallpaper nods to the colors used in the living room and kitchen, while the vintage overdyed rug points to the tones in the dining room. The lighting, like in the rest of the home, is the jewelry of the room.
The homeowners didn’t want to go through more disruption than was necessary and asked if it was possible to not repaint their already neutral walls. We didn’t see a need to touch the color and ensured them that the design would work with the warm tone. To make this work, we brought in equally soft shades, like soft blush and pale blue in the upholstery. Can we take a second to talk about these incredible silhouettes? The bench seat of the sofa is an updated take on a traditional shape. The arm chairs feature upholstered legs, a favorite detail in our office. You’ll see that we used a lot of velvet in this home, to safeguard these new pieces from two cute but slightly destructive cats.
Fiery tones contrast against the pastel ones; fuchsia and chartreuse touches come into play through textiles like the pillows, drapes and rug. These homeowners appreciate design and fine furniture details. The burl coffee table and bone side table fit the bill for them, with their rounded edges that keep grandchildren able to run freely in the home without incident. Compared to the previous look of this living room, this one is a breath of fresh air.
With their family-focused hosting in mind, we designed the dining room to include an extendable table – which has a totally unique custom feature of a teal band that wraps around it. Eyeing a two-tone set of head chairs from another project, our clients requested some of their own. This purple peacock velvet was the perfect touch to apply to the back of their chairs. Above the table, we installed a gold branch chandelier. The same printed drapes from the living room hang here too.
The kitchen was desperately crying out for an update – but again, the desire to NOT renovate was strong. Luckily, the kitchen cabinets were in good shape and worth saving. With some simple updates, we were able to transform the kitchen into a completely different space. Our client’s favorite color is chartreuse – so we really made her prove it! We suggested it for the cabinets and the couple was ALL IN! In order to make this bright color work, we updated the countertops to a softer grey and added this incredible handmade teal backsplash tile. We updated the lighting and added comfortable velvet stools, with contrast piping to tie into the adjacent spaces. The footprint remained intact with just a face lift!
Off the kitchen is an additional eating area, outfitted with custom printed velvet chairs that surround a graphic marble striped table. For storage of linens and serving implements, a beautiful bone inlay dresser makes its statement. Many of our favorite materials exist in this exciting space.
Lastly, we enter the bedroom – and what an entrance it is! Our clients challenged us to GO BOLD in here and create a colorful oasis – which always means wallpaper to us. The walls AND ceiling were wrapped in a beautiful floral wallpaper and those colors show up again in the rug. The homeowners wanted us to use their existing canopy bed, but also remove the darkness from the room. To do this, we brought in bone-inlay (a client favorite) nightstands to soften the deep wood and hung mirror above them – which feature little brass birds on the tippy top. An apricot velvet chair sits in the corner for reading – and let’s be honest, the cats to cuddle up! We just love the drapes in this room – this beautiful artisan peachy print is another testament to our clients’ appreciation of great fabrics.
This is our clients’ forever home, where they plan to age in place so we provided automated lighting and window treatments throughout the home. We pride ourselves in listening to what our clients say and taking their needs into consideration when designing. In this case, our clients mentioned wanting people to enter her home and feel happy and cheerful – a vision we were thrilled to deliver. They really trusted the process and were receptive to how we interpreted their style, which always leads to the best results. We can’t say enough good things about these lovely clients. We feel very blessed to have such wonderful people come to us for their home’s design, where they make their most special memories.
Some kudos from our client:
“If you love color, Michelle Gage Interiors is the place to go! Michelle and team listened to exactly what we were hoping for, and turned our home into a happy and beautiful showcase. Their collaboration, expertise, and follow through ensured we were satisfied and exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend them – we could not be happier!”