In December my Los Altos Hills clients had their gorgeous new cow hide rug installed. It was a custom rework between myself and Kyle Bunting Rugs of their 'Jet Stream' design. My client wanted a rug that would be beautiful & different and have visual interest, but not be intense in color. We used a base color of 'maple', with accents in 'silver', 'oak' and 'brown speckle'. I picked up the blue/grey of the mohair chairs in some surreptitiously placed stripes in 'silver', and the warm maple main field color has just enough depth & intensity to ensure the rug didn't end up blending with the maple floors. The living room has all the large foundation pieces in and has a warm and calm feel to it now, however there are still finishing accessory pieces and art & lighting to be purchased. A slightly sterile feel can occur in a room when it is left without some key accessory pieces and/or smaller objects that delight. I prefer accessories to be simple and have charm, or a interesting quality to them that relate to the clients 'story'. And these tertiary objects or things of interest need to be discovered the longer you are enjoying the space, never fighting with all the other elements to be center of attention.
I would love to replace the existing stainless steel fireplace surround (installed by the previous owners) as I think it feels a little cold and charmless, but that unfortunately is not part of the scope of work... at this time!
Credits: The pillow fabric is from Osborne & Little and the furniture is from Kravet (sofa), A.Rudin (leather chairs), Peter Alexander (mohair covered chairs) at Enid Ford, and Bernhardt (coffee table w/ Edelman leather upholstery), the large floor lamp is the Linley - Mortisse Angle Floor Lamp from Lee Jofa, and of course the cowhide rug is from Kyle Bunting Rugs.