Every now and then, I’m able to release my “inner child”, through the eyes of another. My most recent experience was with a client, with whom I have been acquainted since she was anticipating being introduced into the world! (I met her mother when she was expecting her.) Twelve years later, we are watching as she is becoming a lovely, soft-spoken, smart and generously-spirited “tween”. After patiently waiting for her birthday, she was given the gift of my time and design concepts, along with the talents of Whitney Preslar Bayer, a fabulous decorative artist, who translates those concepts to reality. Add into this special mix, artistic photographer, Chanda Pope, and I am able to share with you a front row seat to the world of fantasy and frivolity. It’s a coming of age, for one young woman, and a return to the past, for a slightly older one. I think I have discovered the secret formula for age reversal!
The process began with a blank canvas – literally. Neutral window treatments of sheered Austrian shades with clear crystals, off-white furnishings, purchased five years ago, and cream walls. (These pieces had been selected for a previous residence.)
In order to honor the choice of the favorite color of orange, I was a little concerned about too much stimulus not allowing for a restful night. Since one of her other favorite colors is aqua, I suggested we bring that down to eye level in order to calm the flow of energy. I also wanted to be sure the doors didn’t pop out like two large white “teeth”, so Whitney painted the panels and added the monogram accents from the chair back.
The Pindler & Pindler fabric, in the shower curtain and shade valance, marry the circles, from the bedding and the diamond/harlequin shapes in the chest painting. We reversed the wall and ceiling colors, from the bedroom.
Even this white wood lamp received the “full” treatment. The tulle Fabricut trim is appropriately named “TuTu” and was added to the top and bottom of the shade. The base was painted to pop the colors. Even the little lamp pull was covered in crystals!
Hand-screened damask squares allow for a play of pattern and color, without distracting from the graphic wall pattern. The bookcase, with shelves and practical storage bins, was painted to bring some weight to the larger wall area.
At the end of the day, when my “tween” client returned home from school, she couldn’t contain her delight, in regards to the outcome of the project. They say a smile takes years off our faces. If that’s true, I can hold off on scheduling that nip and tuck, for a while!
Cheers to all! Wanda
(All photography credits go to Photography by Chanda.)
*Note, this is a sneak preview of a magazine shoot, going to press in November 2009.