Over the holidays, I helped redesign my sister and brother-in-law’s home in Phoenix. They have an elegant, casual, Southwestern style house.
The mission: update the house with new, modern pieces.
The directive: only use leather on the upholstery, so they don’t have to limit visiting grandchildren, plus desert sand makes cleaning a constant challenge. They prefer clean modern lines for the furniture, and requested new carpets to anchor the seating groups.
We also added seating-level lighting to complement the existing overhead lighting. All the existing architectural lighting is 18 feet above, which casts shadows on guests and makes it difficult to read.
My sister’s favorite color is red, so naturally that had to be expressed in a few key spots. Oh yes, they wanted it done right away – and in a cost effective way.
We removed all the furniture except the vintage posters that they have been collecting for years. We shopped local retail outlets, and for lighting I installed my own designs from Visual Comfort at Circalighting.com. One of my favorite pieces is the live-edge console with polished chrome legs at the entry. The rooms are large, so I chose carpets with large, over-scaled patterns.
They’re very happy with the result, and we are now moving on to other rooms. This is a sneak peak of the family room below.
The New Year is getting off to a good start.