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How to Update Your Traditional Décor

You can make family heirlooms feel fresh with 
accessories and new fabrics.

My client, Jeanne had inherited several pieces from her parents and wasn't sure how to make it all work.

Here it is before with the dining furniture in the front 
and the sitting area furniture in back.
Everything was too cramped and that far wall looked empty 
with just the gilt mirror.
I bumped my shin on this table and the rug wasn't working.

 So, we flipped the furniture and brought in a smaller sofa that Jeanne had in another room.

and it feels much more spacious 
(sorry about the dark photo).

When I came back the second time, I had Jeanne put all her great accessories in one place...and we shopped it

and re-accessorized everything.

Her parent's chairs were updated with reupholstery in 
Barclay Butera's Greek Key.
 I made this wall more of a focal point by putting the sofa table (that was dividing the room before) here, changing the mirror and adding dining chairs that can be pulled up to the sitting area. 
The sea fans were brought in from the family room
 (more on the changes in there in my next post).
 We brought Jeanne's grandmother's chest 
(from when she immigrated from Scotland) in here 
and added accessories like these cool 
alabaster grapes from her parents house in the '60's. 
The new square pillows are in 
Martin Lawrence Bullard's "Sultan Suzani."
We were going to recover and stain her existing Bergere chairs, but Jeanne found these on sale at Restoration Hardware
...and I like them better.  

Woodyliana custom made the linen lumbar pillows with Schumacher/Mary McDonald "Madame Wu" fretwork 
(Li hand stitched the iron-on appliqué for durability).
Notice how the pillows match the back of the built-in cabinet?
(We opened the cabinet doors to show you.  
Jeanne painted them a shade from Farrow and Ball).
I'm so happy that Jeanne's family uses 
this memento filled room.

Oh...and we accessorized the entry, too.

 This silver tray was a retirement gift given to Jeanne's dad.

Do you use items passed down in your family?

Can't wait to show you what we did in their family room!
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