Au Revoir Pied-à-terre
I did the final styling of a beautiful condo, that I have been working on for many moons, on Monday. I took advantage of Jason's extra day out of the office to slip down to St. Louis with my trusty assistant (re: mom) and put on the finishing touches. He had daddy's day out with the wild bunch, inclusive of breakfast at the diner, grocery shopping at HY-Vee, Buffalo Wild Wings, playground, toy shopping (right after Christmas? whatever I'm not complaining) and capped off with swimming at the YMCA, until eight pm. I beat him home! He makes a better mom than me, or he is crazy or both, I don't know.
While he was engaging in this multitude of activity, we picked up a few missing pieces and put it all together to photograph. What a bummer day for photography. It was SO dark and foggy. Usually you can see the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. That day you could barely make out the Basilica and it's literally next door. No stunning view pics were captured. I got all the cute little vignettes though, duh.
First some before pictures, they aren't great but you get the idea. Once again I failed at taking before's. It must be my thing.
The furniture was on loan which I may have mentioned in a previous post so everything went out the door all at once. Leaving us with this:
Just some camp chairs and an inflatable mattress. Also some mustard walls and some red wallpaper, which though daunting at first, turned out to not be a big deal. All of the french doors, of which there are five sets, had 90's brass knobs planted firmly in the center. They were great solid doors though, so we kept them and removed the dummy knobs, replacing them with 12" brushed brass drawer pulls (the doors are super narrow).
We also updated the ceiling fixture and medallion. We ran into a teeny electrical issue, that gave me a scare but was easily sorted out. Previous owners had attempted to widen the dining area by moving the fixture 18" further out from the wall but it wasn't done properly and the mess was covered by an oversized medallion. We just went back to the original junction box position and had a wee bit of repair work to do on the ceiling. Thank you to Mr. Johnson, the handyman on this project. The original footprint of the dining room worked perfectly with properly scaled furniture, This is a mid century building and instead of searching high and low, or paying a huge premium for petite brand new furnishings, I just sourced the real deal, furniture built in the same time period as the building for that space. The dining fixture is at once modern and timeless, as well as in keeping with the brushed brass hardware that we established throughout. However, I did not stick hard and fast to one finish. To get the eclectic and unpretentious look we were going for we mixed finishes in varying measures.
I chose Skyline Steel for the main living area and down the hall, the doors are painted Pussywillow and the trim throughout is Medici Ivory. My client had mentioned that when she and her husband moved into their main residence, in the early nineties, her living room was that particular shade and she had loved it. Well good news, nineties colors are back en vogue! So pussywillow doors we shall have! It's a little architectural drama in a small space and the brass pulls are stunners on that color. With all the (usually) bright light pouring through two walls of windows, it's a corner unit, dark walls and doors do not read dark at all. All paint was from Sherwin Williams.
The two bedrooms are shades of green and the bathrooms and kitchen are "salmon" which is a joke because although they were meant to be but the color is straight up pink. The pink has grown on me and I think my client too, or she was just waiting for me to finish up so she can send handyman Johnson (who is also her son in-law) in with the paintbrush. I'm only kidding, I think. I used pops of pink throughout, which along with the golden brass accents, warmed the cool gray/green vibe.
We chose muted rugs and neutral upholstery, aside from two beautifully made houndstooth chairs in the living room. I think it's a classic pattern that added some visual interest. The real star of this place is the view and I didn't want the interior to scream for your attention, there's no way it could win.
le tour de pied-à-terre (is that right? I'm totally making up my french as I go)
I hope you like it. This was a great joy for me to do!