In my role as an Interior Design Consultant at RH, I worked with clients on single room projects to develop space plans, select from RH’s broad range of luxury furniture and decor, and help create beautiful spaces through the lens of the RH “design ethos”. This ethos centers on symmetry, balance, and proportion. In this project, I applied this design thinking to a once overlooked formal living room space in Lisa’s home to create a stylish and welcoming first impression.
About the Client
Lisa and Brian live in beautiful Hillsborough California in Lisa’s childhood home. Built in the 1970’s, this large space offers plenty of vintage mid-century charm. Lisa described her style as “traditional with a flair”, blending traditional detail with modern sensibility. They have teen children and two adorable dachshunds.
Form & Function
The goal of the space was to create a more formal seating area that was about both beauty and functionality. As this room is visible from the moment the front doors are open, and it serves as a throughway to the yard and pool area, the room needed to be open and opulent.
This sunken room provided unique architectural considerations, such as the symmetrical french doors and asymmetrical, mirrored fireplace with built in shelves.
A natural hall is created utilizing the sculptural back of the sofa, and the seating area is centered on the grand, mirrored fireplace. The symmetry of the french doors is highlighted with greenery.
Color & Texture
Taking inspiration from Lisa’s beautiful collection of antique china and vintage cabinet, the palette combines cool blues and true white with warm sand and brown wood tones. Brass metals add a touch of sophistication.
Layers of textural elements characterize the space. The iconic brass Thaddeus hammered metal is complemented by the light textures of twill, shagreen, and leather. The destroyed pattern of the traditional wool and silk rug mixes warm and cool in a rich tapestry that anchors the space.
The RH pieces selected blend contemporary with nods to the traditional. The sculptural lines of Victoria Scala’s Celine sofa make it a beautiful piece from all angles and an ideal choice to divide the room. Plus it’s semi upholstered frame make it a low-maintenance choice that’s perfect for a formal seating area.
The crystals of Johnathan Browning’s Boule de Crystal sconces frame the room and bring a beautiful sophistication to the space, while the textural blue and silver rug pulls in inspiration from Lisa’s antique collections.