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LIGHT & ART

Living Room Makeover Near Brays Bayou Creates At-home Gallery for Homeowners
By Marsha Canright • After Photography by Chuck Williams

This nicely sized formal living room was in need of an update to create a more polished look and to make the space more usable and organized. Everything was subject to change except placement of the couple’s baby grand piano. The area targeted for redesign is often used for entertaining. 

CHALLENGES
Even with its high ceilings, dramatic windows, medium-toned hardwood floors and floating stone fireplace, the room itself was too dark and it lacked a cohesive arrangement of the art and artifacts collected and treasured by the homeowners.

Precision Industries Inc. “Our primary goal for the living room was to create a ‘wow’ factor. The couple wanted a really cool space for entertaining and also for their own enjoyment,” says designer Kathy Anderson with Eklektik Interiors in Houston.

Precision Industries Inc. They also wanted to upgrade and invest in contemporary furnishings, and the husband, an engineer, was keen on integrating automation, especially the lighting system. He wanted the lights to change colors and to control the automation with his iPhone.

SOLUTIONS
SHELVING
Anderson chose a long, blank wall to create adjustable shelves for displaying the couple’s paintings and art pieces. First the wall was covered in soft, white wallpaper, and the new gallery-style shelves made of alderwood were installed and illuminated on the front side of the cabinets.

Precision Industries Inc. “These shelves can be modified so that art can be rotated and still fit properly within the space,” Anderson says. “The lighting is vertical so the shelves can be moved horizontally.”

Precision Industries Inc. The designers staged the art to showcase individual pieces — and to achieve the “wow” factor. 

LIGHTING
Custom light fixtures by Robert Abbey — a total of 10 pendant globes — were installed with Philips hue bulbs, which make it possible to control lighting colors and intensity with a smart phone.

WINDOWS
Designers used a gauzy, white, patterned material from Carole Fabrics to cover the windows. This increases natural light without a glare and lends texture to the room.

FURNISHINGS
A gray-tone sofa and a taupe chair from RC Furniture form a conversation area before the wall of art. By the windows, Anderson added two mid-century-inspired swivel chairs from Kaleidoscope Furniture, which bring subtle color and shape to the arrangement. The movement of the chairs allows the homeowners to easily look outside to the pool area. A pair of touchier lamps shines direct light upward to illuminate the height of the room.

RUG
This soft blended-nylon rug was selected from Chandra Rugs for its lush texture and sheen. In a room with such an expansive hardwood floor, this piece helps to define the lounge area and gives the room a completed look.  

FIREPLACE
The fireplace made of cultured stone was cleaned and the heavy crown molding removed, giving it a lighter, updated appeal. 

SPENDING & SAVING
The homeowner splurged a little more on the lighting fixtures because they were perfect for the look — and because the husband loved the light play, Anderson says. They saved on the rug, which was never intended to be a focal point. Still, it anchors the room with subtle style.

ART DISPLAY TIPS
Showcasing art can be a design dilemma. Anderson offers these ideas for organizing your treasures.  

Precision Industries Inc. “It’s best to group collections to get a cohesive look and not separate them, because then it looks too busy,” she says.

Precision Industries Inc. “Also, you want your eye to move across the entire wall so the colors should be spread evenly. You don’t want pops of color to compete.”

 

RESOURCES

INTERIOR DESIGN
Eklektik Interiors
1300 Shepherd Drive
832-804-6300
www.eklektikinteriors.com

DRAPERY/WINDOW TREATMENTS
Elite Window Coverings
870 S. Mason Road
Suite 140
281-395-6644
www.elitewindowcoverings.com

FABRIC FOR WINDOW TREATMENTS
Carole Fabrics
Available locally through Design House/Fabric House
7026 Old Katy Road
713-864-7550
www.designhousetx.com

LIGHTING
Robert Abbey Lighting
Available locally through:

AREA                          
3735 Westheimer Road
713-668-1668
www.area-houston.com

Champions Lighting
5211 Cypress Creek Parkway
281-440-5339
www.championslighting.com

Eklektik Interiors
1300 Shepherd Drive
832-804-6300
www.eklektikinteriors.com

High Fashion Home
3100 Travis St.
713-528-3838
www.highfashionhome.com

Lighting Inc.
Several locations
www.lightinginc.com

Lighting Unlimited
4211 Richmond Ave.
713-626-4025
www.fergusonshowrooms.com

Plush Home
2233 Westheimer Road
713-522-5230

Shabby Slips
2304 Bissonnet St.
713-630-0066
www.myshabbyslips.com

Star Furniture
Several locations
www.starfurniture.com

SOFA & CHAIRS
RC Furniture
Available locally through:

Dazzling Décor Rugs & Accessories
3003 Fondren Road
832-377-4665
www.dazzlingdecorhouston.com

Eklektik Interiors
1300 Shepherd Drive
832-804-6300
www.eklektikinteriors.com

Ladco Design Center
7900 Washington Ave.
713-868-2828
www.ladcodesigncenter.com

Noel Furniture
2727 S.W. Freeway
713-874-5200
www.noelfurniture.com

Scene One Interiors
The Houston Design Center
7026 Old Katy Road
Suite 109
713-895-8686
www.thehoustondesigncenter.com

WALLPAPER
Fabricut
Decorative Center Houston
5120 Woodway Drive
Suite 3022
713-840-9241
www.fabricut.com

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