(Preface: If you notice that every time I talk about a client project I happen to mention that said client is "my favorite", it's probably because it's true. I tend to love all of my clients...I'm lucky that they're just the kind of people I want to work with, personality-wise AND aesthetic-wise!)

Onto Glenwood Park, which is a great PUD (Planned Urban Development) community in East Atlanta.
My client is a faaabbbbulous woman who runs a busy diversity consulting company and leads, by anyone's standards, a very full life. She'd relatively recently downsized from a large, estate-style home in the Atlanta suburbs and had tons of great furniture that she'd spent a pretty penny on, but almost none of it worked in her new place. Whether the scale was wrong, the style was wrong, or a mix of both, things just weren't working anymore.

Client Fabulous contacted Dayka Robinson Designs to help tame her living room and we went back and forth for awhile, debating which pieces to keep versus getting rid of most of her old stuff and starting again. Thankfully, she chose the latter.


(The second blurry pic is just to illustrate how much furniture was in the room originally laid out in the room, plus the pub table.)

Sometimes less is more, and sometimes more is really just depends on the space you're working with and the specific pieces you're using.
In CF's case (Client Fab), I ended up selecting a linen, tufted back, Tuxedo sofa with a larger footprint than her existing one, but the lines are straighter & cleaner than the more traditional Roll Arm style she started with. While her reclining leather arm chairs were a crowd favorite (all of her friends raved about them), we were able to relocate a pair of Channel Back Slipper chairs she had in her office and they worked perfectly with the custom pillow fabrics we'd selected for the LR (Added bonus? They're SUPER comfy.) Her leather arm chairs were saved from furniture purgatory and sent down as a swap for her office, so we each got what we wanted--I got my "new LR chairs" and she got to keep her leather recliners.

Because she frequently entertains guests and hosts events at her home, having ample additional seating was a must on my list. By flanking her new, modern industrial glass console with 2 wooden Wish Bone chairs and bringing in 2 natural fiber Samar stools from Crate & Barrel (this pair is a favorite of mine that I use often!), we were able make room for 4 additional guests while also keeping the floor plan open, which was a goal. The walking path behind the stools is somewhat narrow and as this area opens directly to the kitchen, I wanted to make sure the view wasn't blocked and guests could easily (visually) communicate with each other. As such, lightweight stool seating also allows for an easily mobile & versatile seating plan (which is great because the stools look terrific in front of the window as well).

Other points to note? I love how the tufting on the ottoman mirrors the sofa but the difference in textures (linen vs. iridescent vinyl) gives the room depth. When you look at the sofa, ottoman and rug in context you see a monochromatic palette full of texture, but it also makes the space feel  warm & inviting. In every space I design, I always try to make sure that you can see a mix of textures around the room. The biggest impact in the space are the 6 bronze metal Wimberly mirrors from IO Metro which anchor the wall and pull your eye up to the 12' ceilings. The drapes & mirrors sit at the same height and then all of the main furniture pieces have a similar scale and clean, modern lines. While you can't see it in the pics, the built-in bookshelves flanking the fireplace were also backed with a dark grasscloth wallpaper. Such a beautiful contrast.
The final look of this Living Room is clean, modern, tailored and most importantly, comfortable.
To date, this space still gets rave reviews!

And me?
I get a comfy place to watch Scandal with her on Thursday nights.
Not a bad tradeoff...if I do say so myself. ;-)

Photography by Christina Wedge