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Room Of The Day Dens Small Dark And Handsome Makeover
Who lives here: A couple and their 2 teenage children
Location: Chatham, New Jersey
Size: About 95 square feet (9 square meters)The room is located right off a larger living room-family room. Galbraith began with a favorite Robert Allen fabric for the window treatments. Because her clients were not afraid to go with dark paint, she pulled an indigo hue straight from the fabric to use on the walls. The owners had added extensive millwork throughout the house a few years prior, including wainscoting and other molding. At first they were a little wary of covering everything with the color, but they trusted their designer and let her go for it.She used Polo Blue by Benjamin Moore on everything, using a high-gloss finish on the millwork and an eggshell finish on the walls for a subtle contrast. The high gloss, accentuated by the lighting, gives the millwork its due.Next she layered in texture. A striped rug grounds the room in light neutral color. Vintage and global-inspired finds add character. The X-stool was made from a vintage luggage rack. Galbraith was drawn to the bamboo base’s color and texture, so she had her upholsterer replace the top with a hide. “An animal print always helps a room,” she says.Another interesting texture turns up on the stools, which can be tucked right in underneath the leather ottoman. “I knew I wanted something woven and kind of “ropey,” she says. She found just the right extra seating with these CB2 pieces.Blinds: bamboo in Sendai-Tortoise, Smith & Noble; drapery fabric: Robert Allen; rug: Stanton CarpetThe chairs are upholstered in a handsome tweed that adds more subtle pattern and texture. Luxe mohair throws and ikat pillows add comfort and style.Pillows: Madeline Weinrib; throws: Thomas O’Brien; chairs: Gabby; bowl: West Elm; floor lamps:Restoration HardwareRuby BeetsTip: Artwork doesn’t have to fit within molding. The piece in the room that packs the biggest design punch is one the homeowners weren’t sure about at first. “I brought the art over on approval on install day, and they were asking where in the world it was going to fit,” Galbraith says. “Once they saw it, they said it made the room – they absolutely had to have it.”Art: Peter DunhamFinal touches include this bowl with a gorgeous glaze that brings in a touch of aqua.The new design of this room has made it a favorite spot where the teenagers gather with their friends and their parents curl up with books. “They used to call it the den and now they call it the gem,” Galbraith says. “Everyone loves to hang out in here.”Galbraith is currently working on the family’s dining room, and they hope to get to the living room next.
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