Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We bought a house here in San Antonio at the end of last year!  We are still in the same historic neighborhood near downtown, which we love.

I have a few rooms in our "new" 100+ year-old house looking fairly civilized!  We have lots of remodeling projects planned, so I haven't really done much besides paint and curtains.  The walls here are Benjamin Moore's "River's edge" and the curtains are silk taffeta in the same color hung on thin, unlacquered brass rods.

I have collected furniture pieces that seem to work anywhere, and I am always happy to see them given new life in a different setting.  Here is the chinese screen from my ex-bedroom mentioned in an earlier post....I hung it on the wall of the living room in this house and added a fabulous brass picture light from Visual Comfort at the top.  There, yet again, is my green linen velvet Mayfield sofa and my two tiger needlepoint chairs.  Do you think someone can have too much animal print?  It has always been my favorite neutral!

I have my two favorite foo dog lamps behind the sofa - love them! I am getting sick of my Chelsea Textiles shades..I may need to retire those.  I do love a narrow table behind a sofa..it allows you to light the area really well, and it also eliminates that furniture-stuck-to the wall look in the narrow rooms in old houses.

My cocktail table is an antique Chinese tea table cut down to 24 inches, and my pillows are an assortment of Fortuny and silk velvet, plus the Megan Yager Design signature pillow, the tiger silk velvet lumbar.
Wow!  I have not been a very consistent blogger, have I?
I'll try to turn over a new leaf.
I thought it might be fun to give you a glimpse into the creative process that I go through when I am working on a house.  I work in a very intuitive way...I think that rooms are the most successful when not overly "designed" from the beginning.  I like to figure out the main furniture pieces and functional seating arrangements, and then just let things evolve.  It requires a certain amount of trust from a client for them to give the thumbs up to a concept without knowing every last accessory, but it gives the rooms a more authentic feeling and allows for me to work with clients to bring some of themselves into the project so that it actually feels like their house.

I generally do little watercolors for clients in addition to my more technical floor plans.  Above is a little snippet of the bulletin board in my office, which is brimming with fabric and paint samples, inspiration photos and sketches.  This is the living room for client M, who just bought a 1920's house on the upper east side of Santa Barbara.  We are going for a classic American interior with a young and colorful twist. We're using gorgeous colors and iconic pieces and prints in an unexpected, fresh mix.
I'll keep you posted as the project progresses...it's a fantastic house and a fun client with great style.  So fun for me!