This prima donna of design was right! Just this week, nineteen weeks post-disaster, we finally reached a settlement with the insurance company. With this nightmare behind us, I can begin the enjoyable process of choosing colors, fabrics, flooring...
Where does one start when furniture was not damaged, but flooring, ceilings, and walls were? My goal is to update, so I decided to begin with a monochromatic palette.
A lovely Tabriz carpet with a raspberry field had been foundational to my home's color scheme. Unfortunately, with all the standing water in the living room, the natural dyes ran, rendering the rug a complete loss. We found a neutral Tibetan rug with just touches of celadon to replace the Tabriz. Without the raspberry, celadon and a neutral cream became the colorway.
To further eliminate the pink, I had an expert seamstress remake the silk Brunschwig & Fils draperies, tucking the raspberry stripes in seams, leaving the variegated green stripes and neutrals visible.
I also plan to lose the topper for a more contemporary look.
When we move back in, the raspberry throw will go; the celadon French daybed and two library chairs will stay.
|Mohair at top is on the daybed; the cut velvet on the bottom on the library chairs.|
Removing the raspberry also dictates replacing the Schumacher raspberry striped wallpaper in the entrance.
Even though it was not damaged in the flood, we decided we will cover the cost of a neutral Stroheim grasscloth with a very subtle celadon damask glaze.
The dining room opens on the opposite side of the foyer from the living room, so a complimentary color scheme makes sense here, too. As it turned out, removing the hand-painted, silk Gracie wallpaper in the dining room was not debatable. The extreme humidity in the house after the flood finished lifting off sections of the paper. In its place, I have chosen a companion to the entranceway paper, a Stroheim plain Saipan sisal.
To neutralize this room, I plan to hang simple sheer drapes using Lee Jofa Phoebe cream fabric with trapunto embroidery in the same color of tan.
|(The computer screen distorts many of these colors., but in person they all flow.)|