Heather Reveals Latest Project
When these homeowners first came to Aiden Fabrics they had just moved into their new home and wanted design help to make their existing furniture and art pieces work in their new space as well as help with an overall design concept. They loved color and had a beautiful assortment of antiques that they wanted to bring into their contemporary style home. The concept was to play that up as much as possible and fill in with furnishings and window treatments throughout the house as needed. Many renovations were included in the scope, including their kitchen, bar, and butler’s pantry, as well as removing the large wall in their foyer to open up the music room at the front of the house. The overall look was to be a nice balance of contemporary and antiques while incorporating lots of color without overwhelming the space and keeping it light and airy. Hear more from Heather about this Reveal with photos by Ebony Ellis for Charleston Home + Design Magazine.
Heather Discusses Home Renovation
I don’t think a lot of people know that everyone at Aiden Fabrics is an Interior Designer and that we offer full-scale design services. This is one of the first things we talked about when first meeting in the showroom. The Jennette’s hired me to come up with a design plan that would incorporate their renovation project as well as furnishings. Even at our initial consultation I felt we were on the same page and could both envision what the space would look like in the end. As is usual with the design process, we made a few minor changes and then proceeded full steam ahead. The design process is such a joy when you have a great collaboration between the designer and client. I worked with the Jennette’s throughout the entire process, including their renovation selections and final installation. See their before photos:
For the Dining Room, the Jennette’s loved the idea of a mural. We started with that amazing Serenity Green grasscloth mural wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries and wanted to highlight it with a splash of bright teal faux silk for the drapery and Roman shades in Mercury/Curacao from Michael’s Textiles. We added in a beautiful tweed called Bluegrass from Greenhouse Fabrics for the dining chair seats that brought in the shades of ivory, apple green and teal. Needless to say, the mural with its Lowcountry feel and depth of color is a real showstopper and was the inspiration for the rest of the home.
Part of the renovation project included opening the large wall to the Music Room, which is opposite the dining room. In there we married a gorgeous teal grasscloth wallpaper, also from Phillip Jeffries, with fabric for drapery & shades in Covington’s Abelia Garden, which is a stunning embroidered floral on a navy background.
In the Living Room, we did a pair of custom bench seat sofas from Gabby Home in Crypton Swift Oyster with antique brass nailheads and a pair of Swivel Chairs in Crypton Robusta Fern. It never hurts to have a performance fabric that can still be beautiful and soft! To help bring a splash of color onto the sofas we did throw pillows in Schumacher Lotus Garden Jade as well as Thibuat Jardin Maze Coral cut velvet. Very ooh la la! However, to balance all this, we kept the walls and window treatments the same pale light blue gray to keep the light and airy feel with a great pop of color throughout the room. However, one of my favorite details in this room is the Octavian Shimmer grasscloth wallpaper from Schumacher on the back of the built-ins next to the fireplace.
To continue the color scheme, the Kitchen windows were dressed in Schumacher Tropique Document, and the chair seats were recovered in Juttah Fruitcake from Magnolia Fabrics. The idea was that the chairs in both the dining room and kitchen could be used together for extra seating while complementing each other without matching.
In terms of interior design, the plan included high-end details and finishes for each space that created a flow of color from one space to the next while still creating a unique feel for each specific room. In addition to fabrics and furniture, the design plan included area rugs that fulfilled the overall plan of color flow and uniqueness, and lighting to complement each space with brass accents that worked well together but were not “matchy matchy.”
When it comes to selecting anything for your home, whether it is fabric, furniture, wallpaper, lighting, etc. I always ask my clients what they want their home to “feel” like. To me, this is the most important aspect of any good design. Customers may say they want a warm and welcoming space while others may want a calm and cool home, and yet others want a home that is bursting with energy and vibrancy. From there, things to consider are quality of construction, durability, overall style aesthetic, color and/or finish, texture, and of course, price. Fabrics and furnishings come in wide range of price points, and the trick is to find which one works for your home and your budget which is what we specialize in at Aiden Fabrics.
I would like to thank our wallpaper installer, John Kolodka, for his expertise with the many wallpapers included in this project, as well as David’s Casework and Cabinets and Coastal Cabinets for their beautiful work in the kitchen, bar and butler pantry areas.
In addition to being the number one local resource for fabrics, Aiden Fabrics is really a full-scale design showroom with furniture, rugs, lighting, wallpaper, custom window treatments, beds, bedding, etc. We have over 1,000 bolts of fabric on the showroom floor every day, as well as an extensive library of special-order fabric and have samples for everything that our customers can check out and try in their own home prior to purchasing. The Interior Designers at Aiden are great at helping customers either make selections in the store or scheduling in-home design consultations with clients for larger scale projects. In addition, Aiden Fabrics has an extensive custom workroom that can help with our client’s reupholstery projects as well as custom window treatments, pillows, bedding, etc. Stop in and let us help you with any of your design projects!