Blue Velvet Sofa

Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery

 

The goal of my projects is to have them reflect my client's personal style. I want the home to look like them, with my guiding hand. That said, there are a few themes I work into many of my designs. These themes are the what I like to think attract clients to me. They are part of my "signature style."

I'm starting a series that highlights these themes - or trends if you will. I hesitate to call them trends, because I find them to be pretty timeless. For this first round, let's look at velvet upholstery.

To say I am a dedicated fan of this look is an understatement. What I'm really digging is jewel-toned velvet specifically. I enjoy working with clients who share this same sentiment. I've been blessed to work with some amazing clients who have a similar style to mine. It's a match made in heaven when a client comes to me, looking for velvet upholstery. It is a regal look that doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. It can totally transform a space and often becomes the room's star piece.

Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery

I'll continue with this series by talking about other themes you can see within my design work. If there is any trend you've noticed, comment below. 

 

Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room

 
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room

Clients ask me all the time, "What is the first piece we need to pick out?" I always tell them that any item can kickoff a room's design. If you have a great vintage rug, colors can be pulled out for wall paint. If you want to include a worn leather chair, the other upholstery items can be linen or velvet to balance the materials out. 

In this case, my client fell in love with an inspirational image I sent her. The image was of a living room featuring a blue velvet Anthropologie sofa. Once that piece was locked in, everything else fell into place. The clients wanted recliners. Yes, believe it or not, these chairs recline. They had to either be a durable linen or leather, to balance out the velvet sofa. To add in yet another material, we selected this round leather ottoman which works well for families with young, energetic kids. 

The clients had a great, soft grey rug that we wanted to use in the space. It was a few sizes too small for the room, so we layered an affordable jute option underneath. This one fit the room well and is less expensive than if we were to purchase the same grey rug in the appropriate size. 

A few more key items (side tables, shelving, etc.) helped to fill out the space. These (truly wonderful) clients had been passed down a vintage icebox, which made for the perfect home bar. The gallery wall over the sofa features prints of citiesthat the couple has traveled to together. Lastly, we layered in some lightingpillows and decor - the finishing touches.

It was important to make sure the room didn't lean either too feminine or too masculine. My client, we'll call her "Annie", has 3 young boys. She wanted a living room that she could relax in, as well as one that her husband ("Jeff") and children could enjoy. She got her dreamy Anthropologie sofa. He got his recliners. With one quick push of the ottoman, the boys have enough floor space to play with their Legos. Is it possible to make everyone in the family happy? Not always, but in this case, YESSS!

Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room