When I first laid eyes inside this home, I was so excited for how beautiful the home is, and for how I could imagine it looking after I got my hands on it! I knew my clients loved contemporary and rustic, as well as ice blue! All the wood on the floors, walls and ceiling set the tone for a dark, rustic, natural environment. I aimed to lighten this up and add a modern, sophisticated flair through the use of light fabrics, modern furnishings, reflective finishes and well-placed unique accent lighting. Except for the occasional organic or sculptural wood piece, the main furnishings are light, clean and modern to contrast nicely with all the dark wood. I added some lightening sparkle through the use of glass, and chrome and silver leaf accent pieces. Shimmering, plush area rugs provide a light, inviting anchor for each furniture arrangement, and also provides a dramatic contrast from the dark pine floors. I used mostly natural grays and creams in my color scheme, with splashes of cool, ice blue that complement all the wood so nicely, as well as bring the coast to mind.
The reflective shag rug provides a plush base for the clean-lined furnishings and ice blue vinyl ottoman.
In the corner, I added a unique murano glass leaf floor lamp by Global Views for ethereal light and a sculptural element.
The organic root console table added a rustic element, and some visual interest that helps separate the two seating areas.
With Afternoon Light
With Sunset Light
Secondary Seating Area
The long layout of this room called for a second seating area–one that enjoys the fireplace, and promotes conversation. The modern gray leather club chairs are centered around a round, Century Furniture mother of pearl table. The floor lamp has an exaggerated arch that allows the light to be centered over the arrangement, while not taking away from the view, or the lines of the room.
Here you can see how beautifully the lighting around the wet bar glows and complements the blue accents.
I used some contemporary Vanguard counter stools, covered in a blue vinyl, to bring some color to the kitchen area.
I decided that the shape of the room called for a square Dining table. It seemed to fit the space nicely. I counteracted all the square shapes and straight lines with some curvilinear klismos chairs, covered in an off-white linen, with white raffia outbacks.
The resin pedestal base was molded to resemble a tree root, and painted white. I thought this would look wonderful contrasted against the dark floors.
I love how the light upholstery just glows against all the dark floors, when the natural light hits it.
The original builder left me a few stunning, unique pieces of furniture. made from beautiful slabs of pecky cypress and other woods. This table made a great cocktail table on the balcony!! The color complements all the greiges and neutral colors.
I placed a low, modern sectional by Brown Jordan against the railing. This arrangement utilizes the space the best, without blocking the view of all the gorgeous pines, and western lake. In front of the sofa, is another table made by the builder that I happily utilized!
The slipcovered swivel chairs, with large contrast welt, make great versatile seating around the glass top Lane Venture dining table.
On the third floor, the Master bedroom is furnished with a king mirrored Century bed, with a glass bead fabric on the headboard. I kept the colors cream and neutral, with powder blue accents. The three convex mirrors take advantage of the high celings, and draw the eye upward to the rustic ceiling details.
This linen-covered dresser kept the feel of the room light, and helps to counteract the dark floors. Since taking these photos, we have added a gorgeous silk area rug that reflects the light even more.
This is a stunning bathroom, with its marble floors and walls, the large open windows and recessed ceiling detail.
I commissioned local artist, Mary Hong, to design us some beautiful eye-popping artwork in this room. These are acrylic panels, to which she added glass and dye, then a finishing resin.
Through this arched entrance, you are looking at our Master Sitting Room. This may be my favorite room in the house!
I furnished the main part of this room with a pair of gray chenille chair-and-a-halfs, and round, reflective shag rug and a unique root cocktail table.
Over the two chairs, is a piece of art I commissioned local artist Allison Wickey to paint. This art is flanked by some fabulous nickel twig sconces by Global Views.
This desk used to be a counter-height dining table on the second floor. I had the legs shortened to desk height, and then silver leafed and sealed to protect against rusting. Placed against these windows, this desk provided an ideal area to work!
This is a rare cocktail made from tree root that I had stained dark like the floors, and then painted ice blue on the insides of the roots. This acted as an artistic sculpture, as well as a cocktail table.
When the sun sets, this room is transformed! What a great place to sit and enjoy the view.
Auxillary Master Bathroom:
Guest Bedroom, First Floor:
I furnished this room with a tall custom bed in off-white leather, and long ice blue linen drapes.
Second Guest Bedroom:
I lightened this room with a white mirrored bed, a cream silk area rug, some cream drapes, green glass nightstands and some reflective glass and mirrors!
I designed this custom art glass installation above the bed to add color to the room, and take advantage of the high ceilings.
I chose this drape fabric, because it has small rhinestone accents that subtly glint and sparkle when the lights are on!
I brought some color and life to this room with custom bedding and vibrant art. I fell in love with the plaid fabric first, made coverlets, then designed the other fabrics around that.
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3 thoughts on “Peaceful Watercolor Retreat| Interior Design by Cara McBroom”
Love it Cara…especially all the chairs….love the chrome! and reflective shag rug! Great job!
You are a truly gifted interior designer Cara ! Breath taking !
This was a lovely blog poost