The Lorimer Project Part III – Design Plan

We’re nearing the final stretch at the Lorimer Project! Click here to see parts I and II. The challenge was to turn a nondescript white shell of a condo into a place that would reflect my client’s style: colorful, creative, and bohemian.

She wanted a chic, unfussy, but collected look. We started by layering rich patterns and textures, then we combined rustic, age-worn, and hand-crafted items with polished, refined pieces. 

Design Plan Lorimer Project This Way Home Living Dining Room Boho Bohemian Eclectic Kilim Beni Ourain

The design plan for the main room.

In the main room, we chose a white-washed wood paneled wallpaper which immediately added warmth and interest.  Our custom-designed kilim loveseat, with its bold colors and patterns, is balanced by a pair of laid-back leather and velvet armchairs. The Beni Ourain-inspired area rug is layered with a super soft faux sheepskin. Finally we interspersed metallic accents, like a vintage brass arc lamp and copper pendant lights, to give the room a touch of glamour.

To integrate the loveseat’s bright color palette into the dining area, we found a funky boucherouite rug with bands of pink, orange, blue, and green. We chose a marble-topped tulip table and a set of vintage industrial metal chairs to complete the dining area.

Design Plan Lorimer Project This Way Home Boho Bohemian Eclectic Hanging Window Garden Succulents

5×4 hanging window garden.

The largest window in the main room faces an adjacent building. My client was unhappy with a completely unobstructed view into her apartment – but she wanted to preserve a more open look than window coverings would provide. I suggested a succulent window garden. We found brass planters from West Elm, measured out a 5×4 grid to cover her window, and filled the planters with succulents and moss. The result is a hanging screen that gives her some additional privacy and adds a lush, natural element to our design.

Design Plan Lorimer Project This Way Home Bedroom Boho Bohemian Eclectic Hollywood Regency Glamorous Glam Black Walls Dark Walls

The design plan for the bedroom.

In the bedroom, we wanted to inject some glamour. We took our inspiration from the Hollywood Regency era, reflected in the flocked fan pattern wallpaper, brass accents, and vintage Rita Hayworth movie marquee poster. A rattan headboard from Serena & Lily and a kilim accent pillow give the room some natural textures.

The bedroom is small, so we needed a piece of furniture that could serve double duty as a nightstand and vanity. We ended up finding a vintage table from Brimfield Antique Market and giving it a mini makeover. We paired the table with a brass stool and vanity mirror.

Design Plan Lorimer Project This Way Home Art Room Triangle Wallpaper Removable Wallpaper Decals Mur Industrial Vintage Boho Bohemian Eclectic

And lastly, the art room. My client wanted bright, whimsical wallpaper to help inspire her art projects. We ended up designing our own colorful geometric pattern using Mur’s triangle decals. The decals are available in 11 different colors, so we played around with color combinations until we found a palette that worked just right. We also found a vintage industrial cabinet with metal baskets to store all of my client’s tools and supplies.

That’s a complete overview of our plans for the Lorimer Project. Be sure to check back soon to see the final reveal!

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Chair-itable Donations

This Way Home International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA Take A Seat I'm In The Book Chair-ity Telephone Bench Black White Upholstery Gossip Bench

“I’m in the Book” by This Way Home. Photo by Elaine Frederick. 

Every year, the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) hosts a charity auction featuring upcycled, creatively reimagined chairs from designers and artists around the world. The event is officially called Take A Seat, but we have affectionately dubbed it “the chair-ity.” 

This year’s entries from the New England IFDA chapter benefit the Women’s Institute of Housing & Economic Development, whose mission is to “promote economic opportunity and build strong communities by developing safe, affordable, and supportive housing for individuals and families.” It’s a worthy cause and a great excuse to get creative.

I found my chair while trolling craigslist (what else!). It’s actually a vintage telephone bench, also known as a gossip bench. Back in the day, you would set your rotary landline on the built-in table and sit on the bench for a leisurely phone chat. You could even store your phonebook on the table’s lower shelf. Pretty handy piece of furniture, huh? 

This Way Home International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA Take A Seat I'm In The Book Chair-ity Telephone Bench Black White Upholstery Gossip Bench Before After Furniture Makeover This Way Home International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA Take A Seat I'm In The Book Chair-ity Telephone Bench Black White Upholstery Gossip Bench Before After Furniture Makeover

I wanted to give the bench a modern redesign, while still paying tribute to its original function. I found a custom fabric printed from vintage phonebook pages, and I knew it would be the perfect solution.

I liked the original two-toned upholstery because it helped accentuate the bench’s unusual silhouette. So I decided to follow suit and chose a subtly textured black vinyl for the interior of the bench. And lastly, to tie it all together, I selected a black and off-white gingham for the built-in shelves.

This Way Home International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA Take A Seat I'm In The Book Chair-ity Telephone Bench Black White Upholstery Gossip Bench Before After Furniture Makeover Phone Book Fabric Phonebook

This Way Home International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA Take A Seat I'm In The Book Chair-ity Telephone Bench Black White Upholstery Gossip Bench Before After Furniture Makeover

The IFDA Take A Seat Gala and Auction will be held on June 1, 6:30-9:30 pm, at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Check out Boston Magazine to read more about the chair-ity and to see the rest of the 2016 entries!

"I'm in the Book" by This Way Home. Photo by Elaine Frederick.  Every year, the International Furnishings and Design Ass...

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