Category: Design Projects

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. 

Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design Kilim

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.

Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design 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.

Bedroom Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design Black 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.

Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design Geometric Wallpaper

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!

We're nearing the final stretch at the Lorimer Project! Click here to see parts I and II. The challenge was to turn a no...

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The Lorimer Project Part II – Kilim Loveseat

Turkish Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Couch Bohemian

Work continues on the Lorimer Project, a two-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Click here for an introduction to the project. As my client and I began to develop a design plan, we soon decided that the apartment’s main room needed a bold statement piece to anchor the seating area. My client loves Turkish kilims, traditional flatweave rugs which have been produced in much the same manner since ancient times. Flatweave rugs are thin enough to be used in lieu of conventional upholstery fabric, so I suggested we use kilim rugs to cover a loveseat. She loved the idea, and we got to work!

My first task was to find the perfect loveseat for the project. I hunted high and low, through vintage and new merchandise alike, in search of the right piece. In the end, I discovered Kim Salmela, a wonderfully imaginative furniture designer out of Los Angeles. Her pieces are hand crafted and highly customizable; and Kim’s own aesthetic is bold and globally inspired, so I knew she would understand our vision for the loveseat. 

Kim Salmela has a sizable selection of sofas– as well as chairs, headboards, benches, and more. My client ultimately chose the Evelyn Loveseat. She loved the loveseat’s modern lines, and the dimensions were just perfect for the space. 

Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Kim Salmela Evelyn

The Evelyn Loveseat in Yasmin Sea. Image courtesy of Kim Salmela Atelier.

Once we had selected the Evelyn, we were able to calculate the amount of material needed for upholstery and start the search for the perfect kilims. We ended up selecting two rugs, an eye pattern and a stripe. The rugs share the same color palette, and the bold linear stripe is a good balance to the concentric diamonds of the eye pattern. We knew these kilims would complement each other nicely.

Turkish Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Couch Rug

We shipped the rugs to Kim Salmela’s workshop in Los Angeles along with a digital rendering to illustrate how we would like to place the rugs. We wanted to use the eye pattern kilim to cover the sofa back and cushion and the striped kilim along the arms and front gusset. 

Kim and her upholsterers had the tricky task of sorting out exactly how to cut the panels. If the rugs had been divided the wrong way, there would not have been enough material to cover the entire loveseat. Kim and her team did a marvelous job realizing our vision and using the rugs to accentuate the Evelyn’s silhouette.

Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Sofa Bohemian Eclectic

The kilim loveseat during fabrication. Image courtesy of Kim Salmela Atelier.

And here is the final product! We couldn’t be happier with the kilim upholstery. My client loves having a special, one-of-a-kind piece. The loveseat perfectly suits her colorful bohemian style and sets the tone for the entire room.

In the next installment, I’ll show you how we incorporated the loveseat into the overall design scheme. Stay tuned!

Kilim Upholstery Loveseat Sofa Bohemian Eclectic Decor

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Work continues on the Lorimer Project, a two-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Click here for an introduction...

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