I love the opportunity to work on a project that provides a challenge and allows me to utilize some unique accessories. The challenge for this room came from the design of the attic space with load-bearing poles to work around and the client’s desire for three separate areas: billiard space, television viewing space, and a bar.
To start, we decided the game room would be something of a departure from the design of the rest of the house. It would have a more thematic, whimsical design with influences from the Far East and Indonesia. I covered the walls with a suede paper from Philip Jeffries Ltd. This paper gives the room a warm, luxurious backdrop. I also chose a fantastic cotton velvet sofa fabric and beautiful in layed furniture. To round out the room I added accessories from local artisans and wedding baskets from Simon Pearce. Some of the best pieces in the room, such as the Indonesian side chairs with mother of pearl accents, came from local shops. There is a lot of value to not selecting every accessory and piece of furniture for the initial presentation. The hunt for the perfect piece is an organic process that allows you extra room for creativity and inspiration. Plus, using local artists and retailers supports your community.
When addressing the challenge of working around the pole in the television viewing area, I had to consider the layout and purpose of the room. Obviously, no one wants their view of the television blocked by a pole. Also, speaking around the pole when talking to a group of friends and family would be awkward. Choosing a sectional sofa proved to be the key to working around the pole without sacrificing comfort or style.
The final result is a room where people can relax and socialize in a sophisticated and timeless setting. A splash of modernism gives the room just the right amount of balance, with an art deco inspired rug. Lighting from Dennis and Leen and lounge chairs from Ralph Lauren help to round out the classic appeal of the room while the accessories and modern touches add a subtle element of fun. What the client can now enjoy is a handsome setting for spending time with family and friends.