There’s something to be said about the power of unexpected color in the home: a colorful painting in the entry, a bold, contemporary art in the dining room, or a stunning coral Soumak rug in the living room–this client has all three.

While I was peering off into the joining rooms, from a distance I could hear the homeowner talk about her fear of making wrong decision in color and decorating yadda, yadda, yadda…

Not that what she was saying was unimportant. It’s just someone who describes themselves as fearful, does not own such a rug. Agreed?

Moving on…

From the front door, you walk right into the living room.

I made a mental note to add an console table behind the sofa to make a pseudo-entry. The room gets a ton of sunlight from the surrounding windows and the paint color felt appropriate in the space. No change there. However, the pair of bookcases is void of character and is currently a missed opportunity to make an impact. I’m about to change that.

Thibaut’s Bamboo Lattice wallpaper will add tremendous interest to the back of the bookcases. I will also restyle them with plenty of books—of course—and include a few of white accessories to provide some contrast.

Thibaut-Bamboo Lattice Wallpaper

Above the fireplace, I plan to remove the leaning mirror and add antiqued glass into the paneling. You can see a bit of the recessed paneling which repeats on all three sides of the fireplace.


To the right of the fireplace, I will replace the damaged chest with the Sanctuary Three-Drawer Gold Chest from Hooker Furniture.

Also in the new entry, behind the sofa, will be this antiqued art-deco console table.Art deco console - Wisteria

Now’s the time to introduce the fabric scheme into the mix. You can see a snippet of the wallpaper, but also pictured is a small scale aqua fabric to upholster future ottomans, a solid metallic linen fabric for pillows (on the slipper chairs), 100% silk in oyster and kiwi for custom drapery panels, a lively green ikat for a small throw pillow and lastly a playful floral pattern for two large sofa pillows.

Fabric Scheme by Erika Ward Interiors



Here’s a visual of how everything will work together! I can hardly wait!

Coral and Floral Living Room by Erika Ward Interiors

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