|Source: Ivar cabinet photo from Ikea.ca|
The style of drapes we chose was ripplefold. They are absolutely perfect for a transitional type of space, as the top of the drapes is very simple. The photos were shot on a very bright winter day, so it's challenging to see the ombre striped pattern, but the clients adore them open and closed. This type of drapery is often on a track system that wouldn't have been very attractive in this space. By using a decorative rod, we were able to make it a little less modern.
We added a few feather-filled cushions to their sofa and loveseat to add some more interest and layer in some more textures. A button detail, that matches the colour of the sofa fabric, was added to the cream striped fabric cushions, while a modern pattern adds a dramatic punch and pulls in the wall colour.
To further soften the space, we added a circular motif rug, again pulling in the colours from the room, and the adjoining dining room.
The biggest investment is their "step up from Ikea" bookshelves. The semi-custom solid wood bookshelves were chosen to have open and closed storage. You can pick what size you want from the catalog, and then have them stained in a select number of colours. The media cabinet was found in a complimentary style and was stained to match the bookshelves.
I love what were able to do. And hopefully the final pieces will be curated in the near future to make this former university pad into a comfortable "grownup" space.
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