Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Big Spring Clean | The Metamorphosis Revealed

We not only spiffed, we covered those black walls with Benjamin Moore’s Aura in Warm Springs #682 and the moldings in Glidden’s Bone White semi-gloss. It’s like living inside a slightly lighter version of a Tiffany box (if Tiffany boxes were also lined in that iconic blue).

Our chrome, silk moiret and leather chairs now hover around our mom's old ceramic Moroccan (oops - Italian!) pouf on the zebra skin rug.

The chesterfield sofa, which had been the great room divider, now sits against the eastern wall beneath the big Venetian mirror, four of my Scottish military prints, two vintage pith helmets and Cormac, the highland bull.

The new "office"

We clustered three of the heads so they'd have company over the desk (which had been oddly housed in the dining room) and replaced the $7 painting of a priest with a portrait of a man with pipe and ascot painted in England in 1947 (an Ebay purchase from about a year ago).

The old "office" now transformed into a drinks station right off the dining room table - an utterly more logical use of space. We added our should've-died-years-ago-given-how-we-treat-them palm trees and the circa-1910 falcon chart we found in an old bookshop in Prague.

(Photos by Porter Hovey)

27 comments:

BaronessVonVintage said...

just perfection!

occhineri said...

Gorgeous! What kind of candle is on the table in the corner?

trip said...

Man, you girls are out of control. Looks awesome. (How many coats of paint to cover those black walls?)

Jane said...

i'm in awe! this is just gorgeous*

Hollister H. Hovey said...

Thanks so much, everyone! We're quite excited to re-embrace the light!

Trip - it only took two coats. That Aura paint has primer in it - thank god. It's really amazing stuff - and doesn't give off wildly bad fumes, either.

Can't remember the brand of the candle. Will find out!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Looks terrific! Hello, spring!

Rose said...

Wow! Amazing transformation! I bet it feels like a whole new apt. Bravo for your vision and all the (obvious) hard work.

brian paquette interiors said...

i can only imagine how long it took you girls to settle on that color!!! looks amazing, fresh and well curated as always
salut!

Hollister H. Hovey said...

It was tough, Brian! We dried four shades of green (British racing to emerald to moss)...pink and then a lighter baby blue. What a mess it was!

La Maison Fou said...

Well, I am lovin the new look for those digs!
What a transformation, and how awesome does all that look??
I am feelin it!!!
L.

Laguna Beach Trad said...

Absolutely love it. Well done girls. There's something very English and colonial Africa about these images. Are you available to fly out to California for a project...?

Reynolds Still said...

Talk about an ABOUT FACE! The color change left me a bit speechless. Incredible eye as always and have to say, it looks wonderful. My hats off to you both. Change is good!!! So what did you do with the incredible life size portrait that hung to the left of your faux fireplace?

Best regards,
Reynolds Still

M said...

u picked a great color. i bet u feel happier and more up beat because of the brightness

Anzu said...

Absolutely love it!

Alexis Ceule said...

Fantastic!

jones said...

I like it--really, really like it! Mary

Madeline said...

The color is perfection with all the warm whiskey tones of the leathers and accessories!
~Madeline

The Browns said...

it looks amazing ladies! if only our place could look 1/10 as good!!

happy spring (soon!)

xx
k+s

Penelope Bianchi said...

Love the changes! Paint is magic! No question!

only one tiny question; (I owned that exact desk once.....I think my cousin has it now.....I love it..the oval)

what if it stayed in the exact same space.......but the chair was behind it; so you faced OUT? Instead of at the wall? I love to look at a room; when at a desk.....as opposed to looking at the wall!

Just a thought! Huge improvement! Bravo!!

Penelope

奇怪 said...

All roads lead to Rome. 堅持自己所選! ........................................

{Tara} said...

It looks amazing! I was partial to the black, but honestly, this looks so bright and cheery! Very spring-inspired. I also adore the drink station you created...I'm a sucker for a good, old-fashioned bar.

Lisa said...

P.E.R.F.E.C.T.I.O.N!! ... and I loved the Beluga walls to boot.

A Day That is Dessert said...

It looks *great* ! You two have a lot of energy.

Jonathan said...

Wonderful, hols and ports! Time for another hovey party,I reckon...

Christopher said...

For paint...you should use Farrow and Ball. Absolutely best stuff on the market. They have the most amazing colors and completely organic, no synthetics.

I painted my place using their light blue (light blue/grayish) and incarnadine red (orangish red) in my kitchen and couldn't be happier.

The Winslow Homer painting, The Briarwood Pipe, was my inspiration. I matched the sky as well as the red pantaloons on the zouave soldiers in camp.

Joanna Goddard said...

it looks so beautiful!!!

Aron said...

Looks great! It has a warmer more soothing look (while still being completely awesome of course). How does it feel?