Mix Instead of Match
To achieve the right look, Lindsey used patterned fabrics on draperies and pillows, but for the most part, she kept upholstery,
flooring, and walls pattern free. These neutral zones frame the bold motifs, giving them more pop and prominence. Plus, Lindsey
says, "I like to change it up fairly often, so keeping the basics neutral lets me do that without starting over."
White upholstery can be frightening for a family with toddlers (Lindsey and Kevin have two boys, ages 3 and 2), but she had no fear thanks to new fabric protectors that use nanotechnology to make her upholstered pieces impervious to spills and sticky fingers.
Underfoot, a sisal outdoor rug and cowhide naturally offer the same ironclad durability—and a lot more. "I wanted warming texture, not more pattern, on the floor," says Lindsey. The area rug also allows for a cozy floating furniture arrangement and leaves some of the original slate flooring strategically bare to direct traffic behind the French bergère chairs.
Now that she's filled the room with color and personality, Lindsey can't wait to open the front door when visitors arrive.
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