Tradition with a Colorful Twist
In the casual sitting and breakfast nook off the kitchen, as in nearly every room, Megan has laid a traditional foundation and jazzed it up with unexpected color combos. “Neutrals can be so beautiful, but I am always drawn to bold color because it brings a room to life,” Megan says. “Using a variety of colors adds to the sense that furniture and objects have been collected, not just bought for the space.”
“Everyone who comes in here tells me if I had shown them those things separately, they’d have said, ‘No way!’ ” she says, laughing.
The room’s colors are toned down, but the mix of patterns definitely isn’t. An animal-print rug and the floral fabric on the headboard are perfect examples of Megan’s “mix, don’t match” mind-set.
Boomer the dog enjoys the comfortable décor as well.
“I wanted to create a more interesting shape than you find from typical online sources,” she says. “A custom headboard makes the space if you can’t really afford to redecorate the whole room.” She now also offers custom-upholstered headboards through her design business.
The formal living room blends antiques-store finds and high-end fabrics, but the room isn’t too formal for dogs and children. The furnishings look just right with the natural texture of a sisal rug, which also stands up to wear and tear.
“The room developed out of my collecting things I love. That’s how I work on most of my projects. I see what I like for the space, as opposed to going in with a set of parameters,” Megan says.
Megan also isn’t afraid to make changes to the items she buys. Almost every chair in the room was refinished: Two armchairs were whitewashed, and the blue velvet chair was gilded.
“You have to use art boldly and not be afraid that it’s not going to match the room,” Megan says of selecting art. “I actually don’t think it should match the room. It should be the right thing to hang in that space.”