The dining room was designed by Kelley herself. A wood bench was installed, neatly dividing the living and dining area. Upholstered cushions were placed to create a dining nook centered around a Saarinen-style table. The cushions add a colorful display to the dining area. Kelley upholstered them and the bench cushions in fabric from a collaboration between SUNO and KNOLL. The upholstery-grade pieces were inspired by traditional fabrics in Kenya, India and beyond.
An upholstered accent chair with high back, light linen fabric with gray piping, sloping rolled arms and turned wood legs provides distinctive living room seating. A blue patterned lumbar pillow adds color and comfort.
Since bedrooms are not usually as large as common areas, try to keep your holiday accent colors to a minimum. Avoiding overuse of color will keep the look from becoming overwhelming. Here, medium and dark reds were used to update the neutral furniture with the simple addition of throw pillows and blankets.
An ascent on the modern staircase leads to the second floor landing with a direct view of the eye-catching laundry room accent wall. “I think that wall is really the key, we were looking at that space knowing most of the time in the laundry room that door is left open and you’re looking at something that is not necessarily lovely. In this case there is a great piece of local art hanging on the wall when the door is open and you see the beautiful stainless tile, so the first impression of that space is much nicer and more contemporary,” says house planner Jack Thomasson.