For part three of our sophisticated, casual & contemporary blog series, Garrison and I decided that it would be beneficial to discuss our fabric selections for our Florida project with you.
GHID is known for it’s frequent usage of soft neutrals and hearty textures, inspired by the “amber waves of grain” landscapes of Garrison’s Midwest childhood. Helllllllooooooo Kansas…
It would be safe to say that 100% of our GHID projects incorporate these “nature neutrals” accompanied with a color pop of some kind…Florida was no different.
Being that our client’s residence is located in Florida and right on the ocean at that, we wanted to brighten our signature color pops a bit – nothing too over the top, just a few touches of color here and there. It just so happened that our clients color preference for the space was orange, which made our job – adding these color pops – a little more fun (did we mention our clients have stellar taste? *note the GHID logo).
Orange is a great color to use on the water as it’s the natural complement to the blue of the ocean. It’s fun, naturally brightens any space and is great for a young and vibrant family. However, this color can also become overwhelming pretty quickly, so it’s important to use the color in smaller doses, and in areas of the home that stimulates activity.
The clients have four children and a family dog, so it was incredibly important to source fabrics for the space that were as durable and cleanable as they were aesthetically pleasing. It’s always on the forefront of our minds here at GHID that we design spaces that are as beautiful as they are functional – this project was no different.
Here are a few examples of the fabrics we selected, and a short blurb about why we did…
Florida Living Room – Style Sheet:
1, a. Sectional: The sectional fabric was one of the most important, if not THE most important fabrics we selected for the space. Being that the sectional is the largest piece in the common space, it would need to be upholstered in a fabric that could accommodate high traffic and potential spills. The fabric itself is soil and stain resistant and is pre-treated prior to install – however in order to extend the life of the fabric, we’ve also decided to treat the piece on-site once the sectional is delivered. We were drawn to the neutral tweed due to it’s aesthetic quality as well as the muli-color striated throughout the textile – this will help hide any potential dirt tracked in as well as create that clean, streamlined piece we envisioned.
1, b. Sectional Pillows: We wanted to incorporate the orange onto the sectional using pillows, so we decided to use a zebra stripe-esque fabric for two of the pillows, and a monochromatic print in solid orange for the other two.
2. Swivel Chair: We chose this fabric b/c of the color and texture – as well as it’s durability and double rub rating.
3. Stationary Chair:
4. Ottomans: These ottomans are upholstered in an faux ostrich leather, which will be easy to clean and allow for heavy activity.
Florida Dining Room – Style Sheet:
1. Dining Chairs: We chose an ivory leather for clean-ability & durability.
Florida Master Bedroom – Style Sheet:
1. Swivel Chairs: We chose chairs with a cognac leather to once again add a little orange to the space, however this time in a very subtle way as the leather is a brown/orange tone. Vibrant orange in a bedroom doesn’t quite welcome relaxation, so we made sure to incorporate the orangy tones in soft, subtle ways.
2. Circle Chair, aka Jeanie Chair & 1/2 from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams: Because the chair is a statement piece in the room, we wanted to make sure that once again, it was incredibly durable, but at the same time a way to incorporate a little color into the space. We chose a soft ocean/spa blue tweed that both compliments the subtle orange in the cognac swivel chairs and adds a touch of color to the space.
3. Euro Shams: Again, we wanted to keep the Master Suite fairly neutral with touches of color. We selected ivory/neutral and whites for the bed linens, however wanted to add a hint of color and a bit of interest hence our fabric selection for the three Euros at the head of the bed. This fantastic Kelly Wearstler fabric exemplifies movement and striations reminiscent of the ocean current, while the color is great for relaxation.