My friends and I really liked this room and recognized some of the artwork and fabric in it but didn't realize we knew the designer until we got home and read through the accompanying catalog. Only we know her as Lizzie Bailey! Lizzie used to work for interior designer Amanda Nisbet and now works for antique dealer Gerald Bland which is where I met her. She actually won a contest sponsored by Traditional Home to design this room and was kind enough to share with me the entire story of her beautiful room.
"ABC Carpet and Home was to be our primary source for furnishings but we were allowed to supplement with other materials as long as they were "green" so I set about designing a room that would be first and foremost chic. Something people would see and be surprised to find out was sustainable. The first thing I knew was that I wanted color because I tend to stereotype green design with being very neutral in color - lots of beige linen and hemp. While that can be very good looking, I wanted to go in another direction. "
"In addition to color, I wanted to incorporate a sophisticated range of textures and finishes. I think contrast or interplay between rough and smooth, dull and shiny, soft and hard, is so important to a successful room."
"The original design was quite different from what you see in the showhouse but the basic arrangement is the same. From the beginning, I wanted bed hangings to add warmth, a sense of privacy and seclusion within the room, as well as a little drama. The overall mix of new, sustainable pieces and antiques was always a key element." Luckily, Lizzie works for Gerald Bland and was able to pull many of the antique pieces from him.
"The Farrow & Ball paint which makes the room and is one of my favorite elements, was plan B. I'd first specified a Venetian plaster-like wall treatment from American Clay that would have been costly to install and impractical given that we have to return the walls to the original condition after the showhouse is over. It's not very eco-friendly to put something up that you're going to have to remove almost immediately! So paint it was!" I have to say that the Farrow & Ball Eco Full Gloss paint in Skylight is really fabulous in person! I am using this product in another color for a media room in one of my projects and can't wait until it's finished! I loved that Lizzie painted out the doors and moldings in the same color too. I think it works well in the high gloss finish and helps make the room look larger.