NEW BRITISH COLONIAL

When I met this client, and she started describing the style she wanted for her home, my mind immediately started running wild. I had never done anything in the British Colonial style (and the topic of colonialism is complicated and sensitive) but it's also really beautiful. I love the celebration of different cultural styles coming together to create something new and beautiful. We started contemplating several ideas and she loved the look of the ultimate design. 

British Colonial

We started with an English roll arm L-shaped sectional with turned legs in oatmeal linen fabric and an old trunk for a coffee table, where she can store blankets and books. She expressed that she wanted antique wicker chairs but they weren't in the budget so we went with these high-backed, deep apron front rattan side chairs with pops of bright red velvet pillows on them. 

I knew we had to add in some fantastic art work so I found a pair of antique safari lithographs from the 18th century to tie in some nature aspects. I flanked them on either side of a Jaipur hand-carved framed mirror with bone inlays. 

I also used a hand-carved elephant stool from Thailand as an occasional table and several blue and white vases to hold palm fronds and plants. The iron bamboo lantern was a great statement piece to hang from their vaulted ceilings. What do you think of this style? It's not something you see every day, but it's so colorful and was really fun to design!