This is a gorgeous look, but it suited the wife’s style more than the husband’s. So – Emily went into her “change the wall color etc” mode…
With the wall color change plus some of the furniture and accessories changes – I think she really achieved a beautifully blended look that suited both the husband’s and wife’s styles.
After seeing Episode 2, you begin to get the real method behind the madness theme in this show – The first look is supposed to be good and the second…better. If my clients ever start making me change the wall color after approving one – I would be out of business! However – on Emily’s blog – we learn that the production company is OK with this and the cost to re-do is included.
If you notice the orange accent wall in the picture above, that was the “re-do” wall in this episode. Emily says that men love accent walls. That must be so because my husband had accents walls all over his house (that I changed after moving in!). Most were done with wallpaper (nothing worse than wallpaper for a decorative painter!). In this episode, Emily painted the accent wall orange – for the husband. It really wasn’t good – and I am a lover of that hue.
All images from “Secrets” from HGTV
I love what Emily did here – the ikat pillows and the chairs (and that great velvet chair in the corner). She brought in more the Madmen look into the room – but softened it to suit the wife’s aesthetic. I am still not in love with the door that remained in a wood tone – but it does blend with the floor. I would have painted both the moldings and the door in the soft gray because I think it stands out too much and it’s not a great standout look.
I think she did a beautiful job. I am really starting to love this show. Would love to hear what others think!
Speaking of grasscloth/fabric looks on the wall. I just love the look of grasscloth etc on wall…accent wall or full room walls. It’s a lovely way to bring in texture to your room. At our studio, we do install wallpaper – but one of our specilaties is doing faux fabric and grasscloth looks on walls and other surfaces. In the Hamptons, we did a beautiful raw linen look/parchment on nightstands, so it’s a great effect even on small accents in your home.