Southern Charm Brings Newark Family Comfort and Conversation
This family of four gathers in the family room to listen to music, read, and watch birds, rather than television.
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Instead of sewing red-and-white striped draperies with the stripes running vertically, FitzGerald-Wilks’ design calls for the pattern to run horizontally. It’s a fresh twist on a traditional fabric.
“It’s young and modern, just like Dianne,” she says.
A tufted bench was reinterpreted as an ottoman. FitzGerald-Wilks replaced the original fabric with black leather, painted the legs to match and added brass nail heads as an accent.
Matching brass lamps were relocated from the family room and outfitted with new black shades.
The room is anchored with a vintage Heriz rug in varying shades of crimson, claret and gold.
“We knew that it would take a very special rug to complement the reds in the room so we shopped at a place in Virginia where we had hundreds of carpets to choose from,” FitzGerald-Wilks says.
A single small chair can make a big difference in a room. It provides extra seating, plus flexibility wherever you need it.
Painted black, a petite, wood-framed chair looks just right for the space. But it also came with an unforeseen complication.
“When someone moved the chair, we would wind up with a black smudge on the gorgeous red wall,” FitzGerald-Wilks recalls.
The solution was beautifully simple. Dianne Reeves added a black leather harness strap to the collection of horse brasses. Instead of rubbing the wall, the chair frame is now cushioned by the strap.
“It looks wonderful and it solved the problem,” she says. “I think that is what design is all about.”