Washington DC-based interior decorator Annie Elliott knows color. For years she has been nudging Washingtonians out of their neutral comfort zone. But when it came to her own living room Annie just couldn't commit. Over the course of 7 years the room was painted 7 times. And not once per year: One year she flirted with three different wall colors! But it never felt like true love. Until now.
I have been to Annie's home and her newly finished living room (unveiled on her blog this week) is truly a joy to see — and to hang out in. It's a happy but elegant space that proves that bright colors don't have to be jarring or intrusive.
• Rug from Safavieh Soho collection
• Drapes: custom, yellow faux silk from Stroheim & Romann, blue silk stripe from a discount shop in VA. Drapery hardware is Robert Allen
• Sofa: Craigs list, reupholstered in Robert Allen velvet
• Small sofa: Mitchell Gold's Mona Sofette, reupholstered in Schumacher fabric
• Pink chairs: the chairs themselves were to the trade, upholstered in a fabric from an outlet in North Carolina
• Round table in corner: Family piece, English
• Leather horse sculpture from junk shop in Royal Oak, MD
• White lamp from thrift shop in St. Michaels, MD
• Sideboard: Family piece, English
• Small chair: Family piece - her grandmother did the needlepoint on the back, which you can't see, and the front is in a python pleather from Kravet
• Blue lamp: Home Goods
• Art wall: various artists, but the oil paintings are by Elizabeth Brown via her shop on Etsy, and the two silver-framed pieces are by Christina Dixcy, who now concentrates on large-scale photography.
• Coffee table: Room & Board
• Pillows: The green Crate & Barrel pillows pull out greens from the artwork; zebra pillow from Mi Casa Bella on Etsy.
(Images: Michael K. Wilkinson)