Pamela Coleman and her husband moved into their 20th-century Classic
Georgian Fox Point home, the living room wasnít exactly inviting. With
red walls, inadequate seating and insufficient lighting, it had all the
stuffy feelings of an antiquated parlor. Far from reflective of Colemanís
warm personality, the room went virtually unused for years.
beautiful bones, but it was outdated," adds Coleman. "It was
in need of love."
Coleman turned to
Peabodyís Interiors in Brown Deer to bring the living room back to
life. Interior designer Lisa Minneti says she immediately saw the roomís
"It had a
black marble fireplace and great windows that looked out to the patio
and to the lake, so we wanted to incorporate something that would look
good with outdoors too," Minneti explains. "We wanted it to be
a glamorous place where she could entertain."
Still, Coleman was
unsure of what look she was going for.
want anything contemporary that wouldnít fit the style and era ó I
wanted traditional with a modern flair," Coleman says.
through a magazine at a salon one day, she found her inspiration in an
article about jewel tones. Her eye was immediately drawn to a photo of
emerald velvet. Later, she punched in "emerald rooms" online
and found photos on home design blogs and began to craft a vision for
the room. Minneti was thrilled to build the room around the hue.
scream-called her when I found it," Minneti says upon discovering
the Italian velvet fabric sample. "It was the most beautiful green
I had ever seen."
Using the emerald
swatch as the roomís launching pad, Minneti and Coleman worked to
devise a unique color palette for the space, settling on charcoal gray
walls and a lavish gold-painted ceiling. A black-and-white graphic floor
rug added to the roomís luxe personality.
simple," Minneti says. "This room has been all about the
Because of the
roomís narrow design, Minneti says seating was a challenge ó but it
soon became a highlight of the renovation. Drawing on Colemanís love
of luxurious hotel lobbies, the two designed a beautiful, custom-made
of furniture is the coolest thing Iíve ever seen," Coleman says.
"Itís comfortable, seats a lot of people, and is very
settee was a splurge, and the room continues to be a combination of
custom touches and spendthrift finds. For example, throughout the
yearlong renovation, Coleman purchased much of her growing Blanc de
Chine and vintage satin glass collections on eBay. She also chose to
reupholster her furniture, repaint her cocktail tables, and refinish the
changed the way I looked at pieces Iíve bought over the years,"
says Coleman. "I have children, a dog. My family is living in this
The end result is
an enchanting, eclectic, yet functional living space Colemanís whole
family can enjoy.
welcoming, inviting space ó I think itís a room people like to spend
time in," Coleman says. "It is glamorous, but itís cozy. Itís
everyday glamour." m