Sometimes, what you want isn’t practical, but you go for it anyway. Such was the case for Havenly VP of Revenue Jan Seales, who knew she wanted a black velvet sofa—despite having a white-haired dog who sheds.
The sofa was the starting point for reimagining her existing space into a dark, moody yet completely comfortable place to host friends or unwind after a long day. Note how touches of black, pewter and deep green feel light and glam thanks to soft fabrics, a warm and neutral paint color, and upscale touches like fresh flowers. It helps when you’ve got stylish friends in high places: Jan enlisted Shelby Girard, Havenly’s VP of Creative & Design, to help her balance masculine and feminine elements.
Jan’s Design Story shows how trusting an interior designer creates truly stunning results.
“I bought my place years ago and had an eclectic mix of pieces,” Jan says. “While I enjoyed my space, it didn’t feel cohesive or quite reflective of my personal style.” She decided to refresh rather than renovate, focusing on quality pieces like modern armchairs, an upholstered headboard and of course that chaise sofa.
Comfort & Style Can Coexist
While Jan knew she wanted an updated vibe for her space, she was worried that too much decor would make her place feel stiff and unapproachable. “I was worried I would lose the coziness and comfort that was important to me,” she admits. Still, she trusted Shelby and is glad she did—“I was very wrong,” she says. “You can have a chic home that looks fantastic and is still comfortable and livable.”
In the living room, Jan used plenty of accent pillows in pastel tones like blush, fawn and blue to create a softened effect that emphasizes comfort. (Of course, a pair of graphic swan-print pillows from Genevieve Gorder balance out the look). Lamps provide ambient, cozy lighting instead of a stark fixture overhead. In the bedroom, sumptuous fabrics like velvet contrast crisp and classic white hotel-style bedding.
Your Sense of Style Might Surprise You
During her refresh, Jan learned more about her personal style. “I honestly hate the word ‘glam’ and hate to be categorized as such, but if I’m being honest with myself, I’m modern glam!” she says.
Shelby’s trained eye helped Jan hone her look and learn something new about herself in the process.
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