More Shots from: Done in a Day
Our “Done in a Day” story in the May/June issue featured Kathy Hodge of Sage Designs tackling a time trial: to design a room in a day, using pieces from the Antique and Artisan Center in Stamford. Take a look at some additional shots and get the inside scoop on just how Kathy met her challenge head-on.
“The room is very simple,” Kathy says. “There’s a deliberateness about the architecture.” With two large openings and symmetrical windows, Kathy was ready to turn this blank canvas into a masterpiece.
By placing two sofas facing each other, Kathy made a commitment to creating a conversation space around the fireplace.
“With the addition of these black and white chairs, you’ve got so many neutrals in this room,” Kathy says. A neutral base is means you can add lots of contrast and interest with pops of color and memorable accessories.
Kathy decorated the room in a flash! Here she is adding twin vintage mirrored tables from the 1940s.
This painting from the Antique and Artisan Center, a nude in shades of gray and blue, adds interest to the walls.
These vintage Murano glass lamps echo the black and white scheme of the chairs. Kathy loved them so much she had to buy them! “That’s what I love about the Center,” she says. “You can find pieces at really great prices.”
This Joan Griswold piece is from Kathy’s own collection. “She always paints interiors, so this piece is a really unusual painting because there’s a person in it. I love the lighting. It’s a portrait hall, which is why there are paintings on the walls.”
A mercury glass bowl with oversized brown seashells adds some interest to the tables.
Kathy adds Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches and Jim Thomson Thai silk pillows to the couch for that wow factor.
“With the black and white, and the accent color, these pillows really balance the chairs out,” Kathy says.
With such a solid room, the accent color really could have been any hue. Why the vivid yellow? “I knew I could get yellow tulips!” Kathy says.
“I’m not the best person in terms of keeping plants alive,” Kathy admits. These ficus fig trees, adding drama and life to the room, are certainly worth the upkeep.
Symmetry abounds in this room—from two windows right down to the two reflective tables. “I love seeing a reflective object on a mirrored surface,” she says, of the glass bowl on the table.
The side seating area, featuring eye-popping awning-striped chairs, a 1940s floor lamp with a nickel shade, and striking artwork.
A side view of one of the couches. Neutral artwork in a gold frame is in perfect alignment with the mantel and vintage Venetian mirror.