Seeing Red

LivingSpaces 2Starting with an existing chocolate brown leather sofa and loveseat, designer Tracy Huntington, Allied ASID and owner of Element 360 Design in Tulsa, began to transform her client’s new home with a casual-yet-sophisticated look.

“He has a unique, adventurous flair when it comes to style,” says Huntington of her client, which is why she knew the “seatbelt” chairs were the perfect accent piece in the living room.

The original products used remnants of industrial seatbelts, but now each chair is made to order. In between the seating, a polished metallic occasional table brightly reflects the intense red hue. A wood and metal cocktail table was chosen for its solid, earthy design and sits on a textured jute and cotton area rug. Large replica Monopoly game pieces are a whimsical ode to the homeowner’s career in commercial real estate.

Using the silver and red key color components featured in the overall design, custom pillows were fabricated for the sofa. The warm wall color is Sherwin Williams Nomadic. It provides a subtle background for the oversized iconic skull painting over the sofa.

“The homeowner particularly likes that image, so I was excited when I found this piece,” says Huntington.

Instead of a formal dining room, Huntington and her client chose to create an additional conversation area. The three chairs are from Norwalk and are custom covered with wool fabric. Two ottomans of cream, gray and brown velvet are placed together and provide a comfortable footstool or, by using a tray, can transition into a cocktail table. Draperies are fabricated with a men’s wool flannel suit fabric.

Nearby, the black lacquer bar is accented with silver studs. Above, the homeowner proudly displays a guitar he purchased at a charity auction that sports the signatures of Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Slash, B.B. King, Neil Young, The Edge and Pete Townshend. Huntington located the unique hands that hold the guitar and accented the playful style with a hand sculpture on the bar. She chose Sherwin Williams Hopsack, a deeper hued wall paint, that also flows into the open kitchen.

While this midtown Tulsa home had been remodeled by the previous owners, Huntington made significant visual changes in the kitchen.

“We painted the original wood cabinets so the room feels larger,” she says. The countertops are black granite, and Huntington added a metallic tile backsplash. The two glass pendants selected to hang over the island cast a soft shade of purple. The black barstool seats are upholstered in gray while the backs reveal another splash of red.

The Hopsack wall color also flows into a pass-through bar on the way to the master bedroom. The cabinetry was painted red beneath the existing black granite countertop. Across from the bar, Huntington created a custom wall mirror by combining multiple angled sections.

The master bedroom is classically understated. The headboard and nightstands were existing, while the two ottomans at the end of the bed were custom ordered and are polished nickel with gray metallic leather. Huntington worked with The Dolphin in Utica Square to procure the bedspread and throw. The new lamps follow through with Huntington’s blending of an array of tan, black and gray throughout the house with red as the predominant accent color. The walls are Sherwin Williams Latte.

To create a comfortable lounge area on the back patio, Huntington chose a metal table with swivel dining chairs featuring a linen slipcover for easy maintenance. The accent pillows use fabric from Sunbrella. She also wanted to reflect the homeowner’s style by adding some personal touches, including an enlarged glass-coated wall hanging replicating some of the owner’s favorite sayings.



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