Although the style was influenced by the era in which the property was built, some modernizing of the space was essential. “We couldn’t get power or cables to the TV unless we added a mantel,” Taylor says. “We even got the original blueprints to the home and tried to find a way to get electricity to this area and we just couldn’t do it. That’s where I came up with the asymmetrical mantel [...] so that we could bring all the power and put the TV above the fireplace, then we were able to flip-flop the room and add more seating areas. The room almost doubled in size because of the angle of the wall.” In place of where the TV had originally been mounted, Taylor hung a painting by artist Betty Parnell. The painting serves almost as a centerpiece, according to Taylor, immediately drawing the eye with bold colors and abstract patterns that accent the variety of tones that now fill the space.
“We put in this antique Persian rug, which was a gift to her from a friend,” Taylor continues. “That was the impetus for mixing in some other aged pieces to not be so purely midcentury modern. We brought in some of the other pieces, like two of the accent chairs, as an ode to contemporary-to-midcentury [style], but then we added more color. We added the black and white pattern on the chair, the green on the little accent chair.”
Despite the detail and variety of color, Taylor arranged the furniture in the room to maintain a flow of foot traffic. “I’ve been to parties in that home because I’m friends with the owner now,” Taylor says. “We’ve had 15 people in that room comfortably.”