The office in this year’s Show House has been redesigned into a freeing retreat. Dottie Eaton of Design Style was inspired by Led Zeppelin’s song “Going to California.” In it, Robert Plant sings of a girl with “love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.” That free spirit was translated into Eaton’s redesign.
Although the room features a small floor plan, its large bay window and high ceilings help make it feel larger. “The ceilings are 10 feet high,” Eaton says. “I wanted to draw your eye up visually to make the space feel bigger.” She achieved that by using similar paint colors, adding long curtain panels and incorporating a floor-to-ceiling flower mural from the Design Deli Decorative Paint Co. “I love the mural,” Eaton says. “It’s textural. It’s sort of aged and romantic.”
A roadblock to the room’s redesign came in the form of fabric. A specific type from England failed to make the trip overseas in time. Eaton instead used Designers Guild’s Oriana-Crocus, an Italian linen of painterly and photo-realistic flowers. “I love that combination,” Eaton says. “That really creates a great juxtaposition with the modern chairs.”
Contemporary and vintage furnishings are mixed together in the room, from the French-style sofa to fiberglass Casala chairs and a bold desk with X-shaped legs. “I’m really happy with it,” Eaton says of the office. “I think it turned out as a space that a creative woman would enjoy.”
Eaton has been in the interior design and styling business for more than 10 years, and she often draws on music, nature and art for her design inspirations.
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