I was recently asked by Chairish to create a post that would reflect my style if I were to create a Lady Cave or as I'd like to consider it, a ladies salon (pronounced as the French would, Sah/lohn). What would the essentials be to design a space specifically for myself and perhaps my girlfriends to spend time, chat, relax and drink in... Such a fun project and concept, considering I'm now in the midst of designing our new home in Seattle. I have been canvasing both Chairish and other sites discovering my favorite items that I'd love to scoop up if all the money were available to make it happen.
My personal style is quite ecclectic and I tend to border the line of horder with the amount of layers I like add in. I do love that push and pull of masculine and feminine by layering textures, finishes and materials. Also pairing both soft and hard with darks and lights. An inspiration would come from the salon of Coco Chanel. That room with it's layers of gold, chinoiserie elements and deep handsome hues is assuredly a room where I could find myself and my ladies enjoying a few drinks. To make it my own, I would add some of the elements found in Chanel's salon, however I would love to give it a touch more of a modern edge. Here's how...
First I would anchor the salon with these chic yet handsome bar stools. They are an iron rebar structure is hard and their leather upholstery is masculine. However, pairing them with this French style settee below, in a dusty, Wedgwood blue says, I have edge yet I'm also a sophisticated lady.
The next big item I'd like to bring in would be the lucite and brass bar cart to store all my favorite liqueur, glasses, bar utensils and books. A cart with at least two tiers is more functional, allowing for more storage.
For glasses I would layer a mix of dark, light and color. I love the combination of the wine glasses next to the gold striped high ball glasses and the rich cobalt blue tumblers.
I chose this shaker because it's handle reflects the silhouette of the sofa and also has a nod to chinoiserie. Plus I'm a fan of the pop of red bakelite in the handle. Bar tools are essential and this vintage chrome set with a marble stand references once again handsome with the hard, heavy material.
Other items to add to the bar cart would have to be my favorite printed cocktail napkins in red from Scalamandre, and my go-to cocktail books, because I don't consider myself the best mixologist.
Items not included in my board, but would be added layers to tie the whole room together; throw pillows covered in the Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Alabaster print, a counter height round bar table for two, in walnut wood and brass, and lastly, a gilt French style mirror as an homage to Coco herself.
So, with all that, who's coming over to my salon of or a drink? Anything that you'd add to the mix?