Kellie Landen made the most out of a two-week deadline and a tight budget, using her “outside the box” thinking to design a dining room with a curated look and pops of color.
“My client, Jami-Laura Copeland, commissioned me to design her home for the filming of a documentary about her life and career, featuring her rise to success and achieving the pinnacle status within her company.” says Landen. Copeland is a Diamond/Gold Ambassador for the e-commerce organization Plexus Worldwide.
The pair relied on Landen’s philosophy
of finding unique pieces for a bargain, re-purposing what Copeland already had and mixing it all together with purpose, to make the room look curated.
“Jami loves the color combo of pink and green, and leans more on the traditional/conservative side,” Landen says. “I wanted her room to embody who she is; however, I wanted the room to also look unique, curated and a bit different than your traditional southern pink and green room.”
In short, Landen says her advice and approach to designing a room is to be bold, be different, break the rules, find balance and be you. She lives by the mantra of the fashion icon and interior designer Iris Apfel: you can learn taste, but style, you possess.
“You don’t need to break the bank to design a room,” Landen says. “Yes, there are areas that are worth splurging; however, collect, buy vintage, buy pieces with great bones, stay away from mass produced pieces and please, buy original art.”
1. Saarinen Tulip table from Cheshire Cat, Cameron Village. Steins Furniture & Lacquer Studio a local lacquer studio, painted the table white.
2. Chinoiserie gold dining chairs, Soho Consignments
3. Chair fabric, Premiere Fabrics
4. Chandelier, Hunt and Gather High Park Village
5. Moroccan tables, Classic Treasures Durham
6. Art/ gold candle sconces Once and Again, Consignment -Durham
7. Flowers, Whole Foods