If I had a million dollars…

October 12, 2010 at 8:32 AM 3 comments

Remember that Bare Naked Ladies song, “If I had a million dollars?”  Can you tell that my interest in music ended about Senior year in high school since I always reference bad 90’s music.

Anyhow, I sometimes think of that song when I’m trying to decorate our new abode.  Of course, if I had a million dollars, I would spend it on a one bedroom in SF because sadly that’s about all it would afford.  However, if I had a million dollar budget for my living room, this is how I would design it:

Two of these custom Gregory Chairs from Revival Home and Garden would go on either side of the closet doors.

For a side table in between the two chairs, I would bring in some gold with this gold hourglass table from Pieces Inc.


I would have this sofa that is in Lawrence Bullard’s home custom-made.  It’s one of those sofas that I can’t ever seem to get out of my head – I love the detailing on the skirt.

For the bay window, I would add in custom seating, like the home of Summer Thorton Design


The seat cushion would be navy with the same color piping as in the accent chairs.

For the rug, I have to go Madeline all the way…I would do this Emma rug:

63 Emma Blue 735419 Madeline Weinrib Rugs

I would use the brown colorway; I actually do own the brown Emma rug; I bought it off of Craigslist and I had it professionally cleaned.  It looks good as new and it’s my baby.

For the pillows on the sofa, I would do two of these Ikat geometric pillows from Gore Dean:

Beige Way - Ikat geometric

I would do the Harlow Coffee Table from Bungalow 5


For the chandelier, I would call on fabulous designer and chandelier picker extraordinaire: Julia Edelmann to choose one for me, because she has an amazing eye.  I would let that be the element of surprise for myself.   For my personal pick for the room, I would go with this pink jade empire chandelier by Marjorie Skouras that is hanging in Julia’s showroom:

Could there be a better fit for my fabulous million dollar room?

For my books and keepsakes, I would have to do this bamboo etegere from 1st Dibs:

Faux Bamboo White Etegere

So far, my items have not been out of this world expensive for a million dollar budget.  I am going to spend it on art. For the art, I would go Rothko all the way.  I may go over my million dollar budget but wouldn’t be fabulous to actually own a Rothko?!

From the Tate Modern to my home it would go.

Lastly, to add in an element of wimsy, I would put this greyhound from Pieces Inc next to the sofa:


Perhaps, I would tie a Hermes scarf around his collar.

There you go, my million dollar room.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lindsay  |  October 12, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    I love it!! The graphic navy with the just off-white and the persimmon, it seems like. Yum.

    Those Rothkos at the Tate are DARK though – in color and in story…

  • 2. katecollinsinteriors  |  October 12, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Thanks! It’s been a while since I’ve seen the Rothkos at the Tate. I did love them. And I do love the ones in the permanent collection at the Chicago Modern art museum and those at the New York MOMA. I enjoy the contrast in color and feel the painting brings to the room.

  • 3. Julia Buckingham Edelmann  |  October 16, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    For you, I would search the globe and find a smashing one-off that would be a gift from me to you 🙂
    Perhaps a glass of wine during a visit back to Chicago in return!


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