A Mother, a Daughter and Their Homes

Creating a sanctuary with fresh colors and an updated look

When I work with a great client on her interior design I inevitably think “I’d like to help more people just like her“.  Well, how about her Mom? And that’s how this Ankeny project began.

Here’s where we started. These are a couple of before-photos of her place. She mentioned that she still loves blues and the cooler color palette. Okay, that’s a great place to start.


Mom spends so much time in her home that it was important for it to be her sanctuary. She wanted a room with soothing colors and beautiful furnishings. Her dream room would suggest the beauty of water, rocks and nature.


We chose a Tristan sofa with a big square ottoman in front, which we slid over to the side to create a chaise. This gave us cozy area to read or just relax. The metal sleigh base on the pieces are light and airy (and repeated in the media piece too).

The glass-top drink table is evocative of water and reinforces our nature theme. Besides, drink tables are one of the most practical additions you can make to your room.


The 2 abstract Sally swivel chairs are a nice compliment to the watercolor art above. The occasional tables throughout the room are a combination of glass, metal, cement and stone. Each interesting in its own way. I think as we get to fall and winter this is going to be a wonderful space to be in.


The three triangular Ellie ottomans are in a gray animal print. They add a fun, yet elegant touch and can be easily used for a extra seating when the family gathers.

Mom and daughter said that they consider this room their oasis. An oasis is something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, or difficult. Then I think we succeeded.

“If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home.” Malala Yousafzai