SERENBE // CHARCOAL & CREAM

For one of our most recent projects, the master bedroom en suite at the Serenbe showhouse outside of Atlanta, GA, we were compelled to design the space around a natural, textural & creamy palette with hints of moodiness brought in through the use of charcoal gray - one of our all time favorite hues.

Serendipitously enough, just as we were pondering the initial design of this magical, sun-drenched room, we stopped in to visit Laura Aviva of l'aviva home in NYC. She provided us with a sneak peek at her new Khovar collection of fabrics and wallcoverings and the fate of our room was sealed. We were enchanted not only by the earthy, hand-painted charcoal patterns, but by the story behind them.

The Khovar collection takes its lead from the tribal villages of Hazaribagh in northeastern India, where the walls of the villagesโ€™ mud homes are decorated with rambling, figurative murals. A canvas of dark charcoal earth is first laid down and left to dry, and then covered with a pale kaolin clay. Before the top layer dries, women in the villages brush away the lighter earth with a broken comb or fingers to create lyrical silhouettes.

The mural-painting is part of a matrimonial ritual for the women which takes place every spring during the marriage season. Fleeting in nature, each year the murals are washed away with the heavy monsoon rains - and then once again started anew.

Drawn to the exaggerated scale and the boldness of the Khovar designs, l'aviva home commissioned women in the villages to do three paintings for them (leaf, vine, flower) - which they translated into a remarkable collection of fabrics and wallpapers.

We were honored to debut l'aviva's Khovar collection - specifically the Vine pattern - in this project, and look forward to sharing it with you in print in the upcoming December 2015 issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. In the meantime, you can snag the look by shopping our showhouse finds on Chairish.com


Iron American Eagle Wings

A total conversation starter. Vintage iron American eagle wings.

Vintage Settee

A stunner of a vintage settee, reupholstered in Seema Krish's Highline fabric in Metropolitan Gray. From the CLOTH & KIND Vintage Collection.  


Feather Light Drawing 2

An original painting by Athens, GA artist Rinne Allen.


Nude No. 4

Original artwork. Nude No. 4 by Athens, GA artist Matt Alston.


Holga Birds Photograph

Original artwork. Holga Birds by Athens, GA artist Jason Thrasher.


Vintage Moroccan Rug

The patina that comes from withstanding the test of time looks beautiful on this rug.

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Nude No. 16

Original artwork. Nude No. 16 by Athens, GA artist Matt Alston.

Vine Fabric

From l'aviva home's newest collection, Khovar.


Custom Bolster Pillow with Fringe Tassles

Clay McLaurin's Feather fabric in Slate is paired with custom rag linen tassles.


Temoyan Coverlet, Queen

Textural deliciousness. Queen size Persiano coverlet.


Reimagined Mid-Century Chair

This is an ultra cool Mid-Century accent chair from CLOTH & KIND's vintage collection has been reupholstered in Clay McLaurin's Feather fabric in Slate and paired with a killer metal ball & chain trim. 


Arrowheads in Shadowbox

Nine authentic arrowheads collected in Charleston, South Carolina and professionally framed in a shadowbox, from the CLOTH & KIND vintage collection.

Vintage Oushak Runner

A muted geometric palette on a perfectly worn rug.


Anthropologie

Half Gold Light Bulb


Custom Glasstop Wallpapered SIde Table

Custom made side table covered in Paper Mills' new  Vale wallpaper in  Oyster, with glass tops.  2 available.


Botanical Light Drawing No. 2

An original painting by Athens, GA artist Rinne Allen.


Franco Albini Ottoman

Vintage Franco Albini rattan ottoman with black laquer finish. Approximately 55 years old from the CLOTH & KIND Vintage Collection.