|It's blurry on purpose?|
|Shauna & Tom had two tables, one small side table and one coffee table that was hiding out in storage. So we changed them up. The smaller one is hiding out for now and the coffee table has made its debut!|
I really like to use what people have in their home first for a couple of reasons.
1. Well made furniture is really expensive
2. I spend my clients money like it were my own. VERY carefully. -so revamping what you have is always my first option.
They removed the table top, painted it in the same color of the accent wall.
To keep things light and airy they had a piece of plexi-glass cut to act as a shelf to hold the floor pillows --the floor pillow that act as additional seating! *note- I taught Shauna how to sew and she taught Tom. The how to make this envelope fold pillow is in an old blog titled "pillow fight".
|Shauna and Tom cleaned all of the furniture and hardwoods with super hot water and Simple Green and then treated the table with teak oil. They really look like brand new. This is a little peek at the difference.|
|I love it. love it. love it.|
We are getting so close to completion on my first totally documented interior design. In approximately six weeks I will post the total reveal! Because I am chomping at the bit to show you all what I’ve been up to, I thought I would explain the process and include a few photos of the projects we have tackled so far.
Let me first start by saying that working with this couple has been such an amazing experience. First of all they are adorable, but secondly they are kind, considerate and thoughtful, of others and toward each other. They have had to make concessions; moving the TV, keeping the speakers, but moving the speakers...again,moving the fish tank... but they have done it all together and their home reflects not only an incredible transformation, but there’s happy living there!
1. A fairly short survey precedes all of my designs. Sometimes clients know exactly what they want, but most times it takes a little coaxing, but a after answering a few of my silly questions, I can usually come up with a design that exceeds their own expectations... and sometimes my own.
Below is a sprinkling of answers based on this client’s design dilemmas, wishful thoughts and likes...
“Currently the TV is hanging on the wall above the fireplace. If we could find another functional location for it, that would be great!”
Designing for the sexes--it’s a real thing. Compromise is also a real thing. In this case the TV stayed in it current location, but we lowered it, painted the wall behind it, painted the fireplace, mantle and “under-accessorized”... more about this below.
“I would like to entertain more. However, the dining room area is too cramped. I would like to have formal dinners.”
We got really creative on this one. One of the solutions is below, but you will have to keep yourself posted to my blog to see the second seating solution and the final reveal! Mark your calendar for 6 weeks...there are a couple of items on back order...grr.
I’ll always ask: If budgeting for the design was NOT a concern--what would you envision for your space?
This really allows people to dream big, and allows me to work my thrifty magic. In the final reveal I will have the actual costs of the entire design, and I think you will be surprised at how affordable it was. I like to “go-shopping” inside the clients home, I have a different approach for long distance design, but that ‘s a blog for another day. Don’t worry I will hold your hand.
"I would like the room to feel bigger than it actually is. However, I would like it to feel cozy and relaxing. I would like the dining room to have more functional storage areas without making it feel cramped. I would also like there to be a natural flow to the room, as opposed to dodging furniture."
We nailed this one! Wait until you see!
Still more questions based on likes, activities, fond memories of vacations, relatives homes and colors that dominate wardrobe:
“...hiking through the woods... see spots of sunlight through the green trees... the babbling brook and streams... I like seeing the path stretched out in front of me... “ “...soft colors, painted to depict a calm space ...a cottage in the woods, a lighthouse near the ocean...” “blue, green, tan” “....my Grandmother's. The soft lighting. It always felt cozy and warm...”
I take measurements and photos of everything before I sit down to draw. I sketch first, then us CAD, then sketch again. It's a little time consuming, but it helps to get a real feel for the space, especially if it is a long distance design.
3. Concept Panel & Materials List
This isn't a true concept panel, but I really knew what direction to go in based on conversations with my clients and based largely in part on their answers to the survey, so I skipped on to the next step the materials list.
4. Implementation of the Design