I was going to start before & afters on Monday, but frankly, I didn’t want to wait. There is so much to get into on this one, but I thought I would start with a little taste with a b&a of the entry hall, and some background on the project.
I wasn’t taking on full-service clients when Natalie (Project Holly Clientlady) approached us about working together. I was nervous about adding such a big project to an already full plate managing day to day at Biscuit with family time, but Natalie was so sweet and enthusiastic I couldn’t say no. After we started working together I learned that they had a particularly awful previous year; Natalie’s Mom just passed away after battling cancer. The family had been living in a rental that they rushed to furnish when her mom was diagnosed so that she could come live with them while being treated at M.D. Anderson.
They needed a fresh start and I was truly honored that they came to me.
When we first met, one of the elements Natalie requested we work into the home was this Birds & Butterflies wallpaper by Schumacher. Her mom loved butterflies- and color- and I was happy to bring that memory into the design.
I decided to use it in the entry so that for Natalie, the memory of her mom was present right when she walked in from work every day.
We added trim to the existing chair rail and painted all the trim out in black to provide a strong frame for the paper, we replaced the entry tile with wood flooring to match the rest of the house, and added this vintage rug that echoes the colors in the paper.
The colors in the paper ended up providing the color palette for the rest of the house, primary colors blue red and yellow that I actually don’t use very often in my own decorating. A picture of Natalie and her Mom sits on the hall table. I think we all felt Diana’s presence in the process of putting together the families first home, and I am so glad we were able to reflect her beautiful memory through the design.
Thank you all for the kind words on the project, if you haven’t seen it all check it out on Style Me Pretty. I will be back on Monday with more extensive before & afters, I hope y’all have a great weekend!
after images provided by Kimberly Chau