I said I was going to wait until Wednesday, but I can’t. I am too excited.
When I started out with this whole edecorating thing I wasn’t really sure how it was going to work. Was anyone going to hire me? Would I be able to find the time to do it? Would I be good at it? How would the clients execute my vision on their own?
Well this is the first project to come to fruition, and it just makes me so incredibly excited for the future of this lil bidness.
So as a reminder, these clients are pretty traditional, all american, but wanted me to take that and push them just a little out of their comfort zone while still staying true to their slightly preppy formal vibe…this was one of the boards I gave them:
(Again, my designery instructions and specifics have been removed since they paid me for that junk)
They were on a budget, a nice budget, but we were working a lot with what they had and refinished vintage pieces. They are in a rental apartment, so we were limited in that we couldn’t paint or make any architectural changes. Really they were like the majority of the clients I have had so far in their perceived limitations, and I am thrilled with all that we were able to accomplish, I think it was a lot more than any of us expected…
After: Let there be light! We added a new curtain situation (a DIY I will share tomorrow). Recovered their existing couch, regrouped their art, new kicky rug, new old coffee table, new lamps, refinished the le tigre chairs from yesterdays post…
After: Please excuse the mess in the kitchen…But again, it’s a new build apartment without many architectural features, we couldn’t mess with the kitchen or the overhead lighting, but we wanted to make it homey and create some character. I love the new arrangement with the dining table and the china cabinet, it is like a proper grown up dining area!
After: Another view of the redefined dining area. Bar cart, table, and china cabinet. The le tigre chairs used to kind of float over by the window, but now they can be used to seat 6 at the dining table, or for extra seating in the living room.
Before: The hubster had a bunch of these maps and city prints from his dads old office, and they were all kind of spread out throughout the space, and the lady of the house was really growing to dislike them, but as you will see…
After: We grouped them all along that wall to make more of a collection or gallery wall. I think they look great now and much less like inherited wall coverings, and add a lot to the space. Also, you can see back there by the window we created a little reading nook/lighting situation.
After: If you can believe it, that is their same couch recovered. As much as possible I recommend recovering/refinishing your existing pieces or finding good quality vintage to redo. New junk is so expensive, and so much can be done replacing springs, restuffing cushions, repainting etc. Also, we are still waiting on some pillows for the couch, but on their existing armchair we added a new pillow which really freshened it up. A small touch that makes a big difference.
And now for some details…That nifty little china cabinet I redid is really living up to its full potential. Something about a well arranged china cabinet makes me feel so much more secure in my surroundings.
Spiffy bits from Furbish
The overhead lighting, as you saw, is kind of tragic, so we wanted to provide a few points of light throughout the space so that they could avoid using those guys. Love this little reading nook we created in an awk corner, and blankey by furb as well.
Funny story on this posh little coffee table. I found it on 1stDibs, twas a great price. Snatched it up for my clients. Later got a call from the dealer that none other than Ms. Tory Burch was trying to steal it out from under us, so we needed to send payment right quick. Don’t feel too bad for Tory though, I think she’s doing just fine.
That is what can be done with some edesign.
Wanna hire me?