I'll be tackling a number of rooms including 2 boy's bedrooms, a guest bedroom, a family room, a mudroom, a mezzanine and a great room. Whew, I'm exhausted thinking about it, but I'm more than up for the challenge.
My clients are huge outdoors people and travelers, so thinking about decorating has not been high on their list of priorities. But they did realize that they needed some help in unifying, as well as, cozying up their home. Here's where I came in.
We won't be changing any wall colors because they'd just recently had the whole house repainted. And we won't be doing anything drastic with the decor because they're modest kind of people. But I think that you'll agree that from the before and in-progress photos, small changes can make huge differences.
|Family Room Before|
The next thing that needed to happen was to get rid of/donate/sell the couch, chair and bookcase. They're too small and random for the space. Do you find your eyes bouncing from one thing to the next? Luckily my clients were up for changing out these elements.
In the picture below you can see the hugeness of the space. This is their basement, but it is a walkout and gets great light. It really needed a large piece of furniture to anchor the room.
And a quick visit to Ikea, and we ordered this:
It's the Karlstad sofa, and it is huge, but nothing this room can't handle.
The rug is also from Ikea. And although I don't usually advocate outfitting an entire room from one store, a few things are ok.
The rug may be too small, and I do have one that I like better, but it's a bit more expensive. Plus, it's an internet buy and you know how risky it is buying stuff without seeing or feeling it first.
We moved the football table into the alcove.
This is the rug that I love, we'll see.
I just stumbled across this picture by one of my favourite designers, Betsy Burnham.
And I'm hoping to persuade the client into purchasing this ottoman from CB2. It's a great size and perfect for storing Nerf guns!
I also need to find some cool art and obviously some throw pillows. You'd think that that would be easy but pillows can be either super expensive or really cheap, small, and crappy.
So, as a recap, here's the before and during side-by-side for your comparison.
See the rug in the corner. I wanted to put that on the wall behind the keyboard. Suffice it to say, the client is not sharing my vision ;(
Tomorrow I'll post some pictures of the bedrooms, and show you my plans. And, I guess it goes without saying, if you'd like me to spruce up your home for you, just send me an email, I'd be more than happy to help.