Guess what? My blog got a new look!
Today, I thought I’d share a design I’ve worked on for a client. I did an in-house consult and then worked up a design plan for her which is comprised of three story boards. My client will then implement the plan in her own time.
She has the most beautiful home (and she is beautiful)! And, knows design blogs. What a great client to work with!
Here is the main space we were working on – her family room.
She plans to paint the woodwork white and remove the pointy ends below the upper shelf on the left. She isn’t planning to keep much else in the room. The furniture was from a previous home and she was willing to part with it.
She was ready to make the house more her style which had recently evolved into color, clean lines, eclectic feel. She cited family rooms from 6th Street Design School, Isabella and Max, and Knight Moves as inspiration.
Here are some of the things she required.
- No white sofa due to having children.
- More color, but with a neutral base.
- Gray walls.
- Maybe a stencil.
I got right to work and the first iteration of my design board(s) looked like this. I say boards because I had to make a few suggestions for the adjoining eat-in kitchen so it would all flow and I split the family room into two boards – one for the main area and one for the window area.
Three story boards in total. And, below you will find three variations of those three boards.
The first is the eat-in kitchen, the second board is the window area in the family room, and the third is the main family room space.
The yellow chevron curtains were a little too jarring for her and not quite neutral enough, so we tamed that down. She really preferred an overall neutral palette that she could easily change with accessories. She aslo wasn’t too big on the globes, so we changed it to chairs, and made a few other tweaks. We ended up here.
Would you like a closer look?
- So, the sectional will go in front of the fireplace. Then, there will be two wingback chairs flanking a green dresser by the window for extra seating. See the next story board for that.
- The deer head is just a place holder, as I suggested one from Z Gallerie that is painted glossy red, with a large frame around it for a whimsical, unexpected element.
- She will install a false back on the shelves 12-15 inches back in order to help them not swallow up the display items on them. Plus, then there is cool secret storage.
This is the area by the window.
- The subway art will be commissioned in a custom size to fill up most of the blank wall.
- The stencil that you see in the upper left will be on all of the walls in a very subtle colorway.
- There will be two wingback chairs flanking the green dresser, which the client will paint herself.
- Don’t you love that tripod floor lamp?
I had to just touch on the eat-in kitchen so that things are kept consistent.
- The pendant lighting will be over an island.
- The hardware is for the cabinets.
- I suggested that she recovers her dining chairs in a fabric similar to this.
- The area rug is consistent with the other area rug, but in a different pattern.
Then, if she wants to change it up a bit, she can change just a few things and take out the red for a more spring-y feel.
I loved working on it and cannot wait to see the room finished!
What do you think? Which version of the three do you prefer (with gray curtains, yellow curtains, gray that is more springy)?
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