One of the best parts of interior design is the ability to see the transformation that takes place in the homes of our clients. You ask any interior designer, and they’re likely to say the same! The spaces start off looking a little starved for attention and quickly become beautiful, loved and ready to be lived in. We haven’t shared many client projects on the blog, but that’s about to change! We love to see the transformation in a space, and know that you will too!
Our most recent client was a true joy to work with! I’m not just saying that, she really gave us an opportunity to branch out and create something different than our traditional mold. A lot of our clients tend to lean toward similar styles, color palettes and textiles, but this time we were able to explore a new look and we LOVED it!
After living in the home for about a year, the client and her family were ready to work on a few rooms that had yet to be completed. The kitchen had been renovated prior to their move-in, so the dining room and living room were next on the list of priorities.
They had recently painted the living room a soothing blue gray color and moved sofas in a gray/brown hue from their old home, which allowed for a great neutral backdrop. She shared with us a few inspiration images that involved a lot of Navy and bright pops of Paprika, which prepared us well for our design plan. Here are a few “before” images of the living room.
We created a design board using the bright orangey-red and navy and chose a mix of modern and traditional pieces to express the client’s style. (This is our Ogee Me Gray Drapery Panel and our Untamed Coral Pillows).
We moved from the living room into the dining room, where the client had already purchased beautiful cane back chairs from Restoration Hardware as well as a chandelier for above the table. She expressed the desire to have a rustic pedestal dining table and was open to wallpaper above the existing wainscoting on the walls. She loved the idea of bringing in more Navy with bright pops of color. With the long shape of the room, we needed good traffic flow, and the ability to pull chairs in an out comfortably. The client also had existing built-in cornices that needed to be considered when choosing drapery hardware.
We created a design board for the dining room that included the rustic pedestal table, Navy grasscloth wallpaper, two Gabby Home demilunes (provided storage, without obstructing traffic flow), French return drapery hardware, textiles and artwork.
After making a few adjustments on the design boards and getting the “go ahead” from the client, we ordered all of the discussed items and scheduled the install date.
The day of installation, the client ran errands for a few hours as we moved furniture and prepared the space for the final reveal. The transformation of the space was exquisite! From the dramatic colors, large scale artwork, and bold furniture pieces, we couldn’t wait to show the family their new space!
The Coral Bench is a Sam Moore piece in a Robert Allen Crypton Velvet. The Coffee table is a Drexel Heritage item that comes in 16 different finishes with an antique mirror top. That gorgeous starburst mirror as well as the martini side tables are Global Views pieces that brought a gold finish to the room, as requested by the client.
The final dining room reveal was as equally exciting. We tied in the Navy from the Living room with Navy Grasscloth wallpaper on the walls from York. The Captains chairs were upholstered in our TicTacToe Navy, and the Drapery panels were our Embroidered Trellis Gray. We used French return drapery hardware in order to draw as little attention away from the built-in cornice above the windows and found the perfect rustic pedestal table from Restoration Hardware.
Our client was thrilled with the way the rooms came together and her family is loving the updated space! If there are any unsourced items you are curious about, feel free to send us an email and we can provide more information!
Our mantra that we always use at the end of a successful install is Happy Clients = Happy Designers!
Rooms Designed by Melissa Lee and Taylor Schaap. Photography by M Lee, G Chapman, and T Schaap