Wednesday, April 11, 2012

E-Design Project Update and a Pattern Play

Last week I had given a preview of the layout for the e-design project that I'm working on. It's a shared room for two tween girls. I'm so excited about how this project is coming along.

I just got this photo of the table that my client, Julie, made for the girls room. This is a great example of maximizing your space. Julie built this table to fit between the two beds in this shared room.


She did such a great job with the table. It will get a few coats of paint and will also get a board to back the table as well. Above the table will be a few shelves for the girls to place knick knacks and artwork.

This is the initial design board that I drafted up for Julie and her girls.

The girls love color so this is a really bright, cheery space. The older of the two girls loves bright greens and blues and her younger sister loves purple, so we're combining those loves together. Prior to Julie contacting me, she had purchased the new beds for the girls and the room had been freshly painted. Julie needed help bringing the whole look together. 

I proposed a few pieces of fun artwork and some pretty pillows for the girls in their color preferences. They are a family of artisans, so there is going to be lots of fun artwork in the room. A window treatment, seating, and additional shelving are also going to be added to the space. A must-have for the girls was some sparkle, so we brought in the sparkle with that pretty chandelier which should fit the space nicely (finding the right sized fixture for a room can take some searching but is well worth the hunt).

You will also notice there are a few fabric samples included in each of the girls color preference.  Julie is having quilts made for the girls so those are going to be a key element for the room and I'm really excited about them.  My suggestion for Julie was to have one main fabric chosen to set the stage for the color palette, and then to find coordinating patterns in complementary colors for each of the girls. Here is a preview of the fabrics up close in my best quilting pattern example:

We're still doing some research and pricing on these, but Julie is delightful and very motivated so things are moving along quite nicely. 

The key to a shared space such as this is unifying the differences (does that make sense?). Accommodating the preferences of each person that lives in the room but also finding common ground to unify the space as well.

I'll be keeping you posted as things progress.

18 comments:

  1. This is going to be such a fun and lively room. I love the bright colors and mix of patterns. That chandy is pretty awesome too!

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  2. Well done Holly!!! This is just adorable and so happy. Love the corner piece that Julie made as well as the fabrics and special touches that you have chosen to pull the room together. I am sure it will be perfect when finished and the girls will be delighted.

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  3. So glad you're sharing this with us step by step! I absolutely love the table between the beds, and the way you incorporated both of their favorite colors into the room. They're going to be so thrilled with the finished project!

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  4. Great job unifying the differences, Holly! The quilts are such a creative way to incorporate their personal styles, I always love your fabric choices! What a fun space this will be!

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  5. I bet those girls are giddy with anticipation! You're selections are so colorful and happy. Can't wait to see it all finished!

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  6. How exciting! And it definitely makes sense when you say unifying differences. I think it's great that both of the girl's personal styles will be incorporated. They will love the outcome! And it's so fun to have a client that is motivated and fun to work with. Sounds like a great pairing! :)

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  7. That room is going to be darling - I'm sure the girls are going to love it! Good job :)

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  8. Hi, Holly! Wow, this room is going to be killer!! I'm so excited for you that you are having such a good experience with this project! Julie sounds like such a good client. My favorite parts of the mood board are definitely the custom quilts (so great that you found a couple of pretty patterns that incorporate both of their color preferences) and I loooove how you found those throw pillows in the same pattern but in 2 different colorways, one for each. That is an amazing way to unify the differences!!

    Yay for your upstairs shelves! We totally need to see pics of those:)

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    1. Well done Holly! I just love your chosen colours. The girls should be very excited about this project. Regards. Dan Bois

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  9. I LOVE your design board, Holly! And such great advice in unifying the differences - makes total sense! The colours are fun, fun, FUN... and are there any girls out there who don't love a chandelier? I can't wait to see the final reveal :-)

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  10. The design board is beautiful! This sounds like such a challenging project, but I love how your coordinating the colors in fabrics to really marry the two sides.

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  11. What a colorful, playful room! This one is going to be good...!

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  12. I love where this is going. Those patterns and colors work perfectly together.

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  13. Thanks so much for the great feedback everyone!

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  14. Lovely fresh fabrics, Holly! You picked the perfect pattern with all the colors both girls love. Such a fun space for them to look forward to!

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  15. She MADE that corner shelf? Your client is a marvel! The custom quilts are my favorite part of the design board, fabulous idea!

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  16. Holly, this room is great! What tween wouldn't love all of the pattern and color. I think the quilts are going to be so pretty. How fun to have a "real" e-design client!!! I'm so proud of you and what you're accomplishing.

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  17. Oh this is a great project! So clever and well done.

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