Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Living Room E-Design Project

One of the highest compliments has to be a return client. Someone who I have worked with in the past and requests my services again. I really enjoyed working with this client on her two daughters' shared bedroom earlier this year and I'm so appreciative she contacted me again.

I was asked to step in and help come up with some ideas for the living room in this family's new apartment they will be renting. My client sent me a photo of the living room as is seen on the leasing company's website.

This is a light-filled space with a nice size living area and a bar-top area with seating that faces into the kitchen to be used for quick meals, computer time, homework, etc. 

Existing elements include - the wall color, a sectional, coffee table, and side table that my client already picked up for the room.

This image below was one that my client was drawn to:

Image courtesy of Arhaus

My client wanted the space to include blues, reds, greens, and mix patterns to create a fun, luxurious look for the family. She was looking for a mix of pillows, drapery, lighting, bar stools, and a rug for layering on top of the wall-to-wall in the living area. 

I took the feedback that she gave me above and sent her two different design boards for review.

Here is the first look:

The fabric at the top represents the fabric that is on the sectional. It looks like a very small animal print, so I'm treating that as a neutral and added some fun with patterns in the pillows, different textures, and color. You'll see at the top left that I've proposed painting the stools black with the exception of the rush seat and the stretchers.

And here is the second look that I presented:

You can see I played with the color palette a little bit here. It's a much different look than the first board just with the switch in textiles on the pillow patterns and drapery.

I can tell you that she chose one of these boards already and we've made a few tweaks to it. We've added a few elements and switched a few things around, which I will follow-up with in my next post.


Everything is good here with us after Sandy paid us a visit. We had a lot of rain and high winds, but we never lost power so we are very fortunate. There are many areas without power and destruction and my thoughts are with all of you.


  1. I'm relieved all is good in your household... Mother Nature is sure showing her darker side right now...

    I'm so curious to know which board your client picked as a jump off. My favorite was the first one because of the drapes, and I liked the fabric combination of the pillows...

  2. Thank goodness you've escaped the worst of it, Holly! That inspiration room is gorgeous, what a fun client! Her sectional sounds like a great piece to work with, can't wait to see it come together!

  3. I'm glad you are okay! I can't wait to see which idea your client chooses and see it all come together! Fun pillows!!!

  4. Glad you guys made it through the storm okay! I'm so curious which look she chose! Both boards are gorgeous -- you're fabric finds always amaze me.

  5. So glad to hear all is well where you are! Was wondering if you made it through OK! Love both design boards, and especially the striped curtains.

  6. So glad you guys are alright and have power, Holly! Everything fine with us here too. Looks like a great new project, definitely a pat on the back that you're doing a good job when its a repeat client!! I love both of these, but I think I'm drawn to the first one - love those bold black and white curtains and having more green in the palette (as opposed to the red). Looking forward to seeing more!

  7. Thanks everyone - you'll get to see which one she chose tomorrow along with a few updates that we've made.

  8. Great job! I love the mix of colors and pattern. It will be a beautiful space, no matter which one she chooses! :) You're right- return clients are the biggest compliments. Definitely puts a smile on my face.

  9. Looking forward to seeing what the tweaks are and how the space changes! I know you'll work your magic! Lovin' those mix of pillows.

    Glad you all made it through the storm. Are you crawling the walls? Been thinking of you!

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