of course, the project wasn't all fun and games- there were parameters and constraints to work within, in this case most significantly the fact that the residence is a rental, and the client knows she won't be there for any significant length of time, as she plans on returning to the real estate market when she finds the right property. still, she wanted to be comfortable for the time she rents, however short or long that may be, and have a home that reflects her personal style, and hopefully acquire possessions that will smoothly transition to the next residence. not so difficult a task, really. the real challenge was working with the existing "features" of the rental which we couldn't remove or alter in any way- like ugly beige wall to wall shag, cheap plastic wood blinds, etc... so we did what i'd advise any renter to do- worked magic with paint, knowing that we will have to repaint before she leaves; changed out the ugly contractor-grade light fixtures for much chic-er lights, carefully storing the originals for eventual replacement; and lastly, selecting apartment sized furnishings that were smaller in scale, yet with big impact- dramatic and colorful enough to draw attention *away* from the carpet/bland interior architecture we don't want you to notice. a challenge, but a fun one.
the furnishings were from every practically every online retailer and discounter you can think of (we told you, our client likes to shop- and so do we); but everything was all mixed up so it didn't look like everything was bought from one source (hate that "recreate the ballard catalog" look). we also hope the end result doesn't betray that anything was even purchased from a discounter at all! (*shudder*) this was helped by our client's desire to mix her existing traditional with a healthy dose of modern, and to go for a feminine, yet not too girly, overall look. sources included pottery barn (curtains), wisteria (lantern), a faux zebra rug, ethan allen (settee), west elm (side table), z gallerie (accessories), ballard (dining bench and carved side tables), and even the dreaded ikea (chrome lamps), and craigslist (dining chairs); we also used some local resources like empiric (for my fave convex mirror, used so frequently it's almost an m21 trademark) and blueprint furniture (dining area pedestals) and room service (saarinen-style marble top dining table).
so without further ado, here's the reveal of the living area:
and if that doesn't look so special to you, maybe the before picture will change your mind:
|and no, the awkwardly placed windows weren't enlarged in photoshop, or the picture stretched to make the ceilings higher- it's all curtain and paint trickery!|
|yes- much drama, but necessary to make the dining area of the open plan space feel special.|