We've been working on my brother and sister in law's house (living room and dining room are almost done, kids rooms are almost done), and recently decided to refresh the master bedroom until they are ready to replace the furniture. We did new paint (grey-lavender), new bedding, lamps for the bedside tables, and new (cheap but pretty) curtains.
Yesterday I couldn't help myself and put together two schemes using the new paint and bedding but swapping in furniture.
There is a room at my parent's house that started life as a sewing room (once upon a time my mom made most of our clothes as well as countless Christmas gifts and Cabbage Patch wardrobes), morphed into a dance room (for about 2 decades my parents have been ballroom and country dancers), and then, sort of reluctantly, half accidentally, into a playroom for their six grandchildren.
As such, it ended up with a bunch of random pieces--a folding table for art, some awesome but misplaced chrome shelves that don't do much for storing toys, a fun but too-small rug, some Christmas decorations that are too large to store elsewhere. (I will save the "before" photos for another time.)
Last fall, leading up to Thanksgiving, we talked about doing it up. The basement has a grey base with tones of red, hot pink, turquoise, royal blue, and black, so I used that palette and put together some possibilities with inexpensive pieces that were nonetheless an upgrade, all kid friendly, but not an eye sore.
Guess what? We never did anything with it, but my mom asked me about the shelving the other day, and I dug up these boards.
I forgot that I even took profile photos of all the kids over Thanksgiving so I could make the silhouettes for the wall above the table.
I should make every Monday "design board day." Easy for me, easy for you.
A repeat client was looking for a little living room refresher, keeping the couch, coffee table (trunk), mirror over the fireplace, and brown curtains. We wanted to bring in a new rug, pair of chairs, and some accents like side tables, pillows, and lighting. We were also toying with a pretty desk and chair at the far end of the long room.
One of the quickest ways to refresh for the new season is to address your bedding. Out with the heavy duvets and extra throws and in with light, bright, and fresh.
You know I love a good printed pillowcase, and have been known to splurge on them in the past. Well, I recently found a secret source for CHEAP pillowcases that look straight our of John Robshaw, or Kerry Cassil, or Anthropologie.
When you do design work from afar, "after" photos are unpredictable at best. I was able to get shots of this nursery, but something happened to the memory card and alas, there are no photos of the finished space. It is no longer a little girl nursery--life moves pretty fast!
In the same house, I designed this nursery for baby number 3. I posted these progress shots. Going through old photos looking for something else, I realized I snapped this picture (below) when I was in NYC last summer. And guess what? This is no longer a nursery either! So this will have to do.
This is the other side of the room--it was teensy tiny! (remember the floorplan work?)
Just goes to show you can certainly pack a lot of style into a small space.