Hello my lovelies. It’s been a while since I posted here on the blog, and I have to say that I have been missing you guys so much! It has been so busy lately and so I am actively trying to find a great admin/personal assistant STAT! If you know anyone, be sure to send them my way 🙂
I have been so blessed to have some amazing projects coming in, but I also made a major move recently – selling my home and moving into a much smaller studio apartment with my son Joshua, and our dog Rufus (Daughter away at college). It has been a difficult move with most of my stuff in 2 storage units, but the reward of being 100% debt free is so worth the small sacrifice. I have some major plans for growing my business and venturing into some new areas of business on the horizon, and you all will be the first to know when I start to roll out those plans. On top of the big move, I have been re-organizing my design studio and making it much more conducive to having my clients come to me more as I present the great ideas I have for their homes. So I have been up to a lot lately, and there is plenty that we need to catch up on 🙂
I know you saw the title of today’s post; so I am sure that you are ready to see some pretty…right? Haha
If you have been following me on Facebook and Instagram……..and you should :-), you probably saw tidbits of this living room and breakfast room that I completed a couple of months ago. If not, you are in for a treat, so sit back and relax and enjoy this beautiful makeover.
My client, Holly stopped in my studio one afternoon and explained to me that she is in need of some design help and doesn’t know where to begin. She really loved the look of my design studio and wanted a similar feel in her home – clean, cozy, comfortable and fresh
Here’s what my studio looked like at the time
After we talked for a while that day, we set up a consultation to meet at her home to see the space first hand (unfortunately I cannot locate the before pictures. I may have deleted them in error clearing out some old photos from my iPad 🙁 ), but if you can imagine with me for a second. I was pleasantly surprised by the home’s features. It is a three story town-home in Houston’s museum district. It had beautiful ebony wood floors, and great looking windows. Although the space was small, it had wonderful high ceilings and an open feel. I wish I could take credit for the beautiful built-in her husband John, who is a builder had built, but it was perfect for the space. Holly also did an amazing job picking out the wall colors, so we did not have to repaint. It was definitely a blank slate, so we got rid of all the existing furniture pieces and started from scratch
Her main requirements for the space were that it would be comfortable seating for when her parents and other family members came to visit (They are very big on family), and the use of stain resistant fabrics and wipe-able surfaces as much as possible. She also didn’t want the bookshelf to feel super cluttered, so I had to exercise a bit of restraint there. And one more thing………no orchids 🙂
I started with adding 3.5″ louvered shutters to the windows. This took advantage of the views of the greenery outside, and still offers full privacy when needed. We also changed the light fixtures to these beautiful chandeliers.
I brought in a large wool rug that anchors the seating area, and as much seating as the room could handle.
I wanted to keep the color palette fairly monochromatic to give a more calming feel, but also add a bit of color through throw pillows and accessories. The coral tones in the pillows add some interest to the room without being too energetic. I wanted to keep that same feel that she admired so much in my design studio
This is one of my favorite vignettes in the room. I enjoyed mixing the warm gold tones in the room to help create that cozy feel. The gray tones help to lighten the room a bit and gives it that airy feel. So if there is such a thing as cozy and airy, I think we accomplished that in this room
We also tackled the small dining area that is close by
The beautiful dining room table that is less deep than a standard dining table, was the perfect scale for this small space. I decided to continue the cool gray blue tones with a slightly distressed feel. The salmon color indoor/outdoor area rug ties in both spaces very nicely
You can also see that I continued the beautiful shutters in the dining area as well
I added the table setting to bring a bit more pattern into the room. I am just so in love with those beautiful dishes.
And not to be outdone – I decided to do a little something in the foyer (that was not a part of the original scope)
I enjoyed working with Holly and John so much that I did not mind adding this nice little vignette in the entry for them to complete the look of the main areas. They were so sweet, kind and patient throughout the process. I look forward to working with them again very soon.
Hope you enjoyed this little room tour. My clients love the space, and I have to say that it is one of my favorites
If you are in need of a makeover in your home, please give us a call and we would love to help!
Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!