June 6, 2013


I had the privilege of working on a project with some great clients, who are also my great friends!  I'm always nervous to work with family or friends because inevitably something goes wrong, but this time the curse was broken and I pulled off a successful re-design of their dining room and family room.  My clients purchased their house about five years ago and hired me to specify new furniture and wall decor, quickly.  I was moving to another city and they were moving in with no furniture!  It still looked good, but it was time to make a change.

We started this project because my clients wanted to "lighten and brighten" the rooms and make their house their own.  So, we painted the walls, added trim, replaced lights, changed the sofa, installed a new bookcase and brought in all new accessories.  Sounds easy, right?  I would say overall it was pretty painless, even having to do it long distance.  I had a great team of tradespeople that helped me with the transformation and very patient clients who put up with having a disorganized house for about three weeks!

I have lots of before photos, but my computer is on the fritz and I can't access them right now.  So close your eyes and imagine...Overall the house had a dark feeling and lacked personality.  The light fixtures were ho-hum and hung way too high over the tables.  The paint colors were a little on the drab side.  The family room fireplace lacked character, as well as the trim in the dining room.  The windows also needed fabric to soften the plantation shutters.  

Here is the existing cabinet right before it was banished to the garage.  Don't get me wrong, it's a great cabinet, but it overpowered the room.

New cabinet in a painted with glaze finish.  I'm not sure what I love the most!

The fireplace had brown granite tile that we replaced with mosaic travertine.

The only new thing we added, furniture wise, was the sectional sofa and side table.

The dining room got new paneling installed, new accessories and the chandelier got some much needed shades.

We also replaced the existing draperies with new custom ones.

The foyer was updated with a little wallpaper love and a new light is coming.

I can't wait to have it professionally photographed later this summer.  I just couldn't wait until then to share this with you.  

Thanks for reading,

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