A young couples living room project!

Hi there……everyone watch The Oscars last night?? I lapped it up, and really enjoyed the show. So happy to see Argo do so well, though I would have been as happy had Silver Linings Playbook take the prize. Really happy Jennifer won, love how real she is and Daniel Day Lewis admittedly was fabulous as Lincoln though I have to admit I was rooting for Bradley Cooper who I thought was incredible in SLP.? I will cover my hits and misses on the fashion front later this week. Moving along……

I so enjoyed this recent project, and it turned out to be super successful as the young couple who hired me to create three mood boards ended up being so happy with them that they have already nearly ordered their entire living room! No grass growing under their feet, they lead busy lives and wanted to jump right in!

A little background, they are a young couple, married for a few years, he is almost done with his medical residency, and she is a teacher. They live in Chicago so wanted something polished and sophisticated but young. They are on a very limited budget but have great taste and both have an appreciation for design. They wanted an all white room (no kids) and they thought if there was a time to do this, it was now! Did not want to bring much color, wanted it monochromatic but were not opposed to a little bling (tasteful bling that is)? They needed to complete their living room for under $6000.

A challenge but certainly not impossible. The biggest splurge and their first purchase was the Thomas O Brien rug which they both fell in love with. But that purchase made for having to find great looking bargains for everything else. The white slipcovered sofa they found as a floor sample at a local store for 700.00, the two chairs from Ikea. And the accessories from a variety of places. Most pillows were between $24-50.00. The tables, on average about $200 and the chest which they both loved was the most expensive table, at $500. Mirrors and art were also very affordable.? He loves horses so one of the options was with a horse giclee. They celebrated their? honeymoon in Venice, hence the Venetian picture in mood board #2. She also didn’t mind adding a touch of light blue so one of the paintings has the softest hint of pale blue. They both loved the idea of gold accents to glam it up and she loved the idea of a textured pillow featured in one of the boards.

So that’s a little background. Now…the fun part! Here are the boards, all? similar in feel but each slightly different. They thought it would be fun to ask my savvy readers as I did last time with the beach house mood boards…….. do you have a favorite?

Remember all sizes are not totally to scale so if a lamp looks too big or small or a pillow, bear in mind these are strictly concepts:)

So does one stand out to you as a favorite? If so which? There are many elements that are the same (things they liked) but we changed up things like the pillows, lamps, mirrors,art,etc…..I always love to hear what you have to say. Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful start to your week!

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A young couples living room project!

Hi there……everyone watch The Oscars last night?  I lapped it up, and really enjoyed the show. So happy to see Argo do so well, though I would have been as happy had Silver Linings Playbook take the prize. Really happy Jennifer won, love how real she is and Daniel Day Lewis admittedly was fabulous as Lincoln though I have to admit I was rooting for Bradley Cooper who I thought was incredible in SLP.  I will cover my hits and misses on the fashion front later this week. Moving along……

I so enjoyed this recent project, and it turned out to be super successful as the young couple who hired me to create three mood boards ended up being so happy with them that they have already nearly ordered their entire living room! No grass growing under their feet, they lead busy lives and wanted to jump right in!

A little background, they are a young couple, married for a few years, he is almost done with his medical residency, and she is a teacher. They live in Chicago so wanted something polished and sophisticated but young. They are on a very limited budget but have great taste and both have an appreciation for design. They wanted an all white room (no kids) and they thought if there was a time to do this, it was now! Did not want to bring much color, wanted it monochromatic but were not opposed to a little bling (tasteful bling that is)  They needed to complete their living room for under $6000.

A challenge but certainly not impossible. The biggest splurge and their first purchase was the Thomas O Brien rug which they both fell in love with. But that purchase made for having to find great looking bargains for everything else. The white slipcovered sofa they found as a floor sample at a local store for 700.00, the two chairs from Ikea. And the accessories from a variety of places. Most pillows were between $24-50.00. The tables, on average about $200 and the chest which they both loved was the most expensive table, at $500. Mirrors and art were also very affordable.  He loves horses so one of the options was with a horse giclee. They celebrated their  honeymoon in Venice, hence the Venetian picture in mood board #2. She also didn’t mind adding a touch of light blue so one of the paintings has the softest hint of pale blue. They both loved the idea of gold accents to glam it up and she loved the idea of a textured pillow featured in one of the boards.

So that’s a little background. Now…the fun part! Here are the boards, all  similar in feel but each slightly different. They thought it would be fun to ask my savvy readers as I did last time with the beach house mood boards…….. do you have a favorite?

Remember all sizes are not totally to scale so if a lamp looks too big or small or a pillow, bear in mind these are strictly concepts:)

So does one stand out to you as a favorite? If so which? There are many elements that are the same (things they liked) but we changed up things like the pillows, lamps, mirrors,art,etc…..I always love to hear what you have to say. Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful start to your week!

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The elegance and ease of e-design projects………

Good morning! How was your weekend? Half of mine was spent thinking I was getting sick (and feeling it). Thankfully it appears its not more than a cold….phew! The other half was spent in one of my favorite kitchen stores…Sur La Table and then dinner with friends (more on that later).? One thing? I have started doing more of in the last six months is e-design work. I have really enjoyed it because its allows me to get back to designing (which I LOVE) and help people (sometimes halfway across the country) without either of us ever leaving our computer screens! Really gets my creative juices flowing!? It is a highly efficient way of “getting the job done”.

This is a part of my business? I am planning to grow this year (one of many goals) and as I am finishing up two jobs, I will decide the next course of action. It’s such a great way to get the design services you might want/ need for a fraction of the cost and definitely is a huge time saver. So you get the elegant look you are after, its far easier and much less expensive..it’s a win/win! In the meantime, I wanted to share with you (with their permission of course) a few finished products.

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This first project is for a young couple in California. They are just married two years, bought their first home in California and wanted? a fresh feeling, comfortable sophisticated living room. She loved the idea of incorporating the blue and white (gotta love her) to add some elegance and tradition, he wanted it to feel light and airy, not stuffy and they both love green. They liked the idea of a? lantern instead of a chandelier, and preferred lighter woods over dark heavy woods. So after a few back and forths, here’s is what I came up. They loved it all and this entire room is now officially in the works. I want to illustrate how even when on a budget, you can adopt the high/low approach. The most expensive things here were the rug and console. They were willing to spend money on a few principle pieces, but we got the sofa, chairs and coffee table on sale.?

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The pillows I found at Pier One, that gorgeous velvet pillow was under 15.00!!!!! The blue and whites and blue and white lamps are from my store and the crystal lamps were found at Overstock. The wife, who is a photographer is going to do a gallery wall for art, and I suggested getting unpainted frames all the same size and painting them the same green as the pillows for an extra pop and they love the idea. A little creative thinking goes a long long way! I love the feeling of this room, fresh, light and airy, a touch of blue and white, pops of the green….it has all the ingredients that made up their perfect recipe!

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This second project was for a dark green sofa and pillows. It was for a small existing office/library, very small but cozy. I helped her select this sofa and fabric and then she wanted to add needlepoint pillows to incorporate the other rich tones of the room/home. So we came up with 3 combinations and she is leaning towards one. She thought it would be fun for me to ask your opinions so here’s where you get to weigh in. Which would be your choice, 1, 2 or 3? Do tell! The only other things in this small room are a mahogany desk and dark brown leather chair. There is an antique carpet that is all jewel tones and a small window with a pleated roman shade in a dark tan. She wanted and loved the idea of adding a leopard pillow (or two) so each features that…….take a look!

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This last one is a project in the works…..we are starting with a small entry foyer. An empty nester, she decided to go very light and airy in her new home.? She already has an off white berber rug on hardwood floors.. Its a small townhouse, and she wants a welcoming smaller scaled console with a mirror and she loves blue and white. (I think I need to make this a prerequisite for anyone who hires me for e–design, lol). So here are the three picks, she is leaning towards one and I am torn between two…how about you?

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I would love to hear your feedback on which you like. I have to say I had loads of fun working on these projects, and the icing on the cake is when you come up with something that the client really loves! If you are interested in e-design contact me here for details.Thanks for stopping by and wishing all of you a fabulous day!



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The elegance and ease of e-design projects………

Good morning! How was your weekend? Half of mine was spent thinking I was getting sick (and feeling it). Thankfully it appears its not more than a cold….phew! The other half was spent in one of my favorite kitchen stores…Sur La Table and then dinner with friends (more on that later).  One thing  I have started doing more of in the last six months is e-design work. I have really enjoyed it because its allows me to get back to designing (which I LOVE) and help people (sometimes halfway across the country) without either of us ever leaving our computer screens! Really gets my creative juices flowing!  It is a highly efficient way of “getting the job done”.

This is a part of my business  I am planning to grow this year (one of many goals) and as I am finishing up two jobs, I will decide the next course of action. It’s such a great way to get the design services you might want/ need for a fraction of the cost and definitely is a huge time saver. So you get the elegant look you are after, its far easier and much less expensive..it’s a win/win! In the meantime, I wanted to share with you (with their permission of course) a few finished products.

 
 
This first project is for a young couple in California. They are just married two years, bought their first home in California and wanted  a fresh feeling, comfortable sophisticated living room. She loved the idea of incorporating the blue and white (gotta love her) to add some elegance and tradition, he wanted it to feel light and airy, not stuffy and they both love green. They liked the idea of a  lantern instead of a chandelier, and preferred lighter woods over dark heavy woods. So after a few back and forths, here’s is what I came up. They loved it all and this entire room is now officially in the works. I want to illustrate how even when on a budget, you can adopt the high/low approach. The most expensive things here were the rug and console. They were willing to spend money on a few principle pieces, but we got the sofa, chairs and coffee table on sale. 
 
The pillows I found at Pier One, that gorgeous velvet pillow was under 15.00!!!!! The blue and whites and blue and white lamps are from my store and the crystal lamps were found at Overstock. The wife, who is a photographer is going to do a gallery wall for art, and I suggested getting unpainted frames all the same size and painting them the same green as the pillows for an extra pop and they love the idea. A little creative thinking goes a long long way! I love the feeling of this room, fresh, light and airy, a touch of blue and white, pops of the green….it has all the ingredients that made up their perfect recipe!
 

 
 
This second project was for a dark green sofa and pillows. It was for a small existing office/library, very small but cozy. I helped her select this sofa and fabric and then she wanted to add needlepoint pillows to incorporate the other rich tones of the room/home. So we came up with 3 combinations and she is leaning towards one. She thought it would be fun for me to ask your opinions so here’s where you get to weigh in. Which would be your choice, 1, 2 or 3? Do tell! The only other things in this small room are a mahogany desk and dark brown leather chair. There is an antique carpet that is all jewel tones and a small window with a pleated roman shade in a dark tan. She wanted and loved the idea of adding a leopard pillow (or two) so each features that…….take a look!
 

 
 
This last one is a project in the works…..we are starting with a small entry foyer. An empty nester, she decided to go very light and airy in her new home.  She already has an off white berber rug on hardwood floors.. Its a small townhouse, and she wants a welcoming smaller scaled console with a mirror and she loves blue and white. (I think I need to make this a prerequisite for anyone who hires me for e–design, lol). So here are the three picks, she is leaning towards one and I am torn between two…how about you?

 
I would love to hear your feedback on which you like. I have to say I had loads of fun working on these projects, and the icing on the cake is when you come up with something that the client really loves! If you are interested in e-design contact me here for details.Thanks for stopping by and wishing all of you a fabulous day!

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