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Before & After: Wicker Park Master Bedroom

My clients have such a beautiful home.  Their master bedroom was the last room to be completed, and it now flows seamlessly with the rest of the gorgeous house.  Finally, it was time for the parents to treat themselves to the master bedroom they've always wanted!

Before, we had a queen sized bed that was just too small - scale wise & for their family!  Dated window treatments hung under the dormer windows, which didn't provide the light blockage needed (this room gets a TON of daylight).  Bedding & lighting were needed to add a better sense of style & design.

The only existing furniture that stayed was the dresser, bureau and mirror (which we flipped on its side in order to fit in with the scale of the room).  A new king sized bed was added, along with a great tufted, leather upholstered headboard (i.e. easy to clean with little kids jumping around!).  We wanted a combination of masculine and feminine elements and this was successfully achieved.  Dramatic, glam crystal column lamps sit nicely beside the gridded headboard, soft color blocked bedding and dark accent pieces.  

Adding a large rug was perhaps one of the most important steps in the room design.  Rugs help ground large rooms and keep it from feeling like the furniture is just floating around the space.  If that makes sense (it does in my mind!).  We selected this GORGEOUS slate Dash & Albert rug, which again fits into our masculine/feminine design.

My clients also wanted a small seating area & due to the size of the room, it was easy to find a spot for this swoop armed chair.  A pillow in a coordinating bedding color completes this corner.

Due to excessive amounts of light coming in through their wall of windows and doors, we added ceiling-to-floor, wall-to-wall silk window treatments the filter the light without completely blocking it.  They're around 3 inches longer than the height of the wall, which gives us this nice pooling effect.

I've featured this design on my portfolio page, but hadn't properly blogged about it.  I am excited to share another "After" bedroom design!  Check out another dramatic before & after bedroom design here.


New Project - Interior Design Presentation Boards Revealed!

We are currently installing the design based on the presentation boards seen below.  My client moved from a condo into a single family home with multiple living spaces, a gorgeous kitchen & storage galore (I have such storage envy, it's ridiculous).  They had one sofa & one love seat that went into the kids play area in the basement and I had the lucky privilege to help them design the rest of the living spaces.  It has been such a fun project - they are great clients and we have had a blast.

We went with a light and airy theme overall & the sun room represents this very well.  I offered up two rug suggestions - one casual and one a bit more formal.  Since the kids are keeping toys stored in seagrass baskets in the cube storage, we decided to go with the pebble rug.  I love it!

They have another living room which is right off the entry foyer.  It is an open room that also connects the sunroom and kitchen, so we didn't want to bog it down with too many heavy furniture pieces.  It will likely be used when guests are over for cocktails & chatting, so I chose a couple of pieces that will function for this type of setting.  Leggy pieces that don't have upholstery that goes all the way to the ground work well for this.  Also, portable furniture that can easily be moved around is key.



After checking out the tiled mirror in store (West Elm), I really didn't like the dark wood trim that was made to look antique.  I swapped it out with a similar tiled mirror from Ballard Design.  A deep red-orange comes into play in the adding room, so we included a few accents of the color to tie everything together.  Since a lot of the room is off center, I didn't want a square or rectangle rug.  A couple of inexpensive faux sheepskin rugs that can be moved easily moved around keeps the space fluid.

From here we move into the TV/Den - where a lot of the hanging out will be done :)  We followed this design board exactly & the room looks great.  The rug will be here in a couple of days and I cannot wait.  I LOVE, LOVE this rug.

To complete this open area, we needed to update the dining room seating and add a few barstools.  Their kids will do a lot of eating, homework and playing on the island, so we wanted comfortable & easy to clean stools.  You really cannot go wrong with a classic parsons silhouette.

 I found these great green chairs & we decided they would be best for the dining room chairs (vs. fabric skirted slipcovers).  So, we'll add them and switch out the white/blue curtain panels for something that also has a green accent (from etsy seller appetite home).


Hopefully this helps you see what it is like to work with an interior designer!  We meet and go over all of your needs and then I'll come up with a design.  Then we'll sit down and go over everything and see what works and what doesn't. Changes are made along the way so that you end up with the best functional space for you - and one that looks great, too!

Before and after pictures to come once all of the custom furniture pieces are delivered!


Gold Coast Condo

Here are the pictures of a recently completed living room for a client in the Gold Coast.  They wished to keep their existing couches and rug, so I used those as the jumping off point for the rest of the room.  Dark, maroon chairs were instantly transformed by reupholstering in a lighter, fresh Duralee fabric.  Artwork in large, dated oak frames became more modern with resized mats and black frames.  New lighting was brought in all over the room & a mirror added to reflect more light and to make the space feel larger.  Finally, outdated end tables were replaced with tables that echo the materials in the window frames to bring everything together.