This project required a few design elements to create a casual yet stylish, family friendly, and comfortable space. The vision was to create a place in the home where the family could hang out or a couple could enjoy the comforts of an elegant space with lots of ambiance. Understanding the use of a space is the first step in designing a room. At first glance, I looked at the height of the room and its beautiful angles. Secondly, I envisioned a pop of color that would accent the current palette. I saw the red and yellow paint hues and orange immediately popped into my head. I knew that may not seem like the perfect accent color to the client, so I put together a small visual presentation of the blended color scheme. Once I had buy in, I began the shopping experience that would lead to the big reveal. I had a few additional photo requests to assess items that would remain, which helped me in procuring the personal touches that would enhance the room. As always, I did my pre-staging, and began to visualize the room coming to life. On the night before the reveal, I sent my “Tomorrow is the big day greeting”. The client was just as excited as I was to see how the room would be transformed. My team and I arrived promptly at 10am, and once the client left the premises we went to work. I could feel the cozy vibe of the room change the moment I added the area rug, ottoman, and placed the throw pillows on the couch. A couple of hours later, with new lamp shades, wall art and window panels hung, it was time to add the finishing touches that would make my job complete. The shelving unit I had delivered to the client became home to a mix of interior decor. I love coordinating frames for continuity, so I picked out the perfect styles and sizes to showcase the family photos. To add warmth, I placed colorful throws in the room to accentuate the pillows and lit candles. Once the homeowners arrived, I revealed the new space and their reactions were more than I could have imagined. It is the ultimate compliment when a client absolutely loves your design and you see and feel it in their interactions within the new space. A picture is worth a thousand words and capturing their smiles meant so much. Knowing that a new space will create lasting memories is priceless. I always try to gauge the personality of my clients. This family room redesign is a true reflection of the spirit of this beautiful couple. A new space transformed into a vibrant, stylish, and elegant place full of love, joy and laughter — In Living Color!
Special thanks for courtesy project design photos, C. & R. Griffin, Middletown, DE