My client contacted me because he was undecided about what furnishings to use from his former home. Having recently downsized from a 3,400 sq ft home with 5 Bedrooms and 4 Full Baths to a quaint 750 sq ft home with 2 Bedrooms and 1 bath was not an easy task. It was going to take some strategic planning to make it comfortable. Luckily, he had pictures of furnishings and accessories from the previous home which made it easier to select specific pieces that would make the new space feel like home. We creatively found ways to give him that feeling of functionality and warmth. He had flipped this property with the intention of making it a rental, but decided to live in it until he finds the space that perfectly fits his current lifestyle. Since the client lives three States away, our initial consultation was via a FaceTime session to evaluate the space. Pictures tell a story, but real-time video puts things in perspective. The materials selected for the flip set up the perfect foundation for making this house a home.
Designing using basic furniture pieces that fit the scale of the rooms was key. To give the walk-in living room space a little separation, I suggested he use an accent console (above) that he owned to create a foyer space. For functionality we decided to hang the TV on the wall above the console. Although cable wiring had to be re-routed it provided the perfect set up for watching TV and sitting comfortably without feeling overwhelmed in the space. A few simple furniture pieces were used in the room design to create a cozy seating area.
In the kitchen, I suggested some space-saving tips to keep the feel of the area open. In small spaces you have to get creative. Rather than using a table, the suggestion was to put an island style table against the wall. This kept the space open and airy. The client found a great bar table that keeps company connected and provides an instant entertainment spot.
With the only available closet at the front door, I suggested a stand alone pantry cabinet for the kitchen to use as a utility closet. Its a functional, quick, and easy way to store things without taking away from the room decor. Make a quick run to a big box store and you can find different styles and colors that fit your style.
In the bedrooms, we used Feng Shui principles to create balance and harmony. No matter what the size, a comfortable room is a must. Knowing where to position things on moving day made it a seamless process.
The bathroom was already the perfect setup with some great material selections for a flip. Sleek and simple basics.
Although, this is a temporary move, it doesn't mean that comfort was not an option. Downsizing can be quite a feat when you are trying to determine what to use. This client is a planner, so using the bare necessities and storing the rest for the next big move was a no-brainer! In doing so, he was able able to create a 750 sq ft. Haven. This place has just the right amount of furniture and accessories to create a "Small Space, with Big Living!"
Special thanks for courtesy project design photos, Cedric L., Savannah, GA