Every project has its nuances and experiences. Working with these clients was an absolute joy! It started with a simple statement 9 months prior to closing, "We are building a new home, can you pencil us in for next June". A couple of months before closing we had our initial consultation to explore furniture styles. Understanding that clients are often unsure about what they like can be somewhat challenging to hone in on style preferences. I try to make the experience as carefree and painless as possible. Instead of flipping through magazines, I took these clients to one of my favorite furniture stores, which is budget friendly with lots of opportunities for furniture selections. We had a two hour shopping experience which led to 95% of the furniture purchases. Finding balance and encouraging compromise is always key when working with couples. After a quick survey, it was clear that preferences for these two were not quite the same, but more alike than they thought. Simple coaching helped them to discover their likes with focus on colors, comfort and style. While there were several compromises throughout the process, together we selected items that would complement their new build. We made a few final selections and lined up delivery to coincide with the closing date. I must admit that I was unaware of some hidden talents that were soon discovered as we contemplated the design of an entertainment feature wall. This client wanted to bring to life a visual element to fulfill his new bride's request to have barn doors somewhere in the design. We sketched out a feature wall with floating shelves, barn doors and lighting features. I was amazed when I saw the final handmade product, a true masterpiece! As the designer, I began to focus in on the little details that would make the spaces feel warm and cozy and give them the model home feel they were looking to achieve. Although they wanted the look of a model home, I knew they also needed the comfort of everyday living. We collaborated on a color palette and I hit the ground running as their personal shopper. Once all of the accessories were procured, my team and I went in for a 1 day staging event that resulted in a client reveal. I thrive on personal touches and two things were key in this process. I asked each client to provide one item for the other person that I could include in the design. They both came up with awesome gifts. The second item was heartwarming for me, as I was able to incorporate pictures of their recent wedding into the design without them expecting it. I asked to see photos from the celebration and used them to create a canvas of one of their favorite wedding shots and strategically placed other photos to give their new place a lived in, this is "ours" feel. It was an honor working with this lovely couple. I enjoyed every minute from consultation to closing to reveal. My team and I were so happy to help them along this journey in making their new house a home!
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Special thanks for courtesy project design photos, Scott and Lauren, Henrico, VA
I am so excited to announce that E4R had its first "Wine & ReDesign" party, and it was a great experience. After a week of rainy days, the sun was bright and shining through the studio window to set the tone for an energized and engaging event. The ladies arrived eager and ready to get the creativity flowing. The Wine & ReDesign party was set up as a part of their "Girls Weekend" and after three hours spent with them, I felt like one of the girls. Everyone was so open to learning something new and sharing experiences. I enjoyed the camaraderie, laughter and joy that filled the room as we moved through each activity. During the event we had a collaborative discussion about lifestyle; opened awareness about color, style, patterns, textures and fragrances, and even honed in on their creative talents as they created a unique take home gift. We ended the event with a recap and a virtual render of their current and/or dream spaces. The ladies started out feeling like they were not the most creative, and by the end of the session they were tossing around ideas and sharing their creative thoughts about decor. This reaffirmed my theory that everyone has a creative side, "With the right engagement, creativity is unleashed". This is the first of many "Wine & ReDesign" parties, but this will always be my first. I am so thankful for the bonds these ladies shared and how this translates into a newly established bond with E4R. Looking forward to future engagements with these clients!
When I visited one of my favorite find's spots in Williamsburg, VA, I stumbled across of a blend of styles that created a great dining space. The Habitat for Humanity Restore was set up like a showroom floor. I was like a kid in a candy store. I am known for my creative style mixology and blends of furnishings. I have never been stuck in the traditional feelings about a specific piece of furniture being in a specific room. I knew the moment I saw the dining table and chairs that I had found the perfect mix of quality, uniqueness and style to mix with a buffet style accent piece. So, who would have guessed that a brand new vintage painted dresser would become home for additional plate sets, serving flatware, and platters. Restore will occasionally surprise you with new items in their inventory. The dresser and mirrors would provide the perfect balance to compliment the dining space. I was so excited I could barely stand the 1 hour drive home! Using plateware and other decor that I already had, I transformed this dining space into the "Perfect Appetite for a True Dining Experience"!
Special thanks to the hubby for his beautiful birthday gift - The added light fixture, as a friend says, "Needs No Introduction!" and it provides the perfect ambiance for a great dining experience!
Dining Furniture Dec, 2016, Light Fixture Jan, 2018
Imagine that you are moving and all you need is a personal concierge to give you a list of what to bring and everything else is done for you! Well, this client received just that. She was making a move from North Carolina to Virginia for a new start in her career. The process started with her seeking a new place to live with a space for her son during school breaks. She shared her budget and we went on a weekend search to view the places on her list. When we found what I thought would be the perfect space, she turned to me and said, "I don't see it, but if you say it will work, I know you can make it happen!" It fit the budget, so the client signed the lease that day and our concierge services took flight! The move-in special included two painted accent walls with a great selection of colors. The client allowed me to select the colors to add to my vision for the project. I created a personalized list of fundamental things that the client would need for the move. This comprehensive list included the furnishings, kitchen essentials, pots, pans, 1 set of dishes, glasses, silverware, cleaning supplies, linens, a comforter set for the master bedroom, clothes, shoes, jewelry, and toiletries. The space was a 1 bedroom with a den, living room, kitchen, dining area and bathroom. Space was limited so to maximize the space I wanted to make sure she had a fresh start with the bare necessities! She followed the customized list and set out to make her trip to Virginia to drop off her belongings to the new space. She gave me a budget and the keys and left creative control regarding accessories and staging up to me. When she returned she walked into her new home with one thing to do.... unpack her clothes and shoes! The last time she had seen the place it was a a couple of rooms full of furniture and boxes. Its never easy moving to a new state, with a new job and the unknowns of what lies ahead. Utilizing our services, she entered her new space with a sense of peace, comfort and security. I added accessories to warm up the space and added personal touches that matched her personality and style. The added bonus was the extra space for her son to hang out when he visited. With some privacy curtains and some additional personal touches in her son's space, the place would prove to be a comfortable home away from home. This design transformed this inter-state move into a Home Sweet Home using E4R's "Moving Concierge Services".
BEFORE: Empty space ready to be staged
AFTER: New space ready for living and creating new memories!
Special thanks for courtesy project photos, K. Turner, Fredericksburg, VA Resident
Actual move date: Feb 2016
Sometimes a little recommendation goes a long way! While discussing another project, the client mentioned she wanted to create an accent pallet wall. Working with pallet boards can be fun but also a lot of work to restore them to usable condition. So, I suggested using the pre-packaged pallet pieces sold at a local big box store to get her started. She and her hubby finished this unique pallet wall over a weekend. As an added value they used some of the pallet boards they had originally restored. Warm tones with a blend of grays creates warmth in this space. This beautiful organic wall is now a centerpiece and conversation starter in their home.
To finish off the area, the client contacted me seeking a table from the Southern Charms Collection. We discussed the purpose of the table and realized that one of our pallet benches would be the perfect addition to the area. To restyle the foyer area, the bench would become the focal point for the perfect entry space. Adding a few items to anchor the bench allowed the client to get just what she was looking for. This became a functional space for the family to use as they entered the home. It also became the perfect compliment to the accent wall. This area went from drop-and-go to Foye-rific!
BEFORE: Drop-and-go Space in entryway.
AFTER: Perfectly anchored to create a family-friendly and functional entryway.
AFTER: Pallet bench becomes the perfect compliment to the pallet accent wall.
Special thanks for courtesy project photos from Sarah G., Richmond, VA
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
As a designer who specializes in restyling and redesign, I am always on the lookout for bargain finds. On one of my trips to a local Habitat for Humanity Restore, I found this $15 entertainment cabinet and a light bulb went off. I have been looking for something to use as a bar/ beverage center that would compliment my Kitchen eating area. I was so excited about the condition that I didn't think one moment about the weight. Trying to move the piece into the house was a beast! It took four of us to get the cabinet up the front steps on a dolly and into the house. It was not until I began priming the cabinet that I realized it was a "Broyhill" brand, which made this find even more of a bargain for such a quality piece. I did my usual visual inspection and got to work on carrying out my vision. I enlisted my husband's assistance to anchor the cabinet to a stud in the wall. The height and weight along with the addition of glass and other items created some concerns. Safety First! Once anchoring was complete, I was ready to go! What I love about a project is that I can visualize the end result before its complete. I ordered a few items that needed to be installed and used some leftover granite I had from a previous project. This project required primer, paint, cut granite, a wine rack (bargain deal at just $12), and a small wine fridge to complete the redesign. When all the finishes were added this project went from "Bargain find to Wine ReDesign"!
This project was was the result of a daughter wanting to surprise her mother with a holiday surprise. Mom’s house is always the place for the Eve before Thanksgiving traditional dinner. We had a consultation with her daughter to get more information about the personality and style of the makeover recipient. This transformation was done in 8 hours, using paint, restyling, organization with a few simple acessories. The makeover was “Just In Time for the Holidays. See the before and after and Mom’s priceless reaction!
Another Happy Customer!
Special thanks for courtesy project design photos & videos, S. Smith, Richmond, VA
In this makeover, we had a fun design experience with a big reveal for a little angel. My clients were grandparents who live in Texas, and their granddaughter from Virginia, who was visiting them for the summer. As a back-to-school gift they wanted to give her a fresh start that would be bright and airy capturing some of her personality. She loves to read and is becoming a Tweener, who is coming into her own and discovering her style. With an agreed on budget and just a few simple attributes about our little diva client, we had everything we needed with full creative control. The vision was to give this room a makeover that was big, bright and bubbly to match her personality. We worked with her father on the design criteria to start with a basic foundation of bedding furniture only. In the design we incorporated her love for bright colors with an accent of her favorite color purple. The design would not be complete without adding some special touches, like a personalized hand-painted sign and a display of one of her NaNa's warm sayings, "Love You More"! Let's not forget that every girl with style needs some necessities, like the perfect little diva custom-painted mirror and pretty boxes to hold her diva-rific styling tools. We created a space for her to read and journal and added a customized hand-painted message board for her fav diva notes. Taking all of this into consideration, we transformed this room into a "Back-to-school Little Diva Oasis"!
[Update: The Little Diva loved her new space and didn't know what to look at first. What a great return home surprise to a special gift that keeps on giving -- Way to go Grandparents!]
BEFORE: Basic Foundation ready to be fit for a Little Diva!
AFTER: Transformation Makeover for a Little Diva Tweener
Special thanks for courtesy project design photos, Ray and Maria L., Frisco, TX
The Eye 4 ReDesign Open House launch event for realtors was a success! What started out as a concept, became a real life design showcase! E4R received glowing reviews for set up, style, and overall design. The event sparked requests for future private showings. We are so excited about the outcome and the networking opportunities presented. It was more than just a walk-through, as one realtor proclaimed -- it was "A Design Experience"! Special thanks to Angenia for helping to host the event. Providing services in home staging, virtual staging or interior design in Ruther Glen VA, Richmond VA and Fredericksburg VA. Additional areas via contract.