• Stacie Chamberlin

The First E-design Project of 2019 | Part Two

As you may have read in my previous post, my client is a 30-something, single woman who recently sold a condo she didn’t really like in favour of a spacious rental apartment which is closer to work and with a great-sized balcony (something her condo lacked).

The client loved the design board I created for her bedroom with the exception of the floor lamp which we simply changed out to one finished in antique brass. Knowing that the client is not sold on mixed metals, this design stays within the brass/gold tones but I created more interest by mixing the variety of finishes; shiny, brushed, antiqued and hammered.

In addition to honouring her priced collection of blue and white porcelain, the client requested that I use her current sofa (an older IKEA piece that had down-filled cushion) and, that I use the pedestal table she recently picked up at a thrift store. Not a problem as I love working with a client’s belongings!

With everything I already knew about my client and the parameters she provided me I knew that my biggest challenge was going to be the sofa; it was old and in dire need of a new slipcover unfortunately, none of the offerings currently available suited the design plan so, I was thrilled to find a company that specialized in slipcovers for IKEA pieces and the client has already ordered her beautiful, navy velvet slipcover. While I specialize in sourcing from Canadian sources, this slipcover is reasonably priced even with the current exchange rate, duties, etc.

The round table the client owns was a great fit for the space and only needed a coat of paint to compliment the colour scheme for the living/dining room. I recommended that she use a great-quality, Sherman Williams paint in “Earl Grey”, and to add a modern feel to the table I found some easy-care white leatherette dining chairs with stunning brushed brass legs. These chairs all tuck beautifully under the table and are light-weight enough that they can be moved around with ease.

To ground and define the living area of the space, a large area rug fits comfortably under the front legs of the sofa and the entertainment/fireplace unit. Items from the porcelain collection can be displayed behind the glass doors of the entertainment unit as well as on top. I sourced plug-in style wall sconces rather than the more traditional table lamps so that the client would have more display space. Both the side tables and the coffee table have a lower shelf to add to the display space. The wall sconces are in a polished brass, the end tables are in an antiqued brass while the coffee table is in a brushed brass. The silver-toned pulls on the entertainment unit are to be replaced with brush brass pulls that are the same size and an easy upgrade.

While we did a wall of curtains in the bedroom to provide both colour and light control, in the living room, I recommended a double drapery rod that will allow the pale grey drapes to work independently of the patterned white, sheer curtains behind. The sheer curtains provide interest and texture to the space but can be easily washed after a summer going out onto the balcony and, the grey drapes provide blackout capability. Speaking of a summer on the balcony; the large basket I added to the design, is the perfect spot to hold patio pillows and a blanket.

I did not add any art to the plan as the client currently owns a large collection, which she tends to change out often; my only suggestion was to consider mixing the finishes of the frames to continue with the variety found in the living room.

Overall, the client was thrilled with the design; the fireplace was a huge surprise and the fact that I was able to reuse her sofa and up-date it with an on-trend velvet slipcover was a huge success. Our next project was slated to be the balcony but the client has requested that I make some décor suggestions for the hallway, bathroom, kitchen and balcony which are all small spaces and require very little.

E-design provides my clients with a detailed “visual” of the design plan and allows them the freedom to phase in the plan as time and budget allow. Clients love that I provide them with a curated shopping list so that they do not spend countless hours sourcing products in an overwhelming online “mall”. Are you ready to give e-design a try?

Use the links below to create your very own free, no obligation, design file. You’ll be linked to a rather detailed questionnaire that helps define your style. The second link gives you access to my personal schedule, where you’ll be able to book in your free, no obligation, discovery call. During this Skype call, I’ll use your design file questionnaire, any photos you may have attached and your guided tour of the space (don’t you just LOVE technology!) to understand how you use the space, any challenges you’re having with the space and what your overall goals are. All of this is absolutely free and you are under no obligation to continue working with me. On the other hand, this may be the start of a great room makeover!

Use this link to create your free design file designfiles.co/client/

Use this link to schedule your discovery call freedesigndiscoverycall.as.me/

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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