I’d love to tell you about a recent client I worked with.
I had the pleasure of working with Gail to design her living room. Her and her partner Rob just moved into their new apartment and the living room needed to be set up from scratch.
They have a great space with a nice big window and sliding doors that lead to a balcony.
When approaching the room design, I kept in mind the design brief that Gail had filled out before I even started working with her. Some of the main points were:
- The feel Gail and her partner were after was calming & serene.
- They wanted to include industrial touches but keep a light look overall.
For the design, I chose co-ordinating, neutral pieces so it would feel calming and added industrial touches through the lighting and the coffee table which Gail included a link to in the design brief.
Here is the design I created for her:
The pendant lamp looks out of proportion, but that’s because it’s actually a large lamp shade in the shape of a light bulb!
After I present an initial design concept, the next part of the process is communicating with my client about specific items and adjust the design to make it into something that really fits their taste & needs. This happens to be my favourite part!
It’s very important to me that the design is a result of a collaborative process. I love to pay close attention to what my clients tell me they want and even read between the lines at times, and then source the right pieces to show them for review.
The goal is always to create a design plan that makes the client happy and makes it easy & fun for them to create a room they love!
Gail was such a pleasure to work with! We even found out that we have something interesting in common - we both speak Dutch! I’m originally from Holland and she grew up in Suriname (which was a Dutch colony in the past) so that was a fun commonality.
Here is the final design board I created for her:
(As a courtesy to paying clients, I don’t include sources. However, if you’re interested in a specific item, feel free to contact me.)
Tip: To create a cohesive but not bland look, use co-ordinating fabrics that are slightly different in colour and texture. Here, the chair and sofa are both grey but the fabrics are slightly different - the option to have them both in the same fabric was there, but we didn't want it to be too matchy-matchy.
Also, be sure to incorporate a variety of textures. Here the rug, pleated pillows, curtains, the wood (on the coffee table, console and floor lamp) as well as the plants add lots of different textures.
I also created some mock-ups so Gail could see how different art arrangements could work. Due to a change in the floor plan, in the end the chairs wouldn’t be centered on the wall, but this still gives a good visual.
And here is the floor plan:
A final design package includes:
- one or more design boards
-a shopping list with links to each item for easy shopping
- a floor plan, set-up instructions and a personal note.
I feel really blessed to be able to do this kind of work with great clients!
Ps. If you’d like a room that lights you up, contact me to work together. :)