Today I had the privilege of working on a Redesign for a sweet lady in Vancouver. She lives in an apartment, so the goal was to make her home feel warm and inviting by using the items that she already owns to bring in color and interest.
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She has a sectional sofa that I separated and angled to help break up the squareness of the room. I found a bookcase that she had in the dining room, and used it behind the sofa to add some height on this side of the room. She has a lot of fun African inspired items, so I brought a lot of them together in this room to showcase them. I took the coffee table out of the room and replaced it with the cute little round table between the two sofas to give her more space.
I found the leopard print drapery panels and small lamp in another room. They were the perfect things to incorporate into the African inspired room. I also "stole" the awesome Elephant canvas from another room. I love how it adds so much color in here.
In the dining room, I placed the two shelving units on either side of the window. This client would like to add Italian style into her kitchen and dining room so the large wall became the perfect place to hang her beautiful piece of art. It was hiding on another wall and didn't show up very well. It's so pretty, it looks as though you're looking out the window in Tuscany! I also found the wall sconce in the hallway to hang beside it.
This client is allowed by the apartment complex to paint an accent wall if she chooses. I suggested that she paint the wall that the window is on in the dining room, a soft grey blue. First off, I chose this wall because it can be seen from all areas and because the cream colored shelving units will look great against the color. There are hints of this soft blue in the living room as well. I also suggested that she replace the dining room swag curtain with some cream colored panels. These would also look good against the blue wall without competing with the other colors.
We talked about a few other inexpensive, simple changes that she can do by painting picture frames and a lamp without needing to replace them. She is also going to purchase another lamp to go into the living room on the opposite side to create a sufficient amount of light for the evenings.
This was a fun project to work on. It thrills me so much to leave someone's home knowing that they are happier with the space than before I came. It makes me realize that I've got the best job in the world!