The 45-Minute One Room Virtual Design Projects have been fun since we have been social distancing. What I love about it most is that they are usually for blog readers from around the country. We sort of feel like we know each other a bit already. Sometimes, all we need is about 45 to 60 minutes to get the ball rolling. But often, it leads to other projects in other rooms.
To get the most out of our time, there has to be some prep work.
- send me about six photos of the space
- take measurements of the room’s walls and openings
- before our virtual meeting, move all the art and accessories to one place for us to “shop”
I review everything before I make the Facetime call (or Skype–or plain old telephone call). Then, comes the fun part!
Jill in Los Angeles was an e-design client before for her bedroom. For this project, she needed to restore her kitchen banquette.
Here is a before photo where you can see the seat is worn (and this was in the day of laminated fabric before performance fabrics).
Is Jill’s dog cute or what?! She wanted a blue and white theme. We Facetimed and I showed her a number of performance fabrics before we landed on this pretty combo.
We are still waiting for the Ralph Lauren linen paisley fabric to make a couple of throw pillows, but here is the new banquette now…
Living Room Styling
Martha, in the Boston area, wanted help making her living room feel a little more finished.
We restyled Martha’s mantel using what she already had…with the exception of the new candlesticks (small and medium purchased individually) that I asked her to buy for a modern element. We added the larger plant.
Generally, it’s better to use larger accessories for impact and group your smaller accessories together.
Then we worked on her right bookcase using items that she had placed in the other room for us to “shop.” It was fun to see her personal collections.
Followed by her left bookcase. Unfortunately, this was blocked in the before photo but we removed everything and added the art, jugs, and organized the books.
I also recommended a source for new curtains (TBD).
Then we went through her artwork and I helped her assemble what would work well together for this wall.
I drew a diagram to show her how she could hang the photos and she carried it out like this…
Martha wrote: “I am so happy with the living room – the first time in over 20 years it feels complete to me.”
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How is your week is going? I am headed to Cindy Hattersley’s place for a 60th birthday lunch for The Contessa! Kim from Northern California Style will be there too. We will be outside in Cindy’s beautiful garden and wearing masks in between bites of food and wine. Should be something on my Instagram later 🙂