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Client Work: Dining Room & Living Room

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hi there.  My apologies for the lack of posts this week.  Our boys start school next week and I have been enjoying my time with them and finishing a few projects that I cannot wait to share with you.  For now, I thought you might enjoy some e-client work that I recently finished.  I am really looking forward to seeing the after pictures on this!

Let's start with the dining room.  My client had already ordered a new rug for the room.  She wanted to go with a neutral color palette using browns and blues.  The room needed pictures, lamps, fabric, and window treatments.

Here is the picture she sent me of the room with the new rug.


And here are my recommendations for the room.

  1. Simple pinch pleat curtains
  2. Blue trellis fabric for captain chairs
  3. Audubon prints to hang on either side of sideboard to fill in the wall space
  4. New pair of lamps for the sideboard
And now for the living room...

This room needed accessories, art for a sloping ceiling, and lighter and brighter pieces to make up for the lack of natural light in the room.

Here is the room.


And here are my recommendations...


  1. Ottoman in spa blue and white paisley in place of coffee table with fresh tray and accessories
  2. Mirror and new accessories for mantel
  3. Large scale art to bring in color and add drama behind sofa
My client also needed help styling her tv cabinet and sent me this picture.


If you have ever wondered how e-design works, here is a great example of a picture that I would send with exactly what you need to do to.  I took her photo and made a mock-up using new books and accessories to create a fresh, updated look.


 We discussed the possibility of painting this piece, but for now I think adding in lots of white accessories, silver frames, and colorful books will have to do.


Once she received the mood boards, she went to work pulling the rooms together.  Hopefully I will have pictures to share soon.

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12 comments:

  1. gorgeous plans! love the artwork and colors!

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  2. Nice plans! Would you mind sharing the source for those buffet lamps? They're exactly what my beffet is calling for. Thanks!

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  3. Lord girl...how you put those accessories on that media cabinet is a miracle!!!
    Tell her to hurry and do everything you said so we can see!

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  4. Rene these designs look fantastic...hope we get to see the afters. I love how you restyled the media cabinet...that's so tricky. Great job.

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  5. Thanks ladies!

    Suzlovsflowers,

    The lamps came from Kirklands.

    René

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  6. I love your ideas for pulling a room together!

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  7. Oh, I can't wait to see! You have such a great eye. And those Ikea finds are fantastic. I love the artwork and the bedding.

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  8. Nice ideas Rene - e-design is such a great option for people. You've pulled these ideas together really nicely and given your client a great foundation to build her pretty rooms. Enjoy the rest of the summer with your boys.

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  9. Your signature classic style never disappoints! That abstract will make such a nice impact and I'm always a fan of audubon prints.

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  10. thanks for the insight into your process!

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  11. I'm flying my nerd flag: last night on Antiques Roadshows (probably a re-run), there were some Audubon books. I enjoyed their discussion of Audubon (and apparently his sons), and I love that they're still cool today.

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  12. Great design ideas! I love the picture for behind the sofa. It would look good in my house. Where could I buy it?

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