A new friend of mine who I've quickly come to adore asked me if I would help her decorate her guest room and bring some new life to the space which as of late, has become a dump zone for her three boys trophies, footballs, games, and books. We got a good start on the room - she picked up an amazing 1920's brass bed frame - and she started clearing off shelves to make room for some pretties until we got to talking about her living room.
After: All decor centered around the client's family heirloom painting hung above the mantel. I incorporated yellows and various shades of blue. Couch, chair, and coffee table are client's.
After: Blue metallic lattice pillows, AnthologyHouse. Silver faux snakeskin pillows and mirror tray, West Elm.
And that is where the guest room project ends (at least for now) and we directed our efforts to her living room. My friend already has a knack for picking up vintage treasures (her basement and garage unveiled some goodies) but she wanted a fresh eye on how to rearrange and incorporate a few key pieces in her space while maintaining the traditional feel of her early 1900's home.
After: Vintage Italian bar cart and vintage wingback chair, AnthologyHouse. Vintage barware accessories (client's own and AnthologyHouse). Print and floor lamp (client's own).
Below was my to do list and the small (yet essential) accessories I picked up to bring a little warmth and sophistication to her already stylish home:
- Bar Cart - Scored a beautiful Vintage Italian Cart.
- Vintage Reading Chair - Found a vintage wing back chair in smoke-blue velvet.
- Colors - My client loves yellow and did not want any brass. I added warmth by bringing in hints of various shades of blue. I also wanted to capture a little seaside vibe to her room as she has a killer view of Puget Sound.
- Accessories - I utilized accessories she already owned by shopping other rooms in her home. Sometimes it's a matter of relocating a book, frame, or just moving a table from one room to the next to get a fresh perspective on a space. I also shopped for some vintage pieces and picked up a couple great accessories at West Elm to balance the vintage with new.
After: Bar cart close up with vintage and new accessories.
After: Side table and floor lamp (client's), vintage owl low ball glass (AnthologyHouse).
After: We relocated this bookcase from the other side of the room to this space next to the couch. All accessories are the client's, it was just a matter of shopping other rooms in her home to give a cohesive look with white and aqua accessories.
After: Close-up of bookshelf. Incorporated a vintage picture with her children's sea life treasures.
After: Coffee table styling with a mirror tray from West Elm and books, a plant, and client's own accessories.
After: Close up of mantel with new accessories and an old family painting.
I had a blast shopping for my friend and rearranging pieces she already owns in her home. It just goes to show that you don't have to spend a lot of money to revamp your space. Sometimes it just take a fresh eye and a little perspective - touches of gold are not so bad - and digging through treasures you already own can bring new life to a space.
So now that the living room has had a revamp, we are getting back to that guest room and can't wait to share pictures once it's complete. Our goal is to get it done before the holidays are here and guests need a place to crash.
If you are looking to revamp your space - from personal shopping to a complete one room overhaul - please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working with you!