I love the process of bringing a room to life by giving it character and purpose. Below are images that show the original state of the spaces. From casual pictures to the final install and some of the process images as well. This project taught me many things but here are 2 things that were confirmed...
1. In this industry you never stop learning and growing in the area of creativity and being a good listener
2. As my mentor will tell me, "you can never be fully prepared for a Interior Design install" ;-)
The Lobby: Before
At first sight I knew this lobby had the potential to shine (bright like a diamond ;-). The chandelier was over 50 years old and original to the space. Due to the lack of natural light the lobby felt really narrow and dark. There was a pinkish brown color on the walls with framed art placed sporadically. There were also brown carpet that again helped to make the room appear very heavy and deserted. It was crowded with many different pieces of furniture and needed to be completely cleansed and simplified.
The Office: Before
The office, I just fell in love with. Its originally hard wood floors and interior shutters drew me in. The architecture of the space was grand. With every project my goal is to enhance the existing architectural elements if it is indeed impactful. The walls in this room had been painted over so many times. I wanted to select a scheme that appeared to be originally to the space, neither old or new but simply owned the room.
After reviewing the space and listening to my clients disclaimers (the most important and significant part of a consultation) I came back to my office and created a concept to present. I like to propose a conceptual package fro clients because it helps ease them into the MASSIVE change will take place. The conceptual design board does not show the finished product or final FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment) selections but gives them a visual of what the space will be an extension of. Once the concept it approved the design board in born. The design board is the opposite of the conceptual design board and
shows all of the items to be used in the space.
Lobby Design Board
Office Design Board
I am sure we've all had a moment when we've thought of something cool and creative then drew a blank once considering the actual development of that idea. Its a gift to have a creative mind and I love it but to see your vision come to life is the icing on the cake to say the least. The following are fun pictures taken of the space while the photo shoot was taking place. Please stay tuned as the professional pictures are being edited for the website...coming soon!
Ending with a shot from my favorite part of the room. My particular style is very modern eclectic but that should not be seen in every project that I complete. I say this all the time but its one thing to design based on the magazines and trends but its another to listen to your client and deliver not based on anything else but what reflects their desires, needs, and personality.
When I first met my client her and her husband talked about how they both wanted her upbringing to be reflected in the space. My client is a Delta and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Their ideas were modern interpretations of a graffiti wall and suggested images of the Brooklyn train... Well after a few of my exercises, really sitting down with my client and picking her brain we ended up with a very traditional rustic chic office. Go figure ;-)
Until next time...