I don't love the word 'client' all that much. The people that I work with quickly become my friends and our collaborations are a team effort. I feel like my job is to help guide them through their project. I'm as hands on or off as they want or need me to be. Some people have a vision for their space but aren't sure how to get there. Others only know how they want it to feel and give me free rein to bring the feeling to life.
I've been working with a friend on and off for many years, and we most recently collaborated on a dining room makeover and adjoining living room 'fluff up'. The meaning of 'fluff up' is just an edit, nothing drastic. We moved a few things around, got rid of a couple more, borrowed a chair from another room and bought some new pillows.
The dining room was a bigger project. I wish I had taken a good 'before' shot. The furniture was very formal and didn't quite match the vibe of the rest of the house. They already had a paint color they loved on half of the wall so we continued that on the other half. The existing chandelier was perfect for the space, so that stayed as well. The next step was finding fabric, one of my favorite parts.
We loved this print for the drapes because it had a vintage look and the tiny check was the perfect durable compliment to cover the chairs. We found both of these at The Second Yard at Hilltop. We've had lots of good luck there over the years.
They found these great chairs at a local antique place and got a sweet deal on them. They are all a little different and had already been painted with the cream distressed finish. The previous owners had also painted the seat covers with (I'm guessing here) fabric paint. Don't do that. My friends recovered them in the new fabric and TA-DA! They look so perfect and add a great touch to the space.
This fantastic table was custom made my Mr. My Friend. How very special for this sweet family to sit down and enjoy a meal from a table made by their daddy/hubs. You can't hide talent, although I've made this poor man wish he had hidden his from me many times.
My idea for that far wall was a collection of mirrors. They already had one or two and picked up a couple more at a vintage market. They also found the ironing board at the market and decided to use it as their serving area in the room. On the opposite wall, not shown, is a large armoire that the couple purchased early in their marriage. It holds sentimental value and has huge storage capacity making it a winner all around. You can ALWAYS find a place for those pieces that you love so much, even if it means using them in a totally new way.
The measure of a successful job for me is written on the faces of the families I work for. We were able to bring a more casual feel to this room with a mix of old and new, repurposed and redone. My people are happy and we are on to the next room in this cozy, happy house. Watch for that.
Until next time, keep it homey, my homies.