upholstery

A Peek at Recent Projects - Part 1

After having our beautiful baby boy earlier this year, we took some time away from client work to spend precious time with him. How amazing it has been! And, while we're pretty much back in the swing of working now, I am trying to maintain a delicate balance of work and being home with my son! That's the beauty of working for yourself, right? Anyway, because of that, it has been awhile since we've posted about our client work! Over the past few months, we wrapped up a few design projects, but have just been too busy to share them with you.. until now! So today I'm giving you a sneak peek of the first of three of our most recently completed client projects. The other two projects will follow later this week! These projects will, of course, be added with more detail to our portfolio page soon, but until then, here are a few preview shots of the completed spaces. Enjoy!

This first project is a small dining room space that I designed (on a limited budget) for previous clients of ours. The clients had these really unique heirloom pieces that they wanted to include in the new space, but the challenge was to lighten, brighten, and update the look and feel of the space while incorporating the large scale, heavy, and, in the case of the upholstery - outdated, heirloom pieces. Here is the result!


Dining room window view


A clean, simple, and fresh dining space that feels like an early morning at a cozy bed and breakfast. At least that what comes to mind for me! =)

Anyway, we kept the walls a cheerful pale yellow, and did tone on tone semi-sheer window panels layered over woven shades to soften yet unify the space. We also introduced a soft grey textural fabric for the new upholstery on the heirloom dining chairs!


Dining room side chair view


Which we think is a huge improvement from the dark, outdated upholstery before.. see?


Dining chair upholstery before


Also, to bring in some texture, life, and a little color to the otherwise neutral space, we added some natural earthy elements to the tablescape, which also helped to tie in the adjacent spaces. We did so through the use of muted green round woven placemats and wooden napkin rings!


Dining room table detail


To balance the size and style of the massive sideboard, we added eclectic decor and accessories. Displayed on top are a collection of vintage apothecary jars filled with natural elements, tall architectural candle holders to introduce height, and hung on the wall above is a large scale client-created Instagram photo collage to give the space a casual vibe and personal touch.


Dining room view with sideboard


Well, that's all you get for now! Check out our portfolio page in the near future for more details of this sweet little dining space. The light, airy, casual yet sophisticated feel of this dining room makes it a great space for entertaining friends in a cozy and intimate setting. In fact, our clients have already deemed this the favorite room in the house! Wow. You know, dining rooms don't often get that honor, but I think it's because this space is comfortable, functional, and charming, and its classic style will serve this family for a long time. What a joy it is to help our clients love their spaces!

Later this week, look for a few more of our recent client projects. Happy Monday everyone!

Thrifting

I’ve been out and about stopping by flea markets, yard sales (now that the weather is warmer) and of course good old thrift stores looking for anything that catches my eye! I always keep a running list of things I’m looking for (and need), both personally for our own home and professionally for the design studio, clients or staging inventory. Of course, it’s not the easiest hunt to find exactly what I’m looking for, but instead somehow I end up finding something I really don’t need at all, but that I fall in love with and just have to have. And, this was the case last week.. while perusing a local thrift store, I spotted this!

Blue-green mid-century modern sofa in thrift store.

Marked at just a mere $45, I couldn’t resist! So, first things first – I text the hubby with a quick photo and the words “do we need this?” of which I normally get one of the following responses.. “what for and where will it go?” or “well, how much is it?” or the disheartening “nahh, I don’t think we do”. But to my surprise and affirmation, his text response read “Yes”.

So, after a quick follow-up conversation via phone, we agreed and I snatched it right up! Now began the issue of how are we getting this home and, once we do, where is it going? Unfortunately, even with our new ride, it wasn’t going to be easy getting this vintage sofa home. 24 hours, a u-haul rental truck and another $20 later, we carried this gem over the threshold, literally.

Blue-green mid-century modern sofa in pick-up truck.

But like I mentioned, this isn’t a piece we needed and we may not even have a space for it. Not to mention, it is lovely in it's brilliant mid-century color, but it will definitely dictate the color scheme in whatever space it ends up! So, while we stew over the plan for this piece (perhaps working it into our office, creating a sitting area in our current unused 2nd bedroom, etc.), for now it sits in the middle of our living room and has been serving as our cats' very own sofa! I suppose they approve.

Blue-green mid-century modern sofa in living room.

Cat on blue-green mid-century modern sofa.

And, I should note - Although the thrift shop claims to have cleaned and disinfected any upholstery pieces they sell, we, of course, intend to give the sofa a good cleaning ourselves because, well, you just never know. So, stay tuned, I’m sure we’ll post our tips on how to clean second-hand upholstery.

Oh and just as a bonus! I also snagged this cute little woven stool for under $10 on the same trip.

Woven stool.

I might leave it natural or maybe give it new life with a bold new color. We'll see!