Well, I suppose that compared to a few of my fellow designers, my reveal is not AShuge – we’ve been showing you quite a bit behind the scenes (maybe next time I need to be more of a tease?), but let me tell you this: a little styling goes a long way in transforming and finishing off a space.
So, without further ado…
Ta dah! Do I need to remind you of the before images?? (Let’s just not talk about it. Too traumatic.) If you’re just dropping by for the first time, feel free to visit them though – it’s been quite the transformation.
The backstory is – I moved in with my boyfriend in February and this is the first room that we’ve tackled together in the house…
The challenges: creating a space that was family friendly (he has a 7-year-old daughter), warm, and of course – spoke to both our tastes. Oh, and a budget. Duh. These chairs were one of the first additions to the room, and really set the tone for me. They were also the biggest budget item and totally worth it.
You’ll remember that my inspiration for the space was what I called ‘Polished Global’. A fusion of artifacts from our travels, J’s already existing dining room table, and my need for some more refined moments… like this console. (I got my marble!)
Things we didn’t expect: the rug didn’t arrive in time for the shoot, but I rather like the plethora of wood – for the moment at least. Also, I knew how much the paint and a new chandelier could change the room, but WOAH. Seriously. These two made a huge impact.
One of my biggest ‘complaints’ about moving in to the new house has been the lack of display space – and now we finally have some! Originally we thought we’d be using the console to store table linens, but we couldn’t find one that we liked, so I pulled the trigger on this marble piece and now it will serve the sole purpose of housing current favorite treasures.
I was surprised at how easily the art wall came together between both of our collections. The mask is my favorite!! I love the dimension. And of course my Jennifer Ament pieces.
This morning J asked if all this ‘stuff’ was staying. I think the confused look on my face said it all. I’m used to having a very styled home – he is not. We’re working on it!
The little cup with the blue swirls was a piece we picked up together on a trip to Orcas Island last fall for my birthday. It makes me endlessly happy to be able to start to display some of the very few things we’ve bought together.
And yes, in case your wondering, I’ll continue to show you the rest of the updates around the house – challenge or no challenge! What’s next? Why that lovely living room you’re getting a little peek into of course. Starting with a paint job and a new sofa… then comes the kitchen… (the designing never ends!)