December 5, 2012

Quicky makeover on a shoestring budget

by Shelly

Limited budgets often get in the way of our home decorating dreams.  But more often than not, a small budget, a new set of eyes, and some professional help CAN help transform a space!  Case in point….



My clients’ cute little condo was feeling cluttered.  With a few too many knick knacks, patterns and a case of crowded furniture, her home lacked a defined style and wasn’t feeling “pulled together” like she wanted.

We were working with a pretty small budget, so figuring out what needed to go and what should be replaced was very important in keeping within her limit.  I suggested we rework the floorplan as much as we possibly could.  The room is small and it didn’t offer many alternatives as to how the big pieces in the room could be placed.  With that being said, we also didn’t have the funds to replace the red sofa, matching chair or any of the other big pieces in the room.  The client had recently bought the painting of the woman above the sofa and wanted to pull more of those colors out to tone down all the red.  So, with those thoughts in my head, we worked up a plan to make the room a bit more sophisticated and girly like my client. :)


The first thing on my list was to remove the striped linen panels and wood and fabric cornice boxes on the windows.  They looked dated and made the room feel more country/old world, than glam traditional like my client wanted.  We added silk duponi panels from Pottery Barn and hand forged iron rods to the windows.  I put these up myself in a hurry just to get the shot, but we will be adding iron rings as well.  They are out of stock right now.

The oval side table that was originally there was replaced with a larger round side table to fill the space better. I would have liked to see an even wider round table there, but again budget was a factor here.  On top of the table we replaced the dated crystal lamp with a clean, more modern glass lamp with a simple linen shade.  The hammered bowl is from Nate Berkus’ Target line and the frame is the clients.  To the left of the sofa we paired down the two floor lamps the client had in the room and replaced it with this mica shade adjustable lamp from Ballard Designs. I apologize for the glare from the lamp! The ivory linen pillows on the sofa were added to bring in a bit more neutral color to the space.  And then to the lucite coffee table I added a cool gilded gold tray and mercury glass vase from West Elm, along with a lacquered sea urchin….another Nate piece!

I moved the clients’ antique Swedish chair to the sofa wall, to open up the other side of the room and to make the chair more of an art piece.  I then placed her stack of House Beautiful magazines under the chair…again to give more of a “look” to the chair.

{close up of coffee table}

We’re adding some more touches next week and I will be sure to post more photos of the updated space then.  But in the meantime my clients’ space has been freshened up just enough and in time for a little holiday party she is having tonight!  Enjoy Jen!!!

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Diane December 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Wow! Really great changes!


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