Right before baby girl arrived, I designed a transitional style living room and dining room for my client Michelle's new downtown Austin condo! Today I'm going to share the e-design process and design plan I presented to Michelle.
My client Michelle initially contacted me through houzz.com to decorate the living room and dining room of her new downtown Austin condo. The new condo was only 820 square feet, so we really needed to maximize the space for living, working, and entertaining. Michelle wanted to keep her current sofa, recliner, and artwork, but needed help pulling the rest together. Here are some before pictures:
I created a design plan that incorporated some items Michelle already had her eye on with fresh picks to create a cohesive and functional space. The items of top necessity included a rug, coffee table, additional seating options; light fixture, entertainment center, work-from-home-space, and kitchen/bar storage. Michelle gravitated toward wood tones and pops of blue, coral, and gold.
This was the first design board I compiled.
The colorful area rug and statement making chandelier were early winners with my client Michelle! Both were items completely outside of Michelle's usual design preferences, but she absolutely loved them! I love it when that happens. The modular entertainment center had a desk component that seamlessly incorporated a home office space. The dining room counter height table and chairs were client picks, and I love how their sleek, modern lines balances the rest of the traditional decor. The kitchen/bar storage wasn't quite what Michelle had in mind, so it was back to the drawing board.
Here is the first revision:
A little throw pillow swap was requested and instead of a console table, I added leaning shelf storage units. However, while the additional seating ottomans were well liked by Michelle, she decided to scrap them (or consider them again at a later date) and choose a larger cocktail ottoman to use as additional seating for entertaining. The kitchen/bar storage also just wasn't right yet.
And here is the final revision:
Instead of both leaning shelf storage units, I decided on a whim to extend the modular entertainment center that Michelle loved into the kitchen! It was a winning choice! Wall bar shelves were also just the right touch.
In all, this living room and dining room space was such a fun space to design! Now I am waiting on pins and needles for the after shots. Stay tuned!
If you have a space that you could use some design help with, don't hesitate to reach out to me!