Before + After: living room refresh

This latest refresh was a classic case of a drab living room that had collected miscellaneous pieces of furniture over a long period of time. Some items were there because the clients bought them a long time ago and weren't sure what to do with them, while others were newer pieces intended to give the room a new look but didn't have a cohesive feel. I helped my clients narrow down which items should stay, which should go and how to tie all the pieces together through some new pieces and accessories. It's a great example of how a lot of the time you can use what you already own to give a room a new look. 

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The overall goal of the design concept was to lighten the room and make it feel more open and airy. There's lots of natural wood in the room so I wanted to balance out the darker tones by adding in some lighter shades of whites, blues and grays.

The shopping list:

+Paint color: Behr Silver Strand
+Gray Sofa from client's home
+Rug
+Coffee table
+Curtains
+Reading Nook: Chair from client's home, Side Table 
+Additional Seating: Poufs & Stools
+Lighting: Floor lamp & Table Lamp
+Accent pillows
+Accessories: Homegoods

Take a look at these before + after pictures, I promise you'll be amazed by the transformation!

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The clients already owned a lot of great pieces including a custom console and two accent chairs. They worked great in the room and just needed some styling!

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The mantel was another area that needed a few accessories to give it an updated look.

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We wanted to include a comfy chair as a place to curl up and read, and amazingly my clients had a simple, neutral chair in a different room that worked perfectly in this corner.

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And a few more shots of the room because it's just so dang pretty:

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This is the first room you walk into at my client's home and giving it a fresh, updated look sets the tone for an inviting, serene space that matches the style of the rest of the home. 

Hope you enjoyed the before + afters as much as I did! 
xo
Danielle 

Animal Nursery Sneak Peek

I have another sweet nursery project to share with you today! My clients have a modern, minimalist style and prefer neutral shades with smaller touches of color in the accessories. In addition to sticking with light colors, they agreed that an animal theme (in moderation, of course!) would be a perfect fit for their baby boy's nursery.

For the design concept, I chose light neutral shades (whites, grays and beiges) and brought in some subtle color with the adorable artwork, lion head and pillows. All the larger pieces have a very simple, understated style that will make the space feel very serene. Plus a lot of the items could always be repurposed for future babies which is always a bonus! 

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Here is the current state of the nursery with the accent wall and larger furniture. It's already looking so cute, just needs the finishing touches to cozy it up and personalize it for the little guy. 

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Also in the design plan is a small bookshelf to go next to the glider, floating shelves on the wall with books and accessories, cream curtains and a little animal mobile. Check back in a few weeks to see the final after pictures!

xo

Danielle

Master Bedroom Design Preview

There are SO many different directions you can go when you start designing an empty room. While it's always nice to have options, it can be super overwhelming to sort out your choices and come up with a vision that works for you. I'm working with clients who are having this problem with the master bedroom in their BEAUTIFUL new condo. They have a classic, traditional style and they like small touches of feminine detail and color. Take a look below at what I put together for their bedroom design, the inspiration for the space and what the room currently looks like. 

When I first saw the space, I immediately thought "massive white bed". I envisioned a large, tufted white bed frame, all white bedding and lots of throw pillows. The walls were already a nice dove grey shade and the floors are being refinished in a dark wood. The room gets a lot of great natural light but I wanted to lighten the space up even more with light, neutral furniture for all the larger pieces. Then gold accents can be incorporated in with a little bit of color in the artwork and accessories. 

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Here is the inspiration for the design. This room by Jillian Harris is one of my all time favorites. A lot of my clients prefer a little more color than this room, but the all-white plush bed is a show-stopper that can be paired with just about anything.  

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And here's the space in it's current state. Next time you see this room it's going to look entirely different--stay tuned!
 

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Danielle

3 Steps to Start your Room Refresh

When I ask my clients why they waited so long to update a room, most of them tell me they put it off because they didn't know where to begin. That's totally understandable--the hardest part of any big project is getting started. But it doesn't have to be so hard. If you're thinking of tackling that room in your house that's driving you crazy, try following the 3 steps I outline below and you'll be well on your way. 

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In a nutshell, the goal at the beginning of every project is to figure out your vision for the space. That may sound simple, but it can be tough sorting through a bunch of ideas to find the look you love, or other times it's a challenge to even come up with one or two potential options. The process I’ve outlined below will give you the basics you need to start tackling the room right away.

STEP 1: Assess the area.
The first step is to take a walk through the space and see what you’re working with. Answer these questions and see what you come up with:
+ What is the purpose of the room? Who uses it and for what?
+ What’s your biggest challenge with the space in it’s current state?
+ Which items in the room do you love and want to incorporate into the new design?
+ What specific ideas do you have for what would make you happy to see done with the space? 

What all do you want to include in the new design:

  • Paint color
  • Layout/Floor plan- Furniture
  • Storage
  • Lighting
  • Rugs/Window Treatments
  • Artwork
  • Accessories

Answering these questions will give you the essential information you need to figure out how you want to transform your room.

Here's a good example of an assessment of a problematic room from an e-styling client: 

"I'm struggling with figuring out how to layout the space so it functions well as our office but also looks beautiful and not TOO obvious because anyone entering our home will see it. We also have a lot of things we need to store. I have a black ikea shelving unit with glass shelves (definitely open to painting this), we have tons of accessories that can be used to fill the shelves, I'd love two desks or a longer desk that wraps around the corner and seats two people and also need a space for our baby to hang out while I work.  I need help with: Organization solutions, Paint color or color scheme, Decor and accessories, Furniture, Layout/Floorplan, Artwork, Visualizing a plan for the space."

This is a small sample of the questions to consider when assessing the area--for a complete guide, take the Design Questionnaire

STEP 2: Create a secret Pinterest board.
This is by far the best way to gather inspiration. In your Pinterest account, click on "Create a new board", name it and click "Yes" where it says "Secret." This is my go-to tool for pulling together ideas with clients--we can both pin images and comment back-and-forth about it. 
 

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Use the list and keywords from what you answered in step 1 to search for images. Then use the caption text to write down what you like about the image. I would suggest starting with broad search terms (i.e home office design, home office organization, etc.) and then narrowing it down to look for specific ideas (i.e white office chair, home office gallery wall, etc.).

Once you have several images you like, go back through and edit what you pinned. Do you notice any pattern in the images that you’re most drawn to? Remove any pins that don’t line up with the overall theme. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the board a client and I collaborated on:
 

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STEP 3: Design an Inspiration Board.

For the third step, you can put all of your specific ideas for the room together to create an Inspiration Board. I like inspiration boards because they give you a better idea of how the various pieces will actually fit together in your space and can be a helpful quick reference once you start shopping.

If you want to create an inspiration board, you can easily copy and paste images to a Word doc, or other great tools to try are Photoshop or Canva. I like to add text near the image to name each of the items/areas that are on the list. Here is the board I created based on the secret Pinterest board:
 

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For a complete assessment guide, download the Design Questionnaire. 
 

Questions on what I’ve laid out here? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email at info@sadieroad.com.

xx,
Danielle