I have been working with some delightful clients, a young family, who just happen to live a couple states over from me. Below are the steps taken so far in designing their main living areas.
First, photos of the bare space from which two furniture plans were developed.
After the couple chose the layout that works best for their lifestyle, with the goal of maximizing seating, we moved on to selecting furniture.
Having difficulty visualizing the suggested furniture in the living room, an elevation was sketched with the styles in place. Now they could see exactly how the pieces being considered would look in the room, prior to committing to this investment.
After viewing the sketch the pieces were ordered with confidence. The major pieces are now in place, (with the exception of the coffee table, which could be refinished but still too small) and the project is currently at the stage shown below.
It is now time to move on to all the other decisions. Window treatments, table lamps, an area rug and runner, dining room fixture and chairs, accessories and paint colors. Again, having the suggestions placed in the room shows the clients how each possibility will look prior to making a commitment.
The couple have just started to review the design boards. I know they would be very interested in hearing your opinion about what you do or don't like...and what you would possibly do differently with these spaces...as they get ready to take the next steps.
Products used in this design:
Paint: Divine Color, Devine Silver & Devine Frost from the Silver Skies Palette
Sofas: Van Gogh Designs, Kai Sofa in Harris Beige
Coffee Table: Crate & Barrel, Basque Java Coffee Table
Side Table Lamps: Shades of Light, Mirror Bulb Vase Table Lamp (Gasp! This is gorgeous!)
Area Rug & Runner: Pottery Barn, Heathered Chenille Jute Rug
Mirror: LampsPlus, Champagne Woven Metal Round Mirror
Artwork: Zgallerie, Box 1 and Box 2
Pillows on Sofas: Crate & Barrel, Layla Pillows and the Tempo Velvet Sea Blue Pillows
Candle Holder on Coffee Table: West Elm, Manzanita Candelabra
Floor Lamp: Target, A good version of the Mitchell Gold Skylar Lamp at a bargain price
Floor Lampshade: Lampsplus, Linen Cream Drum Lampshade
Drapes: Pottery Barn, Payton Linen Cotton Drapes in Ivory
Drapery Hardware: Pottery Barn, Standard PB Hardware in Pewter
Dining Room Ceiling Fixture: LampsPlus, Champagne Woven Metal Hanging Pendant
Dining Room Chairs: Van Gogh Designs, The Ellis Chair or Pottery Barn, The Seagrass Chair
Metal Wall Art: Ethan Allen, Metal Wall Sculpture
Pillows on Slipper Chairs: Pottery Barn, Chocolate Petal Crewel Lumbar Pillows
Dining Table Centerpiece Bowl: Crate & Barrel, Starburst Bowl or The Agave Bowl for gorgeous color.