I hear it all the time, “if only my home was more organized and refreshed I would feel at peace.”
Here is a project that started from an empty space for a couple with “half” an empty-nest!
To give you a taste of how eDesign works, they contracted with me on my DebSoChic website first, purchased a Premier design package and were onboard with my Welcome letter. In order to proceed, a quick analysis of their current likes and dislikes needed to be uncovered…and then we got started-
They were transitioning from their two-story house to a simpler ranch style, not necessarily downsizing but repositioning. They no longer needed upper floor bedrooms, great for rearing little ones but needed a more relaxed style of living on one floor. This way they didn’t need to be climbing stairs and they could entertain loved ones home from college, or visiting all on one sprawling main level. The couple had established careers and were working remotely, so a dual workspace was a must. They saw this as a continuing work-life solution taking them into their retirement years while staying active and continuing their passion-filled work.
While the plan had two living areas, they started their project with a living room space connected to an adjacent dining room.
The space was to be a total remake, except for the new wood floors recently installed. Since their home was situated on a marsh in the tide-waters of the Southeastern U.S., their driftwood plank floors set the tone for a coastal feel design. I loved the way the light would set through their expansive window and knew instantly that a comfortable lounging area, taking in the beautiful views of the surrounding outside natural environment could be achieved. Their dining room on the opposite side of the room needed to be inviting as well. Previously, the dining room was used as a child’s play area however, this couple wanted to restore it to a more formal dining area that could be closed it off when not in use.
After our initial consultation, the project was in motion, but first I needed to obtain the measurements of their living room. I provided them with tips, so they knew how to measure. A measuring tape, pen, and paper are all that they needed! Here is the measured floor plan of the room I requested.
While their previous busy lifestyle was slowing down some, their appreciation for some finer things in life hadn’t, therefore they wanted to emphasize a more calm, peaceful habitat, infused with some eco-luxe elements and some treasured family heirlooms. Our collaboration concluded that designing a Contemporary space with some Modern elements fit their Minimalistic style. The textured elements in the room would be pleasing to the eyes and soft in touch. Soothing art would create a focal point and set a harmonious mood.
With a concept in mind for their space, I created a Concept Board for them to view, with furnishings curated from manufacturers that were making conscious efforts to be more environmentally sustainable and decor that contributes to a person’s well-being.
The color palette was created from the prevalent colors of the marshes, and while creating a coastal flair, there was a tranquil feel with the deep tones selected. Furnishings selected were maintenance-free and streamlined, so as to accommodate their small pet. Textiles and fabric were of natural content and recycled material. Their love for ceramics and wood lends itself to organic shapes with the carefully selected accents we chose together for their setting. Attention was paid to the details so as to encompass an earthy feel.
What a transformation! Did you ever think an empty space albeit with much potential could exude the peace and tranquility that the homeowners were so desperately wanting and needing? They absolutely loved their new living room space and were anxiously waiting for family and friends to return home and see!
Their favorite design element was the custom sectional, floating in the space to creating an intimate setting, along with a cozy shaggy rug that encourages all to lounge. I chose this particular sectional because of its curves lending a nod to organic shapes in nature. Plenty of room for appetizers and drinks on their glass cocktail table and easy access into the adjacent dining room. All that was needed to achieve this installation, were instructions from me after all the furnishings were delivered. The couple knew exactly where to place everything and even tried their own hand at hanging a piece or two. Such as the Native basketry they love to collect.
They absolutely were in love with their new living room and were so appreciative how the whole eDesign process turned out. We came in a little under budget and I was able to work within their time frame, which was right before the Thanksgiving holiday! They thought our collaboration to be a smooth and efficient way to redesign their space!
SO… does this feel like a welcoming solution to you? Can I welcome you aboard too?!
Please go and check-out my website so we can get started creating a new home together so you can really start to live in peace and harmony!…
Also… check back for my next project in this renovation. They just signed me on to redesign one of their office spaces. I bet you can’t wait to see what I design and curate next! This will be so exciting!
Deborah Top-Newell| Interior Designer, Owner, DebSoChic
Deborah is a Professional Residential Interior Designer and is currently working towards her Certification as a Green Leader in Eco-friendly design. Her design journey encompasses a multitude of disciplines, from designing at furniture stores to owning and operating brick-and-mortar boutiques and operating eCommerce shops. Deborah draws inspiration from the colors and textures found in nature and believes in responsible stewardship and eco-friendly living spaces.
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