I recently worked on a project with a young 20-something young woman in her first house- to give a face-lift of sorts to her kitchen and living room. We were on a budget, as most people are at such a young age. I wanted to make some big changes that would make her feel like she was in a new space, without making any changes to floors, windows or surface areas. In these situations, paint is an amazing way to make a huge change and is the first thing I would recommend if you are working in phases. Below are some pictures of her space when I first visited. The walls were a bit dark and the furniture did not fit the space as well as it could. Some pieces were too large and some were too small.
With a smaller budget, I started with new paint throughout the house, and new furnishings to mix with some of the old in a different scale to make the most of the space and allow for more seating and a better space to entertain. In the kitchen, we added new lighting and hardware to lighten the space up, and in the living space we are working on making a perfect seating area for conversation and social events.
We have a few pieces of furniture waiting to arrive and some finishing touches, but this shows the power of paint and thoughtful space planning to make the most of your home.
Sometimes when I am scouring high-end design sources for clients, I end up coming across something that is so well priced I am shocked! Here are some of my latest finds......
Cowhide rugs have been always found a home in several different design styles and are likely to be a piece you keep around forever. This style from Cost Plus World Market is $349.99 !! Each rug is unique, of course, so you will have a one of a kind skin for a fraction of the cost of several other suppliers.
If you are wanting to add a touch of acrylic and brass to your space on a budget, this folding tray from CB2 is chic and a steal at $149.
This chair is so sleek and has lovely silver details on the legs giving it an expensive look, but for $119 each you cannot beat the price. The neutral upholstery should make it work in many settings! IKEA for the win!
Until next time....
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