Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Beauty of a Quick Consult

We recently checked in on one of our quick consult projects, we met with our client to see the changes in her new home and to have a little Q & A session with her about her experience. She is a busy, working mom and was struggling trying to prepare two homes, one to rent and the other to move into on top of her daily life. When we asked her why she chose to have a quick consult she said,
"I'm a very busy working mom…I did not have the time to deal with all the nitty-gritty things, even just picking out paint colors. A quick consult was perfect and was very affordable, working perfectly into my budget and my time schedule."
For this project, my client completed my questionnaire to help me know her style and what she wanted from her project. We helped her with space-planning her furniture, selecting paint colors for the rooms. In the living room we decided to remove a small pony wall by the front door and a full wall covering the stair well to create a visually larger open space and give more flexibiity for furniture arrangement. Check out the before and after pictures:

Before - Stairwell Wall
After - Stairwell Wall (don't worry a railing will be installed)
Before - Fireplace Wall
After - Fireplace wall
Soffit built up from the mantle to house wires and support for television.
Before - Pony Wall
After - No Pony Wall
Because the floors were refinished there was no scarring from the demo.
Before - Dining Room
After - Dining Room
The color throughout the house was a nice, warm neutral which really livened up the place from the darker brown that was on the walls before. For the bedrooms we decided to have fun, our client let her kids have "free reign" with our design approval of course. Here are some other after pictures:
One of the girls bedrooms
We went neutral for the boy's room because he will be adding
color with his Red Sox decor!
Here is the other girls room.
We had this paneling that really needed some pizzaz, so what better then
painting it with fun, bright colors!
Downstairs family room, we used the same neutral but accented
the wall above the fireplace to help it stand out.
 We asked our client if she felt she received value from our design services? She answered, "Absolutely. I have told everyone I know, "You have got to call her, she's awesome!" It makes the project so much easier and takes the pressure off of having to make so many decisions because you kind of hand-hold me through the whole process."

Our client was very happy with the results of our design and the experience of working with us; she said, "I never thought I'd use an interior designer but you will be surprised at how affordable an interior designer really can be and how much you get for your money for working with Susan."

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