Long story short- I have been super busy, and loving every minute of it!!
I have so much to report on... and will do so, slowly but surely. But, right now I 'll get you started with one of my summer projects that wrapped up in September.
My clients came to me feeling super UN-inspired by the kitchen they were living in. The kitchen is where we should want to spend a lot of time, the heart of the home--where everyone gathers during a casual dinner or even a formal event at times, right?
Well, here's our kitchen. What do think? Feel inspired to cook, entertain, or just simply hang out in this space? The budget wasn't huge, so our design and selections needed to make an impact. Everything needed to be well thought out to make sure the end result was exactly what the client was yearning for.
I wish I could share some more of the before pics, but my client is in them. I think she would shoot me! Everyone runs when I pull out the camera!!
*small, closed-in feeling
*not-so-attractive finishes (can you tell I'm trying not to be too harsh about the finish selections in here?)
*no wow factor
Basically, the client didn't like anything about it and she couldn't fathom the thought of living in this space.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do to this space and enlisted Debbie Burke of B&B Design/Build to help tackle this project.
Design a functional, open space combining the more modern likes of the "Mrs." with the more rustic likes of the "Mr". Let's face it...how many husbands and wives have the exact same style and taste?? When you have two people living in a space, both parties need to be considered. The mission is to design a space that everyone loves, both functionally and aesthetically!!
Our finished product-
Not overly feminine or masculine, right? We dealt with all of the pain points and added a few unexpected surprises. The island was designed to double as a kitchen table. You don't have everyone sitting in a row next to each other. This design allows for casual entertaining and dining as you can actually look at people and converse without having to turn your head so sharply. Not only does it function well, but no unexpected masseuse expenses to work out the painful crick in your neck!!!!
And hello incredible chandelier!! This took a little gentle nudging on my part, but finally, the client agreed to give it a shot and now I think it's one of their favorite aspects of the space.
Yes, I certainly enjoyed this project! I'm so passionate about finding out how someone imagines themselves living, and then turning that vision in their head into reality. I love my job!!!
Until the next post... (fingers-crossed that it won't be 6 months from now!)
A big thank you to Jen Dowell for her fabulous photography skills!!