Way back in September, I blogged about doing some pro bono (ish) design work for my friends Nate and Aurelio (you can go back to read about the inspiration for the design here). I’m happy to announce that a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today in celebration of the completion of the project. Of course, it wouldn’t be entirely complete without my blogging about the process. Grab yourself a snack and find a comfortable chair because I’ve got tons of before and afters to share.
Please excuse the poor phone picture quality befores as well as any not-so-kind criticisms. They asked for my help for a reason, right?
Note the dark wallcovering that creates a cavernous entry.
Note the white walls, saggy futon, feminine drapes, pillows and artwork, and more tables than anyone could possibly need.
Dining Room Before:
Note again the dark wallcovering and just large amounts of stuff.
Of course there was also a lot of good stuff to be found. I had the foresight to take some pictures of items that stood out to me.
I knew this console table would make a good grounding piece for the entry way.
The carved detail on these nesting tables definitely made my socks go up and down.
A pair of leather-look side chairs intrigued me as well as an oddly placed stack of gentleman’s hats.
I proposed to Nate and Aurelio a more masculine feeling interior using the majority of their existing furniture with an emphasis on neutral colors. I put together this mood board to help visualize my idea.
The hard part was going to be implementing my idea on Nate and Aurelio’s budget. Over the course of the next several months, we removed wallcovering, painted (Sherwin Williams Relaxed Khaki), cleared out and purchased furniture, and hung drapes and art.
Enough already. Here are your Afters.
Paint & Supplies – $136
Mid Century Modern Sofa – $235
IKEA Minut Wall Lamps – $20 ea.
Plaid Pillows – $11 ea.
IKEA Vilmie Figur Cushions – $13 ea.
Faux Fur Pillows – $50
Rugs – $55
IKEA Ritva Drapes & Hardware – $40 ea. window
Wall Art – $25
Lamp Shades – $15 ea.
Total: just about $700.
If you ask me, the best money was spent on paint and drapes.
It’s amazing what you can do with your own stuff and a few extra bucks, huh?