Sunday, October 24, 2010

Balancing Act

Today I'd like to share the living room of a client I have been working with.  They are a lovely young family who had moved to a new and larger home.  When I came into the project, the client already had furnishings in the rooms; either new or existing from their previous home.  We decided to tackle the living room, dining room and entry first.  Today I'd like to share a portion of the living room with you.

Here is a "before" picture of the living room as it appeared when I first visited.  Accessories and wall decor have since been added.  The items in the picture above I had just brought in when I realized I didn't have a "before" picture of this corner, so imagine them not there.

Everything looks very nice and the furniture is new.  There are two large openings {from the entry and also between the dining room} in this room, as well as two walls of windows.   Not a lot of solid wall to work with.  The client was not sure what to do in here, but knew she did not spend a lot of time in the room and wanted to change that. 

The pictures above show what I suggested to the client on the design board, as far as corner bookshelves and an accent chair for the wall across from the seating, as there was nothing on this side of the room.   It seemed a little "heavy" on one side due to the furniture and window treatments. 

Here are some "after" shots of this corner.  {I do need to get some shots of the room in its entirety}.

I added some accessories {below} and I'll be bringing over some of my "donate" books to fill some space for now.  The client will be looking to get some books to fill it with.

Here it is with the accent chair.  I chose a leggy chair so that it does not visually take up space, yet it does allow you to sit and be a part of the conversation area or find the book you are looking for on the bookshelves.

This custom piece was done fairly recently as you can see the shims are still in place and I set the shelves up when I arrived.  Some books and a few more accessories and this spot will be done.  I suggest leaving some space available for new books that come along or new accessories you want to add.  The client just loves it and has spent more time in this room just looking at the bookshelves than she did before they were even there! 

Sometimes people are intimidated by accessorizing.  I'm planning a future post where I will talk about accessorizing bookshelves, using these as an example.

Linking up with:

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Vignette Friday at Color Outside The Lines


LuLu Kellogg said...

I love the shelving. I can't wait to see more pics!


One Cheap B*tch said...

I wish I could shop for people as a living! Well done! Can't wait to see more before and afters!


Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Looks like it's going to be a beautiful, cozy room! Your new bookcases are perfect for that corner space. I love what you're doing with them!

xinex said...

Great job! I love accessorizing and you did it so beautifully....Christine

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kathy,
You really transformed the room with the shelves and accessories! They are lucky to have your wonderful sense of design and style.


Elizabeth @ Southern Comfort said...

Looks great so far! I can't wait to see the finished room.

Atticmag said...

Would be nice to have a wider view of the room after the bookcase was in the corner. Jane F.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Yes, Jane, as I mentioned "I need to get more shots of the room in its entirety". I will only take a few "afters" myself because I plan on having my pro come in and take some pictures once this project is complete. This way I only have to pay for it once and get everything shot. Thanks for visiting.

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Kathy,
Fabulous, girl!! Love your style!!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Me likey!!! can't wait to see more!!

Lou Cinda :)

Heather said...

Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog! Your latest room transformation for your client looks great!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Kathy...

Well my friend, your client's living room certainly is beautiful! I love the two sofas and the draperies as well! I think the corner shelves are such a great idea...they turned out beautifully! Ohhh..and I love that leggy chair as well! I'm sure that the room feels much more balanced now! Great eye, my friend! Thank you for sharing this beautiful room and great design tips with us!

I really enjoyed your visit today! Thanks so much for coming by and I really enjoyed your sweet note! Can't wait to see that new cloche!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Love the colors and the shelving is great. Can't wait to see your total finishing touches.

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