In the past few months I’ve started taking on some e-design clients and a few local, in-home clients, too. It’s a big reason why I’ve recently closed my Etsy shop and stopped freelancing for Houzz. I’ve really wanted to pursue helping others with their homes and it has been so fun connecting with other people and spaces. If you are interested in an e-design consult, here’s a peek into a real life example I recently finished and what you can expect.
Ashley wanted my help with three spaces in their home. Ashley and her husband built their home a couple years ago and while it is beautiful, she needed help finishing those beautiful spaces off, including her music room which I’ll be sharing today.
First, I’ll collect photos, dimensions and your needs/wants. Ashley wanted to add in personality but wanted to keep the wall color, the piano, her newly reupholstered buffalo check chairs (love those!) and the big armoire that holds their music. Here’s what I came up with for this particular space:
Every design comes with a thorough explanation with links and suggestions that correlate to each number on the mood board. Here’s what I sent over:
1. While I don’t think it’s necessary to hang anything above the piano, we want to add some height there. Lowe’s has some great house plants I’d pick up and set atop your piano like this. (probably to the left side with a lamp—see #2 below—on the right).
2. This Lamp
(on sale!) for the right side of the piano adds height, interest and is functional.
4. For floor covering, I envision layered rugs in here. Start with a natural light jute in an 8×10 (found on sale here
5. With a faux cowhide
layered on top. I like this one in gray/ivory tones.
6. Putting this basket
right next to the piano or by the couch when you walk into the room will be an easy place to stash blankets or music, but also add a lot of texture and balance to the space.
7. These curtains
will be light and airy but will add a lot of elegance to the room. Go for the Winter White in 108” long. Hang them high (so they’re just brushing the floor) and wide. You may want to buy 4 panels for an extra luxe look.
8. This piano bench
is on sale and is a bonus piece that will go a long way in adding something special to the piano side of the room. Mixing up the seating will add some texture and color to that wall. Go with the Shelter Blue!
9. Big Art! This piece called “Missouri”
will tie in with your black and white chairs on the other side of the room. It’s an investment you’ll never regret. Go big here (54×40) to cover the width of most of the sofa beneath it. I’d love to see it framed in Minted’s natural wood frame for warmth. When it arrives, you really want to hang it so there’s only about 8-10 inches between the sofa and the bottom of the art.
10. West Elm’s 67.5” Rochester Sofa
would look dynamite in Ink Blue Performance Velvet. Since your chairs are leggy, having a sofa that’s grounded (with no legs showing) is a good balance to that. And the deep blue is sophisticated while the fabric is kid friendly. (For an even more budget friendly option, check out this 60” club sofa in navy
11, 12, 13. Your chair are rocking a great pattern, let’s bring some pattern to this side of the room. On your sofa, pillow #11
, and #13
14. This blanket
is on clearance (!!) and a very hot color this year. It can be tossed over the side of one of your chairs or in the basket. Throws add a cozy factor to every room and are an easy way to inject color and texture.
15. This room needs this floor lamp
. Every room needs some black and this would add a good punch of it in the corner (I’m thinking to the right of the sofa).
Ashley loved all of the suggestions and I can’t wait to see the finished space. If you have a space you’d like help with, my prices average about $375-$500/space (fluctuate with size and complexity of space) and I am mindful and able to work in any budget. For a custom quote, email your photos to julia@chrislovesjulia with subject line (Your name) MOOD BOARD and let’s get started! Spaces are limited.