One of my latest projects has been to restyle and update a home in which my client has lived 50 years. In that time, she had accumulated many unrelated items that ultimately cluttered the three main public spaces — the entry, dining room and living room — and sadly distracted from her gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian teak furniture. The collection of Asian objets d’art was also lost in the seemingly endless messiness.
|BEFORE: The Entry|
|AFTER: The Entry|
After many years of unsuccessfully trying to tackle this colossal project on her own, she called me for HELP!
The first stage of this restyling job was to eliminate the clutter — and keep preservation and restoration of the high-quality, usable pieces in mind. As an interior designer, I looked at everything with a keen and judicious eye.
|BEFORE: The Dining Room|
|AFTER: The Dining Room|
We cleared out what was not needed and, at the same time, we kept and respected what was good. The key? Using these elements wisely and creatively so they made the three areas appropriately serene and elegant.
|BEFORE: The Living Room|
|AFTER: The Living Room|
All 11 pieces of the beautiful mid-century furniture were fully restored and re-upholstered to their original beauty. The walls were painted and given a new luster, using a palette of creams, teal and greens that further enhanced the new sophisticated look. New flooring, carpet and tile were installed throughout the three living spaces as well and delivered a sense of fresh beauty and energy to the home. I introduced modern lighting, too, to update the space and illuminate the newly arranged accessories the client has owned for years.
Likewise, the living and dining rooms were cleared of their unorderly state. Again, we salvaged the teak furniture and the piano and had them re-upholstered and refinished. I also repositioned the artwork and fashioned new draperies and shades for the living room to complete its much-need transformation.
|The dressmaker's detailed drapery treatment added elegance.|
Overall, 50 years of clutter were thankfully removed, reused, restyled and restored! To the client’s delight, I was able to usher in a new era of upscale yet easy glamour. Now the rooms have a new life and my client has as well!
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