Natalie and I recently met with a new client for an "idea visit" Our client had bid on a gift certificate we donated to a community fund-raising event and had won us! Our client has a house full of furniture and, what began as a question about the best sized sofa for her living room, very shortly became an exercise in what could be moved and changed out to offer her more sofa space and a better quality of light in the room.
Yes, Nat and I are talented in the areas of spatial relationships and applied color theory, but even more important, we are both gifted with visual imagination. We show up at our client's home or office with "fresh eyes" and a desire to make their living/working space comfortable, functional, and beautiful!
With this new client we began, as always, by asking her loads of questions:
- What is your goal for this space?
- Does your "club" group meet here?
- How many people would you like to entertain in this space at one time?
- What time of day are you and your family most often in this room?
- Does your family watch TV in here? Enjoy a fire in the fireplace? Play card games? Read quietly? Listen to music?
- May we move furniture/ art to other rooms?
Our client's goals for her living room: seating for at least six people in comfy furniture for family get-togethers. Her current living room seating consisted of a very small love seat, two large upholstered chairs, and a couple of tiny child-sized wooden chairs - more used for display purposes than for seating. Enough seating for only three to four people. A large armoire blocked off a part of the sofa wall, keeping a desired larger sofa from fitting in the room.
On further questioning, we discovered that that armoire was not serving a needed function (not being used as an entry way coat closet, for example), but was currently being used for assorted storage. Furthermore, it wasn't even functional as a storage unit, as a large chair sat so close to it that there was no way to easily open the doors. We looked around the client's home and suggested two other possible areas the armoire could fit. With that one suggestion we also solved the client's problem of lack of kitchen storage space. She was tickled pink!
Once the armoire is out of the living room, our client will now have space for the larger sofa she desires. With a change to very thin white sheer curtains our client will have a lovely light-filled room. With a suggested new location for some other pieces of living room furniture she will enjoy an open, easy-on-the-eye floor plan. "Fresh eyes" to the rescue!
A décor quote from one of my design heroes:
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
Click here to see some of William Morris's wallpaper, fabric, and rug designs. Gorgeous!
Call Deborah and Nat at 314-544-2555 for an "Idea Visit" and for all of your Interior Decor needs!