“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”George A. Moore
This fall has been so unique for both my business and my personal life. For example, I now exclusively work from home, which means I spend more time fluffing pillows and doing laundry than I ever imagined I would just one year ago. On the business side, I complete more E-Design packages than ever before and genuinely enjoy creating lovely spaces from images and simple measurements that offer clients a beautiful space they can work on at their own pace.
Earlier last month, I was able to take on a virtual project that offered an exciting opportunity to design around a common obstacle found in older homes – eaves. The third-floor bedroom that I was tasked with virtually updating was structurally sound, requiring only a fresh coat of paint. Still, its owner wanted a complete overhaul of the furnishings to modernize this architecturally traditional room. Our major obstacle? In some areas, the eaves made the ceiling as low as 4-5ft, which significantly limited the options for which pieces could be included in the spacious room. A radiator also narrowed the space available on the broadest wall where the bed would live, so it was necessary to keep that in mind when selecting nightstands.
The bedroom measured approximately 12ft by 13ft, had only one window on the smaller side, and two tall doors that opened into each other. The owner is over 6’3,” which meant that I wanted to make the pieces in the room feel substantial while avoiding visually reducing the size of the room or creating clutter. Especially as this third floor has shorter ceilings than the rest of the home, 8ft instead of the 9ft or 10ft in some cases, it was essential to maximize the areas where the eaves jutted into the room.
3D Rendering – Space Plan
The owner loves Mid-century Modern and Scandinavian design elements and wanted to incorporate them into his space. It was also especially important that the bedroom retained a masculine vibe and provided plenty of storage as it had one modestly sized closet.
Inspiration Images: West Elm, Pinterest
I got to work armed with the before pictures and dimensions and began by determining how many layouts were possible in this room that also met his needs. The two floor plans below offered plenty of storage, but one allowed for a bench to be placed at the end of the bed, while the other a wide dresser. Ultimately, the choice would be the clients to make, but as always, I included 3D renderings and mood boards that helped him visualize the offered options.
The mood boards below let him see the possible color scheme and different rug, nightstand, and dresser or bench options that could transform his bedroom.
With all this information and a clear understanding of the cost, it was possible for him, and can be for any client, to make the desired changes at their own pace. I cannot wait to see the after images!
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