SAME SPACE + WHITE SOFA + FIVE DIFFERENT CLIENTS = FIVE DIFFERENT DESIGNS
Your home tells your story. How do we ensure that you get the home that fits your life and style best? We ask lots of questions, and then have an open line of communication with you. There is no limit on emails, or revisions, because we going to ensure that you are 100% in love with your home, and we do that by getting to know you, and incorporating the pieces you love, sourcing what you need, and pulling it all together in the way that works best for you.
Below we have taken some of our real life clients (names changed), and created design boards for the same space, each starting with a white sofa that the client owned previously. The end results vary drastically, as you will see. This illustrates how each clients needs and style are considered, and how we work to ensure you love the results!
Client Profile 1: Jess
“ Hi, I’m Jess. I’m a California native, have grown up outdoors and surfing in the ocean. I’m a yoga instructor who sometimes teaches from home, and my place is the unofficial drop-in centre for my friends on weekends and at night. I’ve just moved into a great place and need some help with the living room. I love the light and space, and want to keep that open feeling. I like simplicity. I’ve just gotten a new pup, Peaches, so no rugs and the upholstery needs to be sturdy for her! I like relaxed entertaining, and since the dining room will become a part-time yoga studio, my living room needs to have a small spot to have meals or work on my computer. I also need some sort of window treatment that will offer some privacy for my clients, but still let in lots of light. I love the ocean, and the color blue, and would like my home to reflect that, but still feel modern and playful.”
The 10 Rooms Design: Zen Coastal
A low, slouchy sofa provides that Cali cool that Jess wants, and leaves plenty of space for her friends and new puppy to lounge. A pair of modern stools in a fabulous sky blue and airy white bar table set the tone for the room and provide a small eating/working space tucked into the living room.
On the windows subtle ombre blues on natural loose woven linen creates a flowing backdrop of filtered light, and can be easily pulled back if Jess wants to let a little more sunshine in.
A low storage unit in the dining are provides storage for Jess’s yoga equipment and her extensive record collection. A neon light radiates youthful positivity into the space, reflecting the restful vibe we created here.
Client Profile 2: Sarah
“I’m Sarah, a gardener who has chosen to live out in the desert! I love to make things with my hands, and paint, sculpt, weave etc.. in my free time. I have storage for all that, but would like a place to hang my giant brass mobile and place a small easel, yarn basket, whatever I’m currently working on. I tend to bring home broken furniture and try to fix it, my home is just too rustic. I need someone to help me dress it up a little, without losing the artsy feel.
I have older kids, and they have a tv space of their own, and my husband has a den, so this is really a spot for me to relax and create in. I need surfaces for my hoardes of plants, and spots for my friends to relax when they are over. I love the sun, so no window treatments. I really like all-white spaces, and maybe a little natural leather. I’d like one-of-a-kind pieces, something no one else has!”
The 10 Rooms Design: Boho Modern
Sarah loves a quirky piece, and so we are starting off with a very simple sofa in natural linen upholstery as a base. Two vintage camel leather chairs that she recently purchased will fill out the seating area and the arrangement is set up for easy conversation. An inlaid coffee table and side table layer in soft pattern and color, without overwhelming Sarah, and provide a place for her projects to rest. Some metallic leather pouffes offer comfort when Sarah is sitting for extended periods working on a craft.
Her brass mobile shines in a corner of the room, and a fantastic vintage cacti lamp offers a sculptural element and plenty of light in the evenings. As promised, plants filling the nooks and crannies of the room. A braided rug in off-white wool add a layer of comfort for bare feet, this is space to kick off your shoes in!
Client Profile 3: Eva
“Hello, my name is Eva. I’ve just left a job that required months of travel at a time, and so lived out of hotel rooms for many years! I’ve opened a small consulting business, and will working from home, quite a change. My husband and I live in the city, and have amassed a huge amount of antiques which we are currently sorting through.
I need help to create a space where my favourite pieces can shine. Right now I feel like my living room is more of a storage area than relaxing space. We entertain frequently, especially in the evenings for dinner, and will use this space for drinks and conversation. I also need a desk area in the adjacent dining room, preferable under the window. We have to incorporate an antique french settee, as it is a family heirloom, and a number of small oil paintings. I would like our home to feel luxurious and elegant, not at all trendy.”
10 Rooms Design: Sophisticated Collector
Eva’s smaller pieces offered a treasure trove of beautiful design. To balance all the interest, we started with a curvy velvet sofa in a beautiful warm grey. This shape and scale offer a corner piece, which can be placed opposite the vintage french settee. An antique rug that pulls in soft grey, plum, rose and gold tones sets the palette. To round out the grouping a pair of bold modern chairs, upholstered in the deepest almost-black eggplant leather were added.
A black lion inspired stool and gold and black table punctuate the softer palette of the space, adding drama and interest. Eva’s favourite vintage brass coffee table sparkles front and centre. A unique floral brass tole floor lamp functions as art here, as does the glass deco chandelier. These will be magic in the evening, light glimmering from the brass against the rich greys and purples.
Eva shipped home the marble and iron table from Paris, and so we used that as her desk with a playful brass and fur chair tucked in under. Tall silk draperies frame the generous windows and add an element of luxe. There is room along the walls of this sophisticated space for Eva and her husband to hang the many small, vintage oil paintings they have collected over time.
Client Profile 4: Mila
“My Name is Mila and I am looking for help to pull together my new home. I am a city girl, and my boyfriend and I are both very busy with our careers, so am looking for a pulled-together place where we can have friends over for drinks, etc. Our favourite time of day is cocktail hour! I like black and white (no color please!) but don’t want the room to feel cold. I like marble and gold, and my boyfriends shoots black and white photography. I want to be able to pull the curtains but really like the light in my new home so don’t want to restrict the light. I tend to like more formal seating but still want my home to feel young. We will be purchasing all new pieces except the sofa, but don’t want it to feel like a showroom.”
10 Rooms Design: City Chic
Mila’s sofa set the tone for a few mid-century accents, but we brought in some fabulous black wood framed armchairs that keep the black and white palette interesting, and the woven upholstery on the seats are very textural. A low, large sold marble coffee table offers a generous surface for drinks and food while Mila entertains in the evening, and can display her Grandfather’s chess set during the day, a small concession to the no color rule!
Low sleek ebony stools are hand carved but clean-lined, and the stone-inlaid top of the cafe table is balanced out by the bras tulip base. A classic mid-century brass floor lamp again re-iterates the slight curve and warmth. Mila and her boyfriend can rotate his photography freely along the walls, which are completely open. White curtains that break softly on the floors layer in an element of warmth, without visual distraction.
A clean, tailored black and white space where the materials and form offer a welcoming, warm atmosphere.
Client Profile 5: Aly
“Hi I’m Aly and I need your help! Since having kids my home has morphed into a mis-matched, toy-filled jumble. We want our home to feel pulled together but need it to work for our young family, which means it needs to be durable and easy to clean. I like bright happy colors and pattern – I collect vintage quilts and have textiles from all our pre-child travels! We just don’t want it to be cluttered, feel too childish. We like things that have a story, have a patina. We just ordered white slipcovers for our existing sofas – am I crazy? I would like curtains but privacy is not too big an issue, we are on the edge of town and have some space around us. Can you help us make this room feel friendly and relaxed?”
10 Rooms Design: Global Farmhouse
Aly’s choice of slipcovers for her sofas was perfect, even with such large pieces the room will be airy and they can be washed as often as needed. A sideboard offers a place for the tv to rest, where little hands will not reach, and there is plenty of toy storage here. We added solid teak side tables with beautiful forms, and a large low round (no corners to bump little heads on) teak and marble coffee table that the kiddies can use for playing and snacks. Three ottomans in a vibrant turquoise offer seating for the little ones around the coffee table, and fort-building supplies!
To bring in the color and pattern that Aly craves we added lush full linen block-printed panels on the windows. Long sofa pillows are custom made in a barkcloth Aly brought back from Hawaii years ago, and her Grandmother’s quilt tucks in over a sofa arm for chilly evenings. A vintage moroccan wool rug is durable and soft underfoot, but not too precious.
The unique metal tulip floor lamps offer a little whimsy to the space, the black brings depth to the palette, and references the black curtain rods.
Finally, we tucked a pair of small armchairs into the dining room for Aly, a space where she can relax, with a friend if she likes, and still see the kids.
Creating a relaxed and child-friendly space does not mean you have to sacrifice personal style!
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