interior design trials, triumphs, and inspirations
FIRST CLIENT + ONE ROOM CHALLENGE
October 7, 2016
Hello out there! This is my first entry into the blog and to say I am feeling vulnerable is an understatement. But I am pushing forward into the world that I LOVE...Interior design. My little family has recently moved into a new home and I have had my hands full of design, decor and sheer DELIGHT! We went from a charming 1400 sq ft ranch to a stately 2500 sq ft craftsman new build. We were able to assist in selecting our finishes so that our home reflected our style, and it was love at first sight. The first month flew bye and it felt like an interior design whirlwind. I have basically completed the main areas and we are slowly working on some signature details and diy projects. To help combat the anxiety I have to finish our space, I leaped at the opportunity to help a friend design her home school classroom.
This is my first time designing for a client and it just so happened at the same time as the iconic Calling it Home, One Room Challenge. So if I am diving in, it might as well be into the deep end...off the high dive! Hopefully over the course of this challenge, someone out there will find joy in the little space I help create. After all, as Albert Hadley said, "Decoration is really about creating a quality of life, and a beauty in that life that nourishes the soul, that makes life beautiful."
Without further ado, here are the before pictures of the space I will be decorating. DISCLAIMER! The current classroom in no way reflects the home of my wonderful friend. She and her husband have single handily transformed a run-down foreclosure into a fresh, family-friendly oasis. As the renovations and additions took place, the classroom rotated until it found a home in the newly added basement. So here we go...
Exposed duct work, brick walls and reused/reclaimed furniture. This concept would be GREAT for an up and coming restaurant but it might not be the most inviting work space for sweet little minds. My client specifically asked for, "bright colors, warm inviting space, comfy reading area for many, baby-prof work stations for the students, new teachers area, cute storage, and a way to display work on the walls." CHECK!
My challenge is set, and the inspiration has been pouring out to me via Pinterest. This update will be brought to you by the letter, "C"; child-friendly, charming, chinoiserie inspired CLASSROOM! Here is my current inspiration board (it has changed three times already...)
Pagoda-esque canopy, ikat reading area, ombre bookshelf, greek key rugs and geometric curtains...PLUS, the most adorable pair of children's chairs. Let the fun begin! Thank you for reading and PLEASE COME BACK! Here is a link to all the other daring souls, tackling the challenge,