Following my theme for this month of past, present, and future, I decided to look back over the projects from the past year. I have often said that nothing tells the story of an interior design project quite like “before and after” photos. In thinking about one project that was completed during 2008 that was especially successful and rewarding, this traditionally inspired project came to mind. And as is appropriate for this time of year, this project started with a gift…the gift of a new home purchased for a new bride by her husband. And the clients’ wish, to quickly take this new space from house to home!
The catch in this situation was that both the bride and groom were widows with a life-time of collectibles and furnishings that had to be melded together in a new home that was not necessarily representative of either’s previous styles but needed to set the stage for their new life together.
So the best I can do is let you take a look for yourself. You will see that we decided to start with a fresh approach centered around a new art collection that the newlyweds would purchase as a couple. And where thier existing furniture pieces would work well, we would incorporate them. When not, it was an opportunity to hand down beloved pieces to their children. I think the result is refreshing but still has the sophistication of a home that was compiled over time. I would love to hear what you think!! (All “after” photos are the work of my talented friend, photographer Nancy Nolan!)
The Formal Living before.
And from an alternate angle.
And with a whole new look!!!
The staircase before…
And the Before of the Dining and Entry.
And after the transformation!!! Note the Fabulous New River Artisans Rug and coordinating stair runner!!
A detail shot of the redesigned dining room.
And an overall view.
The Family Room prior to the new design scheme.
And now looking handsome and cozy!
The Master sitting area after a new coat of paint…
And following the final details!
Master Bath prior to my involvement.
And after. I love this wallpaper!!
And here are a couple of bonus shots of the upstairs den. I did not have before shots, only a couple in progress…so here is the final product. This is such a great color palette, I hated not to share!