“Hello, welcome to our home!” is the kind of relaxed, self-assured greeting that is always wonderful when visiting a new friend’s house.
For their interior designer, it’s the ultimate compliment.
It means that we have truly accomplished our primary job—which is to fully reflect our clients taste and style through the design in the manner that they have chosen.
That’s the feeling that we get now as we enter Sandra and Greg’s home.
She had no idea, at first, what I was suggesting.
“Really,” I said, “you dress stylishly, you are up on all the latest trends, but your living room reflects none of that. In fact, if I didn’t know any better, I’d assume that an 80 year old lives here!”
“Just look at those DOILIES” I remarked. They were everywhere in that room.
There once was a little ranch-style home that had no personality.
Wait. Scratch that. It had the wrong personality. It didn’t match the owners at all!
They were newly married: it was his bachelor pad. It really may have expressed somebody’s design credo at one time. Maybe not.
So I’m up on a ladder, paintbrush full of gold paint, ready to paint the coffered ceiling gold and it’s 2:00 am. How did we get ourselves into this crazy spot, you ask?
Some backstory: Amy was doing design work for Extreme Makeover: Home edition and reported to Ty Pennington on the details of the master bedroom on a build in Voluntown, CT. It was well-known that every design, sketch, idea came from Amy that year. Ty was way too busy…One conversation went like this— Read More
Ingrid and Matt had worked with us before; I had helped them re-work their family room a few years ago. This room, however, was just something that seemed sad and forgotten. Maybe even since 1986 or so…
Because the ceiling was under 8 feet, the windows’ high placement, and the dark wainscot, it felt like we were down in a well in that room. Ingrid wanted a room for entertaining and meetings, and to give a more “finished” feeling to the home.
The one BIG problem, as I saw it, was that horrid window seat!