I added two new room settings that I did for the day job to the Retail Projects section of my portfolio. You may notice as you click through that one room looks familiar. I moved a living room setting from a larger to a smaller space. For those of you planning to move (or who have recently moved), this will give you some ideas about repurposing your existing pieces. For instance, the artwork over the sofa used to be above the bed. It's important to rethink your items as your needs and lifestyle changes. I'll go through both new settings more thoroughly in upcoming entries to give you insight into the design rationale I used to complete the projects.
I read an interesting article today in the NY Times Home section about a young couple who moved into a new apartment together and were trying to merge their furniture, along with their lives. They made the same mistakes that most people make when trying to figure out how to work with their space. What I took away from the article, and what I wanted to pass on to you, were these points:
1. You don't need to have everything out all the time. Do you wear your whole closet at once? No. Rotate your accessories the same way you do your wardrobe.
2. Mix your materials. I know, I harp on that a lot but it really makes such a huge difference in the overall feel.
3. Invest in a quality sofa. You can skimp on a lot of things, but a sofa should not be one of them.
4. Sometimes you need to bring in a professional. A truly objective party, with the right expertise, is also a good investment since it can help you avoid some costly mistakes.
5. Antlers as decor are so five minutes ago.
Well, Monday was the big day. I moved into the new apartment. And by moved into, I mean all of my belongings are in the new space--not that too many of them are put away. There are several good sites online that have helpful moving lists--Apartment Therapy is one example. Here are a few things I learned along the way.
I saw these pictures in the November issue of House Beautiful and they really struck a chord with me. I think it was the combination of elements that I like so much. First off, the green/red complimentary color scheme (which I have in my own apartment) is terrific. The bright apple green gives so much life. Second, that Jacobean floral fabric is fantastic. It's the type of thing that can only be used in small doses or it will completely overwhelm a space. Third, those glasses! They have sort of an animal print feel to them and it just adds a lot of warmth. Lastly, the table is such a great blend with Phyfe inspired pedestal legs but a Mid Century modern teak color finish.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.