The Times had another article in their "On the Cheap" series in today's paper. This one featured a man in his late 20's moving into his first apartment with no roommates. The design services were free but the client had about $8000 to spend on furnishings and minor construction. This sounds like a lot, but you'd be surprised how fast that money can go.
The designers made some really good choices, investing in a large colorful area rug, a few mid century pieces from an antique store and a great piece of custom art (not bad for $350). I would have liked to see a little less Ikea for the staple furnishings (sofa, dining room) but it is inexpensive and immediate, which were also important. You can read all about the makeover here--including a story about the vase on the end table that's more colorful than the vase itself.
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.