Design by Julie is a full-service lifestyle decorating firm. We love the idea of turning a house into a home...not the most expensive...not the trendiest...not impractical...but a home that is cozy, functional and a reflection of YOUR LIFESTYLE!
Your house is your home, but your bedroom is your refuge. This client wanted their bedroom to be just that - a place to relax, read, and have a peaceful night's rest. The changes I made include changing the paint to a lighter shade as well as adding the color to the tray ceiling for more depth. I added a romantic chandelier, a bench at the end of the bed, chairs in the sitting area rather than the couch that was there and adding a few more pillows to the mix. It turned out beautifully! As you can see, decorating doesn't have to be super expensive.
This client needed to sell her home - quick! The house was nice but lacked the impact needed for a quick sale. Her realtor suggested she hire a professional...that would be me! As you can see, the proportions of this room were tricky. It was long and narrow with the fireplace at the far end. To overcome the "bowling alley" effect, I decided to divide the room into two separate sitting spaces. One at the end so you could cozy up to the fire and one at the front with the piano for a nice place to chat with guests. Believe it or not, all we added was the light fixture, 2 new rugs, pillows, some accessories and painted the ceiling to create more depth. We spent less than $3000 to take this home from "nice" to "WOW!". NOTE: The additional furniture came from other rooms in the house. Enjoy! Julie
This past summer I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful lady who was ready to make her town-home a real home. Her one condition: give me happy! So I did.
Her living room was rectangular and awkward with a fireplace sitting catty corner to the front door. As a result, her furniture was stretched out across the room with furniture backs being the first thing guests saw when they walked in. And although she had plenty of furniture to fill the room, there was actually too much furniture and it was all mismatched.
The first step was to move out the unnecessary furniture and recover what was left with coordinating fabrics. I chose a neutral linen for her chocolate velvet couch and put a brighter, happier stripe on her two stuffed chairs.
Next, I divided the room. I used two-thirds of it as her living/television area and opened it up to guests by setting the furniture perpendicular to the front entry. I made the area by the fireplace into a reading area with a chair and ottoman, side table and a recovered formal chair.
The second step was to replace the lighting. The ceiling fan was a standard builder fan with no charm. I replaced it with a fan that had palm fronds as the blades to give the room a tropical, warm vibe.
Last, but not least, was new pillows! I chose fun, happy fabrics in lime green and coral to tie the room together for a more cohesive look and that was it! I was able to use my client's existing rug, accessories, pictures and furniture for the rest. How easy (and happy) was that?