RE - S T Y L E - FATHER'S DAY EDITION
Today, in the spirit of Father's day coming up, I am revealing a couple of mood boards I worked on for an e-design client (a dad). I am also giving some important furniture placement tips below. Before I go any further let me explain what on God’s green earth is “E-DESIGN” and why I like to call it RE-Styling.
E-design refers to “Online Interior Design Services and Consultation.” This service allows no geographical boundaries, as well as, an opportunity to offer a quick and budget-friendly design service to clients, willing to take their own measurements, pictures of each space and looking to implement the mapped out professional design at their own pace. All communication is done via web to provide comprehensive information such as: a completed lifestyle questionnaire, floorplan(s), concept board(s) and shopping list for each room to be decorated.
I refer to it as re-styling because I am recreating the space(s) with stylish, functional yet, fun upgrades. We are not knocking down walls—which means no structural changes. These kinds of projects require me to be down-on-the-ground to work on this. Now, not to debunk all e-designers who take this kind of e-project on, because you could do that if you (designer) are working with a contractor and/or architect in that project location. At least this would be the only way I would take on an e-project like that.
What I love most about being able to offer this service is that it allows me to work with my client, for instance, who resides in Houston, Texas while I am based in Lyon, France. The ones that put their trust in me to do what I love while creating functional, yet comfortable spaces for them. With that said, at the moment, I offer this service through word-of-mouth. Due to the amount of time and work that goes into an e-design client, I can only take on a few projects at a time. Which is why I can also share similar concept with you guys! And now, without more ado, here is my re-style project post!
The furniture was laid out in the open space to create two zones. The idea was to use area rugs to identify the living room and dining room. This is a creative way to separate spaces when walls are not used to indicate the use of a room. Notice how the dining room table, 3ft away from the wall, allows to pull out the chair without problem. In addition, you want to have the area rug extend at least 24" on all sides of the dining table so the chair does not get cought on the rug when pulling in/out of the chair. Moreover, in the living room, good circulation is kept with 18-24" between seats. As far as the coffee table, it shouldn't be further than 12-18" from sofa, best distance to reach for or put down a drink.
THE CONCEPT-THE GENTLEMEN'S LOUNGE
A Houston father/bachelor looking to have his newly purchased townhome restyled with some grown-up vibes for the family of three. I wanted to create a living room which would reflect the client’s stylish yet fun character which allows for entertaining, while still cozy enough for the family to snuggle up on the couch for a movie night. The jumping off point was his interest in a blue sectional sofa! A task that was fun right out of the box! So I hit the ground running to make it a chic deep, velvet blue sectional which offers ample seating—complementing it with light brown leather seating, as well as layering texture by using a Moroccan beni ouran rug, accent pillows and a wood console table for some added interest. The electrical wall-mounted fireplace, still adds that sense of warmth and sophistication when entertaining or even to enjoy the cozy winter with the family. I chose a round coffee table to add better circulation around the conversational seating arrangement. Topping off the design with a custom art piece made especially for our client.
SHOP THE LOOK
THE CONCEPT - DINING IN STYLE
As you can see the dining room is open to the living room, so I continued the concept using the same contemporary style in the dining table and bar cart. However, so the design wouldn’t get too formal, I selected a textured indoor/outdoor dining chair that lends itself to breakfast or dinner seating. I used a different pattern in the Moroccan beni ouran rug which also added texture to the space. By adding an antique inspired chandelier, it really helped bring the room together, while creating a literal topping to the room.