Sunday, December 23, 2012

Residential Design - Job #1

HGTV makes design look easy!  Well, it's not, but it is so rewarding in the end!  I had the pleasure of being the designer on an independent home design project.  I got this contact from our mortgage broker.  She called me and said, "I've never had a designer to refer to someone, but I have a client who has been in his house for 2 months and is ready for it to feel like a home." That was the beginning of my first independent professional journey into the industry of interior design.  

My client is an older gentleman who is single and lives in South Chandler in a 4 bedroom home.  While he has a full time job in the south west valley, he wanted a home he could come to at the end of the day and feel warm, welcome, and comforting.  He needed help hanging artwork and accessorizing, but through our visit, it turned into painting, back splashes, draperies and more.  

I had recently met, through our house search, Mark and Debbie Barber with Barber Contracting, LLC.  They had come to a house my husband and I were looking at to give us an estimate on remodeling a "fixer-upper."  As I walked through my client's house, I immediately thought of them and got them on board.  Here are pictures of the final product. 

In this photo, you'll see the window treatments we added by the dining area table to match the rest of the shutters in the house.  We also added cellular blinds so we didn't have to block the beautiful backyard view. We also added the bamboo roller shades on the patio doors, the pot rack, bar stools, and a little paint accent.

This photo is to the left of the last photo.  I designed this tile install as the Barbers worked so hard to make it just right.  

Here's a close up on the tile back splash I also helped with the design.  I've always wondered why back splash is so hard for designers to do on Next Design Star, now I know.  Cutting, spacing, drying, grout, it just takes way too long.  But this design looks great! It only took 4 Home Depots to get the right tile patterns in the quantities I needed.

This room was given a paint treatment and a chair rail.  Once the artwork was hung and small furniture put in place, it really felt complete, warm and inviting in here.

This space didn't have much in it before, so we decided to make it a nice rest area with a paint accent, console table and greenery.  The accessories are from the owner to help give it a personal touch.

Before, this window only had sheers.  I found a great contact, Cindy Bluth, who sews custom draperies. I'm really glad to have met her.  I know I'll be using her in the future as well.  She also pointed me to my new favorite fabric store, Home Fabrics on Stapley south of the US-60.

This master bath was lacking rugs and needed new window treatments that had more of a masculine touch. The previous drapes were fluffy, flowery, and huge dust collectors.  We replaced them with these bamboo roller shades, inside mounted which really performs well in places susceptible to moisture.

Thanks for checking in and viewing the final product!  I hope you saw something you liked.  

Many thanks to:
Barber Contracting
Rebecca Rodgers with I-Mortgage
Stefanie Cross with Visionary Properties for putting me in contact with the above mentioned people!
Cindy Bluth with Primrose Design Shop
Home Depot
Lina's Home Furnishings
Home Goods
Home Fabrics
and finally my husband for watching the kids on the late nights and Saturdays!

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