Paris Room Before and After

Back in July I had a client contact me about helping her finish up a room in her apartment in Paris. Umm…. yes! 
Meaghan is living in Paris while her husband is stationed there with the military. The room was overwhelming to her because of the size. She really wanted a little bit more color and personality in the room. 

This is what we started with. Not too bad. The floors and fireplace are so beautiful. She already had most of the furniture and she wanted to keep her curtains if we could. So I came up with a plan that would add some color to this already beautiful room. 
Here is the design board. 
Working across the world proved to be rather difficult. Meaghan was a dream client to work with but the time differences made communication take longer. We also couldn’t get a lot of things shipped from the U.S. to Paris. But we worked together to get the room together. 
Here it is now!

We went through many different rug options but ultimately decided on FLOR tiles. These were perfect for shipping overseas. Plus my client loves them. This rug really was the key in getting the room anchored. 
We were going to go with a tufted West Elm settee but my client was walking through Paris and saw this one in a shop window! It’s beautiful and it was great we didn’t have to worry about shipping it. The pillows are from Z Gallerie
My client had two Louis style chairs that she wanted to recover. We chose this vibrant red fabric. 
This project was one of the highlights of my business so far. To know that I could help someone so far away from me in Paris finish a space that she now loves is really amazing to me. It’s also fun that we didn’t have to add too much to this room or spend too much money to really turn it around and make it feel more homey for my client. 

57 Responses to Paris Room Before and After

  1. Simply LKJ Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    What a beautiful room! Kudos to both of you for pulling it off long distance.

  2. Towards the Horzon Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    That apartment is gorgeous! I love those chairs. I’m on the hunt for two right now..

  3. Laurie Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    C'est Bon! Love the room and how fun to work across the ocean.

  4. lizziefitz Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Now you need to go visit! Just to fluff the pillows, business's trip?

  5. design elements Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    gorgeous, especially the chairs! Happy Wednesday

  6. Katy Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    My husband's in the military…how can *we* get a station to Paris??? We do have friends in the Army that are going to Italy. What an adventure. Love the room, especially the floor tiles, that's a great idea.

  7. Kim @ keller-creative Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    That is so cool! Now you just need to schedule a trip to go see it in person 🙂

  8. Jenny @ Simcoe Street Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I love it! Looks great 🙂

  9. Laurel-Dawn McBurney Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    What a beautiful transformation! That tufted settee is gorgeous, and I love the chairs covered in ikat. Great job Kirsten, thanks for sharing!

    abodelove.com

  10. Kristy @ I Design Love Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Such a lovely apartment! I am in love with the upholstered chairs in the Ikat!

    http://www.idesignlove.com

  11. StagerLinda Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Congratulations! You did such a beautiful job and all REMOTELY! It is gorgeous.

  12. Leslie Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    It looks amazing Kirsten! You truly did a lovely job, as usual. 🙂

  13. emily@boxwoodclippings.com Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Kirsten, a Paris apartment..wow! The space is bold and beautiful..well done girly!

  14. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Incredible! You did such an amazing job for being so far away. That sette is perfect, and those flor tiles are amazing. LOVE!

  15. Nicole Rene Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Gosh it's beautiful!!!!!!!

  16. Chic Coles Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    This is amazing! I love the flor tiles and that she found the sofa in a window!

  17. Amy Collins {Fresh and Fancy} Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    This room turned out so beautiful! The fire place is so cool – and I LOVE the recovered chairs – that fabric is great! You did a great job!

  18. A Lived in Home Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Wow! What a stunning space! That is an exciting venture!

  19. pam Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    beautiful kirsten! pam

  20. Jen-CraftOManiac Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    GORG. GREAT JOB! winks, jen

  21. Erin Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    I love it!
    Would it be possible to see more pictures behind the sofa and the shelves all the fireplace wall. I would love to see how they were accessorized!

    ~Erin

  22. Taryn Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    look fantastic! i love those flor tiles – but i don't see them on their site. do they not carry that color anymore?

    • I'm Busy Procrastinating Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      I am wondering the same thing. I don't see that particular stripe pattern on the FLOR site (in any color).

  23. Joy Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    You did a fantastic job. Love the floor tiles! Very creative.

  24. Holly Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I love it Kirsten and the FLOR tiles really do ground the space. I also love that the pillows and new fabric on the chairs brighten up the space as well. Great work and so rewarding!

  25. Amy@eatsleepdecorate Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Love it! What a fun project to accomplish in another country!

  26. Tiffanie BV Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Kirsten, That room is amazing. Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Jill Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    I LOVE it! Where is the rug from?

  28. Amanda Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    ohh lala! So chic and how fun for you to be able to add that to your resume!

  29. jamie @ [kreyv] Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    I love it!

  30. Jenna at Homeslice Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    what a beautiful space! I love the setee, the fireplace, and the shelving in the dining room… great job!

  31. Marissa Waddell Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    Oh my goodness. I can't even imagine having an apartment with such beautiful bones. THE WINDOWS! THE FLOORS! THE FIREPLACE! The sofa works perfectly, and I love the FLOR tiles. Stripes are an unexpected choice, but I love it.

  32. ourcornerhouse Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    This room is absolute perfection!

  33. Lisa Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    You should be very proud! I love the fabric you picked for the chairs-such a nice pop of colour. Loved it all.

  34. Jessie Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    The apartment looks beautiful. I love the Flor tiles, the settee and the new shelves. You did an amazing job, Kirsten!

    P/S: Come by and enter my current giveaway for a chance to win an Amazon gift card, if you like. Don't delay, entries are low. 🙂

    Jessie
    http://www.mixandchic.com

  35. Andrea Johnson Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    Wow, working with someone living in Paris is amazing! The floors are to die for! You did a great job pulling everything together.

    Andrea

  36. PURA VIDA Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    How lucky to have such a talented and generous friend

  37. redesigningsarah.com Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    What a beautiful space! I am drooling over the floor and am also keen to check out the FLOR tiles. Congrats on a great space!

  38. Annie @ House on Rene Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    Um adorable!!! What a lucky gal to have your help. Congrats on going international!

  39. LisaMende Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    you did a great job! The look is perfect!

  40. Valerie@DesignCaller Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    So impressed with the play of LIGHT with the rooms and elements…memorable and sweet.
    🙂
    vALERIE

  41. Angela Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    What a great transformation! It's beautiful. Well done.

  42. Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File Friday, February 24, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    Wow!!! I love it all… especially the red chairs!

  43. Dear Lillie Friday, February 24, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    GORGEOUS!!!!

  44. Shoppe Girls Friday, February 24, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Just divine.
    I have just discovered your blog and look forward to reading often.
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  45. Nancy Friday, February 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Fantastic redo! Very cozy and wonderful choices!
    Nancy
    http://www.powellbrower.com/2012/02/trend-or-timeless.html

  46. annie Friday, February 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Wow, it really is beautiful and quite amazing that you could do it long distance. It actually looks like a page in the FLOR catalog, which to most of us is like a magazine. The rug is beautiful and really ties it all together. Wouldn't you love to just stop by and touch everything?
    annie

  47. Monica Friday, February 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I love the mix of pattern and color in this space. Great way to pull in color with out making it look too busy. I am in LOVE with the tufted couch, such a Parisian perfect piece.

  48. classic • casual • home Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    This is so great. We lived in Paris and had floors and moldings like that. Nice job mixing old world and new.

  49. Sea Green Natural Monday, February 27, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    I loved the changes. Very nice!

  50. Katie Monday, February 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    wow – this is seriously beautiful! just the right mix of classic, funky and practical. love, love, love it!!

  51. Kat Marie Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    loved what you did! amazing results!!bisous

    http://kat-maries.blogspot.com/

  52. Jill Balli Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    who did your chairs, the recent ones posted. I have two exactely like that and
    need to redo them. Hope you will be feeling better soon. The little ones
    and all worth it, as you know.
    Thanks Jill
    bjballi@gmail.com

  53. pinkertonjamesl Friday, March 2, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Some extra ordinary sofa set and chairs collections at home locations wise.It look stylist.This type of chair patters are so famous.

    Promosyon

  54. Christina Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    You did a fantastic job!

  55. Paragon Installers Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Nice design..looks compact and well organized.

    Window and Door Designs

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