The Story of a Room: Final Details and a Sneak Peak

If you are just tuning in check out the intro to this series here.

We were so close to being done with the room now that we had “THE” fabric and a new sofa.  But finding the right rug was really proving to be a problem. I started sending my client lots and lots of different ideas. 

Here are just a few of the many ideas I sent over. 

My client wanted some subtle pattern but she kept finding herself drawn to natural fibers like jute and sisal. We finally decided on going with a Fallon rug with a shag on top of it. Something similar to this.

I thought at least this way we could get some pattern while keeping things textured and soft underfoot. 

 Here is a picture she sent me of the day she got the shag rug. 

After living with the shag rug for awhile she decided it just wasn’t the “one”.  I also agreed that we needed something different. 
We finally decided on this one which I blogged about here. We loved it. To this day it remains one of my favorite rugs. 

Another thing on the list was a meaningful piece of art.  She also was able to find a piece of art that she loved at a consignment shop by Dietrich Grunewald

It had all the right colors so we were pretty excited about it.

As for the coffee table she wanted simple and clean and was very inspired by this one that she found on ebay. 

She ended up having her handy husband custom make one for her. 
So with all that done it looked like we had crossed off everything on our list. 
Right before we had wrapped up the project my client decided that after looking at all those fabrics and picking this one she was still in love with the Hot House
This was a great lesson to me. No matter how “over” a fabric you are as a Designer it’s important to listen to what your client wants and loves. Plus fabric has a way of taking on new life and shape in each room it goes into. In each room and home it is able to become unique to that space. The fabric looks amazing in the space and I’m glad my client stuck to her “gut feeling”.  Plus if she ever wants to change the feel of the space she can use the other fabric that we picked out. 
In addition to changing out the pillows we also did a few other things like add bookshelves to that empty space behind the chairs.
Here is a little sneak peak of the finished room. 
You’ll have to tune in tomorrow to see all the pictures of this finished room!

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21 Responses to The Story of a Room: Final Details and a Sneak Peak

  1. SHERRY HART Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    I agree with what you said about fabrics. So many times I try not to choose a specific fabric because it has been all over "blogland"……when it is clearly the best choice. I am loving this series so much! Can hardly wait until tomorrow to see the finished space 🙂

  2. lizziefitz Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I am enjoying this seeies so much! You keep me coming back for more. You really must have ALOT of patience and be flexible to be a great designer:)

  3. lizziefitz Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:53 am #


  4. designchic Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I am loving the transformation. The rug is perfect and the painting…great colors!! Can't wait to see the room ~

  5. Anna (A Newfound Treasure) Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Such a fun series… Can't wait to tune back in tomorrow 🙂

  6. modern jane Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Can't wait! Love everything so far!!

  7. Nancy Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    I love hearing about the design progression and working it all out. Im stealing your West Elm rug idea which I absolutely love.
    Can't wait for the final pictures! Great job!

  8. Erica {let why lead} Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    I completely adore what you guys ended up with and am so excited to see the final pictures! Plus, I have been drooling over that rug online for ages!

  9. Sita Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    This is such a great series Kirsten! It really shows how the design process is an evolution and not just a before and after. I also love that you and your clients decided to go with what she loved, even if it has been seen everywhere. I have tried to steer clear of certain things too, like the fallon rug :0), because it has been used so much, but in the end, many of my clients love it, and I do too! So excited to see the completed room!

  10. Bekah Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    This series has been so enlightening! Thank you for posting it. I've enjoyed watching the process of discovery, not only for your client, but for yourself as a designer as well. Thank you for showing the behind-the-scenes work that goes into pulling a perfect space together. I look forward to the final reveal tomorrow!

  11. Anonymous Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Love this series! I've been rushing over to read your posts each day. Beautiful work!

  12. Holly Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    I love the addition of the pillows in Bleecker to the chairs – can't wait to see the reveal photos tomorrow! This is a nice series Kirsten!

  13. Shelley {Crazy Wonderful} Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    That rug is perfect. And I'm dying over those blue chairs 🙂

  14. Julie (Middle Maintenance) Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    I am loving these "Story of a Room" posts! It's so great to see the design evolution. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Annie @ House on Rene Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing your insights! I love them and can't wait to see the reveal tomorrow. The sneak peek looks fabulous!

    House on Rene

  16. stephanie Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    oh my goodness I can not wait!!!! I am loving EVERYTHING! and love this series! thank you soooo much!!

  17. sixteen fourteen Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    I'm so inspired by the last photo, and I love the jute rug from West Elm (can't wait to see what it looks like in person!) Thanks for sharing the process. 🙂

  18. Elle Friday, April 20, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    I have that rug in my family room! It's awesome; I love it.

    Can't wait to see all the pic of the finished space.

  19. Anonymous Friday, April 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I love this series! What a wonderful peek into the process of a designer! Please keep them coming! Thank you for sharing!

  20. Hyphen Interiors Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    Awesome series. That sums up several client projects that I've had. It's interesting how they evolve and how up to a year later, depending on the evolution or time constraints or items ordered (and so on) that you may just be finishing. It's awesome for people to have a solid peek inside the process. Great job!

  21. Meredith Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi Kirsten!
    This has been one of my favorite series so far on your blog. Quick question for you: Do you have any updates on how the West Elm rug has held up over time? I'm about to hit the buy button and wanted to get any last minute thoughts you had on the rug.
    Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont

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