The Story of a Room: The Initial Consult

I’ve been trying to think of a way to give my readers a more in-depth view of how my design process works. Every project is so vastly different that it’s hard to pinpoint an exact science or equation that I use every time. Nevertheless there is one thing that is almost guaranteed. With each and every process I face challenges. There are ups and there are downs. In the end it is amazing to see how someone’s space can be transformed and it always make the challenging parts worth it. 
In the Fall of 2010 I started helping a client with her Living Room. It took almost a year to finish and the process proved to be a great learning experience for me. Together my client and I started with one idea of how the room should turn out and ended with a very different plan. 
This week I am excited to share that process with you through this week long series, The Story of a Room. Each day I’ll take you through a part of the process. Today we are starting with the initial consult and by Friday you’ll get to see the finished room! 
When I went out to meet my client for the first time I was pleasantly surprised with the progress she had already made. I felt like saying, “What do you need me for?” I could tell that not only was this client incredibly nice but she also had excellent taste. She had picked out a great deal of pieces on her own. Here is what I had to work with. 
The sofa, chair and ottoman had already been purchased from Lee Industries.  She also fell in love with this lamp and purchased it. The armoire is from Pottery Barn. She also had gotten a couple of pillows in a pretty floral fabric. She was contemplating a coffee table from Alice Lane Home Collection that is pictured below. So when I first came out to see her the room looked something like this:

Not so bad right? The room had fantastic potential and the pieces that she had picked were amazing so I was immediately excited about the prospect of helping her finish up the room. 
When I left her house that day I had a small list of things she needed my help with that included:
So after that initial meeting I was pretty pumped about this project. I knew it was going to be something different from what I’d usually done and I loved what she had picked so far. I had great items to work with. In my mind this room was going to be a piece of cake to put together. But the room had other plans.. 
Stay tuned tomorrow for The Story of a Room: Change of Plans.

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25 Responses to The Story of a Room: The Initial Consult

  1. Julia {Pawleys Island Posh} Monday, April 16, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    I am dying. I hope this series isn't too long because I NEED to know how it turns out. like NOW! It seriously has such good bones I'm sure you helped turn it into something incredible! xoxox

  2. Simple Dwellings Monday, April 16, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    I love the idea of this series. It's always so interesting to me to see how different designers work and their thought process through it all! Looking forward to it! 🙂

  3. Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder Monday, April 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    I love the honesty of this post. I've been 'working' on a kitchen remodel since Nov. and there's not a single trace of evidence in the actual kitchen yet!

  4. Anonymous Monday, April 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    What a brilliant idea for a series. I am so looking forward to the transformation.

  5. Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} Monday, April 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    I can't wait to see your series unfold! I love seeing how other designers work! What a brilliant idea!

  6. HB Monday, April 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Can't wait to hear more!

  7. Karena Monday, April 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Kirsten I cannot wait to see what you choose!!

    I have a $100 Gift Card Giveaway from Soft Surroundings if you would like to enter!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  8. Erin Monday, April 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    I love this idea – thank you so much for sharing your design process!

  9. Aja Monday, April 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Love this! Can't wait to see how it all comes together.

  10. Sita Monday, April 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    This is such a fun series Kirsten! I can't wait for the rest of the weeks posts!

  11. Kimberly Monday, April 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Oh my goodness, its like a soap opera!! 🙂 Can't wait to see how it all works out!

  12. Marissa Waddell Monday, April 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I like this series A LOT.

  13. redesigningsarah.com Monday, April 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    What a great series. Can hardly wait to see how it unfolds!

  14. Ashley Stilson Photography Monday, April 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Can't wait to keep reading! Love what you do Kirsten! Miss you!

  15. McKae @ kaes corner design Monday, April 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Love this! Can't wait to see what happens!

  16. Nat Monday, April 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Great series- can't wait to see what happens!

  17. Holly Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    Good stuff Kirsten, I think this is a great idea and I'm looking forward to seeing how this pans out. That room has lots of potential and you're right your client did very well already before she decided to hire you.

  18. Erica {let why lead} Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    I love the concept of this series! Looking forward to it!

  19. Emerson Grey Designs Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    So excited about this new series! I'm a sucker for before and after… see you tomorrow =)

  20. Jessie Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    What a fun series!! Can't wait to see how the room evolves. You are amazingly talented, so I'm sure it's going to look wonderful!

  21. eastwitching.com Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 6:12 am #

    Me too – I am on the edge of my SEAT waiting to see ho wyou bring it all together. I LOVE the floral print and the futniture she has chosen has a solid and soulful look to it. Alison

  22. Bernadette {Chic Spaces for Little Faces} Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Great concept. Can't wait to see how it unfolds!

  23. Lisa Mende Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Ok, so now we are all in suspense! What a great series!

  24. SHERRY HART Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    This is going to be great…I can tell!

    • Anonymous Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

      Ok, I can't help myself. The mirror doesn't have the WOW factor and the rug needs to go. Loved the original sofa with the coffee table.

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