The Story of a Room: The Room Reinvented

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

So at this point what started out as an almost finished room had evolved into something else. While it’s hard to start over on things in a room I’m really glad my client was honest with herself at this point in the process. If she had moved forward with things she didn’t love she would have never felt happy in that room. 

The room as a whole just wasn’t feeling “right” to her. Here are the things my client wanted going forward in the room: 
She also committed to herself to stop buying mindless accessories which is something we all do. She would pick up “good deals” here or there but then end up not loving them. So we wanted to move forward with purposeful pieces. Those two Kohl’s side tables were great deals but she didn’t love them. So we took them out of the plan.

She also decided the rug was a little too “heavy” feeling for the room and I agreed so now we needed a new rug. 

She mentioned she wanted more green and a natural feel in the room so I fell in love with this fabric. 
It’s Kelmscott Manor in Indigo by Schumacher and then I thought it would be great paired with Schumacher’s Betwixt. 
This was the new board that we were running with. 
She had also mentioned loving Hot House in Spark
I wasn’t sold on it just because I’ve seen it used sooooo much but she loved it so we ordered samples of all three fabrics for her to see which she liked best. 
I also took a trip to the showroom and pulled some other fabric I liked for the room just to give her more options.
You may remember this fabric from this post here
But after all that she still liked the Hot House best. So I told her just to be sure I would have her go out to the showroom with me and we would look at every possible other option. After going out there we found a green and blue fabric that we both loved with hints of orange and chartreuse.
We both loved the youthful feel of this fabric. It was easy going and breezy. Just what we wanted. So with a new fabric in mind we now had a new plan. 
But we still had the issue of the rug! Stay tuned tomorrow for The Story of a Room: Final Details and a Sneak Peak.

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21 Responses to The Story of a Room: The Room Reinvented

  1. Holly Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I really love where this is heading now – I love the mix of patterns and colors and how the sofa and armoire warm it up a bit.

  2. Shelley {Crazy Wonderful} Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    All of that gorgeous fabric has me drooling! Loving the direction things are headed and this series. Can't wait to see more about this space!

  3. Janna McCalley Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    The colors and patterns you had to chose from are great!

  4. Ms Magpie Designs/ Sharon Barrett Interiors Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I am loving this series Kristen! I have had clients that change their mind mid process. It can be frustrating but in the end if you have been able to teach them something about design (such as not buying something just because it's a good deal) and they are happy with the end result, that's the best feeling in the world! I love the Schumacher and Celerie Kemble fabric selection together! There's a good reason why your blog is one of my daily reads! Thanks for the honest posts about a process that does not always go as planned. 🙂

    PS….when you do find out what the sex of the baby is and are you going to share it? 🙂

  5. Miss Hannah B. Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    So far I am lovin what you have on the inspiration board. It looks like your going in a good direction. I can't wait to read your post tomorrow and see the evolution of this room. It's been so fun. Great idea sharing this with us!! Thanks…

  6. Elisa @ What the Vita Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Just catching up and read the whole series today and love it so much. It's like reading a book! Hope you continue to do these 🙂

  7. Kerry@offtheroad.com Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I have been searching for a floor lamp similar to the one in your inspiration board. Is this something I could purchase through you?

  8. Amanda Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    This has been such a great series to read. It is oh so true how you very rarely end up with the original design plan- its so fun when clients & designers work together to create such beautiful spaces. I can't wait to see the final results!

  9. amber wallace Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I really am loving this series. It makes me feel better after working with my first client. I got so discouraged in some moments. You just need to keep going until everyone loves it in the end. Cannot wait to see the final result.

  10. Jennifer L. Griffin Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I'm really enjoying this series, Kirsten. So reassuring to see that things don't always work out the first time around! It's looking really good, excited about seeing the finished project!

  11. Little Paper Dog Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    This series makes me giggle with delight! I can't wait to see how it turns out … oh the suspense! 🙂

  12. emily @ go haus go Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    I love this series! Please do another one! You are so good at keeping your cool. It's hard when the client ALSO thinks they are the decorator. 🙂 I love how it's turning out.

  13. pam Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    oooh… the suspense… can't wait to see how it turns out! pam

  14. Annie @ House on Rene Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    I love this story of a room, you are so creative with your posts! Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

    Annie
    House on Rene

  15. Sita Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    Loving this series, Kirsten! So excited for tomorrow's post!

  16. jess@hillcountryhomebody.blogspot.com Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    I love this series too Kristen! From a girl that is all about finding a good deal and making it work it is good for me to hear this perspective!

  17. Brenda Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    I'm loving the Kelmscott Manor in Indigo by Schumacher – gorgeous! Personally I don't like the rug at all – lucky this person is not my client as I would have tried to talk them around – I'm bossy like that – hehehe.

  18. Sara @ Russet Street Reno Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    Braemore has great fabrics, I love the pattern from them I put in my kitchen! Wonderful choice, and the room is going to be fabulous.

  19. Weezie Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    I'm loving these posts – I feel like I've gone in circles with my tv room, so I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who changes her mind!

  20. Cecilia Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    I agree with Elisa and Pam! This series is fantastic and the suspense and excitement of coming back each day to check out the progress is so much fun!

  21. Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Love this series! It's crazy how fast a room can evolve in to something completely different. One little change sparks the entire thing. I can't wait to see the finished room!!!!

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