Dezigner Digz was called in last week by a repeat client for a redesign/styling appointment on a 2 bedroom condo. (We were there before to do a colour consultation.) The main focus of this visit was the living room area of the combined living room/dining room space. Our client was very unhappy with the layout and felt that the furniture looked dated. We were told that the dining room would have to stay as is since our client's husband was very partial to it.
Before we were contacted, our client had tried moving things around on her own, but she didn't like any of the alternate layouts that she tried. This was when she decided that it must be the furniture and that she would have to buy new. She talked her husband into buying new furniture, but before doing that, they decided to have us in to see if there were any other options first. We were definitely up to the challenge. This is something that we LOVE doing.
Here are a couple of 'before' shots:
Even though this was a large room, in the before pictures above, you'll see that the room looked quite small. This was due to the positioning of the furniture. The oversized armchair was angled right at the entrance into the room which really cut off flow for starters. As well, the couch was being used as a divider between the living and dining room areas. This placement looked awkward and gave the room a very narrow look (especially since the living room extends off the long hallway). You will also notice that the wall area opposite the couch was bare except for one small chair and table. The furniture was definitely off balance with all visual weight extending over to the dining room area.
Here's what we did:
You'll see from the 'after' photos that furniture placement is key in a room's design. Once we moved the large armchair away from the entry way, it opened up the space. Since this was a very large chair, it needed to be positioned further into the room. The new placement worked well against the large windows. The chair became somewhat dwarfed against this space and didn't look as clumsy. The couch was moved to the opposite wall to open up flow through the room. With this layout plan, the room no longer looked small and narrow.
We wanted to maintain a slight divide between the dining and living room since both of those areas serve a separate function. To achieve that, we placed a glass sofa table in the spot where the couch previously sat. This created the division we were after without chopping up the room too much.
After we settled on the layout, we styled our client's room by accessorizing with her existing pieces. We then gave her some advice on other accessories that should be added to finish off the room. Once our client buys a large piece of artwork for above the couch, some new throw pillows (preferably in reds and blacks), a blanket throw and a few tall, colourful vases this room will be pulled together.
All of this was done in approximately one hour. Our client was thrilled with the outcome. In fact, she said that she wouldn't be buying new furniture after all. She found that the new layout took care of the issues she had and that buying new furniture was no longer a top priority. At some point in the future, I'm sure they will want to do that, but for now, she's very happy.
Our client's husband was away on a golfing vacation when we visited, but he was thrilled with the results when he got home. We hit a hole in one in his eyes. After all, he doesn't have to buy new living room furniture now! Paying for one hour of our time was definitely money well spent.
Don't forget that these same principles can also be applied if you are selling your home. It's important to make the best first impression possible on potential buyers. We can help you with that too.
The proof is in the pictures. With just a few adjustments and some re-styling, a trained eye can bring an instant transformation to your room by using what you already have. Sure, you might need to buy a few little accessories to pull the look together, but that's the fun part for most people and certainly a less expensive alternative. And if you don't like shopping for accessories, we'll even do that for you!
For more information on how we can help bring 'wow factor' on a budget to your home or listing, visit our website at www.dezignerdigz.com. We offer gift certificates as well. If you're not sure what to buy over the holiday season for that special someone in your life, a redesign consultation may be just the thing.
Dezigner Digz is Burlington Ontario's premier home staging, styling and redesign firm servicing Ancaster, Hamilton, Burlington, Waterdown, Stoney Creek, Oakville and surrounding areas. The owner, Charlene Storozuk, is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association and currently serves on the Executive Committee as Regional Vice-President, Canada. Her work has been featured in the book FabJob Guide to Become a Home Stager, 2009 edition. Charlene has written several articles on home staging, some of which have been published by the International Business Times and the Women's Council of Realtors. She is also a Contributing Blogger for REALTOR Magazine. For more information about us, visit our website at www.dezignerdigz.com.