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Living room redesigned

Kandy was my first experience working with a designer, and it was such a positive one! She is fun, friendly, open, responsive, and very talented and creative! She worked with me to assess my style, my priorities, and really helped get creative to stay within my budget. Not only do I love the spaces she helped me create, but I also feel like she introduced me to valuable resources and design skills that I have used on my own since. I highly recommend her!
— Amy

Amy had a lovely sunny living room, art and accessories from her family and her travels, but she was suffering from long narrow living room syndrome, which is a common Chicago apartment problem. 

She willingly wanted to get rid of her furniture and love seat, which were a little bit too big for the space. They were pieces she had bought used years ago and they never were quite what she wanted. Normally, I try to work with the pieces that owners already have but in this case replacing the oversized sofa was a good call. 

One of her concerns was to make sure that she had enough seating since she was getting rid of the love seat. The love seat was replaced with a chair and she had an additional chair she could pull in from the desk next to the sofa when needed. 

My design plan was to create two zones. One would be centered around the fireplace and be for conversation and people watching, while the other would be for her desk and a reading nook. 

Sometimes you have to play with layouts. The first one I sketched up used the couch to really delineate the space. Unfortunately it just wasn't a very good flow for the apartment. When I did this initial sketch the cable was on the side of the wall by the window, which is why the tv is located there. Ultimately we ran the cable around the room to the other side. 

This is the option that we ended up going with. The couch under the windows and the chair at an angle. It provided enough space to move through the room and get to the door which lead to her bedroom. In this instance it is the rug that helps define the space. 

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This was definitely a collaborative effort. Amy needed help with layout and ideas for furniture but we worked together to pick items for her space. She was the one who found this fabulous rug which really added color and life to the space. Amy was kind enough to snap a photo on her iphone and send it my way. I'm not always able to get the fancy pictures, but this really gives an idea of how much the flow was improved and a bit of life breathed back into the room. Plus kitty agrees! 

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Global Traditional Design

From top left: 1)  chair  2)  couch  3)  sconce  4)  lamp  5)  stool  6)  rug  7) rocking chair (craigslist) 8)  kilim pillow  9)  cream pillow  

From top left: 1) chair 2) couch 3) sconce 4) lamp 5) stool 6) rug 7) rocking chair (craigslist) 8) kilim pillow 9) cream pillow 

I am working with a delightful client on giving her living room a makeover. She has traveled extensively and brought back some wonderful art and treasures from her travels. Her aesthetic is a bit traditional and so we are bringing in some of those elements through the furnishings. 

She lives in a very typical Chicago apartment that has multiple doors opening off the room, which always makes furniture placement...challenging. I am changing her current layout, but until we get the furniture in the room and test it out I am not sure it will work. On paper it looks good but sometimes what you draw out doesn't work in real life! 

I'll be instagramming the process if you are interested in following along. 

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Geeky, quirky and fun bedroom design

This was one of the funnest designs I have put together to date. Their room was pretty standard apartment rental fare, except it also had drapes from the '90s. Thankfully they agreed those could go!  My marching orders were no warm colors, something with constellations and I knew they both loved cats. 

What I came up with played off of the need for cool colors and the existing wall in their living room, which was a really awesome shade of turquoise. I wanted to bring in the stars without sticking glow in the dark stickers to the ceiling and I knew it needed a touch of whimsy. 

I turned to Spoonflower and found this amazing animal print (with cats) constellation design to use in order to upholster a headboard. I also found this cool Pegasus fabric but it was vetoed by Annette. Ian didn't seem to mind it! 

The plan was to use the constellation fabric on the headboard. Bring in a teal duvet cover and some DIY brass bedside sconces via Hello Lidy. They both prefer pretty clean minimal design and so I found a DIY to make floating shelves.  

The art flanking the bed was to bring in the night sky. The first print on the top left has beautiful colors in it as well and the second is a really neat embroidered constellation. 

The wall at the foot of their bed was crying out for some art and so I found another constellation print that also brought in some of those cool tones. 

Some paper constellation lights add a bit of warmth and light to the room. Since there was so much color happening in the space, I wanted the curtains to be relatively neutral. 

Every room needs some life in the form of plants. It was important to keep in mind the health and well being of their two cats and so I recommended some succulents. The ASPCA has a really comprehensive list of plants that are toxic and non-toxic to pets. 

Annette and Ian needed some Interior Design help, but they are both pretty handy and crafty people so I created a mood board with a list of resources and they are implementing the design themselves. This is a great way to get the inspiration and assistance on a budget. 

It was so much fun working with two people who were interested in creating a lovely bedroom space that reflected their style. 

For more inspiration and links to the DIYs I suggested head over to view the board I created over on Pinterest

If you are interested in finishing up your space let me know and I would love to help. 


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A Mini Makeover

Any day I have a puppy helping me design a space is a good day. Meet Charlotte a very scruffy friendly puppy. Her owner Kristin called me up to help with the flow in her living room. My apologies for the photos but the sun was setting and it was challenging to get decent photos. 

Basically what we started with was a long line of furniture. The couch was right next to the desk and the coffee table and the chair was kind of off floating in the middle of the room.  

It wasn't very conducive to having intimate conversations. 

Except for my time, this makeover cost $0. I reoriented the couch at an angle. This also helped orient the room a bit better because an armoire in the corner (also at an angle) held the television. Now the TV and couch were facing each other straight on. I moved the chair a bit closer so you could have a conversation. And voila. 

There is still plenty of room to get to the desk. 

Kristin had started cleaning up her mementos and I just helped give it the final polish.  

Kristin told me she had lived in the space for 11 years and never thought to arrange the furniture differently. Charlotte and Kristin are both enjoying their new (to them) digs. 

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