#FBF: Updating this Small Space Condo

For this #FlashbackFriday I’m sharing this tiny condo located in Eastlake.





This young couple wanted to update their furniture, paint color, and create a more light, bright and inviting space to start entertaining friends and family. We used their beautiful artwork as inspiration and the jumping off point for the design.

Again, this design was about choosing smart pieces that could work not only in this condo, but easily adapt into their next home. We opted for a light gray paint color throughout, which made the condo feel so much more open and bright.

Even in a small space, creating areas for the different activities that take place is important. One of the homeowners worked from home, so it was important to create a designated work space. Placing the desk behind the sofa created the feel of an office space in this open floor plan. It also doubles as a console table during dinner parties - and a place to set a drink.

A fabric ottoman is a great double-duty furniture piece. For everday life, just place a tray on it and you have a coffee table that is comfortable to put your feet up on; and for those times when you are entertaining, it easily creates extra seating for guests. We chose performance fabric that is easy to clean, because spills happen.

Adding pops of colors, and layering textures create the warm and inviting space the clients were looking for. Grounding it all with a soft, colorful rug makes the space feel cozy and welcoming. And we love adding interesting objects for interest.

Check out the slideshow for all the photos:

This condo went from a dark and sparse home to a cozy and comfortable space perfect for entertaining. And having happy clients is always the best response I could ever ask for!

What do you think? Is this somewhere you could put your feet up?


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The Wardrobe Project

Detail, details, details!  Detail drawings were the main focus of this project; learning how to create and draw up our bespoke items so that contractors can build our designs.  Details are what makes a design stand out - whether it be customized to the client's desires - or to fit a yoga ball perfectly in a closet.  I chose a Yoga Instructor as my client and decided to give her a space specifically to house her yoga gear.  

Details can be a real time consuming aspect of a project.  But when done right, you're left with something that is truly unique to your needs - which is kind of the point, isn't it?!


found objects

Do you ever just wander around your house looking at what you have to work with?  Sometimes you just need a little change?  Perhaps you have a nightstand that looks a little tired, and in need of a fresh coat of paint.  Or maybe you're holding onto something that is meaningful, but you don't know quite what to do with it.  

I'm always looking for ways of re-creating what I already have - especially after sitting in front of HGTV for hours and then realizing that a complete destructive reno is not in the cards.  Sometimes a quick update on an old favorite is enough to satisfy that creative craving deep inside.  

We've all been there.  We all have these objects in our house that are just sitting there; begging to be used, updated, or appreciated.  It's not a new concept.  It seems like everyone is DIY'ing in their own way these days -  thanks to TV shows, websites and the glorious world of Pinterest.  And why shouldn't we?  It's an easy way to inject life into a new object, or to express ourselves in a different manner.  Plus it's just downright FUN!  

I thought I'd share a few of those gems that I've found around my house.  I hope it inspires you to do the same!

Do you have any projects you've recently completed, or want to?  Let me know, and maybe I can help motivate you to get 'er done!