I could probably do eDesigns full-time, if I chose to work solely from home. I love doing long-distance paint color and design, but I try to keep it to just a couple a week so that I can do more local (Nashville) designs and paint color consultations. Otherwise, I just might stay in my pajamas everyday blogging and doing e-designs!
The cool thing about this edesign is that this is the second home I have worked on with this awesome client. The first was for her musician son’s condo near Music Row in Nashville. Soon thereafter, she and her husband bought a second home on the coast of Florida and asked if I could work on a design long-distance. The Florida home looked like many typical beach homes – lots and lots of ceramic tile floors and slightly sterile decor.
She wanted a casual coastal design without the cheesy “beach decor.” She sent me the floorplan of the open concept living/dining/kitchen area and I got to work plotting out a furniture arrangement. This is what I came up with:
eDesigns are to help cast a vision for the space – to create a plan for the client that meets their needs, taste, and budget. Here is the Inspiration Board I created with Olioboard that accompanied the furniture floorplan I made for my client:
Coastal Home Olioboard
Some of my clients like to follow the design to the letter, using the resources I provide. But I would say most end up approximating some of items on the Inspiration Board, to get the look and feel of the design but perhaps saving money by finding similar items locally or from discount retailers. Remember the “before”?
Living Room Before eDesign
Let’s see how my client interpreted my vision for her space:
Coastal Living Room After eDesign
I think she did a fabulous job! She totally understood how I wanted to make this television wall part of the design and not an ugly eyesore, like most media centers. Decorating around the television can be done with style, and this proves it!
Decorating Around the Television with Style!
If you have to have ceramic tile floors, I suggest you warm up your space with a few good-sized rugs to anchor your seating. My client chose a HomeGoods knock-off at a bargain price to give her a similar look to the rug I chose for her Inspiration Board.
Striped chairs and leafy rug
Here is the Inspiration Board I put together for her attached dining area:
Dining Room Inspiration Board
Here’s a photo of the area before the eDesign:
Dining Area Before eDesign
And here’s the space now. My client has purchased the Pottery Barn curtains, but hasn’t installed them yet. The space will warm up a bit when the window treatments are installed.
Dining Room After
One final look at the “before” and “after” of this home:
It still needs window treatments, which will really finish out the design. But aren’t most spaces a work in process?
I’m so thrilled to see this design plan come together! If you have a beachfront home and need design intervention, contact my assistant to schedule: [email protected]
She did a great job implementing your beautiful plan!
Really amazing transformation! Love the stripes for the coastal style.
Looks great! Let’s visit!
I am so ready to go – Ft. Lauderdale!
Awesome job Kristie! I love a beach home!! BTW, we are available to travel to beach locals if you need any help painting LOL!!! The heck with e-design. Beach homes require in person meetings under an umbrella, don’t you agree?
We should team up and head south. That’s one of my goals for Jan-Feb of each year: work in south Florida on vacation homes!
You are welcome to come down anytime! I still have a couple of rooms to do!
FYI, the Ballard’s table you specified was a bit out of the budget, so I took a picture of it to an unfinished furniture store and they matched the finish! Thanks again for all your help. We love our home!
You did a great job carrying through the design, Carol! Thanks so much 🙂
It’s like you stepped inside my head for this redesign. We recently bought a lake house and this is the “coastal look ” I am working toward. It’s beautiful!
I’ve done a few e-designs but really enjoy getting out there and touching/feeling/seeing all the needed materials in person. Sadly I’ve yet to see even one of my Olio boards brought to life. Haha! I wonder if my e-clients ever carried out the plan……Maybe some day. 😉
I LOVE your design for this client! I’d do it in a heartbeat! So much cozier and yet more life, than the ‘before’.
Sometimes it does take awhile for clients to complete the design – especially if they are budgeting over time. I think I did this one in October or November, if that gives you some perspective as to possible timelines. 🙂
Great job! The before looks more formal and mediterrien (sp) . The after looks more coastal , relaxed , and lightens up ; where the other was dark and drew your eye in. thanks for the picturs
Looks great! I would love to learn how to do a successful e-design. You should think about doing an e-course on it. I’d sign up for sure!
That’s an interesting idea . . .
Hi Kristie, it looks amazing and you make it look so easy. Staying in my pyjamas some days sound like a good thing:)
so fun to see the afters. Your client did a great job interpreting your look and feel. Kudo’s to all!
This is really nice Kristie and so nice to be able to work with a client on another space of theirs – a true compliment. The living room looks really great and I love the new pendant light fixture in the dining area.
I love the paint/color choices too! Great work!
I never would’ve thought to put the bright, striped chairs with that area rug, but it really works in the room — there’s a nice balance of muted and bright. Looking and learning, as usual, from The Decorologist’s good instincts. 😉
You are so good at what you do! Really great job.
Thank you so much, Margaret!
Kristie: You are my inspiration! I love reading your posts and seeing all your designs. I just purchased your Paint Color course and am learning so much. I taught school for 17 years and am now moving to the Kansas City area…I’ve decided to pursue a new dream: becoming a home stager and color consultant! Yes, from far away in Idaho, a Nashville gal helped me realize what I wanted to do as a second career. 🙂
Yay, Elaina! That makes me so happy to hear. You know I used to be a School Psychologist, right? I wish you all the best in your new endeavor 🙂 I hope to have my staging book finished by summer’s end, and I plan to start certifying home stagers in my method sometime next year – so stay tuned! Thank you so much for reading and following along 🙂