When Art & Karin called me, they wanted to do a bit of work in their home before their daughter’s wedding. Art is a professional painter and was committed to giving their entire home a fresh look.
We booked an On-Site Lifestyle Consultation. As I stood in the center of their living space and looked around, I was struck by how a few simple changes would make a huge difference. Their home is magnificent. It is reminiscent of a BC mountain getaway, with marvelous windows, slate floors, and a striking slate fireplace.
But there were a few problems. It wasn’t reaching its potential.
All Downsizing-in-a-Day projects begin with the walls. With careful consideration, sometimes paint provides the most impact. I appointed a warm neutral color and suggested the crown molding, trims, and doors be painted the same color so as to neutralize and visually calm the space.
There was also an opportunity to bring cohesion to their open-concept space simply by replacing their 20-year-old white ceramic tiles with new slate backsplash. It brought texture and beauty, echoing the colors from the floor in a way that added harmony and warmth.
The second stage in this type of project is to address the lighting. Is the general lighting sufficient? Is there appropriate task lighting? Would accent lighting add dimension and ambiance?
I selected a new light fixture for the dining table area—the existing piece did not align with the room’s aesthetic. We added accent lighting where the room needed warmth: on the entry table, on the dining room buffet, and a third on the console piece behind the piano.
The third stage in a Downsizing-in-a-Day project is considering the window coverings. Art and Karin had recently installed roller blinds and what they chose suited the space beautifully. No need to change a thing.
Next up: flooring. The existing rug was too busy but the one in the media room was a classy shade of grey. I switched them and to my delight, the simple change made both spaces sing.
With the walls, lighting, window coverings and flooring addressed, it was time to evaluate the furniture. Some things to consider before I proceed with this project.
- Each room in a home ought to serve a purpose. If the furniture in the room impedes on the room’s ability to perform, the room and furniture are in conflict. Chaos results. It takes a trained eye and an understanding of design elements to achieve a purpose-driven room.
- Every room deserves a focal point. This captures the eye and draws you into the space. If the focal point is confusing or absent, the space lacks peace and rest. Furniture needs to complement focal points, not compete with them.
When I arrived in Art and Karin’s home, their striking grand piano was competing with the fireplace for the title of focal point. I relocated the piano prominently in front of the large arched window. This did a number to things for their home.
- It allowed the fireplace and surrounding conversation area to take center stage.
- It created a secondary complementary focal point
- It facilitated an intuitive flow of traffic
- It freed Art and Karin to enjoy both their seating area and their piano like never before
- It discretely minimized the scale of the prominent instrument in their space
After moving the piano, we addressed the conversation area, or perhaps the lack thereof. I placed their large terracotta leather sofa directly across from the fireplace. The matching loveseat, which occupied too much real estate, found a new home at their daughter’s basement suite.
Two chairs, both of similar style and scale, were brought in from other rooms and placed across from the sofa, flanking the fireplace. This strengthened the room’s key focal point—the handsome fireplace—and provided a welcoming gathering place for the family and their friends.
Next I turned my attention to the lovely yet cumbersome china buffet. We discovered that the upper portion of the buffet was removable. When absent, what resulted was a piece that honoured the spacial needs in their home. We relocated the buffet base to its proper home in the dining area which provided ample storage and relief that allowed for a fun piece of art, a table lamp, and a few carefully selected accessories.
Their home’s center began to breathe. The excess was eliminated. The remaining furniture served the rooms’ intended function beautifully.
Finally, we addressed the jewelry of the room. As with any outfit, the scale and aesthetic of accessories have the power to make or break the overall look.
I purchased a number of textured linen throw pillows for the sofa. A gorgeous plate which already belonged to the family was mounted in a stand on the mantel, along with a few other carefully appointed possessions. We dressed the clients’ existing coffee table with a large woven tray to house several ample and functional accessories. They suited the scale of the room to a tee.
All these necessary changes were identified and documented during our On-Site Lifestyle Consultation. Once Art and Karin had completed the painting and back splash, the refining of their space became great joy. These significant changes revolutionized their home. See for yourself in our Gallery.
The most satisfying outcome was hearing Art and Karin’s response. Head over to our Testimonials and read what they had to say.
If you’re ready to see similar changes in your space, it’s time to book your own On-Site Lifestyle Consultation. We’d love to chat.