Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Family/Teenager Room ...

When I asked y'all several weeks ago what you would like to see or hear about on my Blog I got some great responses.  Thank you!!

One ... Show us Your Home!  

AAGHHH  ... it is so not ready, not perfect, but okay ... if you will look at the "work in progress" I will share.  So we have been on that adventure for the past several Mondays.  Thanks for keeping me On Task!

 Two ... Linda asked ... "Kim, what do you do about projects you work on, but they don't totally show your vision when they are done?"

Interesting ... this happens a lot!  Not that I don't like the spaces, or something is wrong with them. Sometimes my clients just need a push in the right direction, then they want to continue on in their own time and with their own vision.

This Project is a perfect example!

My client has a beautiful home, two great kids, two dogs and wanted a space for her kids to have friends over to hang out.  But not in the basement. And NOT in "her" room. 

So we came up with a plan based on Duralee's John Robshaw line of fabric. 
 Fresh, fun and pretty sturdy to hold up to teenage life.

She had a perfectly good chair and ottoman ... but tired fabric.  

We Amped up the Fabric ...  and look how HAPPY this Chair is!

I walk around with a key chain full of keys.  Mostly they belong to my clients.  The only key I carry of my own is to my car.  This house ... Forgot to get the key.  Chair delivery to the front porch.  Thank goodness it wasn't raining this day!!

We used the Coral John Robshaw Fabric ... 

on these Ballard Cubes to go under the table:

So while I am very pleased with what we did here,  I don't have a Whole Room to show you.  

I can show you the Plan.
I can show you Bits.
I can give you Ideas.

But ... I cannot give you the Room!

Kind of like Real Life.  Sometimes you just make an Appearance and Guide. 
 I honestly want to just stay and take over ... and do it all ... but I take a deep breath and enjoy that my client is happy and things are moving in the direction they want.

I think I might be a control freak.  But I try to keep it in check.

I then dream about the spaces I want to finish.  Anyone else have this problem??

Today IS a Finish Up project kind of day ... Hope your's is a good one and let me know how you feel about "partial" reveals!  




  1. I love your selection of fabrics. How funny to see the chair on the porch.

  2. Love your 'real life' partial review and John Robshaw, my favorite!

  3. I was just yesterday explaining the idea of a "client push" to a new client and I believe that is what a lot of folks want these days. Lot's of inspiration out there in the blog and pinterest world but sometimes they need a little help putting it together! Love the direction for this room and the chair is to die for!

  4. I totally relate. We do client rooms but they don't want to change some things, so while we did what we could in the room, it's not a total reveal.. aka the girls room we just did; they kept their loft beds made out of 2 x 4's!
    Love these reds.
    xo Nancy

  5. I'm so glad you've said this, as I experience the same thing. A table they buy without you and love or a rug they insist on keeping. Sometimes you can win the battle but not the war. :)

  6. the fabric trly looks amazing n the chair Kim. I see your 'vision' for the room, but your right, it is hard to steer other people to one's own view sometimes. But you sure gave them a pretty great start!

  7. I can relate. Sometimes, you have the best plans for their homes but they decided to do the things the opposite way. Quite frustrating but it's part of a decorator's life, eh?

    Have a good day, Kim!


  8. What a fun fabric, especially for a home with teenagers! I can only imagine what a tease it is to be a designer that doesn't see a room come to fruition….I'm sure this room will get there eventually! I feel like that with my own house; having patience/waiting for the budget to replenish is no fun!

  9. Although I am not a Designer, I can appreciate your frustrations. For years I have been asked for advice, help, you name a friend or family. After having spent hours "helping", the friend or family member does what they were going to do before they asked me! I'm used to it. For this reason, I have held back since moving to our BLH.

  10. I used that same John Robshaw fabric in camel on an ottoman in my living room...i love it!


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