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Lessons of a Newbie Decorator

I recently worked on an e-styling project for a busy family on a tight budget.  Like with most clients, the parameters were specific in that I had to work with some existing furniture (sofa, rug), but source other pieces that could hold their own in the style department, without busting the budget.  Nothing new there.
But, the client also stated she didn't "like high end or designer things."  Wohn-wahn.  Not exactly what a Fluffer Extraordinaire like me wants to hear.  I mean, don't you hire a decorator to get a look that stands above what the Big Box stores or websites can offer?  Not that it need be high end OR designer, but one, especially cool item can often carry a room - elevate it.  And, let's face it, such things are often hard to come by in the mass-produced market.  I was kinda baffled, and worried I wouldn't be able to knock out something that was true to my creative spirit.
So, I sourced items from vendors the client seemed comfortable with, and did the best I could to add a touch of what I felt was true to my brand's aesthetic (whatever that all means - it sounds good).  And then, I submitted it - and mentally walked away.  Sometimes we don't get the chance for the grand slam of rooms, and this board won't win any Wearstler-like accolades, but it meets the client's needs, and I guess that's all that matters.

3 comments:

mrs. V { Chez V } said...

The upside in working within the constraints of a budget, existing pieces, and a specific aesthetic is that it forces you to flex your creative muscles - which will help you to continue to hone your skillz. Because let's be honest, any armchair rookie like myself can put together a glam board with items that most cannot afford. But a true professional can give cohesiveness to a room (that I am betting looked disjointed with unrelated pieces) by polishing terds and working with a controlled color palate that brings the room together as you have done here. Every project, however big or small, is another opportunity to learn. And not all of us have the ballz, like you, to actually put our moola where our mouth is. Onwards and upwards, my sistah!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Ya done GOOD by them....and I LOVE thecomment ^^ above from Mrs.V!

from Katie- said...

I think this looks great, the fact that I love turqoise helps, and most importantly... real. I think most people fall into this category and might possibly be a huge clientele base? You've elevated them as much as they wanted, and it looks great.

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