By now many of you have seen my “secret weapon” when thinking about designing a new space or re-designing an existing space: the power point slide. Here’s an example of my ideas for our friends M&J’s new space:
And another example–my ideas for the new nursery design:
I thought it might be fun to feature one from an older project: our living room. When we initially moved in, the living room was VERY dark. It was painted dark purple. Seriously. Now I know that any color can be great under the right circumstances, but this room just did NOT get enough light to make a dark purple room work. Here’s a pic in the middle of the day:
Initially, I went with a very “safe” color scheme: green and white and red–similar to the bedroom, but with mostly green and only some red accents. I don’t have any really great pictures as this is many years pre-blog, but this one can help you get the general idea (taken during our first Christmas in Chicago!):
However, I quickly changed my mind about the green with red accents color scheme and decided I wanted something more nature-y. So I went forward with replacing the red accents in the room with brown ones (starting with the rug in the above picture). Unfortunately I can’t seem to find any pics of the space during this period! So you’ll have to use your imagination! That green/brown scheme lasted awhile, but I eventually decided I needed a rather large change; I’d had this mostly-green color scheme in my last place too and was starting to tire of it. I wanted something less “safe.” Something edgy-ier and more fun. Then, my design itch got pretty intense while helping design a new bedroom for a friend when I created this inspiration .ppt for him:
I loved the pattern on the duvet and rug that I found for him, as well as the shades-of-blue color scheme with the bright pop of orange (if I get a picture from him sometime of the finished room, I’ll be sure to post it!). I definitely got the itch BIG TIME to try something similar in my living room. At this time I was also becoming completely obsessed with Amy Butler fabrics, so I knew I’d want to use some of her designs for accent pillows in the room. Interestingly, I hadn’t really created .ppt slides for projects in my own house before this point, but I ended up needing to create an inspiration power point slide for this project because when I tried to describe my plans to DH, he thought I was crazy. And I knew I couldn’t pull it off without him (he reaches all the tall spots on the walls, moves the heavy stuff, entertains me, etc. while painting!). So here’s the inspiration slide I came up with to show to DH–not just to convince him that we should completely re-decorate our living room, but also to make sure that I wasn’t doing anything too crazy that he’d end up hating. After all, we both live here!
Remarkably, I think this is the closest I’ve ever come in a .ppt slide to what the actual room would eventually look like. Here’s a current pic of the living room.
What do you think? Pretty similar, eh? Even down to the Amy Butler pillows I had a ton of fun making–and that rug that is so fabulous…that I stole from the inspiration .ppt slide for my friend’s bedroom. Of course I have big ideas about making some changes, but that’s never a surprise! I still love this overall look, but I do like to try new things. If only I had more time before the baby comes!!