Managing a Long Distance Interior Design Project
This is a living room remodel which was part 2 of a 3 room renovation. I managed the entire project while the owners were 3,000 miles away. This included finalizing design details, sourcing, receiving all products, getting approvals and staying in touch with the clients. I also hired and managed all subcontractors working on the project. Most communication with the owners was by emails while they lived out west for the winter.
The "before" featured a lot of wood on the walls, ceiling and floors. The living room had 2 traditional dark colored couches and 2 adirondack chairs facing each other The owner felt it was a very confined seating area in a large room. There were 2 end tables and a coffee table the owners wanted me to work into the new design.
The distance we were apart almost seemed to make decision making easier.The ability to communicate with emails and share photos online worked very well. In this living room I created a very different layout and look than what she had before. I lightened up the area with rugs and furniture and left the character of the wood as it was.
Her new seating area is a great example of how to make your home cozy and inviting. The centerpiece is a comfy sectional sofa and is upholstered in a light colored, recycled suede. Lambswool woven pillows from England added soft colors and added to the warm, cozy feel. I reupholstered those two existing adirondack style chairs in a bright red, recycled leather. My client loves pops of red and it certainly pumps up the temperature in the room.
I added a floor lamp with a cork shade. It can swivel around, raise up and down as needed. The design I made also integrated the existing family favorite coffee table and end table.To tie it all together, I designed a custom colored, hand knotted tibetan rug. It was woven in Nepal by a group I work with regularly.
Follow this link to see the Kitchen Renovation Phase of this Project