Guys, I cannot contain my excitement for this reveal! I am thrilled to share the "after images" of our One Room Challenge. This was a true collaboration between myself (designer), Natalie (client) and Kyle (photographer). After being introduced via Instagram, I hired Kyle to shoot my living room. A few months later, she reached out to see if I had any new spaces wrapping up. I didn't. The One Room Challenge was right around the corner, so I asked her if she would be interested in collaborating on it. The only issue was that I didn't actually have a space to makeover. My home was completely done. That's when I reached out to Natalie. We had connected on Instagram a few months prior and I bookmarked her in my mind as a person I'd like to work with one day. She favors quirky and colorful designs, like myself, so I knew we'd be a good match. As luck would have it, she was in the process of moving into a new home and was in need of some design expertise!
We completed the entire project virtually. I worked on the designs from my studio in Philadelphia and Natalie received deliveries at her home in Jersey City. Our styles blended perfectly together, so working over email was a piece of cake!
Since Natalie had incurred a lot of expenses with her move, we wanted to keep the costs for this makeover modest. Her budget gave us plenty of room to get our desired look, but we kept things balanced by shopping through affordable retailers like Target, Article, Wayfair and World Market. If you wish to peep more of our potential product picks, hop on over to the Pinterest board.
During this six weeks, we made minor changes to the design plan. We wound up coming in under budget, so we added this glam lucite and brass bar cart, instead of a metal one we had been eyeing. We snagged a 20% discount code and within days, Natalie's dream bar cart had arrived! To avoid painting, we brought the WOW in through this colorful wallpaper. It went with the whole Palm Springs vibe, but it wasn't any of the same old palm print styles we were used to seeing. Bonus, it was removable, which is a renter's dream. The wallpaper was originally intended for the opposite (fireplace) wall, but we were short some so we flipped the script - AND I'M SO GLAD WE DID! Hiccups happen in design all the time. It helps to be nimble!
Once the space was set, Kyle came out to shoot it. Together, Kyle and Natalie spent the day capturing the perfect shots you see here. Everyone played such an integral role in the process and I am proud to say that this was a dream team collaboration. We are all so thrilled with the results and hope that you dig the space as much as we do! Cocktails, anyone?
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