Living Room Makeover

Get The Look: Palm Springs Project

 
Michelle Gage // Get The Look: Palm Springs Project
Michelle Gage // Get The Look: Palm Springs Project
Michelle Gage // Get The Look: Palm Springs Project

Happy 2019! I thought I’d start the new year off with a new series here on the blog. Admittedly, I don’t blog as much as I’d like to. The truth is, blogging is HUGE time commitment. It looks quick and easy - but it really takes a few hours to pull together a post. So I pop in here when I can - but again - not as often as I would like.

That said, I’ve had this “Get The Look” idea stewing in my mind for a while now. There are a few rooms that I get asked about sources CONSTANTLY. While I don’t like to divulge where I source things for my design clients, I’m happy to spill secrets on pieces from my home or past One Room Challenges.

If you’ve been following along for some time now, you’re likely pretty familiar with The Palm Springs Project. This was the first One Room Challenge that I completed for 2017’s spring season and it was a BLAST! It’s a project that I am constantly asked about, likely because it’s just loads of fun. So, without further delay, you can find the entire source list below. It shares either the exact product link - or - similar styles if the original item is no longer in stock.

Thank you to Megan, my wonderful design assistant, for pulling this source list together! Be warned - this list is JAM PACKED! Not only will you find links to the amazing brass and lucite bar cart - but you’ll also find links to ALL of the pieces you need to style it. NOT ONLY THAT…Megan has gone ahead and completed FOUR MORE ROOMS for you all - so be sure to come back to the blog every Wednesday in January for some additional design inspiration. You don’t want to miss out. ;)

Michelle Gage // Get The Look: Palm Springs Project
 

Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room

 
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room

Clients ask me all the time, "What is the first piece we need to pick out?" I always tell them that any item can kickoff a room's design. If you have a great vintage rug, colors can be pulled out for wall paint. If you want to include a worn leather chair, the other upholstery items can be linen or velvet to balance the materials out. 

In this case, my client fell in love with an inspirational image I sent her. The image was of a living room featuring a blue velvet Anthropologie sofa. Once that piece was locked in, everything else fell into place. The clients wanted recliners. Yes, believe it or not, these chairs recline. They had to either be a durable linen or leather, to balance out the velvet sofa. To add in yet another material, we selected this round leather ottoman which works well for families with young, energetic kids. 

The clients had a great, soft grey rug that we wanted to use in the space. It was a few sizes too small for the room, so we layered an affordable jute option underneath. This one fit the room well and is less expensive than if we were to purchase the same grey rug in the appropriate size. 

A few more key items (side tables, shelving, etc.) helped to fill out the space. These (truly wonderful) clients had been passed down a vintage icebox, which made for the perfect home bar. The gallery wall over the sofa features prints of citiesthat the couple has traveled to together. Lastly, we layered in some lightingpillows and decor - the finishing touches.

It was important to make sure the room didn't lean either too feminine or too masculine. My client, we'll call her "Annie", has 3 young boys. She wanted a living room that she could relax in, as well as one that her husband ("Jeff") and children could enjoy. She got her dreamy Anthropologie sofa. He got his recliners. With one quick push of the ottoman, the boys have enough floor space to play with their Legos. Is it possible to make everyone in the family happy? Not always, but in this case, YESSS!

Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room
Michelle Gage // Before + After: Feminine / Masculine Living Room