Updated: Feb 8, 2019
Clients of mine who live in a Belltown studio wanted that cool, mid-century, urban look without breaking the bank. These hip renters aimed to put their stamp on the place in an impermanent way, so that they could take it with them.
Exhibit A: Super cool, downtown view studio. Otherwise known as: an empty box.
I started with a mood board, which is a way to visually communicate the aesthetic in a one-sheet format.The mood board featured their existing modern, gray, upholstered furniture from Joybird layered with well-priced accents and accessories from easy-to-access online retailers. I featured tempaper (removable wallpaper created specifically with apartment dwellers in mind) and big impact color in contained (read: less scary to the color-phobic) doses in the form of throw pillows, art area rugs, simple, modern lamps, end tables, and bar cabinet.
The transformation was pretty streamlined. Using Pinterest as an online file cabinet, my clients were able to select their choice of lamps, rugs, art, and accessories. Details like having the correctly-sized area rug and right scale for an end table make a huge difference in whether your space feels well thought out or not. Here are some of the specific items we landed on:
Here, the transformation begins. The tempaper made a ginormous difference.
Look how happy the young lovers are in their newly coolified space!
Update: When these clients moved to a bigger, cooler downtown space with exposed brick walls six months later, they took it all with them. Bonus!
I am happily designing my life away at Christine Werlin Design & Decor and invite you to take a look at our work!