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HomeHouse Design"Rejuvenating" My Pal's Residing And Eating Rooms - My Subsequent No-Reno Challenge:)

“Rejuvenating” My Pal’s Residing And Eating Rooms – My Subsequent No-Reno Challenge:)

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When certainly one of your finest buddies on the planet has an issue (a brand new lovely home with outdated starter furnishings) and you’ve got the talents to resolve it, it’s just too painful to allow them to undergo for lengthy. Add in the truth that you’ve children of very totally different ages (thus fewer household hangs than you need) and two very demanding jobs (permitting for nearly zero weeknight social time). It’s then you definitely understand that perhaps the excuse to hold is required. So now I get to carve out time to hold with Robs and name it work. Backstory – Robyn and I’ve been finest buddies since sixth grade and have stayed tremendous shut once I lived in New York and LA together with a few my different childhood finest buddies (shout out to Megs and Nic). They’re one of many essential causes I needed to maneuver again to Oregon. Y’all, if they are saying that the standard of your life is measured by the standard of your relationships, then I’ve an especially high-quality life due to these three. If there’s something I might want for our youngsters is lifelong deep friendships like Brian and I’ve with our respective cohorts – my goodness is it each uplifting and grounding to develop into adults and oldsters with individuals who knew you throughout puberty:)

That’s Robs and I 8 years in the past when she secretly got here down for a Gold Peak Tea advert marketing campaign that was, you already know, centered on making reminiscences with family members, childhood pictures, whereas ingesting iced tea! (a type of “my job is each hilarious and oh-so-fun” days). Final 12 months we completed Robyn’s basement, mudroom, new toilet, and teenage son’s room with the lead design by Priscilla Frost (I moved up once they had been 1/2 means completed so I largely simply styled and helped get some furnishings partnerships for the mission, Priscilla dealt with the renovation). However Priscilla has taken a full-time place (and this present mission is simply ornament, not renovation), so I felt like I might deal with the design work. I imply, I do have a purchasing dependancy however want nothing for our dwelling so I’ve been capable of direct that Saturday morning power someplace productive:) In case you’re questioning (as a result of everybody asks), no I don’t really feel comfy charging my buddies for my design time, however they don’t really feel comfy not paying so we often land the place they cowl my staff’s time for design help and pictures/videography and I hope to earn cash from the advertisements on the weblog publish and presumably partnerships ought to I pitch the mission out). However it’s not about cash, it’s about having enjoyable with my finest buddy whereas attending to do my job, so I take into account myself extremely fortunate. Let’s get into it:

The Residing Room

So right here’s what we acquired. Nice bones in a classic home stuffed with outdated starter furnishings (nothing mistaken with starter furnishings however try that solar fading on the again of the loveseat on the far proper of the picture!!). Robyn has an enormous job at Nike and has labored her ass off for many years climbing the company ladder in what was a reasonably dude-bro setting. She needed a house that mirrored her and her household’s present design fashion and I needed to present that to her/them. She, like most individuals I do know, desires to like their dwelling extra however doesn’t have the time to dedicate to adorning, doesn’t know the place to begin, and doesn’t have a vast price range after transferring and upgrading the house (and saving for child’s faculties). She was simply so bummed to stroll into her new home that she loves and be upset along with her 15-year-old $300 couch set (it labored means higher in her outdated dwelling). She suffered from the ever-present “I simply need issues to be higher, however I don’t understand how I’ll ever do it” ailment. I acquired you Robs!!!

Right here’s the plan:

  1. Paint both partitions or bookshelves/fire (at present planning on bookshelves and fireside). Possibly each but when we don’t should then GREAT, which saves on labor.
  2. New larger high quality, heirloom furnishings that works for her household of 4 (two teen boys) and their pup.
  3. New window therapies (they love the perform of those so this will probably be a complete weblog publish about how we’re giving them the identical degree of privateness and ease of the shutters, however simply not these shutters which really feel far too coastal and received’t match the vibe after we are completed).

See how they stick out up to now when they’re open? We nonetheless haven’t discovered what we’re going to do, however I’m pushing to ditch the shutters (I like inside shutters at instances, for positive).

The lounge must perform as an informal TV room at evening, (they’ve a basement TV teen cling house), so they need this to be comfy sufficient however extra elevated than a “TV room” (the mix all of us need, proper?).

It’s additionally a pass-through lounge (not my favourite format, which I persistently appear to personal) so we have to make it possible for the format flows nicely. There actually is just one method to lay it out (essential couch towards that wall) in order that half is fairly straightforward.

The Eating Room

Within the eating room, they’ve a extremely lovely heirloom desk that we’re undoubtedly maintaining. However the rug will go elsewhere in the home and we’re changing and donating the chandelier (and decreasing the brand new one a number of inches). We hope to wallpaper in right here and ideally go away the built-ins and window trims the creamy white (changing {hardware}).

The view out the window is so fairly (you may see Mount Hood) and stuffed with bushes so we don’t plan on window therapies in right here. The pure gentle is great so it may well deal with a deeper shade (and/or wallpaper) on the partitions. I’m VERY EXCITED.

So What Is The Vibe?

We’re going for a comfortable and fashionable library/lodge vibe. It wants shade, sample, texture – all of the issues – and we would like it to really feel collected and extra historic. Ryan loves deep, even daring colours (blues, greens, and burgundies) whereas Robyn loves issues to be a bit lighter and extra calming – blues, greens, and a barely extra curated shade palette.

So right here’s the way it all went down. I’ve an exquisite leather-based tufted couch and two cream swivel chairs – all from Rejuvenation that I couldn’t discover the proper house for in our dwelling. I used to be hoarding them as a result of they’re superior and I knew I’d discover a house for them finally. They had been in storage and I used to be not solely feeling responsible about simply hoarding them, however feared that they’d get broken. Since they had been all three from Rejuvenation and the lighting that we had already thought of shopping for was from Rejuvenation, we figured this could be a superb pitch to perhaps swing a deal. All our partnerships are negotiated individually based mostly on many many issues, and for this one, I pitched one thing that made it a win each for Robyn/Ryan and for Rejuvenation (and I like working with Rejuvenation, love their furnishings and lighting and figured that it will not solely velocity up the mission however enable for us to make a greater room, which is a win for EHD). Most significantly it simply felt acceptable on this dwelling, Rejuvenation is native to Portland and I knew that I might mix their heirloom high quality furnishings to present that collected but historic vibe that we had been going for.

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Leather-based Couch | Swivel Chairs

Right here’s The place We Are Headed

That is the tough lounge temper board…

and this one is for the eating room.

Now a few of this may change, however here’s what have chosen so far. Robyn, Ryan, and I went to Rejuvenation on a Saturday for a number of hours and checked out each single factor. I acquired an incredible sense of what they beloved, so afterward I pulled collectively a plan that I felt assured might work harmoniously. Truthfully, as a result of you may customise their items a lot (greater than many different bigger manufacturers of their scale) it’s a lot a lot a lot simpler to make it look collected and never like a catalog.

Now I do know {that a} sponsored makeover with virtually all furnishings from the identical retailer may not be relatable to most of you (maybe by no means) however loads of the design choices and issues to resolve hopefully will probably be (like what to do about these shutters, how to decide on items that “look” collected over time even when they aren’t). Truthfully, all of us really feel so fortunate and grateful that we get to do that right here collectively. Ryan is tremendous helpful so Brian is getting a buddy to assist him construct the alpaca shelter this summer time 🙂 See? Win/win! Cheers for designing with buddies and calling it work:)

Extra to return quickly. xx



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