Working with young couples as they begin their married lives together is one of the most rewarding things we do. Not only do we have the opportunity to help them make smart choices & avoid some of the pitfalls of early homeownership. But, by helping with the many decorating choices being made by first-time home buyers, we help save time, money and frustration. Lending our experience to the mix, we help create the functional and beautifully decorated home of their dreams. This past week, we added the final touches on one of these projects.
This Palatine, IL couple had recently closed on their first home together when they reached out to us in May of this year. The ’50s ranch-style house had undergone major interior renovations prior to their purchase. So, many of the core choices, like flooring and paint color, had already been made for us. Along with consulting on a few additional renovations, we were asked to help the couple merge their somewhat different decorating styles and fill in the missing pieces for their new home.
Replacing a sliding door to nowhere in the Living Room was a priority for our clients. In its place, they wanted a contemporary fireplace. After discussing several possibilities, we settled on a white granite, stacked stone fireplace flanked by built-in storage and floating shelves. The homeowners added two skylights in the room to help compensate for the natural light lost by closing in the slider.
During our initial consultation, we helped them determine priorities, discussed styles and budget, and made a list of the purchases we needed to compliment the items we’d be reusing from their previous homes. Then, we went to work sourcing all the new furniture along with window treatments, artwork, rugs, pillows & throws, plants, books & accessories and every other minute detail necessary to style a blank-slate like this one.
The homeowners wanted to focus their efforts on the main floor, keeping the large finished basement in mind for repurposing older pieces. Our new furniture purchases included a sofa and matching chair, a pair of club chairs, round cocktail table, trunk style side tables, dining table and chairs, a rollaway kitchen island, nightstands for the Master Bedroom, and desks for the Office. We also selected new lighting for the Dining Room and Master Suite hallway.
After construction on the fireplace wall was done and all of the new furniture delivered, we arrived with our team and a moving van full of finishing touches. Working at a feverish pace, we arranged furniture and styled the entire house in about 8 hours.
Starting a life together as a newlywed couple is full of all kinds of challenges. Buying and decorating a new home can add even more unnecessary stress. While it took several months to get things just right, the end result was well worth the wait. Making smart choices already, I see many years of happiness ahead for this great couple in their beautiful new home.
Happy Decorating from Decor Designs, Inc. 815-245-2433