Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Online Design Consultation

I recently finished an online design consultation and thought I would share!

My client and her young family live in an 80+ year old bungalow, which is full of character, but not space. The living room is only about 13'x12' and needed to function for both relaxing/tv watching and entertaining/conversation.

To maximize seating and storage in a small space I made a few items multipurpose to fit the scale of the room while meeting their needs.

To stay on budget, I decided to mix new items like a new sofa with a few DIY projects, such as a refinished dresser and chair.

My client loves color and pattern and wanted to include colors inspired by a peacock, so that is the direction that we headed in!

She found an amazing serpentine dresser at a local flea market for $25. It needs refinishing, but since it has a beautiful wood grain, refinishing it in medium brown would be a great option ... 

or a fun peacock blue would look fabulous too! 

Here are some of the features of the room:

Seating was maximized by a long sofa, chair, upholstered ottoman/coffee table which can be pulled away from the sofa when additional seating is needed and a few poufs that are able to be moved around as needed. 

The dresser will provide much needed storage and rustic crates on wheels under the sofa and upholstered ottoman will be great to store kids toys and blankets. 

My client currently has a rectangular coffee table that she will be upholstering with foam and a faux ostrich; however, if more storage is needed a flip up storage ottoman would be perfect!  

Fabric trimmed Lenda draperies from Ikea were a great way to stay on budget while adding a custom look that brightens up the room. 

Hanging framed art around the TV was a good solution to incorporate the TV within the gallery wall. 

and frame shelves are a great way to add a little extra visual interest to a narrow walkway! 

Finally, a few 3D shots to get a sense of the space:

I really enjoyed worked on this cozy living room, and I am looking forward to seeing finished photos when its complete!

If you are interested in design consultation for all or part of a room, feel free to contact me at sarah dot m dot dorsey at gmail dot com


  1. Will you share what software you use to create your 3D images? Thanks!

    1. Thank you! LOVE your blog. Your DIY projects are so creative!

  2. love it! FYI, if they have a Hobby Lobby close to them, i saw that exact pouf there at my local store recently.

  3. Wow, love it! Great colors!


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