Updated: Sep 22
Location: Addison, TX (north of Dallas off the tollway)
Home type: three story townhome (2 br., 3 bath)
Square footage: 1,708
Project scope: furnishing from scratch
Timeline: about 4 months (due to delays in the supply chain)
This project was dear to my heart because of the amazing client I got to work alongside. He is a widower of about 7 years and just bought this townhome 2 months prior to hiring Hope Miriam Designs. He decided to sell almost every piece of furniture he owned for a fresh start but quickly became overwhelmed with the number of decisions that needed to be made.
This is when we were connected, and we both quickly saw potential for the project ahead. Blank slate projects are typically ideal because the design can intentionally be directed without any outside influences.
What was unique for this client was that he never played an active role in previous furniture decisions as his wife was the main participant in decorating their home. He was starting from square one and didn't have any inspiration to share. So the first thing we did together was take a trip to Knox/Henderson and walked around showrooms. This created an easy opportunity for him to share what he liked/disliked and for me to probe with further questions.
While most don't share the same life circumstances, the discovery process is not only relatable but can be liberating to start without any preconceived notions! Here were a few steps we took in discovering the style and house design plan.
Ditched the style labels (i.e. modern, rustic, contemporary) - they can confuse the process as not everyone has the same definition
Walked through showrooms/brand stores to see what stands out
Get specific about favorite elements - fabric materials, color of wood stain, metal finishes, even specific furniture pieces that will be incorporated
Brought cohesiveness to all the favorite things - if it's not cohesive or scaled to the space, the room will feel like a hodge podge
Before and After Photography
Living room on main floor (client used the main floor for bedroom initially)
Living room wall with stairs
The main focus of this project was creating a space that mixed stone with warm wood tones. There also was a component of black "pops" throughout the space but each piece has a unique texture: stained wood, leather, woven bar stools, metal light fixture, etc.
We wanted the space to feel masculine but curated, not a like bachelor pad. Below is the design board we landed on after a couple iterations for the main space.
Spatially, we needed to create clear walk ways from one stairway to the next along with a defined dining space. We intentionally used a large area rug for the living space to segment that area from the others and floated the sectional to create a natural walkway. Adding the light fixture above the dining space also had purpose in making the space feel like it was intentional.
The main challenge for the client was creating a vocabulary for what he liked/disliked. We not only visited showrooms but also had a number of meetings around revisions where we would try to nail down exactly why he disliked an item. While it's helpful to know that something is not liked, it's critical for the design process to understand the "why" so we can get closer in the next iteration.
This typically is a process with all clients and I really enjoy seeing the transformation of my clients along with the space throughout each project.
Here is some more imagery of the finalized space! All the photography is by the talented Kaylynn Krieg.
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