(Hi Owen, Hi Everett!! :))
Here is the room before:
Here is the inspiration board I put together for the room.
(Sources and details are withheld from the blog post out of respect to the client. Thanks for understanding.)
One of the biggest recommendations was to add architectural interest in the form of built-ins, classic millwork in the fireplace/hearth area and raised paneling or wainscoting in the foyer. Whenever I can, this is one of the first places I suggest investing in, since it adds a level of character you can't achieve with furniture and fabrics alone. Some homes have it to start (lucky ducks), but lots of newer construction homes need a little push in this area. The idea Karen was most excited about was adding the built-in bookcases and "window" seat. Here were some inspiration images I used to get her wheels turning...
adding sconces was a must!
^^I originally suggested painting them a darker gray blue like the above, but I love how fresh the white turned out. Perfect for a home with so much natural southern California sunlight!^^
All of these are great examples of how to add the coziness of a window seat, even when there isn't a window. :)
Now here are the afters (or durings, since there is still more to come!):
^Amazing, right??!! And how great do the old wingbacks look slipcovered? And the new fireplace too! The bookcase and reading spot steal the show though.^
It really does feel good to play a small role in such a transformation. This is exactly what I had hoped for when I began my consulting business. Thank you, Karen, for trusting me and for making it even lovelier than I imagined - you are one talented lady!!