Since last fall, I’ve been working with the interior e-design platform, Laurel & Wolf. It’s a pretty good setup. Everyday I get an email from my designer representative with projects selected for me based on my style and interest. I can review each submission and only submit to projects where I think I am a great fit. Depending on my time constraints and workload, I can choose to submit a design to any or none of the selected projects. I try my hardest to submit to two a week. I love the flexibility.
Once I decide to submit to a project, I normally do a quick floor plan and work on creating a “First Look” for the client. The First Look is a design board that I put together addressing the clients needs for their room. Each client normally receives between 3-5 First Looks from different designers. They then select their favorite design and move forward fine tuning their project.
Of course, I don’t always get selected to work on a project. It’s just the nature of the process that I have submitted some great designs (in my humble opinion) that didn’t make the cut. So instead of letting them sit unused in a folder on my computer, I’m going to share my favorites and give them a moment in the spotlight.
This design is for a small kitchen update, and would have had great potential if only given the chance. Sniff, sniff. It’s a great scheme to liven up existing dated cabinets. New hardware, paint on the wall and base cabinets, quartz countertops, and an awesome backsplash. The wall sconce, barstool, and rug give a masculine edge and add a cool factor. If you were blessed with a builder’s grade kitchen, this scheme would be an easy improvement without tearing out cabinets.
KIDS' PLAY ROOM
I think the rejection of this design was the one I took the hardest. I mean how awesome is this kids' play/study space! I really wanted to work on this project, but alas it wasn’t meant to be. I hope the kids for whom I designed this room are wholly unfulfilled and uninspired with their “other” design. I joke, but not. It had everything you could ever want in a room. Hanging chairs, sailboat kites, dragon pillows, lots of book storage, and super cool art. I want to play and work in this space, and who knows I may recreate it for myself in the future.
FORMAL DINING ROOM
The design above was for a huge formal dining room, and if I remember correctly the only inspiration image was of a massive table from Game of Thrones that her husband requested. I was thoroughly confused, but for some reason submitted to the job anyway. I had to use the architecture of the house, and the adjacent rooms for style guidance. Sometimes, I have very little to build upon. The wall treatment and color were existing, and I selected everything else. The overall scheme of the room is more traditional that I normally like, but of course it’s not always about me. Although, I did use my favorite marble lamp, arabesque and scalloped rug, and I love the mix of pattern. I think this design would have made for a great room.