what I do

what I do

Thursday, July 26, 2012


I started working with a new client, a "older" single gal who has a big personality, a ton of energy and looks 20 years younger than she is; seriously, she is one beautiful gal.  Her design aesthetic is very different than mine and at first, her color palette challenged me. I wrote about it here how I was not very excited about the black, gray and red room that she wanted. The most important thing for me when I start working with a new client is to find out what it is that they love so that I can translate that into a space that they will love coming home to. After our first meeting I thought that I understood what she was looking for and I went to find a curtain fabric as my jumping off point.

I was very excited about the fabric I found and hoped my client would like it as well...

But a few days later I got an email from her telling me that she looked through the idea book that I had left for her (the binder of all my old magazine clippings) and there was nothing in there that inspired her at all - everything was too traditional for her. I was surprised to hear that as most of the rooms in the binder were transitional at best and many leaned more towards a much more modern style. I realized that what I thought she would like was not going to work any longer so I went back to the drawing board.

The client has four black and white chairs that are to stay as well as gray concrete floors. Everything else could be changed. I new she liked lacquer furniture and would love to have everything black and white with gray and red.  

I went back to look for new fabrics and put together a couple of mood boards for her.

Duralee 20861

I had selected quite a few geometric patterns that I felt were the more modern look she wanted and then threw this one in. I thought I could pull off the modern look she wanted with this and I was hoping she would like it. It turned out she did.

The walls:

Thunder | AF 685

While I was searching for a white lacquer credenza, I came across this artwork at Room Service:

The walls in the space are very high and I needed large and dramatic artwork. This was perfect! Not only is Brigitte Bardot right out of my client's "era" ... this portrait could be my client - she looks just like this. 

I played around with a couple of mood boards to use for my presentation.

We are still in the planning stages but I like the direction it is going! 


Holly Gruszka said...

Hot damn! It's HOT! I love how you were inspired by Brigitte - go with it Sherri. :)

Anonymous said...

There was a time the black, red and gray would have been a fun choice for me as well. As designers it can be difficult sometimes to interpret a look especially when it is something we are not particularly fond of but you are doing a great job. I look forward to the finished project.

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

Gorgeous! I like the huge portrait. How cool that it looks like her -- I'd want that compliment at any age, lol. I hope you are having a great summer, I've missed reading you, as I've been taking some time off from blogland.

Joseph van Essche said...

Perhaps a framed bikini bottom? Take a look at Society Social....a bar cart or something piped!
Love it....love that large portrait of Brigitte.


I agree...it is SO hard to do a design plan if you aren't "feeling" it but I actually love what you have put together and hope the presentation goes well!