When we first met this client, who was a guest at our Halloween party last year, she was living in a temporary place while her new town home was being built. Our ears perked up when she mentioned she would be interviewing designers to help with her new home; she wanted to use a designer to furnish her entire home so she and her daughter “would only have to bring a toothbrush”.
After interviewing a few designers, she selected Dream House Studios, mostly because she really connected with one of our designers, Wesley. After connecting so well, Wesley designed the home for this young single Mom and her daughter, both whom are sophisticated and girly in their personal taste and style. And although girly can sometimes mean an all over pink house, we sufficed with just a pink bathroom, while the overall style remained a neutral palette: creams, greys, & browns.
Wesley approached the layout differently, treating it the townhouse more like a home than a designed model. The kitchen was designed with comfort and more seating areas for better function, considering that it would be the hub of the house. We used some interesting fabrics, like Sunbrella fabric which is stain and fade resistant, and some vintage pieces from an antique store in Charlottesville, Virginia (check out the amazing table!). Wesley also helped with all the other selections for house (lighting, furniture, drapery, etc.), with the exception of two toothbrushes, of course.
The entire project took about six months. On “move-in day” we installed EVERYTHING. We made the beds, washed the new dishes and stemware, filled the picture frames with their photographs, lit candles and waited for our client to “come home”. It was such a rewarding experience for all of us. Our client was overwhelmed by her new, beautiful house. We opened a bottle of champagne and walked from room to room watching her take it all in.
These are the moments that we designers relish. It is a lot of work to design and install an entire house, but it’s moments like this that make it all worth while.