For some reason, I really slacked off last year on showing y’all completed rooms that I decorated. So I’ll start off today by showing you the updated room of one of my most stubborn clients ever!! You can read more about this stubborn client here and here.
It’s been a year since I last told you about her, so you may have forgotten. Here’s a quick recap.
When I first tried to convince her that her house needed updating, her family room (and breakfast room/kitchen) looked like this…
Straight out of the 80′s, right? So after dragging her along kicking and screaming, we made some pretty dramatic changes…
But there was always the issue of that carpet. I tried for a year (or more) to convince this stubborn client that she needed hardwood floors, but she resisted. Finally, one day out of the blue, she e-mailed me and said she wanted to look at the possibility of hardwood flooring. I couldn’t believe it! She had finally come around. We selected a gorgeous mahogany wide plank (real wood) floor, and what a difference it made!
So the last remaining item on the list seemed to be area rugs. We searched…and searched…and searched. The search lasted several months, and at last, we found a rug that we both loved.
But along the way, other changes were made as well. She decided that she wanted to replace the sofa (which was showing terrible wear after only three years–not really sure what went wrong there!), and she wanted to eliminate the leather recliner, which had developed horrible dark spots in certain areas like the head rest area. So along with our search for the perfect area rug, we also had to find new furniture.
It all finally came together, and here is the result…
I just love how warm and cozy it feels now. The chairs were actually Craigslist finds that we had reupholstered. Gotta love Craigslist!!
We still have a “to do” list. We want to replace the coffee table with an upholstered ottoman. And I’m still praying that the huge bohemoth t.v. will die, so that we can rework that whole wall with something more streamlined, like a pretty credenza with a flat screen t.v. mounted above on the wall. But that’s probably wishful thinking. That bohemoth t.v. has been through the fire (literally) and it just won’t die. But I’m holding out hope!!
So that’s the saga of the ever-changing family room. It’s been an adventure! Oh, and my very stubborn client has actually become really open to my ideas over the last four years. It took some smooth-talking and feet-dragging, but she’s finally come around!!
(Thanks, Mom, for being such a good sport about your home!!)