We seriously love getting photo updates from our E-Design clients and this one's too good not to share! For clients who are uninspired, busy-as-can-be or just looking for an affordable fix, this service is a great option. When a client sends After photos of their room design we feel completely satisfied and give ourselves and the client a high-five for a job well done! After all, E-Design relies not only on us providing the tools but on the client putting in some work to make it all come together. It's really a team effort. In this case, our Los Angeles clients were looking to brighten and bring personality to their bedroom. Here's a look at how our process works and Before & After photos from the clients themselves:
It's always important for us to gather some information from a client before we get started and our questionnaire is the first step in the design process. This gives us insight into a client's budget, timeline and style preferences. There are some other things we generally like to know that are not listed on the questionnaire, but usually obtained through email communications and/or a peek at a client's social media accounts (namely, Instagram or Pinterest). Who are they? What do they do? How old are they? What are they into?
For this particular project, we found ourselves working for a young couple- early 30's, living in Los Angeles. He's a music composer and she oversees social media marketing at Disney Music Group. They've been together for a couple years and have shared their two bedroom apartment (with cat, Elvis) for a year and a half. They're both young, hip and have great personal style but were a combination of too busy and clueless when it came to pulling together a look for their bedroom.
Pinterest is one of our favorites and an incredibly helpful source to get an idea of what a client wants. People have a tendency to post what they like and it's usually pretty consistent (although it's not totally abnormal for people to be all over the place either).
For Becky, it was super clear that she is inspired by a light, bright space consisting of neutrals with some contrast (black/gray) and patterns. She let us know that they wanted to keep the bed and in fact loved it's woodsy feel, but didn't want the room to feel too rustic. The nightstands could either stay or go depending on if we had room in the $700 (including E-Design fee) max budget. She wanted to brighten things up with new bedding, throw in a little pattern and metallics and give the room an overall organic-modern style. As for boyfriend Tim, his one request was "not too many pillows", which seems to be a very reoccurring concern from our male clientele (can't help but lol).
After we've gotten a sense of who the client is, the space (and measurements) they're working with and the outcome they're hoping to achieve in the room, we move forward with creating a mood board. This provides a visual for the client and also serves as a reference for us. While we would love to see everything from the board end up in the design, there are times when substitutions must be made due to budget or stock availability. As long as there's a general direction, and the client is on board with it, we move forward with the design plan.
Our E-Design Plan comes with a Shopping List, Room Layout and Design Guide for completing the installation.
- The Shopping List features direct links to purchase products online (some may be available for store pick-up), as well as dimensions, colors and any other need-to-know details. It is advised that products are purchased in a timely manner to avoid an item selling out of stock.
- The Room Layout shows placement of furniture, art and accessories in the space. This features measurements and may include notes as well.
- The Design Guide lists steps and helpful tips for the room install. Here, we mention details such as the tools and hardware that will be needed or the height at which something should hang. The guide may even include other details such as the type of lightbulb we recommend for your fixture or how often to water your new plant.
To brighten the space, we chose this white bedding with a grid pattern from Urban Outfitters. The white instantly brightened the room while the high contrast pattern gave it a cool, modern look. The small sheepskin rug adds warmth and light to the dark wood floors.
The window was screaming for a more substantial curtain rod. We chose a black rod with a cage design that mimics the grid pattern of the bedding. By hanging it close to the ceiling and switching out the curtains with a simple, white linen the room feels so much larger and more airy.
We kept the existing nightstands in the plan, allowing for more money to be spent on the details. The graphic print pillow from Society 6 drives home the "woodsy vibe" the clients wanted but in a subtle way. We liked what the clients were trying to do with the brass Before lamps but they were mismatched and too large for the nightstands. Replacing them with a matching set of smaller, brass cube lamps helped the room feel more sophisticated.
Notice the band poster from the Before photo is hung much too high. We replaced the art on that wall with a wall hanging available in our online store, Shop Scouted. The white/off-white color of the yarn adds monochromatic texture and the brass rings give a little extra shine in that corner while the placement gives a layering effect. The framed Beatles poster had previously hung opposite the bed and we suggested moving that to the large wall opposite the mirrored closet. For the corner we helped the client find a funky, vintage chair from Craigslist. Two small pieces hang across from the bed, one from Urban Outfitters and the other handmade by a friend. Besides the faux succulent and lamps, all other nightstand decor belonged to the clients and was found in various places throughout their home - which brings up a great point: look around your home, scout things out, search your drawers and cabinets OR just try moving things around. You'll be amazed by all the great stuff you already have hiding around your home!
Get the Look:
Bedding: Wonky Grid Duvet Cover + Pillowcase Set, Urban Outfitters
Euro Shams/ Inserts: Pima Cotton Euro Sham White, Wayfaif / Down Alternative Euro Pillow, Wayfair
Throw Pillow: Mists No 2, Society 6
Curtains: White Linen Window Panels 96", HomeGoods
Curtain Rod: Threshold Industrial Cage Curtain Rod, Target
Lamps: Brass and Marble Box Accent Lamp, Target
Shag Rug: 2x3 Gordon Faux Sheepskin Rug, One Kings Lane
Wall Hanging: Rachel Arakas Wall Hanging, Scouted Home
Wall Art: Flourishing Lungs Art Print, Urban Outfitters
Succulent: Theshold Faux Potted Succulent, Target
Wall Hook: 5 Peg Wall Hook White, HomeGoods
Chair: Vintage, Craigslist
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*Instagram images + Before & Afters via @beckysake