Okay. This is a draft of a post from October 24, 2010. I never completed it as you'll see. I have a weird block about follow-through once I've completed an interior design job, I never get around to posting the documentation. I'm too much like a locmotive, moving forward, on to the next job, not looking back. But I had an incredibly lovely long chat with my dear friend Scott this morning -- a fellow blogger and designer whom I've communicated with by email for years and exchanged gifts by mail, but had never ever heard his voice until this morning! -- and he urged me to post some of my work. So I'll begin by sharing this snippet of a post.
Here is a Victorian flat in San Francisco that I designed, on an incredibly low budget I might add. The home is a rental and the job had a lot of constraints. The landlord would not allow me do any of the following: tear up the sad 1980s dusty rose wall-to-wall carpeting to reveal the hardwood floors, paint the somber fireplace bricks, or to paint the cheesy 1980s oak kitchen cupboards. I really was dreaming of working with the original Victorian architecture and returning the place to its former glory. I'm pleased with the changes within the limitations. Click on any of the photos for a larger view.
Living room before:
Besides the dusty rose carpeting you can see that the living room walls were a whisper of pink. Might have been nice for a little girl's room in the 80s, but not for grown-up sophisticated San Francisco living. Which reminds me, "Those toys gotta go." The country hutch in the corner, sold on craig's List, had no place in this scheme. We kept the client's lovely wing back chairs but couldn't work with the period sofa. It needed reupholstering and with the button-back the cost was prohibitive.