The importance of those finishing touches
As the famous quote by Charles Ray Eames says "The details are not the details, they make the design".
The finishing touches in an interior can completely transform a room from drab to fab and my latest project shows you exactly how.
I received an interesting enquiry just over a week ago to style two bedrooms in a beautiful period property near Sefton Park in Liverpool. The property has ten bedrooms in total and initially, I was to style two of them and take some nice pictures for their website.
I was really excited to work on it for a few different reasons, the first being that I love working on period properties because they have some really unique and interesting qualities. This property has incredible high ceilings and beautiful sash windows. Secondly, it was such a quick turn-around project and it meant that I was able to show you a before and after blog within 1.5 weeks! I received the enquiry on Tuesday 22nd May and the job was complete and photographed on 1st June.
Other projects I've been working on just aren't finished yet and I'd rather not bore you blogging about all the fiddly bits in-between. If you prefer to see the behind the scenes stuff (the design process, realities, mishaps and frustrations!) then head over to my Insta-stories!
When you are marketing a property to sell or let out, it's vital you showcase it in the best possible way otherwise your customers may struggle to visual living there. High quality images and a well presented interior is a way to increase your potential for a quick sale or let and more importantly will help your property stand out from the crowd.
Here are some photos of what the two rooms looked like before I worked my magic!
Room 1 before
Room 2 before
Both rooms already had carpets laid, a chandelier in each and basic furniture packs consisting of a double bed, chest of drawers, wardrobe and a bedside table. I had to work with these existing elements and tie in new occasional furniture as well as style the rooms with finishing touches to make them look fresh, inviting, fit in with the style of the property and complement the existing furniture. The budget was tight and I couldn't go crazy mad, so I sourced a few second-hand items mixed with Ikea, B&Q, Matalan, West Elm, Very and Homesense finds. I also roped in a sofa from one of the other communal spaces, as I didn't have enough money in the budget to buy two lots of extra seating! The main thing I wanted to achieve was to create an eclectic look that didn't look as though it had been bought all from the same shop.
It was a challenge, but it was a fun project and I'm really happy with the end result. Most importantly, my clients were delighted too and that was a BIG relief because they didn't have a clue what they were going to get other than a floor plan and overview of my ideas. They trusted me to just get on with it, and at the end of the styling day they were happily surprised like on one of those '60 minute make over' show moments when the rooms are finally revealed to the customer! (except these things don't take 60 minutes at all.... the whole process of research, planning, shopping and styling takes more like 3 days for a job this size).
Supporting local artists
This project provided me with a perfect opportunity to incorporate work from local artists into both rooms. I'm really passionate about supporting local creative businesses and I think it looks much better when you include unique art which is not from a chain store. The art can really make a difference to the overall look and feel of a space; luckily I managed to source a few pieces of artwork that complemented the colour schemes.
Following the styling I took a few photos of each room and I can't wait to find out what you think!
Room 1 after
Art: Fox and Velvet
Fox and velvet are a Liverpool based company creating beautiful things that people love. Bold & contemporary, with a nod to the retro, their designs have found homes on hundreds of walls since they opened their Etsy store in 2014. They have some gorgeous prints and if you love to travel, make sure you check out their fabulous prints for different cities around the world.
Room 2 after
Art: Grace Emily Art
Grace Emily Art is a local Liverpool artist creating intricate illustrations of iconic Liverpool landmarks with pops of colour. She has a gorgeous selection of art with different colours so make sure to check out her Facebook page!
If you're looking to visit Liverpool, this property will be available to book from August this year 🙂 Would you stay here?
If you'd like to find out how I can help you with styling your property then you can book a free consultation here. I work on a mixture of residential and commercial schemes offering a mixture of advice, styling as well as full interior design and project management.