Redecorating for a New Client

This week I had the pleasure of heading to Seattle to help Jamie, a new client, with her family room.  Jamie and her family live in a fun, older home that has lots of charm.  She was overwhelmed with the placement of her furniture and the look of her shelves, so she invited me to help her out.  Nothing new was purchased for the transformation.  I just rearranged existing furniture and frames and created a shopping list for Jamie for filler items (such as end tables, a throw, and pillows to add some color to the couches…).  So the room isn’t complete yet…..but we sure made some progress.  Now let’s look at some pictures.

Lots of frames were displayed on the shelves…

And the narrow room made furniture placement a challenge.  The couches were facing each other, perpendicular to the fireplace and tv.

Before we started, I had Jamie walk me through her house so I could see if there was any home decor that we could ‘borrow’ from other rooms to decorate her shelves.  After I spotted some potential items,  I cleared off all of the shelves, creating a blank slate for decorating.

When the shelves were cleared,  I was able to easily assess the different sized pictures that I had to work with.  I created a gallery wall on the floor by arranging and rearranging the frames until I came up with a display that filled the wall space best.


By selecting which pictures would be hung on the walls, I then knew which ones were left to accessorize the shelves.  After raiding the kitchen for a few vases and cutting some fresh flowers from the front yard, I created simple vignette’s of frames, books and  vases.

Here are the new shelves…

The couches and lamps were moved too, giving the room better flow.  The love seat now faces the fireplace and tv….

And the longer couch is perpendicular to the fireplace, in front of the widows.

By moving the couches away from the shelves, it opened the corner up for another chair and side table.  For the time being (until a new chair and table are purchased), I put an extra dining room chair there as a place holder.

Jamie hopes to paint the room soon with a more basic color, like a light gray. And she will add in accent colors with pillows and throws to brighten up the brown leather furniture.

I feel like the walls and shelves clearly display what is important to them….family.  The room has a new, refreshing look – without having purchased a single thing! Doesn’t it look great?!

Let’s take one last look at the before and after…

Thank you, Jamie, for inviting me into your home to help out!


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  1. Really pretty! Even the before looks so much better then mine. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. So cozy, I love it!

  3. Margaret says:

    This is a Wow! Looks professional and such clean lines. Really, really good job! Love the new lay-out for the couches as it makes the room look way bigger.

  4. Ahhh, simplifying can make such a BIG impact! It was cute before but looks even better now!

  5. I love what you did and I hope we get to see the room when your cliient finishes it. It is not only inspiring, but also SO encouraging to see a room come together without spending any money.
    I’m really glad you shared.
    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  6. A bajillion times better– you have a great eye. I’d love your ideas for my awkward long and norrow dining / living room combo.

  7. Looks fabulous!!! You have such a great eye 🙂

  8. You worked your magic and it looks amazing! I love the idea of a reading area beside those wonderful bookcases!

  9. Looks great! I love organization.

  10. HI, I just found your blog, and I have to say, I love all the little touches around your home! Those red lanterns on your mantel for Christmas are just adorable. And, then there’s your dining room, with that beautiful table, and those chic chair covers! And…I just became your newest follower, yay! I would SO appreciate you following back! Thanks a bunch! Have a great weekend,

  11. Very artfully arranged…great job!

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