About a month ago we did another weekend makeover with Target, this time of blogger Nicolette Mason‘s new house. The whole reveal will be on monday here but I wanted to give you a bit of a sneak peek into the process as a teaser. Because I’m a big old tease.
Nicolette and her new wife and pug had just moved in and didn’t really have much. Here is what their space looked like before:
Except for the pieces that she did have (which were really good) it was a total blank canvas. The home has a shared living/dining/kitchen on the same floor so we addressed both areas.
She sent me a mood board of her style to start the ideas firing:
It’s old Hollywood, with an edge – and a lot of contrast and pink. When I saw this I got really excited but her space is brand new so I knew that in order for it to not look like a fun house w were going to have to tame it down a bit. My goal was to give her the vibe that she wanted, but still keep it sophisticated and appropriate to the condo. So I came up with two quick art directions:
What she already had was the sofa, coffee table, side table (not shown) and those curtains. This version has that beautiful marbleized/geode wallpaper, with a lot of hits of black and pink. It walks the line towards crazy without overstepping it – which is a delicate thing to do.
Grain Wallpaper | Black and White Prints | Green Accent Chairs | Black and White Blanket | Copper and Marble Table | Wood and Brass Lamp: Target | Tribal Pillow: Target | Beaded Pillow | Chesterfield Sofa | Brass Coffee Table | Black Ottoman | Geometric Mirror | Copper and Marble Lamp | Brass Side Table | Barcart | Black and White Striped Curtains | Pink Rug
Since she (and I) is so attracted to that classic Martinique wallpaper which is a fortune, by the way, I found this more modern version and proposed this plan:
This one felt even more calm – although not totally there yet. These were just to gauge her interest in the more major pieces – hot pink Persian rug versus a solid, neutral wallpaper versus the crazy palm, etc.
Palm Wallpaper | Black and White Prints | Green Accent Chairs | Black and White Blanket | Copper and Marble Table | Wood and Brass Lamp: Target | Tribal Pillow: Target | Beaded Pillow | Chesterfield Sofa | Brass Coffee Table | Black Ottoman | Geometric Mirror | Copper and Marble Lamp | Brass Side Table | Barcart | Black and White Striped Curtains | Green/Gray Rug
Based on this feedback we created a third plan, combining the two, but if I showed you that I’d have to kill you and I’m very busy today (what with the studio sale and all) so instead I’ll give you a sneak peek and then next week you have to come see how the room really turned out.
You know I don’t like to hype things up and that generally in life I like to lower people’s expectations so I can swoop in and impress them, but I’ll just say this: I’m extremely excited to show you this makeover.
Also during the makeover I convinced Frankie to tell ALL her girlfriends to buy my book. I reminded her that every pre-sale means the world to me because we get one step closer to the ultimate goal – the best seller list. She agreed. She’s very amicable. Especially when I’m giving her peanut butter.
P.S. have you guys had a chance to watch this video yet? Get to it. Then buy that book, and then have an EXCELLENT weekend. Listen, I’m 36 weeks pregnant – my “assertiveness” which is typically strong gets much closer to “aggressiveness” when I’m this pregnant. Very Bossy ….