We love all our projects, some are more challenging than others but all are equally interesting. This one was certainly challenging, but only because of the distance it was located from our office. Luckily, we had a floor plan to work with, as well as photos of each room the client had taken on her last visit to Melbourne.
1. CLIENT BRIEF
“Our client has an investment property in the heart of Melbourne which they intended to rent out. They needed assistance to refurbish and style the unit to suit a professional person, as well as suit the Art Deco exterior style of the building.”
In addition to that:
- The carpet needed to be replaced in a colour that would tie in with the timber flooring in the kitchen
- The unit needed a fresh coat of paint applied by qualified professionals
- The blinds had to be refitted
- Some of the existing furniture pieces had to be painted and reused
- New furniture with a modern Art Deco appeal needed to be sourced to fit the style of the building
- Some existing prints had to be modernised by reframing, as well as additional artworks sourced and installed
- Bedding, furniture, lamps, rugs and a few accessories needed to be sourced to create a lived in feeling to the unit.
2. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
We had very limited time to source all trades people and furniture pieces, as the estate agent had a set date to take photos for their website. In addition to that, the owners lived in Sydney. The carpet installation, painters and furniture delivery had to be organised for a specific weekend to coincide with the owners’ presence in Melbourne. Over that weekend, the carpet installation, furniture delivery and painting of the unit had to take place.
3. BEFORE PHOTOS
4. OUR SOLUTIONS
We went on a local shopping expedition with the client to ensure that all soft furnishings and accessories matched the colour palette throughout the unit. These were then transported to Melbourne by car. We supplied our client with a shopping list for lighting and smaller accessories from furniture stores such as Domayne and Freedom, so that these final touches could be purchased in Melbourne. We arranged all furniture deliveries, carpet installation, painting and window covering installation from Sydney and she organised a very handy husband to hang the prints and paint the furniture. All of this occurred without us ever having visited the unit.
5. MOOD BOARDS
We gave the client several options for all her rooms, with a colour palette that matched the paintings in her lounge room. This way, we could use the colours throughout the unit for a cohesive look. The furniture pieces we sourced were modern with an art deco flair. We decided on a look that would suit either a male or female professional person, so items that were too “girly” or “blingy”, were ditched during the planning phase.
6. AFTER PHOTOS
As interior designers, we supply our clients with a design concept for an entire room, which include layout options, shopping lists, quotes for trades and a full colour palette. If clients need us to implement the design, or project manage a renovation, we will always give that as an option at an additional cost. In this case, flight tickets and accommodation would have been an additional cost on top of our hourly rate, so the client decided to implement the design herself. She was extremely happy with the result, as she had adequate guidance to complete the design.
Long distance interior design is only possible when we have images of each room, as well as an updated floor plan with all measurements included.