We recently had a project where our clients suddenly had to move out of their property into a new home with only two weeks’ notice. They had to leave all their furniture behind for the new owners and had only two weeks to fill a whole new house! Of course it didn’t help that she was eight months pregnant, working full time, with another two little ones to look after. So our help was needed to save the day!
1. CLIENT BRIEF
“We need to move into our new property within two weeks, but we have no furniture to take with us. Our budget is limited because we need all the furniture at once, for a four bedroom house, so please source at affordable shops, but give us a colourful and contemporary look. We would like to see a design for each room, with a detailed shopping list so we can order most of the items online.”
2. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
- Two week time limit (which included delivery time!)
- Online shopping as far as possible
3. BEFORE PHOTOS
Well, not many before photos as the house was empty! We did have to measure the whole house to source the exact sizes of furniture needed. We also had to take into consideration the existing colours of the wall paint (which we could change) and existing window coverings (which we could not change).
4. OUR SOLUTIONS
- Time: Finish all mood boards in three days to give enough time for client approval & arranging delivery
- Furniture: Source products from online stores & affordable stores like IKEA that does deliver. (Wow, did we have a lot of flatpacks to put together…!) Also get a few accent pieces from Freedom, Urban Road & Armadillo Rugs
- Delivery: Focus on shops that do sell floor stock, e.g. OZ Design
- Wall paint: Arrange for a painter to repaint some of the brown and minty green feature walls (yes, minty green!)
5. MOOD BOARDS
Here are a few of the mood boards we created for the client that fit her brief. This enabled her to pick a suitable style and look for her new rooms.
6. AFTER PHOTOS
Unfortunately we haven’t had the opportunity to go back to take the “after” photos, but here are a few things that we did do, as part of our design package:
- The entrance hall and staircase were previously painted in a dark brown colour, so we suggested and arranged a painter to paint it a bright white to complement the contemporary style the client was looking for.
- The kitchen was previously painted in a minty green colour, which we also had repainted in a neutral palette.
- Due to work obligations our clients could not visit the shops themselves. For all the furniture that were not online, we went to the shops, picked out the furniture and then the shop owners called the client to arrange for credit card payments by phone. (Thank you Freedom, OZ Design, Euro lighting, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys & Domayne for your assistance here)
- We even selected all the Kitchen Appliances on behalf of the client (From kettle, coffee machine, toaster, washing machine, microwave etc)
- We arranged for an electrician to replace the old pendant lights with new modern lights.
We had to work to an extreme time constraint, and we needed a week of rest and a few bottles of wine afterwards! This is a good example of where the design brief had to be quick and decision making took place in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately a huge flatpack from IKEA fell on Eriana’s one foot, and then her foot turned blue for a few weeks! In the end the clock won and we couldn’t get everything delivered within the two week limit, so we needed at least another week for the project to be finalised. We still feel this was a huge job done, in a very short time. Will we do it again? No! Not in two weeks! At least three to four weeks.