Help from an interior designer

October 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm 2 comments

Jeff and I have recently decided to hire an interior designer. The reason is because we need help with our living room! I think the furniture set up in the room is fine, but I could never figure out what colors to use. The walls are white and the carpet is tan, so it’s a blank slate.  Also the dining room connects with the living room, and it is painted green. I didn’t want to do all green in the living room too and I also didn’t want to do a green and blue combo since that’s what the bathroom is. Not figuring out a color scheme for the room has left it looking in need of some changes and color additions.  It really needs a unifying look.  We decided we are going to change all of the following:

  • curtains
  • curtain rod
  • paint color
  • clock
  • couches
  • rug for under the dining room table (currently do not have one)
  • decorations or art for the wall

I am excited to get going on improving the look of our living room!  Jeff and I met with Denise from Designs by Denise and we talked about what we planned to change in the room, what colors we like, etc.  She brought in a catalog of some rugs for us to show her examples of what we liked and didn’t like.  She also had about a million paint color swatches!  Denise decided that it would be best to start out by choosing the new curtains and then we could base the paint color and everything else off of that.  She told us she would be buying the curtains and then showing us what she found.  Having never worked with an interior designer before, I didn’t know what to expect.  I thought it was cool that she would be picking out something to look good in our space!  Of course she assured us if we did not like what she bought, she would simply return it.

Denise mentioned that the current set up in our living room was good and functional.  I like how we have all the furniture set up, so I’m glad to hear that she thinks so too!  I did ask her some questions about selecting new couches though and she suggested that we go with a neutral color because generally if people pick a bold color for a couch, they may get tired of it.  Plus then you have to base your whole color scheme around the couch (when it is a bold color) rather than other items in the room.  Jeff and I will probably end up buying a tan or brown couch when the time comes.  This is a current view of our living room/dining room:
living room

The day after our meeting, Denise emailed me to say she had already picked out some curtains!  Jeff and I are very excited to see what she got.  We are meeting with her this Tuesday the 26th, to see what she chose for our living room.  Stay tuned for more updates on how our living room transformation is going!


Entry filed under: Decorating.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jeff Finley  |  October 26, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Yay, I can’t wait to see what she does next

  • 2. lanette woll  |  October 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I am also curious to find out what kind of curtains she picked out! Did you like them? I think you guys don’t give yourselves enough credit. You both do a great job with your house and all the choices you’ve made have been excellent. I feel sure that you and Jeff would make great livingroom choices on your own without the help of an interior designer!


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