This Before & After project provides a great example of the power of neutrals in creating an elegant, modern and bright space. I appreciate that Daniel decided not to shy away from mixing patterns, and lots of them. He’s done a great job giving each room in the home a unique feel, while also avoiding overwhelming the small space with too much clutter. Lovely work, Daniel! — Kate
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Read more about Daniel’s living room makeover after the jump!
Time: 1 month
Basic Steps: The client and I worked together on this. We began with some sketches at Starbucks, and initially, she was a bit hesitant regarding the sweeping changes to her apartment. But each step of the way, she continually saw how the project would improve her living space and — importantly in New York — really delineate the different areas of her studio. More specifically, I like to work with somewhat ordinary objects and build from scratch. The French windows are actually made from 30-cent dowels from Michael’s, and the curtains are just plain cotton curtains from IKEA soaked in water for a linen effect and hung on copper rods from Home Depot. The chandelier pictured is made from vintage cloth wire, and I have a tendency to sand and re-paint furniture I find at flea markets. All of these items are super affordable — the project cost what it did because we worked together to literally redesign her entire apartment, including all of the furniture. My advice is look around for things that inspire you and try to copy them. It’s a great way to learn while maintaining a vision of how the design might look once complete. — Daniel