Casa C Project
With my great passion for design and decorating, recently my mother decided that she wanted to re vamp her living room and test my designing. To me I seen this as a great opportunity to start my interior design/decorating career. Especially with her type of style being out of my comfort zone and not something I would normally do. She wanted to start with laying out new hardwood flooring on the entire main floor minus the kitchen. She had parquet flooring to begin with, a very orangey dated floor. You may not know this but in my last semester we learned about materials and surfaces of the home. Parquet flooring used to be very expensive and everyone wanted it in there homes, it used to be looked at as a luxury to have. This however was a very, very long time ago so it was time to update.
Here is a picture of the before picture of the flooring, now do you see what I mean about it being popular a very, very long time ago. I knew just by updating the floors this would create a completely different feel to the entire home right away. The after shot is hard to tell exactly the look. We went with a medium/ dark linear Engineered Hardwood Floor. The Color Scheme was to be very light, mainly ivory’s , champagnes, gold’s and greens. Choosing a dark floor was the best option to contrast against the light furniture that we would be incorporating into the design.
The main Piece that was my inspiration for this transformation was an upholstered statement chair that my mom did not want to get rid of. So we worked with the chair as it was a a substantial piece to start this project off with. When it comes to interior decorating you always should have an inspiration piece whether it be artwork, furniture or a cased good. It can be pretty cool seeing what you can come up with by starting off with one piece.
Along the West wall of the living room a really dated media unit which darkened the room and made it very gloomy. Keep in mind this room had already been updated with paint to a light ivory tint. Before the paint, it was even darker a builders tan beige ( I forgot to take before pic of the paint: bad decorator move ) I decided to convince them that a built in unit would really open up the space if we built from floor to ceiling. We managed to agree, I made up a quick sketch of a design. We then had a meeting with our custom cabinetry maker, Mario.
I selected the color and the hardware that we would be using. After a very long wait for our contact to get started on this project. Before we knew it old dated media unit was out and new wall unit installation had begun. As you can see in the photo below the fireplace was also a dated brick which kind of made the space gloomy. I wanted to have it painted out however they refused and didn’t want to loose the look of the rustic texture. We washed the brick down took away all the smoke stains as this used to be a wood burning fireplace before the gas one was installed. Painted out the fireplace black, it used to have shiny gold trim. That was as far as they were willing to go to change it. In design you sometimes do have some bumps in the road with what you want and what your client wants, you need to be able to still make it work!
The house was a crazy mess for what felt like forever. With the installation of the new floors new baseboards and crown molding being installed. It was dust central, covering the new couches were a must!
Throughout this design process we had multiple shopping trips to try and find the right pieces for the space. A large area rug was her number one priority. She wanted something large in scale and a statement in the room. We made our way over to “Carpet One” on Victoria Street in Kitchener and found a beautiful Rug. With this room being an awkward space with barely any wall space it was hard to create a proper seating area. I wanted to tear down the cement hearth so we could fit a chair in beside the couch and in front of the window this also would have looked a lot better. Again they did not want to loose that feature, so I had to work with it.
With her style being classic with a touch of Victorian we found a beautiful coffee table. Glass top with golden curved legs which wouldn’t add a lot of visual weight to the space.
From there it all came together. I lost majority of my before photos with the old décor and old flooring and paint 😦 Which is very sad to me. However you can still someone tell the difference a little paint and fresh colors and proper designing can do to a space.
The Before and the After Photos. Now we still aren’t completely done, we are still waiting to find drapes for the windows, perfect pieces for the fireplace, a side table for the upholstered chair with accessories, a custom flower arrangement for the coffee table and two more pillows for the larger scale couch. But I couldn’t wait anymore. So here you go, A Some-what complete transformation!
Next I will show you how we transformed their dark and musky foyer entrance. To a glamorous breath of fresh air with some wall paper, new lighting, slim console table and accessories.