Time Frame: 4 Months // Budget: $30,000 // Design Fee: $3,000

This couple moved into their Claremont house about  year ago and tried designing and decorating their home on their own but just couldn’t get the “feel” that they were going for. That’s when they contacted me and asked me to step in and help. When meeting with them, I immediately felt comfortable with them and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. They wanted something that was cozy, comfortable and inviting with a lot of rustic charm. I channeled Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper and gave them the rustic home that they were hoping for.

I started by redesigning their fireplace with a stacked stone surround, travertine herringbone hearth and I had my handyman make me a rustic wood mantel. Above, we mounted the TV, but it was quite unsightly, so we hung a mirrored cabinet over it to hide it. Next up were the rustic wood clad walls. I wanted to bring some warmth and texture to the space by adding a wood element. I had the same handyman install this labor of love. A new chandelier replaced the old ceiling fan, new custom drapes were installed, the chest of drawers was repainted and all furnishings and decor are new with the exception of the coffee table and a side table. The result is another simple, rustic and cozy space to relax with family and friends.

In the family room, we used some existing furniture and decor and layered charm on top of charm. We installed a new chandelier in the breakfast nook and had a rustic wood ceiling beam added to the space as well to camouflage the drop in ceiling height. New paint colors, custom window coverings and a multitude of furniture and decor were added to make this family room a space you want to lounge. The overall feeling is now a place where you can go and kick up your feet, read a book or watch TV and enjoy your cup of coffee or glass of wine.

To see before images of this home, click here and here.

Date: April 01, 2015