I'm Natasha, mom of boys, novice gardener, fun enthusiast, decorator of my own domain and your's if you want? Tune in for musings on motherhood, triumphs and failures in diy, and my journey creating a more lovely space both outside my home and in.

 

 

 

Le Pied-à-terre

Le Pied-à-terre

Doesn't that sound romantic? My current (first and only) project is the part time city dwelling of a friend of mine. It is not quite a "vacation home" but decidedly a second home, in a chic part of town. A pied-à-terre if you will?

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for me, someone really gussied her up in or around 1999. The foyer is wallpapered red, the mirrors are bountiful and of the semipermanent variety, but the view is timeless. So basically good bones, bad ass views (you can see the Arch!!!) corner unit, open living area... piece of cake? Sort of.

This is the view, seriously.

This is the view, seriously.

If I were a seasoned veteran in this field it probably would be easy peasy but alas I am not. Although I have put in the requisite 10,000 hours decorating, sourcing and worshipping at the alter of design, I have done this almost solely for myself and my family, with a small favor to a friend here and there. This is big, both figuratively and square footage wise. I just want it to be SO good that I'm agonizing over every detail and second guessing myself. These are two things I'm completely unfamiliar with. Well I take that back, I always agonize over the details but it's fun when they are your own. If the wild and crazy thing you thought would be perfect, totally sucks in reality, you just have to wait till you have the funds to correct the mistake. I have never beaten myself up over a creative decision gone awry and believe me, they really have! And they have cost a lot of jack to fix on a couple occasions, but it was my jack. Now someone is paying me, for my ideas and paying to execute them, mind blown. DON'T SCREW THIS UP! Also though, I can't play it too safe, because then where is the joy in it? This is a good kind of pressure, I'm not collapsing under it. I AM learning so much from it. For instance, I'm learning to winnow down the options and fast. I'm learning to figure out what someone else wants, even if they aren't exactly sure what that is. My esthetic is not universal? Shocking! That was a good thing to come to terms with. This is only the beginning of this new and awesome journey. I mean hopefully she is not my first and last client, and I really don't see it that way. Man, I am so grateful to her for giving me a shot at it.

at the drawing board

at the drawing board

The assignment is to furnish a living room, dining room, master bed and guest bed/office, do a slight facelift on the two bathrooms and kitchen. As well as re-paint every surface that isn't glass basically. All spaces need to be muti-functional as the majority of the time, it is just the couple in residence, however their adult children and grandchildren do visit on occasion and require lots of places to crash. Both husband and wife need their own desk/office space. We have worked together to get the main needs integrated into the design plan; versatility, comfort, beauty, and of course showcasing the view.

It is going well (10 day illness aside). My client is a generally relaxed person, so I probably lucked out there. We have chosen and purchased much of the furniture and paint is going up in the condo over the next couple weeks, before said furniture arrives. Things are super chill with the painter, he's doing a good job and is right on schedule thus far. There have been zero hiccups, which makes me a little nervous, but I'm just gonna push that thought way, way down. So here's a little sneak peek at some of the colors, patterns, fixtures, paint scheme and the fly mid-century dining chairs that are going into the space. Enjoy! Let me know what you think in the comments?

 

 

Organization Schmorganization

Organization Schmorganization

Sick but No Less Busy

Sick but No Less Busy