Tuesday, June 4, 2013

BEFORE & AFTER: Two Day Transformation

I am generally a one-man operation on any interior design job, aside from my movers and contractors.  I'm a believer in that old "too many cooks in the kitchen" saying, but last week was a little different.  My friend, V, and I traveled to Charlotte to transform a dated two bedroom model apartment into a sophisticated space sure to wow and dazzle future residents.  Knowing I was going to make this transformation in just two short days, I decided to enlist the help of my dear friend V.  The only items done ahead of time were the painting and moving of old furniture.  In just 48 hours, we assembled and made beds, hung and steamped drapery, stuffed pillows, mounted pictures and placed accessories as fast as two of the slowest ladies in the Southeast could have done.  Probably also didn't help our time crunch that neither one of us can deny our weakness for a good linen(drapery, bedding, pillows, you name it), so it was hard to avoid that occassional stop, look and feel.  I couldn't have done it without her in that short amount of time, so what you are about to see is what I will refer to as the work of "V & V" ;)   

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Patio Before

Patio After

 Dining Before

Dining After

 Bedroom Before

Bedroom After

 Bathroom Before

Bathroom After

Bedroom Before

Bedroom After


As you can see, we were not focused on professional photography, only getting the job done.  I was flying through taking pictures as we completed each room, so half of the photos were taken in the daylight and the other half at night.  That's one of those things you look back at and think 'Damn! Why didn't I put more effort into those pictures?'  Anyway, teamwork really helped pull this one together!  I loved one of the things V said as we were finishing up the install - "I always thought they were being dramatic and making it up on those shows when the designer is going crazy on install days, but now I know that's really how it is!"  So true, and so goes a day in the life of a designer!