Sneak-Peak: Rochester Project

We are currently working on a project for a great family in Rochester! Furniture has been ordered and details are being coordinated.  They wanted our assistance with re-designing their great room & study.  We are also helping with the dining room, but that is still a work in-progress — check back for details on that great space!

With the widespread use of technology, it is becoming easier and easier to work on projects that aren’t necessarily in our “neck of the woods”.  While we do need to have initial meetings at client homes to see the space and measure / photograph all details, later meetings can often happen virtually.  For this client, the drive to Minneapolis was doable and we met to review and sit on furniture pieces.  By narrowing down the floor plan and furniture pieces she liked beforehand via email and phone calls, we were able to focus on how pieces sit and the material palettes during our face-to-face meetings.  We find it so important to have clients sit on pieces they are considering.  Sometimes you may love the look of a particular sofa or chair but realize when you sit on it that it just doesn’t feel comfortable to you.  I could do an entire post on ergonomics and human dimensions, but, in short, pieces will sit differently to every person.  We have heard many horror stories of clients who tell us the piece that looked so great online was ordered and feels like a rock!  For this project, we ended up with a wonderful selection of pieces that are all comfortable for both homeowners and create the unique mix the client was envisioning.

In the great room, they have a large wall with a fireplace and wanted to add built-ins for the TV and general storage.  We designed all the details of the built-in to coordinate with the existing cabinetry in the kitchen and create a cohesive look.  Fun herringbone tile adds some interest to this area + a unique filigree mirror.  This focal point wall was the jumping off point for the furniture plan of the entire space.  The furniture needed to seat 2-4 everyday with extra seating options for entertaining.  By increasing the size of the sofa, adding two comfortable chairs, an ottoman and 2 cubes, the family will have plenty of options.

In the current study, the space is not being used to it’s full potential.  This space faces the front of the home, but due to the home’s position on the lot, it is very private and sunny.  The homeowner dreamed of turning it into more of a sunroom space where she can curl up and read a book.  We chose 2 chair-and-a-halves plus a large ottoman and side table with storage for reading materials.  Neutrals were selected for the chairs, but we incorporated blues in the pillows & ottoman to create a fun, sunny space.  The cool light will really finish the space off.

Here is a sneak peak of the project … stay tuned for “after” photos once everything arrives.  We can’t wait!

Rochester Project: Study

Rochester Project: Great Room

Rochester Project: Great Room 2

P.S. You can see some of our design in action on our Instagram account with the hashtag #RochesterProject.

Happy New Year!

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