Ok, the ideal interiors solution for a clients unforeseen circumstances. One of my clients decided earlier in the year that she and her husband would skip their summer holiday in the Mediterranean sun and treat the most lived-in part of their home to a make-over.
Unfortunately her husband who has worked at the same firm for 28-years was recently made redundant a circumstance facing many famlies in the current climate.
Because of her circumstances my client had to cancel my services which was very disappointing for her as I knew she had her heart set on the make-over for her sun room and dining area.
I didnt want to give up on her so I decided to dust-off my magic wand, by the way my wand has a name, its called budget. We did agree on a price and a strict budget of €7,000 several months back so I proposed several new less extravagant options which she was delighted with, one of which she agreed to. I do love a challenge and I find working on a tight budget makes you give a project a lot more thought and creativity.
First of all I convinced my client to keep their large two seater sofa which they purchased 8 years ago but having examined it I discovered that it was a very solid piece which could be brought back to life quite easily.
After some digging I managed to purchase a beautiful coloured stripe fabric from Murphy Sheehy & Co in Dublin for less than €400 and my very talented friend Rita Black (local upholsterer) worked her magic. The result was a very bright, colourful and modern sofa with a happy ending.
The dining area.
For the family dining area my client had originally planned to paper the walls, replace her pine kitchen table and chairs and paint the ugly radiator. This area greatly needed to be brightened up as the natural light is quite restricted in this room.
Plan B: I proposed that we retain the table and chairs, paint the walls and camouflage the double radiator with a decorative cover. For the walls which were in very good condition we opted for Dulux Jasmine White which really brightened up the room. The real money-saver was my proposal to keep the solid pine table and chairs but to paint it with an Orchid White again from Dulux. In keeping with the revised budget, a radiator cover was added instead of furniture, which was easy on the eye and used as a display area.
Above the radiator we hung a large classical style mirror with a carved gold gilt frame made of a wooden construction with gesso detailing and bevelled edge glass. An ideal overmantle size. Overall measurement approx 47″ x 35″.
The mirror which we picked up in Little Strand Interiors Clogherhead, Co. Louth for a mere €220 adds light and space to this part of the room and a touch of colour was added for this pic with some freshly picked flowers from my garden. This room is now airy and bright, it is spacious but not cluttered, you can take a deep breath in this room and float with its classical style.
After some very tough negotiations with suppliers and tradesmen we stuck to the new budget and cut the original cost by a staggering €3,500.