We are often asked to update rooms that have good bones or evolve a design to make it feel more current or somehow different to suit a client's tastes. Sometimes, we are asked to help transform pieces when a client has moved to a new house or in other cases, downsized from a house to a condo.
I find the transitioning from house to a condo is often a hard adjustment because of the emotional attachment to pieces or the former home. When I first began my career I was asked to design a brand new condo for a client's mother who was leaving her marital home of more than 50 years after being widowed. My new client seemed excited at first about her new condo and the updates we were making to her impeccable furniture. We are talking original Robsjohn Gibbings pieces and BEYOND!
Anyway, when the time came for her to move in, she hated everything she'd previously loved. She second guessed every decision we'd already made and I was left holding the bag. It was a horrible situatio to be placed in. The son and his wife quietly admitted to me that maybe it had been too much to have her leave her home and that she was overwhelmed by a sense of loss. Lessons Learned.
We have been working with clients who have downsized from their family home into a new condo. Before purchasing the condo, they were smart and decided to rent in the building they like to see if it's a good fit for them. They had re-upholstered some of their furniture in neutrals to get their house ready for staging and so we had a neutral palette to work with but great pieces including some killer art pieces.
We used their persian rug as the starting point to build our fabric scheme around. Here's a little taste of what we've been cooking up...