A few weeks ago, I collaborated with the Denver West Elm store on a showhouse. The showhouse benefitted Rocky Mountain Communities, a non profit who “develops, owns and manages affordable housing and provides support services to help individuals succeed in life.”
Here is the home we worked on:
Several designers were participating in the showhouse, I was fortunate enough to select my room first. I picked the formal living room because of the scale of the room and the scale of West Elm’s furniture. The large family room would have felt empty with their smaller furniture. I also selected furniture based on the faux traditional look of the home.
Here is the room when I arrived, a sea of cardboard boxes.
This wasn’t a typical showhouse where you get to select finishes and change the entire look of the room, instead it was a bit more of a staging project. I thought with all the buzz West Elm is receiving these days, it would be interesting to show their furniture in a less contemporary setting.
After some serious unpacking, bit of assembly and some general zhushing, here is the final product:
This project was so fun to work on. It went against many of my design philosophies – mixing old with new, high with low, creating custom looks so that my clients have one of a kind homes, etc. I was also challenged because the home owner didn’t want anything attached to the walls. The beautiful windows would have felt so naked, so it is a bit of fakery with tension rods and command strips. I love projects with ingenuity!
Hope you enjoyed!
PS – A super thanks to my lovely friend Martha, cheerleader, wing-woman and all around amazing person. If any of you designers ever need help with sourcing, billing, proposals or basically anything, I HIGHLY recommend her (I swear she wears a wonder woman costume under her jeans!).