Decorating & Design

July 27, 2009

Makeover Inspiration

Problem: What to do with an empty shell? How do you solve a problem like an apartment so lacking in character, so personality?poor, so boringly basic and — wait for it — no money!?

Solution: Call me!

I’m going to have to pull out every idea in the book to turn this basic high?rise apartment into something with a hint of style.

the empty shell

The clients are two young women on the cusp of exciting careers in advertising and marketing. They’re fresh, fashion?savvy and fearless when it comes to colour and pattern. But we’re going to have to beg, borrow and steal to find furniture, accessories and art that fit the teeny?tiny budget. Don’t worry though; I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve.

I’m taking my inspiration from a few sources. Mix a little of this with a dash of that, and we’ll get a personalized mélange that speaks to the clients and their passions.

Jonathan Adler - retro design authority

To start, I’m looking to NYC retro design authority Jonathan Adler. I’m thinking a cheery vintage wallpaper might make an appearance in this project.

Tom Scheerer - Givenchy villa

Next I’ll add in a healthy dose of natural fibers and beachy prints and colours like Tom Scheerer in his de Givenchy villa. Love the blue and white.

Johnson Hartig's place seen in Domino

Finally, I want this place to look young and H?A?P?P?Y. Something like Libertine genius Johnson Hartig’s place seen here in Domino circa 2007. Zesty!

And now enter Debbie Downer: this is what I have to work with. Yawn. Wish me luck.

the empty shell

Results to follow soon!

See my Design On A Dime blog post for more before and after inspiration.

Photo credits:
Michael Penney
Jonathan Adler, Private Residence in Palm Beach
Tom Scheerer, de Givenchy Residence
4. Domino September 2007
Michael Penney