Get a peek into my personal design process. I had the privilege of designing a penthouse living room in the heart of Manhattan – my favorite city! Working in conjunction with Lowe’s Home Improvement and ATG Stores made shopping a cinch, but before we get to the pretty after shots, I want to share the steps when putting a room together. Before I began designing rooms for others, I would just buy pieces for our own home that felt right. However, this would take much longer and sometimes cost more than if I conquered it all at once. Now I consistently follow this general structure in any room I work on, and it really helps to visualize everything up front before actually putting physical pieces into the space.
Step One: The Walk Through
A walk through was a little tricky with this project, because we didn’t have access to the space until install day. So for the first part of the design, it was more like an e-design. Anyway with measurements of the space and this photo I pulled from the web, I had an idea of what I was working with.
Step Two: The Inspiration Board
This can be clippings from magazines, pins from Pinterest, or in my case a lot of phone screenshots of rooms I love. If working with a client, they often have a lot of these saved up, which makes it super easy. Here are a few of my inspiration images before putting together this living room:
Step Three: Layout Board
Once I know the feel of the space and the way I want the room to feel when I’m done, I move onto the layout. I create mine in InDesign, but Photoshop works great as well. Before choosing pieces to fill the space, I begin with a more basic geometric layout. This helps me determine what size furniture will best work in the space while still highlighting the room’s best features. The whole penthouse has a really open and airy feel, which I love and wanted to keep while also making a living space that felt a bit cozier and more layered.
Super basic, but pretty instrumental when hitting up home stores. Now I have a rough idea of sofa and chair size along with where and what will help to fill out the rest of the floor plan.
Step Four: Design Board
This is where the room begins to take shape! I pull together the pieces I’m eyeing while shopping to make sure they don’t clash with each other once together. This is not the final design board, but you get the idea.
Step Five: Install Day
All of the planning pays off when I get to see and sit in a completed space in real life.
Can we talk about that view?!
These stools from Lowe’s double as extra storage and would look so darling in a nursery.
So many great pieces. I love this side table from Lowe’s too!
Thanks to the Lowe’s team for such a lovely opportunity to create.
SHOP THE POST:
- Navy Sofa: ATG Stores
- Townley Rug: Lowe’s
- Curtains: Lowe’s
- Wood Tray w/ Rose Gold Handle: Lowe’s
- Nesting Bowls (on coffee table): Lowe’s
- Navy Studded Pillow: Lowe’s
- Cozy Throw Blanket: Lowe’s
- Industrial Floor Lamp: Lowe’s
- Table Lamp: Lowe’s
- Industrial Side Table: Lowe’s
- Mint Storage Ottomans: Lowe’s
- Fluffy White Pillows: Lowe’s
- Wingback Chairs: ATG Stores
- Coffee Table: ATG Stores
- End Table: ATG Stores
- Botanical Wall Prints: Lowe’s – In store (Item #: 761128, 761130)
- Patterned Throw Pillow: Lowe’s – In store (Item #: 761120)
Photos of room reveal by Constance Higley