We met our new landlord today. He is a super nice guy and another techy. I can’t seem to escape them! The meeting came with good news and bad, and I have been having an emotionally all over the place day. The good: he is willing to let me help him choose all the furniture. This is definitely very good! And the bad: his budget sucks. And he’s already put ugly, custom rugs into place over beautiful, newly installed hardwood. Unfortunately, the rugs are a necessity of the building in order to reduce noise. If I have to design around those rugs, I might as well throw in the towel now. The room will end up looking like an old lady’s living room.
I was feeling pretty down about the whole situation and missing the freedom I had in Vancouver to buy my own stuff and make it look just so without consulting anyone. Well, except Phil from time to time. And we won’t talk about my ship’s wheel.
So I’ve decided I’ll do what we’ve done through this entire move – negotiate.
Here’s my furniture design. Keep in mind my budget, which is abysmal. Actually, I don’t have a set number I’m working with, so I just made it up as I went along.
Let me know your thoughts. In order to get him on my side, I’ve done a full budget, so that he can say “yes” or “no” to the whole package. Who else gets a package from an Interior Designer for free? Alright, that is me being a bit cocky.
My thought was to go with a monochromatic colour scheme and mix high and low. With a neutral base, I can add colour and texture with accessories and art. Note: old lady rugs are gone and replaced with geometric, black and white options. Space is also an issue in the new place, so I’ve considered scale and function. The desk will do double duty as a table. The barstools will tuck nicely under when not in use. The nightstands are actually dressers. And the coffee table is on wheels and can tuck out of the way.