Before & After: Lash Be A Lady

Yay! My second client’s project is finished! You can read about my first client if you’re bored.

Nicole is the fabulous entrepreneur of Lash Be A Lady.

In June she asked for my help in giving her lady a little face lift. Her place is in this cute little old house off of California Avenue in West Seattle. She took over the kitchen, and the rest of the house is a massage studio.

She’s an amazing business woman and hit the ground running 2 years ago getting her solo business going. She didn’t have a lot of time to decorate; she was all go, go, go with clients. But early this summer, with business going so well over the last two years, she decided it was time to decorate a bit.

Nicole is one of those great clients who “hates to shop” and trusts my judgement. This made it so easy to work with her. She sent me a few design inspiration images, then I put together a moodboard for her.

This is the moodboard she chose.

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Moodboard for Lash Be A Lady Facelift

This is how her place looked before.

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The place just needed a little love!

It’s a tiny space so it just took a few days of painting, installing new shades and drapes, replacing worn-out plugs (yes, I can wire electric!), and new light fixtures.

And here’s her after!

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After shot with teal cabinets and a new wood shade 

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After shot of built-in shelves painted with teal accent

We added a new shade above the sink. Here’s the before and after. So much brighter!

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After

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After shot. New light fixtures, window treatments and paint job.

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She spent less than $1000 total!

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Do you have a space that needs some sprucing up? I’m running an introductory special on moodboard design services which includes a shopping list, like the one above for Lash Be A Lady. It includes an in-person visit (if you’re in the Seattle area) or a Skype call walking through the room. Then we discuss design and I come up with a vision for you along with a shopping list. The pricing is on a sliding scale, depending upon which services you need.

Reach out to me if you’re interested! There’s a contact form on my About page in the top menu. or you can leave a comment and we can connect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design manifesto

 It is my duty as an Interior Designer to advance the world by improving the lives of individuals by enlightening their mindsets through

– enhancing the environments in which they live

– enriching the places they work

– heightening the experiences of the places where they receive public services

When an individual’s environment is improved, they are a calmer, more creative, and are often a more empathetic person. When a person lives and works in a beneficial environment, they can go out into the world and create something that then in turn, improves the world, too.

Considered design is an iterative process. During each round of design, we must ask, “How can we make this more sustainable?” “How can this better affect someone’s life?”  Design is a responsibility. It is an obligation. It is a requirement that design completely considers the environment. Everything that I design must take into consideration the sustainability of the planet.

➔ I vow, as an Interior Designer, to keep abreast of furniture companies that are manufacturing with sustainable practices by:

o using materials sourced as much as possible within the United States

o having a manufacturing and distribution operation that employs American citizens for the sustainability of our country’s economy

o using recycled materials and then recycling the materials they use

o producing products with as few adverse effects as possible, such as off-gassing fumes

➔ I vow, as an Interior Designer, to keep myself informed and consult with clients on the benefits of working with companies that operate with sustainable practices.

➔ I vow to work with clients’ budgets to find the best solution within their means to complete their projects using sustainable materials.

➔ I vow to source products, as often as possible, that can be repaired, instead of having to be replaced.

➔ I vow, no matter how strong my relationships are with manufacturers and retailers, that I will try my hardest to use a product that has already been created rather than burn up natural resources to create a new product.  Design is a life improvement. I will not work on a project unless it heightens someone’s senses, their awareness, or pleasure in this world. My design must improve a person’s mental health, mood and their state of mind.

accomplishments

This a purely therapeutic post, I really hope you don’t mind. With a house with so many projects, it’s very easy to get completely overwhelmed by the weight of what’s left to do. It gets depressing!

So to keep my spirits up, I am writing a post to focus on the positives. Here are some pretty great things we have accomplished.

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Bryce designed a floating staircase for about $9000 in materials and hired labor. A local stair company wanted to charge us $100,000 to design and build it.

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We built a little woodshed while I was pregnant.

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We finished a master closet.

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We started a front deck and had to stop construction because Bryce’s father passed away, then it was Fall and too rainy to work.

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We took on a renovation of a rental, Bryce’s dad’s old duplex.

With how many balls we have up in the air, it is so easy to get overwhelmed by projects undone. I read a great article yesterday (I wish I could find it!) talking about how American culture is so obsessed with before and after. It’s all black and white. The article was about nutrition and finding a slow and steady method that works for you, not an instant fix – “Here’s me before, and now here’s my after!” Reality isn’t like that. It’s a process. This stuff takes a lot of time and a million baby steps forward and a half a million baby steps backwards.

I have to stop, put the project list down, and reflect sometimes on how much we have already accomplished. This is a huge life project and we are working on making a living out of this. Setting up something this grand is a huge endeavor.

Not to mention that through all of this, we are raising a 2 year old, a dog, 6 chickens. Bryce works full time and I am going back to school. Bryce is on a bike racing team and I am training for a triathlon. And in the middle of all of this, Bryce’s father passed away. He graciously left us a duplex in Portland, so we travel down every few weeks and put some hours in on renovating it so we can rent it out and try to make some money to put back into all of these projects.

So thanks for letting me stop and reflect to keep my sanity. This is a big labor of love. This stuff takes time. A LOT OF TIME.