I don't know what it is about men, but for some reason we are all built with the mind set that we always know where we are going - even if we really don't. We try to reassure the others in the car and telling them blatant lies like, "Of course I know where I'm going," and, "No. I didn't just pass that sign for the fourth time!" Of course, no self respecting man would dare ask for directions, and secretly we're too proud to even look at a GPS.
I like to think of myself as a GPS, meaning a Gifted Person with Style. As a proper GPS, I guide my friends turn by turn, navigating them to their new and improved room. A few weeks ago, we recieved the "Decorating 911" email from a young lady whose apartment needed to feel more like a home, and not like solitary confinement. She wished to make her apartment feel more grown up and relaxing. Since the email, I have been able to see her apartment and have heard her plea. Welcome to her new apartment:
This is a general idea board to get the feel of the room, and the planned layout. She has a budget of around $1,200, which might seem like a big chunk of change, but since all we has to start with is a TV and a dinning room table, everything else for the room is needed. She explained to me she wanted a coffee shop-like vibe, with pops of color. The room itself is not very big at all, measuring to about 300 sq ft. She needs this space to have multiple functions, such as dining, reading nook, and extra sleeping arrangements if need be, in the living room. I decided to divide the room into defined spaces, as you can see from the layout. The ottomans work over time as extra seating, storage, and extra dining room chairs. When she has guests stay over night, all she needs to do is move the ottomans and bring in a blow up mattress. The reading nook is my favorite, with comfortable chairs and an over sized light fixture hanging over to create an intimate place to read, and the area is defined by the light fixture. She has an awesome reclaimed wood table with matching benches, which we tucked away in the corner. The table's leg were painted a Robin's egg blue, which helped in the color scheme. The color scheme we decided on is soft gray, robin's egg blue, and a pea green which was inspired by a throw blanket I found. This layout and idea board gives her the relaxing, young coffee shop feel she wanted.
If anyone needs a little guidance, and feels lost, I can be a GPS for you. email us at firstname.lastname@example.org