I think it was about five months ago I hinted around at the fact that I was majorly overhauling my living room decor. Well, nearly half a year later and I'm finally done! I was blessed enough to work with a fabulous interior designer here in the Twin Cities, Anne Golliher. She's got some serious skills in creating and executing beautifully designed rooms. And what's really amazing is that she was willing to work with all the existing items I already had, and didn't bat an eye at my tiny budget. And even more impressive, she was game to work with me and my, ahem, strong opinions, being gracious enough to let me come along side her as more of a team member. She struck a great balance with suggesting items I loved, while still gently persuading me to try new things and push the envelop on what I would normally be drawn to.
One of the first questions people who knew me asked when they found out I was working with a professional on the rooms was, "Why?" Particularly because I enjoy dabbling a bit in interior design myself, and have always worked on the rooms in my house on my own, they just didn't get why I would ever ask a professional for help. Plus, isn't interior design a luxury service? And Mike and I are not exactly highfalutin' folk. So it's a totally valid question - one I wrestled with myself before reaching out to Anne. And the answer to that question deserves a post in and of itself, so I'm going to talk about it in a later post. But in the meantime, take a look at some of her skills and I must say - if you're looking for someone to help you with that room you just. can't. figure. out, you definitely need to look her up. Unfortunately she's not accepting any new clients right now, but her calendar should open up in a few months, and I'll definitely post something here on the blog when she is!
First up, a couple before shots. If you look at my Home Tour, you'll see it looks quite a bit different - I'm a chronic tweaker, remember? I so wish I had better ones, I always hate seeing a before in dark lighting, a huge mess on the floor, etc. - because it's like, "Well, of course, anything would be better than that!" But this is all I could dig up, and it's actually from the first day Anne came to my house and we were in the middle of rearranging the room (With Eli's help, of course.), so it's not even a true before. But, at least you can see much of what we were working with when we started - and how much Anne added to the rooms.