A while back I got an email from a woman in San Diego, asking me if I would come out west and help her a few spaces in her home. A legit reason to spend a few days in sunny California doing what I love? You bet!
After emailing back and forth a few times I knew that Margaret and I would get along splendidly. She sent me a few photos of her fun, eclectic home and we agreed on a plan. A few weeks later, I was on a plane headed west.
Margaret's house is situated in a darling section of San Diego. Her house was actually my favorite on the whole street. It a single-story mid-century with so much character you almost don't know where to look first.
Our plan was to tackle the living room and an unused area off the living room. She already has GREAT pieces: art, furniture, rugs. We just needed to find a way to elevate the space.
Margaret suggested maybe making the unused area a kind of activity space, where the kids could play board games or put together a puzzle. She has great kids, by the way, ages 14 and 10. They were very patient while a middle-aged lady from Texas rearranged all their stuff.
Pictured: Unused Space
After moving some furniture around and shopping in her garage and cabinets, the space started to take shape. (Hello, pups!)
I thought about visiting a few local vintage shops for chairs, but I didn't have to because MARGARET HAD GORGEOUS METAL CHAIRS IN HER BACKYARD. I was like, um, why are these not being used? Seriously, look at these chairs.
I threw some pillows on the chairs just to get an idea of how they would look with the right cushions. Pretty spectacular, right? That kilim on the floor was folded up in a cabinet and the gorgeous blue lamp was in the garage next to the perfect 1950s table. It was really starting to get exciting.
After Day 1 I knew what additional pieces we needed, so the next morning I went to Target, HomeGoods, and West Elm.
Look at it now!
In the living room, Margaret has the MOST GORGEOUS Turkish rug. She needed a coffee table and the furniture moved around a bit. I found the perfect table at West Elm in San Diego. After re-styling her built-in bookshelves and adding a few accessories, the living room was perfect. I love the whole vibe of the space. Like I said before, she has great stuff.
Did I mention Margaret's backyard BECAUSE LOOK AT THIS.
It was such a fun couple of days at Margaret's house. She was such an awesome client to work with, but more than that, I feel like I have a new California friend. Plus we ordered Mexican food for lunch every day so really...what more could a girl ask for.
As for you good people out there reading this. I have some sage advice. Shop your homes. You probably for sure one hundred percent have treasures hiding in your garage/cabinets/closets. Find them, dust them off, and love them again. Trust me. It's worth it. Just look at all the beautiful things Margaret already owned.