Transform my Space

By: Susanna
Designer: Nadia G.
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Budget
10k-20K
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Project Title
Transform my Space
Project Description
Need help with decorating a three bedroom condo
Location
Chicago, IL , United States
What are some of the interior design brands or stores that you like to shop at?
Pottery barn, Home Decorators
Which colors do you dislike?
Flourecent, Shiny
What are your favorite colors for walls?
Neutrals
What are your favorite colors for furniture and accents?
Neutrals,
Blue,
Pale Golden Rod
Dimensions
187"x225"x 9'H
Photos of your room
Items you want to keep
Details
Room Label
My Living Room
I want this room to feel more masculine/feminine/neutral
Neutral
What type of sunlight does this room receive?
Mid-day light
What do you currently dislike about the room?
Mismatched, not organized
What pieces of existing furniture, lighting, art or accessories do you want to keep in the design?
Couch, could move a piano to this space if layout permits, accent cabinet could stay in living room or go somewhere else, mirror could go to the daughter's room, chess board
Are you open to changing your wall colors?
Yes
Do you have a preference for either paint or wall covering, or are you open to both?
Paint
Are you open to changing your floor covering?
Yes
Which type of flooring do you prefer?
Wood
Attach a floor plan
Additional comments to designers
Looking for a clean design concept that would make this space feel more spacious. Like the idea of having bookshelves on both sides of the fireplace. All floors would be sanded - will need help in choosing a color to refinish them throughout. Considering an idea of drapes. Need a new fan. Would be nice to keep the couch (as it pulls out into a bed), but need more seating, so adding chairs could be a benefit. Looking to accent the fireplace more. The piano could be moved here if the design allows for it. Overall, hoping to achieve a warm, inviting feel with an organized color scheme of neutrals + some accents in blues and possibly warm, soft yellow shades. Hoping to get a full design with attention to decor and artwork (can keep some of the existing).
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  • Susanna
    258 days ago

    Will it be ok to add the media cabinet also? Small size. I have cable box and a sound system box slightly bigger than cable box on one side. I have router, battery, and ADT alarm system box on the other side. They all have a lot of cables. Cable box gets a lot of cables from the wall. Drilling holes may destroy the curio cabinet due to the large number. I will keep it as an option.
    One more thing - the deep blue reclining chairs are out of stock on wayfair. Is there another option? Thanks!
  • Susanna
    259 days ago

    Nadia, Couple of missing things - I had asked for a smaller cabinet to put the electronic items and also requested that the back of the cabinet should accommodate cables going through. But the link shows curio cabinets. They won't work since we need to put items with cables coming thru the back. So please add links to cabinets soecifically made for this need. One other thing is the couch cover for the existing couch. Thanks!
    • Nadia G.
      259 days ago

      Hi Hema,
      My apologies for the confusion on my side. I had kept the original cabinet, because it could be easily modified to keep the media equipment (the holes in the back can be drilled to accommodate the cables - I forgot to mention this in the instruction section). I also liked this specific option (and I thought you did too) because it gave you more storage than just to keep the equipment. You could easily mix it up with books, decorative boxes and other decor - this way the equipment there looks less noticeable.. Hope I am making sense. If you still want something specifically made for media equipment, I will see what I can find. I will add a slipcover for the couch as well.

      Thank you,
      Nadia
  • Susanna
    262 days ago

    Sounds good. You could just send me the shopping links as long as all the items can be purchased. Thank you.
    • Nadia G.
      262 days ago

      Hi Hema! I am finishing up your shopping list. Will submit it right after. Thank you!
  • Susanna
    264 days ago

    Actually, I still need the shopping links to the accent chair, new couch and a grey cover for the old couch. If you do a new rendering, does it eliminate the links to these items if they are not in the picture?
    • Nadia G.
      263 days ago

      Hi Hema! No, new rendering will not eliminate any of the requested items, they will show you final updates (like 2 cabinets, an accent wall, more frames by the fireplace, etc.)

      Thanks!
  • Susanna
    264 days ago

    Hi, Please remember the small cabinets have to have holes in the back to put all the cables through, when you create shopping links. Thank you. Can you also get include a grey couch cover for the existing couch in case we want to save money and keep the existing couch? Also, include the link to the grey couch dice we may goneithervway. Can't wait to shop and change the living room look! Thanks!
    • Nadia G.
      264 days ago

      Great Hema! Just a quick verification, do you want me to provide another set of renderings with the updates you requested (no chair, 2 cabinets, more frames + accent color on the wall), or did you want to move forward with the shopping list right away?

      Thank you,
      Nadia
  • Susanna
    266 days ago

    Yes. I meant a different color on the opposite wall.

    We will get the accent chair and use it elsewhere if it becomes tight. Unfortunately, the holes on both sides make it impossible to put everything in one cabinet. How about two smaller cabinets? Thank you.
  • Nadia G.
    268 days ago

    Hi Hema! I am glad you liked the visuals!
    Let me just verify a few things.. Do you now think you would need two white cabinets (1 on each side of the fireplace), if so, I am afraid we will not have any space left for the accent chair..
    The colors are a darker gray for the couch and a rich saturated teal for the recliners.
    Hema, I am not quite sure what you meant by complementing a warm gray color with another color.. Did you mean you were considering an idea of an accent wall somewhere?

    We can definitely add more photo frames on the fireplace wall.

    Also, yes, as soon as you approve the renderings, I will be able to start on a shopping list for you.

    Thank you,
    Nadia
  • Susanna
    273 days ago

    Hi Nadia, Do you know when you will submit the designs? I am donating old furniture and need to plan delivery of new furniture. I also need the wall colors. Painter is coming after the hardwood guy. If you can tell me living room colors, that will be great. Thanks.
    Can you also ask your team to update the rest of the quote? It was around $3110 total. Now that I have paid $630 for the living room, pls ask them to post the remaining ning for the rest of the space which will be 5 spaces.
    • Nadia G.
      271 days ago

      Hi Hema! Yes, I am almost done with the designs. Should be able to submit the renderings tomorrow.
      I will tell the team to adjust your project to add the remaining spaces! So excited to work on them as well!
      As to the wall color, I was thinking a warm gray? -- Grant Beige (HC-83) by Benjamin Moore (this is what I am using in the renderings) - it is neutral, but warm and sophisticated. I think it is pretty close to what you have now. I would also have all trim painted white.
  • Susanna
    276 days ago

    Floor color - we would like to refinish with the existing color. French door is very narrow with glass in the middle. If you don't have a picture of the French door or measurements, I can send to you. Everything else looks good.
  • Nadia G.
    276 days ago

    Hi Hema! Here is a revision for you to consider. The updates include:
    - updated floor finish (think it looks nice with the rest - more of a coastal/beechy feel)
    - new media cabinet in white
    - some options on window/door blinds
    - I have also placed your piano in there (it is alright, but will be a little tight I think).

    After this I think we can start working on your renderings (providing all looks good to you :))

    Thank you,
    Nadia
    1 file attached:
  • Susanna
    277 days ago

    I will be submitting requests for all the rooms once I see the final rendering. I have Salvation Army picking all the beds and dining table. You have a picture of our China cabinet. I think I need to get rid of it and get a small curios cabinet to display my curios. Any thoughts? They are coming this Saturday.
    • Nadia G.
      276 days ago

      Hi Hema! Nice to hear you are considering doing more spaces with us!

      Yes, I do have pictures of your cabinet. I thought it was a little large for the space, also its style was more on the traditional side. You could refinish it to give it a more updated look, but I am not sure if you would like to do it.
      What do you think?

      Thanks,
      Nadia
  • Susanna
    277 days ago

    I could use help finding a carpenter. I prefer blinds. I think curtains shrink the space a little:) we need some coverings for French doors due to construction of a new building in front of us.
    • Nadia G.
      276 days ago

      No worries, we can do just blinds then, but remember we talked how curtains could actually expand a space? Make it look taller and softer :) I will show just blinds in the next visual and you could compare the two looks.

      Thank you :)
  • Susanna
    278 days ago

    Below is the email -

    One more question - will you be able to tell us what kind of blinds and (colored or not) to use for our windows and French door too? Should we paint the French door white or leave it as is?
    Hi Nadia,
    We are in Costa Rica on vacation and internet access has been spotty. I am sorry for the delay. Everything looks great. I forgot to tell you we are refinishing the floor with the same color. Will that change anything for the room? I would like the piano in the living room still. We will need a cabinet because the router and cable box still needs a home even if cables can be hidden in the back of the fireplace. What is the wall color? Will you rethink this with the current floor color and let me know should anything change? Thank you so much.
    • Nadia G.
      278 days ago

      Hi Hema! Unfortunately I did not get your emails..
      I hope you are enjoying your vacation! Costa Rica is beautiful!!!When are you coming back to Chicago?

      I will see if we have to change anything with the existing floor color. As to the cabinet for the media equipment, I found a small cabinet just for that (it is shown in the lower right corner on the board, do you think it would work?). I will also try to fit in the piano, but it will be very tight.. unless we can eliminate one of the chairs by the fireplace?
      What accent chairs were your favorite? The ones featured in the main setting, or any from the options on the bottom?

      Thanks for getting back to me! Looking forward to your feedback when you get a chance.

      Nadia
      • Susanna
        278 days ago

        I am back now. CR was beautiful!
        Can the media cabinet be white to fit in better with the rest of the stuff? I can eliminate one accent chair and use it in the hallway. I liked the accent chairs you put in the picture. I am still not sure how to get the fireplace changes made? Should I get a handyman? Also, where will I buy the tiles? Thanks!
        • Nadia G.
          277 days ago

          Hi Hema! Welcome back!

          For the fireplace, we will need to find you a carpenter. The person I am used to working with is not taking new jobs at the moment, but I will make some phone calls. Unless you have a carpenter you can turn to? We can source tile from local stores. I will send you some links.
          One more thing, are you leaning more towards the blinds vs curtains, or would you like to do both? I would recommend going with a neutral option on blinds (it is an investment, and our best bet is to go with something that will not clash with your interior setting). I always like to add statement in smaller accents, as they are easy to swap if you get tired of them.
          Will be sending you another update shortly!

          Thank you,
          Nadia
      • Nadia G.
        278 days ago

        Oh, and I would definitely paint the balcony doors white - will give you nice consistency with the windows.
  • Susanna
    278 days ago

    Nadia, I sent my comments in email. Did you receive two emails with my feedback? I was in Costa Rica and it was hard to login on 2G connection.
  • Nadia G.
    284 days ago

    Hi Hema! I hope you are well!
    Please see this revision.
    The updates include:
    -slightly modified layout (to give you more access to the balcony with bigger pieces of furniture)
    - new recliner chairs
    - additional accent chairs by the fireplace
    - new sleeper sofa (slightly wider - will provide for more seating)
    - new coffee table with storage and ottomans
    - additional wall photo frames to flank the fireplace (to possibly feature some family photos)

    We could still fit in the piano there, but might be a little crowded.

    As to solutions for the cables /router etc. - I have found a small cabinet for you that could be placed on one side of fireplace, but I would recommend hiding all the cables behind the new fireplace trim (when that is done) - it would give you a nice clean look. What do you think?

    Please let me know how you are liking these updates.

    PS. additional options featured on the bottom of the board!

    Thank you,
    Nadia
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    • Nadia G.
      283 days ago

      Hi Hema! I Hope you are well!
      Was wondering if you got a chance to peek in here and see the latest updates..

      Thank you!
  • Susanna
    291 days ago

    Nadia, there are a few things we need to discuss. I may not keep the old couch. I need a new one with pullout bed. Sofa covers never worked for me. I gave away one because it was hard to pull them on. If I add bookshelves In the hallway, I don't need them in the living room. I would like some solution to keep the cable box in one side and f fireplace and all the internet router on the other side and use the space for two additional chairs. I also like reclining chairs. If there are four chairs, two can be reclining. I like floral patterns, but modern.
    Referrals to make fireplace changes. Just call me if it is easier. Coffee table with four cubes with storage will be great for storage and seating. Thanks!
    • Nadia G.
      291 days ago

      Hi Hema! Thank you for your feedback!
      Before I start on a revision I wanted to verify a couple more details.
      - How did you like the color scheme on the proposed concept?
      - Did you like the idea of your piano in this room?
      - Would you like to keep the art I had featured, or would you rather think of something else?

      Thank you!
  • Susanna
    293 days ago

    Please remember the budget indicated is for the entire condo, not only living room.
    • Nadia G.
      292 days ago

      Makes sense, Hema! :)
      Thank you!
      • Merry M.
        292 days ago

        Sounds good...Thanks Hema!
  • Merry M.
    296 days ago

    Hello Hema,

    Thank you for choosing Decorilla! I will be working on a design
    proposal too. Thank you for the pictures and details. I will let you know if there are any questions.

    Best,
    Merry.M
  • Nadia G.
    297 days ago

    Hi Hema! Congratulations on launching your project!
    Excited to start on you first design concept!

    Nadia
Online Designer Living Room 3D Model Online Designer Living Room 3D Model Online Designer Living Room 3D Model Online Designer Living Room 3D Model
1 Nolan Floral Mod Side Chair

2 Calla 5 Piece Coffee Table Set

3 Caledonian Curio Cabinet

4 Sandra Club Recliner

5 Acacia Wood 3 Piece Nesting Tables

6 Safavieh Hand-Woven Kilim Ivory/ Beige Viscose Rug (8' x 10')

7 Paidge Sleeper Sofa

8 Lons Table Vase

9 Lons Table Vase

10 Lewis Hyman Chesapeake Collection Bamboo Roman Shade in Driftwood

11 Miltiades 26.5" Table Lamp

12 9 Piece Wood Picture Frame Set

13 52" Donegan 5 Blade Ceiling Fan

14 Samara Velvet Pillow Cover

15 Delray Throw Pillow

Online Designer Living Room Floorplan
Online Designer Living Room Moodboard
Living Room:
Since your room gets little sunlight a warm or rich color will make the room look more luminous

For your main color, we chose to use warm gray because it is neutral and seen as elegant and classy. It compliments many colors such as white, blue, and yellow and works well as part of a color scheme in any room.

Use a matte finish paint because it will be helpful in camouflaging those surface imperfections such as bumps and cracks as it does not reflect light. Just be careful because matte finish is more difficult to clean. You may also need to touch up scratches or marks by adding more of the same paint in the future.
Living Room Colors:
ColorNameCompany / CodeLinkArea
Pashmina AF-100Benjamin Moore / AF-100All Walls
Deep CreekBenjamin Moore / 1477Fireplace Wall
Shopping List:
PhotoNameDescriptionLinkDimensionsDecorilla Discount
Online Designer Living Room Nolan Floral Mod Side ChairWayfair
Nolan Floral Mod Side Chair

5%
Off

Online Designer Living Room Calla 5 Piece Coffee Table SetWayfair
Calla 5 Piece Coffee Table Set

5%
Off

Online Designer Living Room Caledonian Curio CabinetWayfair
Caledonian Curio Cabinet
Quantity: 2

5%
Off

Online Designer Living Room Sandra Club ReclinerWayfair
Sandra Club Recliner
Quantity: 2
Dark Blue

5%
Off

Online Designer Living Room Acacia Wood 3 Piece Nesting TablesWayfair
Acacia Wood 3 Piece Nesting Tables

5%
Off

Online Designer Living Room Safavieh Hand-Woven Kilim Ivory/ Beige Viscose Rug (8' x 10')Overstock
Safavieh Hand-Woven Kilim Ivory/ Beige Viscose Rug (8' x 10')
8x10
Online Designer Living Room Paidge Sleeper SofaWest Elm
Paidge Sleeper Sofa (In Marble Microfiber - Granite)
80.5"w x 38"d x 34.5"h.

16% Off

Online Designer Living Room Lons Table VaseWayfair
Lons Table Vase
7x7.5x7.5

5%
Off

Online Designer Living Room Lons Table VaseWayfair
Lons Table Vase
11x6.5x6.5

5%
Off

Online Designer Living Room Lewis Hyman Chesapeake Collection Bamboo Roman Shade in DriftwoodOverstock
Lewis Hyman Chesapeake Collection Bamboo Roman Shade in Driftwood (Please verify interior setting of your 2 windows and door windows and select appropriate sizes)
Quantity: 4
Varies
Online Designer Living Room Miltiades 26.5Wayfair
Miltiades 26.5" Table Lamp (Ivory)

5%
Off

Online Designer Living Room 9 Piece Wood Picture Frame SetWayfair
9 Piece Wood Picture Frame Set

5%
Off

Online Designer Living Room 52Wayfair
52" Donegan 5 Blade Ceiling Fan (Brushed Nickel )

5%
Off

Online Designer Living Room Samara Velvet Pillow CoverWayfair
Samara Velvet Pillow Cover
Quantity: 2
Teal

5%
Off

Online Designer Living Room Delray Throw PillowWayfair
Delray Throw Pillow
Quantity: 2
Yellow

5%
Off

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