When my sister-friend, Nia and I started taking on design projects together, we had no idea that our design work would take us to New Orleans. It was a city that neither of us had ever visited but really wanted to go to.
After a friend of a friend called asking us to design her and her fiancé’s new home, we were elated and jumped at the opportunity. Not only did we get a chance to work in a new city but I was able to bring my daughter, Zuri along. Traveling for work for the past few months, caused a bit of mom guilt so I really didn’t want to be away from her for too long. Having her in NOLA with me, also forced me to have a little more work/life balance. Instead of working fifteen hour days, we worked less hours in order to enjoy some of the beautiful city.
Our goal when designing this space was to keep it clean, bright and airy which was an easy feat with twenty plus foot ceilings. We knew the couple planned on entertaining a lot so we made sure to incorporate lots of comfy seating. We kept the color pretty palette neutral but added pops of black and brown to modernize the space.
We infused elements from both of their styles and tried to make sure that the design was reflective of them both. Merging two completely different styles is always a challenge when designing for a couple, but based on the reaction to seeing their new home, we nailed it!
Here are some before photos of the space.