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There is a freshness, a lightness, a zing about Mercer INTERIOR's work. Dark, cluttered and dowdy becomes casually elegant with layers of texture, luxe mixed with rough. Rooms shed their frumpiness and come to life. Young, vibrant and fun. Because we all love a before and after on Desire to Inspire when Elizabeth Mercer Aurandt asked if we'd like to see what the rooms looked like before she wove her magic I jumped at the offer. Wow! (Photos by Emily Gilbert.)
We received the following email recently from Ewelina: I am a young interior designer from Poland (Europe), taking my first steps in designing. It's not easy in my country to change peoples' mind and attitude as far as interior design is concerned. Many people still don't care how they live, but hopefully it's changing, slowly but still it is. Ewelina sent along photos of 2 of her projects which I'd love to share with our readers. (Check out the second one, my favourite, after the jump).
First set of photos is my latest project of a living room combined with kitchen. It's an old apartment, so it required to be change almost entirely.The only thing that hasn't been changed so much, is the kitchen. Before the renovation the kitchen had olive-green colour, so that the room seemed to be sad and dark. Thanks to the great material that it is made of (oak) I decided to change only the colour, despite it would be much easier and cheaper to make a new kitchen. All the shelves where hand-painted!. It took a lot of work form my carpenter :) The living space has a silk curtains and cushions, and a silver and glass accessories, such as table and the bracket next to the door. One of my favourite thing in this interior is a crystal table lamp, it gives romantic, warm light.
This reader request comes from Lia: "I take possession next week of a little urban cottage in Overbrook. I have pretty much no cash to do much of anything, but have to do some renos (redo hardwood throughout; upgrade electrical; paint, of course). I had a designer give me a hour's consulation re: colours, but beyond that . . . I'm on my own. I'd like the place to reflect my artsy bent and be a sanctuary for my daughter and I. Do you have any ideas for a space of about 800 square feet, including an eat-in kitchen (70's style brown wood-type cabinets, I'll keep the linoleum for now, 10 by 14 feet), 12 by 14 foot living with with non-functional fireplace (brown brick and slate), the smallest bathroom possible (with pink and black tiles with white toilet and walk-in bath - that will have to be replaced), and a bedroom for myself (12 by 9) and for my three-year-old (10 by 9)? Do you have any images of cottage-sized, girl-pretty places?" What dug around my photo stash and found all sorts of small-ish spaces with a girly touch, which hopefully will inspire Lia to create a gorgeous little home for her and her daughter. A chick pad. :) I found enough photos for 2 posts so here are some living rooms and bathrooms and tomorrow will be kitchens and bedrooms.
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