Posted on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 by KiM

Whitney sent us the following email the other day: My husband and I (along with our three year old son and five month old son) just started an interior design business in the San Francisco area. With the economy down and many people having to rent homes instead of own them (us included) we thought that designing for renters was something the market was missing. We do quick small budget makeovers while the family goes out on a date! 2 hours and you have a new well designed space. What a fantastic idea! They have a blog with details of their business, and below are some before and after photos I found there. Good luck with your new biz Whitney and Kevin!











whistlerpotpie says:

I think having a 3 year old and a five month old working for the firm is a much larger concern. : )

Pyzak says:

God damn it people! Interior design is not only about fancy furnitures, it is about re-thinking the usage of space.

A little work & creativity go a long way. Love what can be done if you just take the time to think about how to use a space more efficiently.

Ruth says:

Whitney, I have struggled with including "before" pics on my husband's residential architecture website. I usually opt not to include them because the whole point of renovating is that the existing space is so ugly or boring…Whenever I show these "bad" photos, that's what takes center stage in the viewer's mind. Take heart 🙂 Your business is awesome and does it's job: simplifies and makes good use of space. Kim, thanks for the post!! Gives me a sense of community when I see someone else have an earnest desire to inspire.

sue says:

Whitney brings up a good point about letting natural light into the home. I would also add that shades of white on walls and in furnishings opens up a room and makes it lighter.

I painted an accent wall that was sage in our condo white and it completely transformed the room. It appears light in the room even after the sun goes down.

Sometimes it takes the trained eye of a designer to identify problem areas and provide solutions.

Wood floors where possible also make a room appear larger and brighter, especially lighter woods.

Sarah says:

These are really good transformations that would make a rental space really appealing. I love the fact that they install so quickly, must take a great deal of preparation to have everything ready. If I were renting, I would jump all over this service! Good luck, hope you're innudated with clients!

cate curpil says:

Whitney Hi I love it! As a matter of fact I have been thinking of doing almost exactly that same thing here in beautiful sunny Florida. Any ideas or suggestions as to how to get started would really be appreciated! Love the work you a have done. I hope to appeal to people just starting out, that do not have a huge budget. I want to incorporate found furniture and other goodies from my estate sales and thrifting.
Thanks Whitney

Tom says:

Two question did you bring the new bed, dining table and dresser in while the couple was on a 2 hour date?

If so did you surprise them or did they pick these new pieces sometime before the date?

VERY impressed with the 2 hour pony wall/seat.

I agree that the pics are way too dark and you only see part of the room in the before pics, left me wondering what it really looked like before.

You guys should do well.

Jenny says:

Very nice!
/Jenny in Sweden

Steve Mawson says:

Two hours…yeah right !

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