The Downtown Charleston Lilac Den – Before and After

The Downtown Charleston Lilac Den – Before and After

This post is way long overdue because this was my FIRST paid project EVER that I completed almost a year ago! Oh the shame of getting it together, but there’s lots of pride because I truly love the way this room turned out.

Let’s start from the beginning. I was hired by a previous real estate client who was recently engaged and moving into her fiance’s downtown home. She told me to help take the bachelor pad to something they could both enjoy. So, I was excited and nervous.

First thought was, how am I going to get this total bachelor to transform into something a little more sophisticated? But, as soon as I came onto the project, he was so open. I mean like he let me paint the walls lilac sorta open. WHAT!?!?! Super stoked! So the design began… but first the before below:

The bachelor pad before

The bachelor pad before


I created two mood boards to inspire them.

Option 2: Modern Patterns

Option 2: Modern Patterns



Option 1: Bright Accents

Option 1: Bright Accents


The end result was this…..

The final room

The final room


We had to mix paint and lighten it to achieve the right shade of lilac. At this point I have no clue what the color is, but we love it!!

We searched everywhere for the perfect fabric and found this violet suzani – it came in and I sent it off to the seamstress.

Custom made curtains

Custom made curtains



We also reupholstered a chair with a lilac found at a local fabric store and used the leftover curtain fabric to make a pillow for it. One big decision change we did that unfortunately I did not take a before picture of was the fireplace. It was covered in sheet rock and we had that taken off because we had a feeling there was beautiful brick hidden behind it, and there was! We had a custom mantle made. In the end everyone loves the result!

Reupholstered chair in lilac

Reupholstered chair in lilac



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Since there was so much “softness” in the room with the curtains, color and chair we had to add a little masculine touch to it, and we did so with the coffee table, sofa color & rug.

Gorgeous wood coffee table

Gorgeous wood coffee table


In regards to finishing touches, we added the beautiful light from Pottery Barn. The glass 3 tier side tables from Ballard Designs, the rug from Rugs USA, pillows and throw from Homegoods.

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The art was my client’s, and it fit the space so beautifully!

Fabulous art

Fabulous art



The Lilac den

The Lilac den


At the end both the now husband and wife are so happy with their finished room and have enjoyed entertaining people. I’ve moved onto other projects in their home and look forward to sharing with you when they’re all complete!

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Thanks friends for reading!

I love helping people successfully find and perfect their dream homes in Charleston. This is why I'm dedicated to home selling, buying, decorating, designing and remodeling.

Comments

  • August 20, 2014

    gorgeous- that coffee table makes the room for me- i adore it!

  • August 20, 2014

    Maura

    so pretty! I love the splashes of purple!

  • August 20, 2014

    This room is seriously incredible! The rug, the coffee table, the drapes…I love it all!! 🙂

  • August 21, 2014

    Oh how pretty!!

  • September 2, 2014

    I really love that coffee table. It’s one of the prettiest ones I’ve ever seen. The lilac is so right in here with the lighting. Love!

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