E-Design | Client Connection- Smith part 1
Updated: Jan 13
Pinnacle Interior Designs is excited to bring interviews with past and present clients to discuss their project, motivations, design choices, experience with Pinnacle Interior Designs, advice for remodeling, and any other takeaways they share. We will also have design tips and project updates to follow along with.
How I started E-Design: Client in Portland, OR
Designing for total strangers is hard, but I will admit designing for a best friend may be even harder. You want them to LOVE their space and make sure your relationship does not get affected no matter how many shipments are late, contain broken items, quotes come in higher than expected, etc. And in this case...all while doing it from across the country from Minneapolis, MN to Portland, Oregon. Even though those were valid concerns, she wanted me to be her Interior Designer. So I had to become well versed in E-Design, which is a virtual design option where I offer client's interior design advice from afar.
Miranda Smith is one of my oldest friends. We met in a summer performing arts camp in Grand Forks, ND when we were only 10 years old. Her dad worked for the railroad, so she moved around a lot. Out of our 25 year friendship, we only have lived in the same town for a year! As most friendships do, we have had our periods of not being close, but I think that was mostly due to our lives being on much different trajectories. I got married and had kids young, while she chose the career path on this game of Life we were on. We would check in from time to time and I was there in spirit when she got married and had her son, Ryder. We became inseparable again when she made the very brave decision to get a divorce and raise Ryder on her own.
After renting for a year, Miranda decided to buy a home for her and Ryder to settle down in. A fenced in yard, proximity to work, and modern design were all criteria in the home search. Once she moved in she immediately started making this new house her home that she felt excited to show off and come home to everyday or after her frequent work trips.
We started with the kitchen by changing out the chrome cabinet hardware to matte black, the three chrome pendants to a more modern matte black and clear glass option, and new simple counter stools. They small change was the initial domino that made the decision to change every room in some capacity. Next we tackled the dining room with a new dining chandelier, rug, furniture, mirror, and plants. Each decision solidified the monochromatic scheme and where we wanted the next space to go. Even the playroom seems like a reflection of the whole space!
By the time we finished this house, I was moving on to helping select a new home builder (and all the selections that come with building a new home) in Denver, CO, where Miranda was relocating for a new job. After 10 years at Nike World Headquarters she decided to take a new job at The North Face, which was relocating their headquarters to Denver, where her entire family now lives. As a single mom, it made sense to work less and have family nearby to help and share her life with! Bonus- my family and I have a new city to go visit!
Phase 2 is now in full swing, and her home will be ready in a few short months! Stay tuned for that phase!
Phase 1: Simple cosmetic updates and furniture
Builder Grade to Monochromatic Magic
Changed out all cabinet hardware, fixtures, door handles, and lighting to matte black from chrome
Removed gray tiles on fireplace to a stunning, oversized faux Carrara marble (part 4)
Remodeled Powder bath with a bold wall paper and new mirror/faucet/lighting (part 3)
Modern monochromatic furniture and staging (part 2)
- Added functionality and personality with a bench to sit down and put on/take off shoes, a large gold framed mirror to check your outfit (or your teeth) before leaving the house, and a real plant that in her case added color and texture, which is needed in a monochromocatic home!
-Living room looking into playroom and dining.
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