Bucktown Bachelor Pad...Beautified! Part 1

I am really excited to be sharing this post with you today as it marks a new chapter for me. One of the main drivers that turned me to this whole furniture restoration business was my love for interior design. I don't know when it started, but I have always been drawn to beautiful interior spaces. When I was a little girl, I had notebooks full of my "blueprints" of homes I designed. I always wanted to buy the latest home decor magazines and remember sitting in my bedroom studying the pictures stressing over which home I should live in. (The struggles of an eight year old are rough I tell you!) In high school, I took an interior decorating class which I excelled at and proudly finished top of my class. Granted, this was high school and the majority of my classmates were probably just trying to fulfill some credit requirement and HomeEc was already filled. None the less, it was a proud moment...and made up for my C in Biology. Anyways, back to the point. Although we all have passions and interests, it's sometimes hard to make that leap to turn them into something professional and more than just a hobby. I have been fortunate enough to find a profession to channel this creativity, and recently, I've had the opportunity to expand it into something even more. In the past couple months, several people have approached me asking if I do interior decorating work. While I don't have an official license, it's something I have always loved doing. I have never felt like I was qualified to officially market this as one of my specialties, however if given the opportunity, I will jump at it with delight!

I want to share with you one of the projects I'm currently working on. Here's a little background...my friend bought the home about 10 years ago. It is located in Bucktown, which is a neighborhood in Chicago known for its unique restaurants and bars, fabulous boutiques, while still maintaining a slightly gritty edge (although if you ask the hipsters, it's become way too mainstream for them). The house was in pretty rough shape when he purchased it. He totally gutted and renovated it and added on a new addition, turning it into his ultimate bachelor pad. Fast forward a couple years, and there is now a wife in the picture and a baby on the way. Therefore, what was once the ultimate bachelor pad needs to be redesigned a bit to accommodate the current needs of the home. 

The goal is to have this makeover completed by late March, as the baby is due in April. Today, I want to share with you the current pictures as well as the scope of work. We are on a time crunch, so say a prayer and wish me luck!

Family Room Scope of Work:

  • Additional storage
  • Additional seating
  • Add furniture that is moveable to make space for baby gear
  • Add color - greys and blues
  • Additional lighting
  • Replace window treatment

Rec Room Scope of Work:

  • Replace flooring with a water safe option
  • Paint walls
  • Soften up entertainment center decor
  • Add rug and pillows to create a more warm, inviting space
  • Update wet bar
  • Add lighting

Guest Bedrooms:

  • Add lighting
  • Paint walls
  • Create a more cohesive look
  • Create a smarter layout

The overall look we are going for is a transitional style. The house has a modern feel, but we want to make it feel comfortable as well. The goal is for the whole house to be cohesive, while softening up some of the decor and adding in a bit of color. In other words, maybe put a bit of a feminine touch to the space. 

So there you have it. I am excited to dive into this project and can't wait to share the updates with you along the way.