The Decorist Experience, Part 2

My first post about my experience with Decorist was written right after I submitted photos and a questionnaire about our living room, the space where I felt I could use a professional's help. The room was empty for the first year we lived here and partially furnished with a few random pieces since.

I told Decorist that I wanted to keep the tête-à-tête, cocktail table, and cow print (Bell by John Matthew Moore) in the room. The pink lamps are new (from Folly Home Furnishings here in Charlottesville) and I think they should be in the space, but I was open to finding a new home for them. I bought the rugs for the room two years ago at Shades of Light's Richmond outlet and loved them at the time, but they are a bit loud to me and I could definitely sell them. The parquet flooring aren't in the best shape, but it will be a few years before we can install new hardwood. The baseboard heating will be removed someday. We installed a heat pump when we replaced the HVAC unit, so there is no need to leave space around those baseboard units. I also let them know that I was working on an Ikea hack that would hopefully give us some nice, gold etageres for the room.

One of the interesting things about the survey was that they asked what stores I liked and what stores I wasn't crazy about. So listed out a few favorite stores and brands (Ballard Designs, Wisteria, Horchow, Lulu & Georgia) and added that I wasn't crazy about Restoration Hardware, CB2, and Room & Board.

They also asked for links to Pinterest, Houzz, and other sites that would help my designer understand my style.

 Just two days later, the Decorist team wrote that they had matched me up with Elite Designer Alexis Robbins.

Of course, the next thing I did was look at Alexis' profile on the Decorist website and look at posts from the Decorist blog that showed her work.

One of the first projects I saw was the Weddington Way showroom. Most Weddington Way clients work with the company online, but now they can host clients in a pretty, upbeat space.

 Another blog post showed a living room Alexis had designed.

Alexis and I chatted by email about a few items I wasn't clear about in my survey so she could develop two preliminary designs. A full design board with a space plan and shopping list would be created after I picked a design board.

Come back tomorrow to see the two preliminary design boards!


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