Not every home needs to be remodeled to express how you live. So much in an interior environment can be affected by simply changing the paint color, installing good lighting and the appropriate placement of quality furnishings along with window treatments. For example I had a recent client who did not want to by new furniture, replace rugs, lighting or for the most part his artwork. He only wanted paint, curtains and blinds. That's it! He wanted to update his living room decor, dining room decor, and his sitting room decor. And by decor he meant paint, curtains and blinds.
So the above is what i started with. Remember no furniture moving or removal - "I just want paint, blinds and curtains". I tried convincing him to do more but when the client is adamant - I listen. He allowed me to put the artwork back up and i was able to add crown molding (the molding was a tough sell too). I also gave him a lamp to replace the cat lamp located to the left on the side table. This is what i came up with.
Updated living room decor
So i get it. You just need a living room update here and you don't want the whole "i'm an interior designer and i am going to talk you into spending a lot of money experience". This situation forced me to really think about who my client was as a person to execute bringing cohesion (his living, dining and back room are all connected) and sophistication to him on a limited budget.
New Paint Curtains and Blinds - Makes a difference!
Dining Room update - before
Sitting room update - remember this was an "I only want paint, blinds and curtains - nothing else"
I think in the end you have to respect the client and their adamant wishes. Maybe, just maybe there will be a phase 2 for him and he will want to update the furniture, art and who knows even the lighting. Until then - we are both happy and satisfied with the result. Sometimes it's just baby steps : )