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how to update a space in a weekend: fruit snacks and champagne required

Ever seen those models that appear to be wearing nothing but chapstick? It actually takes hours to make them look that way. Or so I’ve heard. I’ve never been a model. I know, I know; I’m just as surprised as you.

The same goes for design. Creating a room that is chic-but-comfortable and pulled-together-but-not-too-matchy-matchy is like trying not to choke a model who says sh%$ like I just love to hike or I eat fried chicken at every meal and I can’t seem to gain a pound! It’s an effort, you know?

So when I was tasked with taking my friend and design colleague’s space to the next level, I naively thought it would be a breeze. I mean, I had a lot going for me: Chris is in the industry. He has a great house. He has fantastic taste in both design and designers (ahem). And he was out of town. Even better? His fantastic girlfriend wanted to surprise him with this re-do. She also has great taste. And I can prove it because she, like me, feels a decent meal consists of kid fruit snacks and champagne. We were clearly meant to be.

Alas, this one almost did me in. I spent days scouring local shops for the right pieces, working under a tight timeline to create the gigantic custom Cole Porter quote (a sweet nod to Chris’s one and only son Cole), working within a budget that was non-negotiable, and dealing with a shaky moment that involved a rickety ladder, a kind-hearted contractor and an exorbitant amount of swearing.

Still, a little bit of love goes a long way. I made this job harder than it needed to because I have deep, dark issues that even an orange dachshund can’t fix.

But here’s the deal: We all get stuck in the it’s too much work so I’ll skip the whole thing. This is how I feel about exercise. Meal prep. Flossing. I’m so tiiiirrrred. But just start. Really. Add a few new pieces. Eat some fruit snacks. Swear alot. It totally works. Here’s proof.

Little things can make a huge impact. Just ask someone with a newborn. Or someone in a tiny apartment. Hey, ask the couple living in the tiny apartment with the newborn.

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