Sometimes, in small San Francisco, the access points to the living room are too small, to fit the size of couch you need for the room. Typically there's at least one window that is large enough, once the entire window is removed from the casing, to fit a couch through.
The picture above shows our crane-lifted-couch, mid-delivery. (I'm the watcher in the client's window and the Contractor that came to our aid, is Howard Hughes.) Notice how beautifully clear the sky is? You would never know that 5 hours prior it was storming, with a bit of thunder & lightening and high winds. We got SO LUCKY! I think it was the "luck of the Irish" on Howard's side.
There's a decent amount of coordination that has to go on prior to the crane delivery - good communication is key to a successful delivery. We worked with Interior Moves on the delivery of the couch to the residence, Donny Beckwith was great to deal with at Interior Moves.
This project was a quick project for us. The client approached me at the very end of October, really Nov. 1 was our start date, and I explained to her that with lead times, the probability of completing the project before Christmas, was pretty low but she was determined. Her project's scope was the living room, dining room and hallway and included smoothing the walls & ceilings to get rid of the thick texture applied. And of course I wanted to add wallpaper to the dining room!
A couple years ago her and her husband remodeled the condo but didn't want to pay for this work to be done at that point. So when I was introduced to the project I saw a gorgeous, modern kitchen and bathroom but the rest of the house was VERY traditional. The husband has very traditional taste and part of the constraints were incorporating the following, existing pieces in the dining and living rooms. Dining room: chandelier, dining table, chairs, hutch and sideboard...Living room: coffee table, side table, art. The motorized shades were just added as well so she didn't want to have those removed. For the new rugs, we needed to find had to be in a traditional style as well, to appease the husband's preferences. Meanwhile, the wife has a very modern aesthetic - preferring clean lines & neutral colors. To merge those two styles we kept a neutral palette and wherever possible, used clean lines in the furniture with some doses of traditional elements. The result is a nice, blended, transitional style.
Here are the BEFORE shots:
Here are some of the AFTER shots:
To update the dining chairs we reupholstered the seat cushions in a fun, neutral fabric. I wish I had more shots of the dining room - the grasscloth wallpaper really made a world of difference. It is so warm and inviting now. There are a few other shots of the living room we don't have and we are still waiting on a bench for the living room and the client is going to be looking for some art for over their mantle. The room could also benefit from a couple of plants and side tables but for now, the client is happy that she had her room 'done' in her mind, for Christmas.
It was our little Christmas miracle...there was one point in the month where it really didn't seem like it would all come together. It felt like that part in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, when Tiny Tim wasn't going to make it and it would be a tragically sad Christmas. However, the client made herself very available for anything we needed to get the job done - which made a huge difference. In addition, I'm so grateful for the amazing craftsman that comprised the team, that were able to hustle and get all of the work done for the client, quickly. McDonough Painting smoothed and painted the walls. They were extremely polite, professional and helpful. Smoothing the walls seems like such an unnecessary thing to some clients but I'm so excited that this client saw the value in it. It made the condo look SO much better. Walls make the biggest impact. The color change was subtle too but now instead of feeling on edge in the room, you feel peaceful. The color previously had too much of a citrus undertone. It felt cold in the space. By slightly altering it to a warmer hue, it harmonized the space.