When Terry and Cheryl began renovating their new condo, they knew they had a challenge ahead of them in terms of their vision v.s. the space they had to work with. They were determined to devise a design plan that would include some very grand, but very beautiful Theodore Alexander pieces. They knew that putting together their space would mean building it piece by piece, so that it would eventually tell a story, their story. In the end, it was the guidance from one of our most experienced designers, coupled with their own dedication that finally brought their story to life.
From the beginning the couple knew what they liked and what they didn’t like. They also knew that when it came to quality furniture, you get what you pay for. Terry remarks “You can go into any store and buy furniture that they mass manufacture and everybody has got it, but that’s not what we wanted”. The couple is also insistent that every penny spent was worth it to have furniture with such presence, intricate detailing and durability.
The process of picking and choosing their furniture also turned them into rule breakers. Their choice of coffee table caused some disagreement with their designer Anne, who initially didn’t think it would be a good fit. However, after spacing it out on the floor with a blanket, Terry and Cheryl knew what they wanted and it ended up working beautifully. When reflecting back on the space Anne said “Even though the coffee table is big, it still worked in the room because of the fine lines and delicate detailing of it”. Their choice of sofas also worked nicely for their room. Anne states “because they are a bit bigger than a standard love seat, two people can fit comfortably on them, and if needed, they could even fit 3 people, they are just the right size functionally, but they definitely don’t swallow up the space”.
The couple were also very adamant about their space being beautiful but still comfortable and functional. They definitely did not want a home that was so formal and packed with stuff that guests wouldn’t find it useable. Together with Anne they successfully chose items that would fit the space but still be welcoming. It was also important to them to have a home that flowed from one room to the next, with pieces that followed the theme they desired.
Looking back at the whole process, both Terry and Cheryl agree that it was worth all the planning, trial and error and risk taking. They ended up with a home that was completely usable, elegant, special and most of all, comfortable. Terry sums it up best by saying “Every day we come home and we still love all of the pieces we chose”.