Last month I was asked to participate in a design competition. Naturally, I was excited and I have to admit, I was a little nervous too. And then I had a million questions and the crazy ensued.
1. Design/furnish an apartment on $8500
2. Incorporate a queen sleeper sofa in the living room
3. Style should appeal to a large range of people
4. The unit must be completed in two weeks from the initial walk through
That's right. I had two weeks to pull together a design concept, acquire, furnish, hang, build, install, and accessorize. Needless to say, it's next to impossible to make this happen on such a short timeframe without some help. I was lucky to have my ever positive assistant, Keri, and dedicated boyfriend, who has years of homebuilding experience and a "make-anything-happen" mentality to power through this challenge.
I scoured my favorite local vintage and consignment stores, called upon artists and tapped into my social network for unique, personal, and creative solutions to outfit my space. Maintaining an open and flexible approach to the concept allowed the furniture and items I found to inform the design. Knowing where to go and who to contact was a time saver for sure. Working out the delivery and shipping logistics on such a short time frame was another factor that only the most organized designers can pull off. Everywhere I went folks were excited to learn about the competition and wanted to help. The end result of expertly curating all these elements is a space that welcomes you and feels like home, whether you're in for the night with your feet up or hosting a patio party.
WELCOME TO THE AVA IN BELLTOWN: THE WINNING DESIGN
Did I mention I won?! YEAH! I KNOW, WAY EXCITING! My big win was due to the many folks who are in my eyes winners too. These folks were a pleasure to work with and exude the highest level of customer service. So a HUGE thanks goes to Ryan at Homestead for the beautiful pair of vintage rattan chairs and Lisa at Dania for the sleeper sofa which has the smoothest operation and to Jesse, the store manager at Target Northgate who helped me load my car after my midnight whirlwind of a shopping spree. PLUS, a shout out to Joe at Ballard Consignment, Taylor at Stretch&Staple, Mike at District, Bionda at Camelion Design, Intrigue Coffee (for the block photo collage), Gigja Einars Photography (horse photo), Field & Compass (visitors guides to the great PNW), Hyatt Vineyards (for that beautiful bottle of Black Muscat), Morts Cabin (the kick-ass old school spring loaded pull down map), Boeing ("Higher, 100 years of Boeing"), Bell'Occhio, Pacific Galleries, and Susan Kelley for that darling little vintage red bar cart which was just so patio perfect! (Find her at Pacific Galleries, Perkins Lane#7). And lastly many thanks to Anthony Godoy from Dead Serious MM for taking amazing photos, truly capturing the soul of my design.
There's more below! Check out the BEFORE & AFTER images as well as behind the scenes installations and inspirations.
INSPIRATIONS & BEHIND THE SCENES:
BEFORE & AFTERS: