This client loves anything from the past, so we developed the food service and bar area around the old ice cream parlor, with Betty Boop at the entry to greet guests. There is an old telephone, a juke box, and lots of family pictures on walls you cannot see, to add to the nostalgia theme.
This client wanted some pizazz in their townhouse, but did not want to change the furniture. We added the yellow stripes, and a yellow border around the periphery on the ceiling. We echoed the yellow cheeriness in the bordered rug. Then we created a large eclectic picture group, composed of their beloved objects and travel pictures. Everyone says "Wow!" now.
This client needed to seat 20 family members comfortably in the dining and great rooms, so we created spaces to do so. The problem was that the large spaces did not feel cozy and inviting, so we painted the walls a deep red to echo the color in the Ushak rug and filled the room with antiques and country "finds". Now everyone loves the new house.
This was a small, dark side entry to an elegant country house, but everyone seemed to prefer using it. So we added mirror panels to make it seem larger, and a warm faux color to the walls, with an antique or two for charm and leather ottomans to remove boots after riding. In the mirror you can see the wall shelf and hooks to hold lots of coats and hats. Now the client doesn't mind if people use this entry!
When this client was planning their new home, we became aware of the family style of multiple cooks and everyone wanting to hang around and talk while the meal is being prepared. So we made it large with no dead ends, kept the colors light and painted the insides of the cabinets red; then we used the spaces for display to show off the lovely collection of antique kitchen implements, roosters, and chickens.