Before & After: Lost Living Room Finds Beautiful Balance

Before & After: Lost Living Room Finds Beautiful Balance

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Tara Bellucci
Jul 22, 2015
(Image credit: Sara Steele-Rogers)

As marketing manager for Eventbrite, Sara is a professional social butterfly. She's fun, fabulous, and loves to entertain, but her apartment in Boston's Beacon Hill didn't exactly reflect that. And, since she works from home, she wanted a space that inspired her. Sara decided to work with designer Victoria Solomon to add some style and cohesion to her place.

(Image credit: Victoria Solomon)

"When Sara and I first chatted, she shared that she definitely wanted this to be a bachelorette pad and to embrace a little femininity," says Victoria. And with most city apartments, it needed to serve many purposes in a small space: working, entertaining, relaxing. To make room for those functions, some of Sara's extraneous pieces had to go.

(Image credit: Victoria Solomon)

Sara was unknowingly making a common small space mistake: having too many too-small pieces, like her bulky two-seater sofa and side chair. "We were able to get an even larger sofa in the space while making it seem open by combining the purpose of the chair and sofa and having a sofa with cleaner lines," Victoria explains.

(Image credit: Sara Steele-Rogers)

"There wasn't a designated dining area and there were two different bookshelves and a TV console on the long wall across the sofa. It felt like a lot of items in the space existed without a clear purpose. So we consolidated the items of furniture and created a dining nook near the window. And then combined the previous desk and bookshelf into a beautifully decorated shelf area."

(Image credit: Victoria Solomon)

"The walls were originally a beige and the trim was an off-white and it made the space seem so much smaller and darker," says Victoria. "I think [it's] the thing that changed the space the most."

"I feel like the room came out as a true reflection of myself," says Sara. "It couldn't be anymore perfect."

(Image credit: Victoria Solomon)

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See more photos over on Victoria's Flickr page.

Thank you Sara & Victoria!

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