Before & After: Liz's Apartment by Furbish Design

Before & After: Liz's Apartment by Furbish Design

Susie Nadler
Jul 15, 2009

As much as we love to peruse the portfolios of interior designers, the idea of actually hiring a decorator has never been on the table. It's always seemed like an option meant only for those equipped to fill their giant mansions with $200-a-yard fabrics. But Jamie Meares, whose gorgeous blog, I Suwannee, is a daily must-read, has a different idea of what a design experience should be. With her new venture, Furbish, she hopes to offer affordable help, guiding clients to affordable solutions that embrace their personal style. Check out what she managed to do with Liz's apartment for under $500...

The top row of photos shows the amazing transformation of Liz's apartment, and the bottom row are a few glimpses into Jamie's own home (from a great house tour and interview on Indie NC). As you can see if you scroll through the top, Jamie designed the new rooms around the pieces that worked—the cute orange shell rocker, the gray pin-tucked duvet, and so on. She helped Liz to fluff, rearrange and re-organize, and to navigate ebay and craigslist in search of cheap, charming accents. You can see some more photos of the apartment on Jamie's blog.

Furbish is based in North Carolina, but Jamie also works with clients via e-mail (Liz, for example, lives in Detroit). Her approach is interactive, with the goal of helping clients identify their personal style and apply it in their homes over the long term. She provides a design scheme, complete with a floor plan and suggestions for paint colors, fabrics, and other products sourced within the client's budget. If you read I Suwannee at all, you know that Jamie's got a real talent for uncovering thrifted treasures, and she hopes to help her clients cultivate this skill as well.

Check out the Furbish web site for more info, or e-mail Jamie at for her rates. And by all means click over to I Suwannee, where many more of Jamie's projects and ideas are available for your daily reading pleasure.

(Images: Brett Mountain Photography; Jamie Meares; Indie NC)

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