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{New Project} Mid-Century Traditional

I’m really excited about the new project I’ve been busy working on recently. Attention DIY’ers and budget minded design lovers, this project is for YOU! My client, is a really great gal with a love of fashion, theater and is a Seattle transplant that was starting from SCRATCH with furniture. She didn’t have anything! Her modestly-sized 581 sq. ft. apartment has beautiful windows and is fresh and new. But the one thing that she needed my help with was avoiding that sterile new apartment feel. Our other limit? Budget!! A modest $5k budget was all she had to work with. I was totally up for the challenge after talking with her and falling in love with her style and story.

This was a perfect situation to apply my E-Design concept. She is smart, savvy, and has a great eye so I had full confidence that after giving her a design “game-plan” she was fully able to finish the project in her own time and as budget allows. Lucky for her we live in the same city so was able to meet with her in person a few times, but this could have been done completely digitally. I’ll give you the run down of how this process worked for her.

{Step 1} Design Inspiration

After our first meeting, I set her up with an account on HOUZZ where I had her add all the pictures of spaces she sees that she loves. This is great for me as  a designer because there is nothing better than seeing a photo of something you love, or HATE and why. It does such a better job representing your style than your explanation. And through that I was really able to hone in on her style. She said she loved Mid-Century, but what I saw was a mix of those classic Scandinavian lines that made the name famous, mixed in with touches of vintage traditional style. How do these go together? Well check out some of her inspiration pictures and you’ll start to get a sense.






As you can see, there are a great mix of mid-century lines, with splashes of traditional prints, shapes and colors. Completely fabulous!

{Step 2} Design Board & Drawings

And here is the Design Board and drawings  that I handed off to the client! Note the fabulous Platner chairs and tables? Those were given to her from her parents furniture collection! Best hand-me-downs ever! They would DEFINITELY not normally be in the budget. Lucky gal!

K. Peterson Design, LLC.

K. Peterson Design, LLC.


K. Peterson Design, LLC.

K. Peterson Design, LLC.

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{Step 3} Shopping Guide

Next was the fun part (for me!). I curated a shopping list for the client to have and apply what I designed. I’ve included a few sample pages of items so you can get a sense for how it is laid out. Each item that I think she should buy has  a few options that work within her budget and the locations to purchase them.

K. Peterson Design, LLC.
K. Peterson Design, LLC. K. Peterson Design, LLC.


Now the client has lots of options to choose from and purchase at her leisure as time and budget allows. I can’t wait to get periodic updates on how her apartment is turning out!


Think this process might fit what you are looking for? Head on over here and get in touch!

Thanks for stopping by!

K. Peterson Design


Modern Farmhouse {Design Envy}

I am having some serious house envy at the moment! Check out this awesome home designed by H2 Design + Build. This team is actually local to me here in the Northwest so THE MOMENT my husband and I have way too much money spilling out of our pockets to build our dream home, youContinue Reading

{Trend Report} Black Windows + Doors

The other day I was looking through the pages of pins that I have on Pinterest and noticed a trend that I seem to be drawn to in interiors. That trend is having black windows and doors! I don’t think I ever really connected the fact that this feature is what I loved about these room scenes butContinue Reading

{Design Tips} Curtains

For this week I’m bringing you another one of my favorite {Designer Tips}. Most rooms can benefit from fabulous curtains to really finish off a room and bring some interest as well as softness to the space. But a mistake that I often see made is the height of the rod. An easy and quick adjustmentContinue Reading

{Nautical Sophistication} Project Reveal

I finally have some great photos from the yacht project I just completed! If only I could be as efficient with the other projects I’ve finished… I am super proud of this project and am thrilled with the final results. The look is relaxed yet sophisticated, soft yet not too feminine, and nautical yet notContinue Reading

{Trend Report} Spindle Furniture

Being an interior designer you start to notice new design trends as they are happening. One of my favorites right now is definitely the Spindle look. Dating from the 17th century, it definitely has a traditional perhaps “country” look, but it certainly fits into the more modern aesthetic seamlessly! Take a look at my favoritesContinue Reading

{Design Tips} Small, Medium, Large

Today I am introducing a new series called {Design Tips}! With this series, I will bring you advice and tips that I use on a regular basis when I am designing interiors that are easy for you to try out as well. Most of them are really simple so don’t worry! I look forward to teachingContinue Reading

Sisal Carpet {Nautical Sophistication}

The carpet on the boat was less than exciting. As in… needed to go. ASAP. The owner wanted something bulletproof, moisture and stain resistant and stylish. How do you get all that in stylish carpet? At first I was afraid that you didn’t. I had to think beyond normal wool carpet as well as normalContinue Reading

Final Selections {Nautical Sophistication}

Last week I presented the inspiration board that I will be using to guide my decisions for the boat project. We found some beautiful fabrics to use for all of the upholstery on the boat and I can’t wait to take pictures of the final product. They look beautiful! Here is the display of fabricContinue Reading

Inspiration Board {Nautical Sophistication}

Here is the inspiration board that I am working from for the design of my clients yacht. I love that it is subtle and sophisticated without being too overly “nautical”. I mentioned before that you don’t have to use lighthouses and sand dollar motifs to get a nautical vibe. In my opinion, using elements withContinue Reading