NEW PROJECT // Neutral Villa Remix

Today I’m sharing a smaller project that I have been giving some design consulting on for the past few months. The clients have recently downsized from a large home to a smaller villa.  They purged a lot throughout the move and have acquired some great new furniture, but wanted some style ideas.

This was the space when we first met.Before 2Nothing offensive at all. They had some great furniture pieces to start off with,  it was just a little dull.  It needed some soul and visual interest infused. The only requirements from the clients were that two recliners must be added for comfortable TV watching. Recliners are not something that I ever work with, so that would be a bit of a challenge, but aside from that they were willing to experiment with my ideas.

First thing up was to determine the floor plan.  I liked their recently purchased rug quite a lot, but the size was driving me crazy.  I am a firm believer that area rugs should extend at least under the first set of legs in an arrangement. An easy way to remedy this was to layer an additional sisal rug under their existing one. The plan was based on this layout…patty planThe next, and most important objective, was to create a major statement on the focal wall where the TV is located.  We decided to paint it a more saturated accent color…Patty PaintThen we conceptualized a shelf system to be built around the TV to add depth and visual interest. The plan was inspired by the industrial shelves I had built at Project #NewGuyInTown. The clients found and refinished their own reclaimed materials, and the husband planned out all of the measurements.

Szymkowicz ShelvesIt was a whole family affair installing the pieces, and I couldn’t be prouder of what a fantastic job they did.shelfI mean, BRAVO!

And that’s not all. The wife sewed all of her own drapes and throw pillows. Yup, a real crafty family if I do say so myself. The curtains were completed before we met, but I selected some Nate Berkus fabrics and one random remnant for their color/pattern story.

Nate FabricsI’ve done a little styling action and it’s almost complete (just waiting on some art), but here are a few iPhone progress pics.

Patty 6Those brass studs have since been mounted…

Here the selected recliners are in all of there comfy glory. Patty 4Patty 3Patty 2Patty 8Can’t wait for it to be 100% and then I can share some better quality images. In the meantime, I’m starting to work on their Dining Room. And YES the clients are committed to even more DIY projects. Love it!


  1. Wow, you did an amazing job as usual. The clients should be very happy. I would be. Can’t wait to see what you do for the dinning room.

  2. Beautiful! The paint and the shelves make a real statement. Can’t wait to see the rest and the dining area. Wish you were closer! 🙂


  3. Do those letters just say “Oy”? I love it…

  4. Bravo!! It has so much character, the room looks great. And I love that big tray on the coffee table.

  5. Here I am, as promised… Your newest stalker… Just popping in to check out what you’re up to. I have to say I love your changes. Love the way you styled that shelf and and love those succulents too.

  6. Patty and Mike says:

    Every morning I walk into our great room, and think about how lucky we were to find you! You took a very challenging room, with clients with existing furniture and very specific ideas (recliners?!?) and designed a room that looks like US! I promise you, the dining room (with no windows) will go at a quicker pace, and then on to the den, then the master bed and bath, then wine room and family room…..
    Many, many thanks, Patty

  7. Kathy Bronson says:

    What is the height of your industrial shelving? I am trying to figure out what I would want and I am struggling with the height. Thanks Kathy

  8. I absolutely adore this entire room! My husband and I are ready to pull the trigger on building that shelf system in our house. I was wondering if you could tell me the size and style of the threaded piping that was used? If there are more detailed plans of how it was all put together, I would love to see it! We just bought our first home and are so excited to start some home improvement projects.


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