February 23, 2010



Brad just relocated from London to DC.  He was moving  in to his new rental with only his clothes, TV and a Tempurpedic mattress.

What to do?

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His busy new job gave him no time to buy furniture, and it wasn’t in his budget to hire a designer. And even if he did have time, he felt unsure how to go about it.  He had checked out some stuff at Restoration Hardware but wasn’t sure what his style really was.

Brad’s dilemma is a very common one, and of the reasons we’re launching LiveLikeYou. (We’re two weeks away!)  On LiveLikeYou you’ll find designs matched to personality types. You can walk through designed vignettes for every room in your house and buy everything you see. If we don’t have the right product, we’ll send you to someone who does.  Paint color selections are given, budget and green options, as well as design advice along the way. For a small fee you can even get a complete layout for your home in your selected look.

Even though not launched yet we asked Brad to be our first LiveLikeYou test client, with one demand–we would follow him on the blog.  After sifting through a bunch of masculine personality types he was surprised to see where he ended up.  Thinking his style might be French Country he ended up choosing  “The Modern Bachelor”. A stream lined classic modern look in black, tan, silver and espresso brown.

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Black and rattan modern chest for bedroom, great design from Bungalow 5.

Roberto$316bb+shade24hx16dx16w Global$699-43wx37hx7.75d

Cut glass lamp with black shade from Worlds-Away and awesome entry console from Global Views can be purchased at LiveLikeYou.

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West Elm simple bar stools.  Geometric entry carpet from Outdoorrugsonly.

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Modern black chest from Bungalow 5 and cream Garden Rope stools also will be available at LiveLikeYou.

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Silver leaf finish on stacking tables from Worlds-Away, extremely chic and usable at the same time.  The apartment building does not allow for painting, so we had to make it work with neutral walls.

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George Marmaras and his great crew from Handle with Care did a first class job as usual delivering and installing the pieces.  If you live on the east coast and opt for “white glove” delivery service from LiveLikeYou, they will do the job.

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Rick, Moody, George and Stone from Handle with Care.  And Danielle my fantastic design assistant.

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Left photo:  Brad surveying the apartment while the previous tenants where moving out.

Right photo: The halfway point. Clean symmetric lines make the space more defined.

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Brad selected a beautiful painting from one of the talented artists we’ll carry on LiveLikeYou.  This painting is by Josh Rosenthal, “Man in boat in Apartment”.  I personally dislike “decorator art” and I’m always looking for artists whose work I love.  (Know anyone great? E-mail us at: contact@marmaladeinteriors.com)

Below are two gorgeous images he selected from Christine Matthai.

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“Trees”   26 x 32″

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“Bird in the Sky”

The finished photos of Brad’s apartment I’ll post in the coming weeks!

P.S.

When I left Brad’s I happened to stop and pet this sweet little dog. He had just been rescued from death row in a South Carolina shelter by the kind people of Lucky Dog Animal rescue.  He needed a home…so he now lives with us.  Lucky timing!   We’ve named him “Bubba”.

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6 Comments

  • Comment by Molly Andrews — February 24, 2010 @ 2:26 am

    Really excited to see how this unfolds! I will be tuning in!

  • Comment by littleshop — February 24, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

    Wow, hurry up and finish this job so we can see the result. Looks great! And that dog…ADORABLE. Talk about serendipity.

  • Comment by Jenny — February 25, 2010 @ 12:33 am

    This is awesome! Can't wait to see the site!

  • Comment by Daniel Saunders — February 25, 2010 @ 2:10 am

    Wow! What an amazing transformation! Quick and easy..perfect for any bachelor! Very Cool!!!

  • Comment by barbara — March 1, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

    Wow great to watch the process unfold! Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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