A MODERN, COSY DUPLEX – PART 1, LIVING ROOM
Sometime in February this year I decided to take a short break from my interior styling projects to focus on me. I was struggling. Between trying to settle into a (still relatively) new job, being a present mom, being a wife, running our household, having a vibrant social life, trying to get healthy and fit, and pursuing my passion for beautiful spaces, I was losing my mind. I was permanently exhausted and an emotional mess, but because I’m a virgo I acted like everything was fine; like I had my shit together, even when I was crumbling inside. I’m the type of person who can be burning but I’ll be like: “I’m good, I’m fine, just a little hot, could do with a sip of ice cold water, but I’m handling it, I can take it.” It’s real rubbish.
The plan was to take two months off, rest, figure things out, then get back to work in May. I had to postpone some jobs and turn down a few others, and that was hard, because I hate disappointing people. I was getting excited about picking up where I left off, then Ms Rona showed up.
It’s like 2020 can’t give us a break and I’m well and truly over it. This year won’t even let my skin flourish. I’m here getting these random breakouts on my face, despite hydrating, investing in my skin care, moisturising and mostly minding my own business. And then I thought I had lost a bit of weight. Went to the clinic for a check-up and had to get weighed, which is something I actively avoid. Let’s just say that the scale was an uncooperative little cow, and now I have to start taking my meal plan seriously. The one my trainer gave me in September 2019.
Anyway until Pandora decides to shut her damn box and allow us to prosper while we fervently whisper how 2021 will be our year, I’m going to keep reminiscing about past projects.
This is the last project I did before taking my break. My client wanted a modern, cosy, grown space that incorporated some of her favourite pieces from her old apartment while bringing in some new elements to signify a fresh start in this 3-bedroom duplex.
This is what it looked like before.
This is what it looks like now.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out – plus I made a new friend and she’s literally one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. And you know your work is good when your client is so happy she brings you a bottle fancy gin from abroad 🙂
Thank you for scrolling down to the 3rd layer of earth. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3. I’ll be showing you the master bed and bath, as well as some of my favourites from other spaces around the house, including the balcony.
Until then, stay safe!