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Light, Bright Transitional Home Makeover

In this light, transitional home project by designer Blanche Garcia, the homeowner got her wish for a relaxed atmosphere full of style to share with her two children and dog.

To make this home feel more relaxed and inviting, designer Blanche Garcia used soft colors, lightly-textured fabrics and a smart mix of delicate patterns. The beautiful result is a soothing transitional home with classic details and an overall feeling of comfort.

Describe the homeowner's wish list.

They wanted a simple but elegant space with soothing and relaxed colors, classic profiles and family-friendly finishes.

What was the biggest issue the design addressed?

My client owns a skincare company that she mostly runs from a home office. I needed to make sure she had ample space to run a successful business while at the same time ensuring that the home didn’t look like a busy home office run amok.

My client’s tastes veered toward lighter tones, which are hard to keep clean with two children and a dog in the home. Using deeper and thicker base fabrics and layering lighter fabrics as accents and pillows solved our design dilemma.

I think everything looks pretty close to my original design. There were a few personal accent and furniture items that I hadn’t anticipated having to reuse, but that’s what makes the design come to life.

I learned that if even one detail feels off, no matter how small, to follow my instinct to change it. Any time I wasn’t completely convinced on a design choice – guess what? – neither was my client. So following my design instincts are now at the top of my list.

I always make sure my seating feels comfortable by adding inches onto the depth. I like to go no less than 36 inches but no more than 42 inches for a really opulent feel.

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