From Empty Apartment to Stylish Home in 8 Easy Steps

Decorating an entire home or apartment from scratch isn’t easy to do yourself. It takes a lot of time and skill to pull together a cohesive look. Whether you are updating the overall style of your home or starting from scratch in a new apartment, all the choices you need to make can feel overwhelming. This is when it is most important to hire a decorator from the very beginning to help guide you through the entire process. 

This apartment was truly a blank slate. My client and his son, a university student, were moving in with no furniture or accessories. While I had to work with the existing flooring and cabinets, everything else was fair game.

A project like this really underscores the value of my full service design process. Pulling together a cohesive look for a whole home is not for the faint of heart! Fortunately, I have a tried and true system to take all the stress away. In just eight simple steps, I took this empty space from bare to beautiful.

Initial phone call

It all starts with a phone call. Before we meet in person, I’ll walk you through what to expect and explain how we’ll work together.

First consultation

Step two is our first meeting. At this initial consultation, we’ll review the scope of the project together, tour the space, and discuss your priorities, style, and budget.

When I met with this client for the first time, he told me that he really wanted the space to feel tidy and comfortable, without being crowded or cluttered. With no furniture or artwork to provide me with a sense of his style, I took my cues from his outfit: at our meeting he was sporting a crisp navy shirt and blazer, classic tan pants and rich cognac leather shoes.


Site visit

Step three is especially important for a whole home project. I’ll bring my team in for a site visit to take measurements and confirm the scope of the project, so that I can provide accurate quotes for everything.

Design phase

The design phase comes next. This is when I put together a comprehensive, customized plan for your project. I consider every detail, ensuring everything works together, and come up with creative solutions for any challenges in the space.

For this project, my client’s wish list included having a desk in each bedroom for homework and working from home.

I also had to think outside the box to accommodate a functional furniture layout in the living room. Originally, there were french doors from the living room into the second bedroom, which were placed in such a way that it was impossible to place the living room furniture. The solution was a custom wood wall panel that enabled us to center the sofa and hang the art across from the entertainment unit.



Once the plan is ready, it’s presentation time! I walk you through the entire concept and show you how everything works together. We do this in your home, so it’s easier to visualize the end result.


During the next stage, there is literally nothing you need to do. My team takes care of every detail: ordering, assembling, and inspecting everything to make sure it’s ready for delivery.

White glove delivery

And speaking of delivery, our white glove service will make you feel like royalty! We bring everything to you and put it in place according to the plan.

The reveal

The final step is the most rewarding. I love showing my clients their new space for the first time. Their reactions never get old!

My full service design process helps take the stress out of every project, and it’s a total game changer when pulling together a cohesive look for a whole home. My client was thrilled when he saw how his empty apartment was transformed into a classy and comfortable space – and he didn’t have to lift a finger.

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