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Founder & Creator Douglas Calhoun Works Frame Wall Magic for Zillow Porchlight

Incorporating interior design styles with a roommate, partner, or loved one is all about personal touches and pin-pointing a combined interest or aesthetic.  Watch and learn as Interior  Design Expert Douglas Calhoun creates a floor-to-ceiling frame wall for a special couple in Seattle.

Lauren and her fiance are taking a big step, cohabitation! They’re recently engaged and Lauren is making space for not only his furniture and odds and ends, but his style. This happy could have a love for food, wine, and entertaining. The two are active and social and we wanted to brighten the space they spend time entertaining in, the dining room. It’s adjacent to a cozy living room with iconic Seattle views of waterfront, sea planes, and neighboring hillside homes. The dining room is also steps away from their kitchen which we took foodie inspiration from. Their love of food and wine was the jumping off point for their frame wall.

You want to create a balance of organic shapes and square corners. Remember it’s a personal story so no need to be to precise, it should look and feel like something you accomplished easily. Sourcing vintage cookbooks, throwback kitchen tools, and metallic shapes like street signs and large lettering made for a great fit. Reframing pages and posters meant varying shapes and sizes creating a gathered look.

Cutting out the shapes with old warping paper or butcher paper and laying them either on the wall itself or on the floors means you rearrange without hammering a single nail. Do your research and look up a few images online for inspiration. Remember, it’s your personal space and style. If your space is more modern line them all up in one dramatic row or if your looking for a more lived in style than go crazy and layer different shapes in whatever format you’d like.

Final touches include a small piece of furniture at the bottom of your frame wall. A chest or bench anchors the whole scene and makes for a lovely spot to set a row of glasses or flower arrangement.

Subtraction, Not Addition Design Tips Featured on Zillow.com

before side tableIt’s Spring which means it’s time to tidy up our living spaces and edit our winter hoard. I  shared some tips of the trade when it comes to using what you already have and looking at your space from a different angle. I rarely share images of my own space but decided since it would prompt me to clean up a little why not. For the first time ever I shot on location in my Park Slope brownstone and  I was thrilled with the results. It’s always exciting to see your very own stuff being shared and liked online. Enjoy and turn up the music and take on the clutter, here’s a hint, most of it’s trash!

Check out the full feature on Zillow.com today! 

Here’s one of the quick tips:  End tables often become a magnet for magazines, keys, office supplies and more. Get rid of the debris, then discourage it from accumulating again by grabbing a few favorite titles with color-matching bindings and stacking them to create a sweet, concise arrangement. Add interest by introducing an item with personal significance, like a camera (found this one at Housing Works in Brooklyn) or vase. You’ve already got the materials for this easy update, and even a small edit can have big impact. Your space will instantly look bigger and cleaner.

side table after