It’s finally time for to show you guys the rest of our home tour! Earlier this summer, we partnered up with Raena Interiors to utilize her e-design services in our 90 year old Austin bungalow. Since it’s a rental, we were limited in what updates we’re allowed to make. Additionally, we were hesitant to invest too much in upgrades we couldn’t take with us. Working with an interior designer made the process so easy and the results are better than we ever imagined.
When we started, we had a messy collection of Craig’s List finds, college hand me downs, and impulse Target buys. The walls were a cloud blue and the hideous ceiling tiles were complemented by an even uglier ceiling fan/light combo. (Scroll to the bottom for the before pictures)
There were a few pieces I couldn’t part with, like a $40 flat file and my grandma’s basket from Paris. We packed those into storage for a future home and let Raena take the lead. The results are bright, modern, simple and so much more efficient.
Scroll down for the reveal, plus the kitchen tour. Here is what we selected and why we love it.
sectional sofa (on major sale!), marble coffee table (in brass too), console table, media cabinet, white storage box (sold out, similar), green faceted vase, geometric lamp (on sale!), hanging planter (similar), wall hooks, marble tray, geometric vase, dried palm fronds, key dish, flowers, pillows, pillows, pillows and more pillows, black and white portrait, nude, nude, Golden Gate print, and The Marina
Before starting this design project with Raena Interiors, I thought I had a good eye and didn’t need a professional designer. Raena couldn’t have proved me more wrong. Simple things like space planning, measurements, and the correct height to hang art are just things you need a professional’s help with.
After I provided her with a simple mood board and filling out her design questionnaire, she sourced every piece in our home, and presented options at varying price points. Quinn and I were then able to prioritize pieces that were most important to us, and save on things we were flexible on.
Moral of the story? You don’t need a traditional interior designer to have help revamping your space. Raena’s e-design services are an extraordinary option for a flexible budget. It finally feels like an adult space. It’s so much more functional and feels polished and put together, everywhere we look.
Photos by Madeline Harper.
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