Project Update: A Modern Condo Makeover for a West Michigan Bachelor—with Links!

I'm SO excited to give you an update on one of this year's VIP Interior Design projects! This project is currently in the "let's wait a million years until our orders come in" phase, which, as you all know, is getting longer and longer all the time...

BUT! In the meantime, I wanted to give you a peek into our plan for this very cool space!

If you're just here for sources, scroll down to the "Furniture Selections" section 😬

The home is a condo unit in Hudsonville, Michigan, and belongs to our client, a single working professional. The space was a new-build when he purchased it about five years ago, and while he's made a few updates here and there, he really wanted someone to come in and JUST DO IT for him.

We were, of course, happy to oblige! Let's dive in...

The Existing Space + Design Goals

Our plan was to tackel a handful of spaces, including the living room, the primary bedroom, and the back entry. We also wanted to replace the lighting throughout most of the condo, swap out the carpet, and also add artwork in a couple smaller spaces.

Below you can see the existing living room. The space is mostly open concept with vaulted ceilings, and has a very nice, neutral shell. The main goal in here was to create create a special place for gathering with an integrated audio/visual setup, whether this be designed with stand-alone pieces or some type of integrated built-in unit.

He also wanted to have seating for 6, with at least 4 of the seats being comfortable for watching movies.

The dining room and kitchen were all set furniture wise, but we wanted to add a new dining room light fixture and updated window treatments on the slider (I'm talking to you, vertical blinds!).

In the primary bedroom, we'd be utilizing the existing bed frame and the large piece of artwork across from it, but for the most part, this room was a blank slate as well. We discussed window treatments, new bedside tables and lighting, and a bench of some kind for below the artwork.

Lastly, we wanted to make the back entry both more functional and more aesthetically pleasing. We planned for a new bench, a mirror or artwork here, and some open coat hooks to make using the space easier.

Style Discovery

My clients style inspiration was very consistent across the board. He showed me many clean and contemporary spaces, many with a neutral base and moments of color. His overarching style tended to be a bit more dark and moody as well. This would be a bit of a challenge since his condo as a whole was very light, and we weren't planning to repaint - however, we decided we incorporate this with our furniture pieces rather than architecturally.

The two below images were spaces he felt particularly drawn to. He especially liked the colored sofas in the first image, and the use of the media console in the second.

You might be looking at these images and wondering how this style will translate to his more transitional style condo. It's pretty common that the inspiration images my clients bring me are starkly different from the spaces they find themselves living in. He obviously is not in a contemporary loft with exposed beams and opportunities for exposed brick and integrated architecture.

In instances like this, my job is to capture the essence of their style, but in a way that honors the style of their space, and also works within their budget.

In this particular project, I planned to focus in on lighting and furniture style to create the feel he was going for.

The Furniture Layout

Because of the limited space in the living room and the desire for maximum seating potential, I decided to go with an L-shaped sectional as the main seating. I found a sofa I loved in juuuust the right size, leaving me just enough space for a comfortable walkway between the dining and living rooms.

You can see we used a combination of console, coffee, and side tables with two different lamp lighting options, and I also planned for a swivel chair opposite the sectional.

For the media unit, I wanted something very long and low so the TV could sit lower on the wall. I also planned for a large leaning mirror to the left of the media unit, and an oversized piece of artwork to the right. This would help fill up that very large wall.

In the front entry, we planned for a mirror on the wall tot he right of the front door, and a coordinating piece of artwork to the one in the living area that would hang horizontally over the stairwell.

In the bedroom, the placement of the bed would remain the same, but we added in large bedside tables, lamps, a wall mirror, and a bench opposite the bed.

Lastly, for the back entry, we have a bench just to the left of the door, a large mirror above the bench, and three large mounted coat hooks to the right of the mirror.

Furniture Selections | The Living Room

The showstopper piece for the living room will be this oversized L-shaped sectional. I went with a dark blue/grey charcoal velvet to bring in some of that moodiness, and the clean lines and lower profile bring in that the lofty/contemporary style.

Many of the spaces my clients showed me had interested wall and ceiling details with cool geometric patterns, so I wanted to bring that in on some of the individual pieces. The coffee table is a perfect example of that, with its plinth style base and etched sides. Once the sofa was in, we didn't have a lot of space for larger side tables, so I went with two smaller scale drum/stool style side tables in a black tone.