Creating a Wonderful Candice Olson Look for a Fun Customer

I’ve been working on a fun, new project that I’d love to share with you:

My job as Senior Designer at by Design is best when I develop a close connection with my clients, and I really did this time.  A couple recently came into the store together and I was lucky enough to speak to them.  They were in the process of building a new home.  We talked and began to get to know each other.  (Much of design really is a conversation).  Both of them gave me valuable input, and I appreciate that so much.  From then on it was just Shelly & me.

Comfort and Style

Shelly has an active family of four (plus a dog) — and comfort and function are paramount.  Yet, sacrificing style was unacceptable.  In fact, Shelly had a strong sense of what look she wanted.  And what she wanted was the casual elegance of a Candice Olson design.  You know… the glitz, the glamor and the opulence that Candice uses for her TV show clients.  I understand.  We love Candice at by Design too.

The living room is the first room visitors see when they enter the house.  We wanted it to be a WOW experience and set the tone for the whole house.  The room also hosts the TV and fireplace making it the prime gathering place in the house.  Okay, we can do that.  Elegant… yet comfortable for TV and fireplace viewing.

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Cohesive Look

One great advantage I had was getting in on the building process early.  As a result, we were able to achieve a cohesive look by choosing the furnishings first and then the paint.  (I’d recommend this order for anyone working on a room project.  It is sooo much easier to match the paint perfectly to the fabric than vice-versa).  And we shared the excitement of discovering every perfect fabric, paint color, etc.

Shelly’s home has a lot of hard surfaces, so we created textural interest and added visual softness with the sectional fabrics, pillows & area rugs.  We also accented her neutral colors with spa blue to create a serene look  throughout the house.

The Bedroom

I love the living room, but I’m especially pleased with the master bedroom.  It became an inviting,  luxurious sanctuary — and certainly became my favorite spot in the house.

Here’s what I’ll remember from this great project:

  • Shelly had a good sense of style that made her an easy and rewarding partner.
  • A good relationship between designer and client is crucial
  • Having fun is a must!

Thanks for reading!


Although by Design no longer carries Candice Olson designs, if you love the look, the colors, and the fabrics, by Design can do that for you. 


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