Friday, September 28, 2018

Before and After: Prior Lake Modern Farmhouse

It's been a while since I shared a proper before and after!  This project was completed earlier this spring but I wanted to photograph it with full greenery out the large windows.

The house is a really lovely new build in a suburb of the Twin Cities.  The builder did a nice job with what I think of as "fresh classic" materials: nothing crazy, but the selections reflect the time.  (so for example the grey-wash floors and the kitchen backsplash say 2018 but are classic enough that they won't feel dated in a decade.)

This client loves COLOR, and my job was to warm things up!

This was a spec house and the "before" photos are all from the staging--not my client's stuff.
The major impacts that we made:

- right sizing the furniture
- rugs to define separate spaces
- wallpapering the ceiling tray to further define the living room
- drapery to further define and frame the dining room
- window treatments in general!

Great room before:

Great room after:

Living before:

And after:

Living towards master suite before:

And after:

Dining before:

And after:

Kitchen before:

Kitchen after:

Master bedroom before:

Master bedroom After:

We also brought color and pattern to the laundry room:

All after photos: © Spacecrafting Photography

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


One of the challenges of small business is knowing when (and how) to grow.  I thought about what kind of help I needed for a long time before essentially getting desperate and hiring a part time assistant in January.  Guess what?  Best decision ever.

Fast forward to now, and my wonderful assistant is moving to North Carolina.  

Seeing: half time design assistant with the potential for growth to full time in the next year.

Must be a creative problem solver with a love of interior design and a willingness to do the grunt work.  (I do it too!)  Must be computer proficient with drafting skills and some image management.  If you have basic proficiency and a willingness/ability to continue to teach yourself, I'm happy to support you as you grow.

Time is split between design work and general assisting.

Design: Create drawings in drafting software (preferably sketchup), including kitchens, bathrooms, and custom work such as built-ins or custom furniture.  Basic proficiency required with the ability to learn additional skills as needed.   Source furnishings, fixtures, and materials.  Measure spaces and enter details and dimensions into floor planner.  Create design board drafts.  Create material samples (paint boards etc).  Option to move into project management.

Admin/ general assisting: Run errands.  Manage material samples.  Create presentation materials.  Assist on installs and photo shoots.  Enter items into Olioboard and Studio Designer.  Create pitches.  Manage images for website.  Assist with blogging.

Desired skills:
Proficient in Sketchup
Image Management (photo shop and illustrator)
Basic handiness
Ability to lift/haul (furniture may be moved, product will be hauled)
Willingness to learn


Currently in the process of moving over to Studio Designer, which has built in accounting software akin to quickbooks.  Experiece with Studio Designer a plus but not required.

Seeking bookkeeper to manage billing on a weekly or biweekly basis; payroll, and monthly sales tax filings.

Email cover letter, resume, and (for designer) work sample of some kind to

Bonus for both positions (not required): send me an image of an interior that reflects your aesthetic and tell me why.

Positions begin as soon as October.


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