Greg has done so much for us, and everyone associated with the Plaza. We have always wanted to give back, and do something really special for him. Home Depot giftcards had been played out. We wanted to give Greg something he couldn’t give himself, something that would last.
His house is a cool ’60s ranch in the middle of Mesa. It’s seen many pieces of priceless furniture and artwork come and go, some lingering longer than others. One of the hardest things about styling spaces is when and where to edit. It can be hard to see your own collections with a discerning eye. Kat has definitely struggled with this — when you have things you love, you want to keep them all (especially if you’re someone who deals in amazing things every day)! That’s where we came in: To take everything out and look at the space with fresh, modern perspective.
So we spent an entire weekend giving Greg’s living room a much-deserved makeover. Now it’s a hip mid-century space Greg can be proud to show off.
The Big Reveal
Erica: “This makeover was an interesting undertaking because we knew Greg had great pieces, we just had to figure out how to make them all work together in the space. We knew we didn’t have to shop for much thanks to his good taste, but we were a little nervous wondering if we could really make this all work in one weekend.”
Kat: “I think Greg felt (as we often do) that neutrals are boring and wouldn’t liven up the space enough. But more color isn’t always more. We knew that a simple color palette would make his items, especially the couch, really stand out as focal points. The gray serves as a neutral backing for the artwork that now fills the wall. They are the stars of the show.”
Erica: “Greg has a thing for chairs. We all know this. Random chairs fill his space but there aren’t many butts in the seats. Our goal was to create a space where he could host friends and family.”
Kat: “Greg doesn’t watch too much TV, so we felt placing it inside the Geroge Nelson Omni wall unit was a nice option. The TV doesn’t always need to be the focal point! I loved how the curves of the couch matched with the Noguchi table, it was already a perfect match. Now we just needed to liven it up and rearrange to work with the TV and the fireplace.”
Erica: “We were really lucky that we found so many items in the same color scheme to fill the shelves with. I displayed an old forgotten Arizona Highways from 1962, because I thought it would remind Greg of his Childhood in Window Rock and make him happy. We also hung up the framed original blueprints to his house. Personal touches like this really made the room feel like Greg, even though he wasn’t there to give us his input.”
Kat: “Styling three sets of shelves was definitely a HUGE challenge. I think clearing it out completely, then looking at everything on the counter really helped Erica and I to see how to arrange. He had more pottery and figures than books so breaking up the books instead of clumping them all together really helped to bring interest to the space.”
Kat: “That big rock on the ground is actually a imprint of a dino footprint, how cool is that!”
Erica: “Greg was afraid we were spending the weekend adopting a dog for him. Maybe next year Greg! For now, this hound has found the perfect home right next to the sofa.”
Kat: “We knew he liked the color orange because we found some paint samples on the counter, so we brought it in with some freshly sewn pillows. Small textile changes like that really make a space feel homey.”
Erica: “I think these Arthur Umanoff stools were the best addition of the entire makeover. Greg had just picked them up a few days earlier and we had to sneak them out of the shop after closing time. They link together all the elements and completely encompass the look we were going for, while adding more functional and stylish seating!”
Kat: ”I love how the sunburst clock really sets the stage and makes that fireplace into the focal point it deserves to be. This space was recreated almost entirely with things Greg already owned, and I’m just amazed at how everything unified together. Greg loves mid-century and this living room really shows it!”
It was a ton of fun and a lot of hard work, but seeing how happy Greg was made it so worth it! Merry Chirstmas Greg! We hope you enjoy your new space!