Case Study: Creating a Contemporary Bachelor Pad
Mark, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with a recent successful exit, approached us to help him create a contemporary bachelor pad suited for his no-nonsense no-fuss lifestyle. He moved into a larger apartment and decided to shed most of his old IKEA furniture. Mark opted to work with our in-home designer Payal, and he initially budgeted $15,000 for furnishings and design. However, he increased his budget to $20,000 after looking at various options and determined that $15,000 wasn’t enough to get the quality and brands that he wanted.
Entryway and Living/Dining
The layout was simple without any overly awkward corners or jarring abnormalities, and the walls and hardwood floors were in great condition.
The living room is beautifully tied together through a subtle mix of contemporary furnishings, blue hues, and some industrial wood and metal elements. We added eye-catching accents by selecting interesting and original art; incorporated organic pieces with the woven bench, rustic wooden tables, and plants; and used burnt orange and deep yellow as secondary colors to complement the blue hues.
The living room features an Avec Carbon Sofa from CB2, Geo Wool Kilim Rug from West Elm, and Dylan Dining Table from CB2. The full purchase list can be found at the bottom of this post.
The bedroom was designed around Mark’s existing painting of San Francisco. We helped him select pieces and colors to play off the painting and incorporated burnt orange and deep yellows to keep the apartment’s design cohesive. (The beautiful frog sculpture perfectly encapsulates the bedroom’s vibe.)
In his office, Mark wanted a space for people to relax and chat, so we created a lounge area for guests to unwind while Mark was busy working away. The other side of the office is composed of a triple monitor desktop setup that Mark already owned and did not need help designing.
Shopping List and Budget
Mark spent around $20,000 inclusive of furniture, tax, shipping, and design fee.
Included below are links and prices of most of the major pieces that Mark purchased for his space. (Links valid as of June 18, 2014)
|Sofa||CB2 – Avec Carbon||link||$1,399|
|Media Console||Room & Board – Innes||link||$1,599|
|Dining Table||CB2 – Dylan||link||$799|
|Bench||West Elm – Terra||link||$369|
|Bench Cushion||West Elm – Terra||link||$99|
|Lounge Chair||CB2 – 1938 Leather Butterfly||link||$399|
|Rug||West Elm – Geo Wool Kilim||link||$599|
|Coffee Table||CB2 – Ember||link||$199|
|Side Table||West Elm – Rustic Storage||link||$199|
|Table Lamp||West Elm – Morton||link||$169|
|Floor Lamp||Crate & Barrel – Aerin Bronze||link||$149|
|Dining Chairs (2)||CB2 – Phoenix Ivory||link||$258|
|Throw Blankets (2)*||NA||NA||~$200|
|Design Fee||(Styling Included)||$850|
|Duvet||Restoration Hardware – Italian Vintage Percale||link||$399|
|Console Table||CB2 – Mill||link||$299|
|Floor Lamp||CB2 – X Chrome||link||$149|
|Table Lamps (2)||Crate & Barrel – Zak||link||$498|
|Night Stands (2)*||NA||NA||~$500|
|Design Fee||(Styling Included)||$567|
|Daybed||CB2 – Lubite Graphite Sleeper||link||$899|
|Floor Lamp||CB2 – Signal||link||$299|
|Side Table||CB2 – Dot Acacia||link||$199|
|Table Lamp||CB2 – Cloche||link||$69.95|
|Design Fee||(Styling Included)||$283|
|Shower Curtain||West Elm – Honey Comb||link||$49|
|Shower Curtain||West Elm – Slate Horizon Stripe||link||$49|
|Liners (2)||West Elm – Eco Shower||link||$24|
|Curtain Rings (2)||Moen – Eco Shower||link||$30|
|Bath Rug||Pottery Barn – Classic||link||$22.50|
|Bath Rugs (2)||Pottery Barn – Classic||link||$55|
|Bath Mat (2)||West Elm – Horizon Stripe||link||$58|
Mark was interested in changing his pieces from time to time so he opted for Turning Art’s rental program. Mark rents 7 large pieces for $140/month from Turning Art.