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Mad Men Pad + Design Plan: The Before


I am SO excited to show you what I’m dubbing the “Mad Men” pad. It’s a airy loft located near downtown Oklahoma City. It’s one of the hippest places I’ve gotten the chance to work on so far and it’s gorgeous!

Exposed elements on the ceiling and concrete beams give it a modern vibe. But the warm wood tones ground the space. And the view. Awwww the view is incredible.


This window lined wall is just amazing. The wood windows in the natural wood are my favorite I think. (You cannot go wrong with wood windows)


Together with the client, we’ve put together a mood board that I think reflects his style as well as compliments the vibe of downtown. (Yet still brings together pieces that remind him of his roots back in Ponca City.)


1 Lounge Chair {TB3 Home $399} // Seating in a room is important. Every room needs a chair. At least one. For this space in particular, we opted for a gorgeous leather sectional. (Detail below) But when having company, it can be awkward or crammed to fit all your guests onto one couch. A chair or two make it feel cozier. More complete. And this one is perfect. It’s made of eucalyptus wood. It’s sturdy and the arms give it a more formal look which I love.

2 Bar Cart {West Elm $2,499} // Initial meetings with prospective new clients are really just to get to know one another and to see if we make a good fit as client and designer. Which is exactly how my first meeting with this client went. We met at a hip local watering hole here in OKC called Savings and Loan. He was super put together, organized and clearly had a great sense of personal style, I knew right off the bat we were going to create a beautiful space. I learned a lot about him. Including his tastes and about his appreciation for cooking, design and entertainment. So it seemed fitting to include a well appointed bar cart of some sort in his home. I love this option from West Elm. The rich burled wood is not only on trend, but also something that could stand the test of time. (Definitely an investment piece for sure.) However, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to source something from an estate sale day that matches this general aesthetic.

3 Burled Wood Desk {One King’s Lane} // Another nod to the burled wood trend. I say trend… But it’s actually something that has been around for a long time. Perhaps just a bit overlooked because most of them time, incorporating a burled wood piece often ends up looking effortless. Which is exactly the look we want. Many of the pieces we will be incorporating are things that he already owns or which have been handed down to him. This burled wood desk would fit right in. Plus, it also seems like something straight out of the Mad Men set. (See here)

4 Vintage Books {$46 Etsy} // He already has a pretty legit book collection. The idea is to display what he already has along with a few blue ones to incorporate the blue theme a bit more.

5 Turkish Kilim Rug {RUH} // One thing that always pulls a room together is a rug. And to me, there is nothing like vintage. I found this great source the other day online. Though I love hunting locally for one, the options on this site are AMAZING. And the prices? Incredible.

6 Sectional {Minimal and Modern} // A sectional is a great way to go as a seating option when a client intends on watching TV in the space. It’s great for two people, because one person can claim each section. And leather lends a richness that no other fabric really can. (For some reason, this movie quote comes to mind)

7 & 9 Philodendron {Houzz} Wicker Basket { Target } // There should always be something living in each room. I don’t know the science of why. But living things just make a room look good. Maybe because they literally bring life to a space. And if you don’t have a green thumb? (Or if you travel quite a bit like this particular client does) no problem. Philodendrons are hard to kill. (Which I’ve totally done. But I can attest that the killing process is a long one. So even if you straight up neglect them, aside from the occasional watering, they do pretty good.) We’ll plan on using a basket similar to this one that the client already owns to hold the plant. (Unless we use it for blankets.)

8 Army Box {Similar here} // This may be the coolest piece of decor in the entire room. (You know I’m a sucker for anything with history) It’s an antique Army box belonging to his late father. Passed down to him after his father passed away, I can’t imagine how special it must be to him. It’s hand painted with his family name and ID and is painted in the most beautiful green. It’s one of those pieces that will likely be handed down from generation to generation. Something this special deserves a place where it can be displayed and viewed. So we will definitely be incorporating it in the new space 100%.

10 Broadway Poster {} // Another item that the client already owns is a framed poster (very similar to this one) that we will be including in the design.

11 Hunting watercolors {Unknown via Pinterest} // The client has several watercolor paintings of his father that I  thought were just too cool to not include somewhere in the design. Plus, because a lot of the furniture pieces are modern, classic pieces like this balance it out. Besides, one of my Design Mantras is to surround yourself with things that you love. We just simply HAD to include these!

12 Coffee Table {West Elm} // Pulling in the brass theme, this coffee table also doubles as a place to display a few pretty decor items. The client has a lot of fun autographed records, unusual objects and like I mentioned earlier, beautiful books.

13 Tray {Waiting on Martha} // Something else we will be incorporating in the new space, will be an entry area with a table. After returning home from a long week of travel or even a long day at the office, something that we found he was lacking, was an area to place things like keys, bags, sunglasses etc. etc. This tray would be a great little catch all for things like change or keys. Plus, I love the little phrase on it. After learning about his background, family and upbringing, he struck me as generally just a straight up honest, genuine good guy. And this phrase seemed to really embody a lot of what seems to be his outlook on life.

14 Chest {1st Dibs} // Another piece that we are keeping in the room is an antique chest. Very similar to this one by first dibs, the chest is a family heirloom and again speaks to my design mantra of surrounding yourself with things you love. The chest he owns is tall and will is great for storage, but will also double as a TV stand. He’ll be able to use it to keep things that he doesn’t need access to that often as well as use it to host his TV. It will also double as a place to help hide cords. As most of the walls in his home are concrete, moving electrical can be tricky. So a large piece of furniture will help conceal some of this.

15 Lamp {One King’s Lane} // Lighting makes a room, no question. He already owns an awesome brass lamp which I’m in love with. In fact, he was probably shocked that I was like, “KEEP IT!” You know the kind I’m talking about. Large, almost vase-like base. They were super popular in the ’80’s and early ’90’s. They are gorgeous and so on trend right now. If he does end up getting rid of it, or using it in another area (would look awesome on a night stand), I think something like this would be great as well. Brass, duh. Plus the delicate tripod legs add balance against all the masculine pieces we are incorporating.

17 Falsa Blanket {Available at Loves Travel Stops} // A staple in many homes I decorate, these falsa blankets are not only extremely affordable, (They can be found at most gas stations for under $10) but they also come in a huge range of colours. I think black or blue for this particular project would be fantastic. Stacked on the back of the sofa or in a basket for easy access during a movie marathon, they are an easy and affordable way to bring in color and fun pattern.

Stay tuned for more updates on this gorgeous urban downtown space!

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