Tasteful and urbane, Hilary's living room has a few inspired flourishes, like the cowhide table cover. But the lighting is dingy, the palette is too subdued and the flat-screen TV is too dominant. More troubling still, the room is filled with painful reminders of Hilary's husband Joe's battle with cancer. Joe passed away shortly after his daughter Carly's first birthday, and Hilary hasn't been able to change the room. Nate's challenge, he says, is to help Hilary and Carly "find a new beginning while still honoring Joe's memory."
In one of many gestures of tender genius, Nate mounts and frames a perfect white feather (on the far back wall). Feathers have been mysteriously floating into Hilary's life like silent messages from her late husband.
Hilary and Joe loved the beach, so Nate finds a terrarium lamp from Roost, fills it with sand and in the sand places keepsakes from their Caribbean honeymoon. Next to the lamp is a personalized photo album from Exposures. The album replaces a busy collection of framed snapshots that had cluttered the windowsill.
He also reupholsters two black slipper chairs in a chic cream-and-chocolate Lulu DK fabric, then adds brown felt bolsters.
See the list of products Nate used for this makeover.