The Francis Files
Looking Back: Design Project Reveals of 2022
JANUARY 5, 2023 - Written by Kevin O'Gara
2022 was a challenging year for my business, between trying to strategize expansions into new product categories to figuring out how to effectively market my business. Being a solopreneur is no joke, and it's still a one-man team over here! While challenges always provide an opportunity for growth, I still have so much to learn about balancing a young design studio with both interior and product design work, alongside influencer collaborations with brands on my social media channels.
The highlights of my career are experiencing the most tangible moments of my creativity – and seeing the amazing people it impacts. My interior design project reveals are always exhilarating, and make this work so rewarding, so I wanted to take a moment to look back on the interior design projects I shared throughout the year. They make me so grateful for my clients, partners, and community!
As always, you can explore a highlight of my design projects listed in my design portfolio.
Niles Place Project
Down the street from my apartment in Manchester, I partnered with Castlery to refresh this cozy living room. The real transformation came when I flipped the seating arrangement, using the sofa to define a clear entry area by the French doors. I also flipped this beautiful Persian rug over to soften it's colors and give the rug a flatweave texture – it's one of my favorite secret tricks for antique oriental rugs!
Living Room With Coastal Living
In an adorable apartment in Ansley Park, I gave the living room a fresh, beachy look with the help of Coastal Living's exclusive furniture line with Universal Furniture. From the navy side chairs to the rattan bar and side table, the natural elements in this collection gave the space a really wonderful refresh.
Loridans Drive Project
In this beautiful light-filled living room in North Buckhead, I sourced a sophisticated mix of Neo-Traditional furnishings to provide contemporary counterpoints to my client's antiques. I specified one of my own maze rug designs in a custom size, and incorporated timeless materials from brass and marble to the performance linen for a custom sofa.
Primary Bedroom With Frontgate
For a midtown bachelor, I partnered with Frontgate to design a handsome bedroom that balances a light touch with masculine, classic silhouettes like a mid-century Parsons armchair and fluted-front wooden dresser.
West Midtown Project: Primary Bathroom
The primary bathroom in my ever-evolving West Midtown project was a labor of love for my Momma, who inspired the soft peachy pink on the walls. This neutral blush paint provided the perfect complement to a dark green vanity and a variety of white and gray tiling throughout the gut renovation. To top it off, House Beautiful published the project!
West Midtown Project: Primary Bedroom
I partnered with The Home Depot to share the top-of-the-line benefits of their new Behr Dynasty paint, and added a layer of dimension to the primary bedroom in my West Midtown project with a super soft warm gray color.
Hedgewood Apartment on House Beautiful
A huge milestone of my career was seeing my own home published on House Beautiful, featuring a complete home tour (of my own photography) that I styled after placing rugs from my new Iconium Collection in each room. Seeing the combination of my interior and rug designs in a published story was an incredible pinch-me moment.
West Midtown Project: Loft Media Room
A final project in West Midtown Project was the reimagining of the lofted media room where the TV is located in the house. I partnered with Queer Eye's exclusive furniture collection to feature their mid-century inspired futon sofa (which I customized with brown bullion fringe) and a funky olive green, brown, and purple color palette.
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