So, not only do I have my first real clients, but I have the best clients IN THE WORLD. That is a scientific fact. They are generous, decisive, non-defensive, fun, funny, game, smart, cooperative, and best of all, they like me and what I do. It all feels slightly miraculous.

They own a beautiful early 20th century Craftsman home with all the classic details you'd expect: ornate trim, curved ceilings, an extremely decorative fireplace, and gorgeous windows. 

About 10 years ago they decided they wanted to live in a brothel (I'm not kidding, that's what she told me. Maybe she was kidding, but I don't think so). He calls it the Whore House and one of their kids calls it the Vampire Castle. They have an incredible sense of humor about it and just want it all to go away, and I am happy to oblige. Thrilled really.

Here's a peek into the awesomeness that is the Vampire Castle Whore House Brothel:

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I've got to hand it to them actually. They really made a cohesive and complete look, which is a hard thing to do. I haven't counted the tassels, but we're talking about a lot of tassels. And candlesticks, lots of candlesticks.

When we met to talk about working together the first thing they said was that when they come home they feel instantly oppressed by the darkness that fills every room, a result of a ton of original trim and a redwood outside. They showed me this room, which was serving as a major inspiration to them:

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It was featured in the NY Times Magazine this summer (it's worth looking at all the photos of it) and if you know my design style, you can imagine how happy I was to see it. It's full of flea market finds, covered in patina, not fussy, casual, feels lived in, and has a simple and effortless beauty. It's almost Masculine Shabby Chic. All the lines are pretty thin, there's a good mix of materials and textiles and finishes, and it's well balanced in general. 

They told me they want to go for an Industrial MidCentury Farmhouse mix, which are basically the triumvirate trifecta that make up my wheelhouse. I made up some moodboards, they liked them, and here we are weeks later, slaying vampires and giving the whores the boot. Anyone need some tassels?

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AuthorSarah Reid