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In early October, Jill got a call from Pam Ferguson, who lives in Michigan and found us via Google. This generous mom gave us a challenge: to re-design her daughter’s Berkeley condo as a surprise for her and her roommate, and to have it done by Thanksgiving. Pam’s daughter is a law student at UC Berkeley, and her roommate is the Assistant Manager of the Claremont Hotel. Needless to say, these two young women have not had a lot of time to put into decorating their home.

Because this was to be a surprise, Jill and senior designer Lauren could not actually see the apartment in person. Instead, Pam sent them a video of the space and a floor plan of the condo. Working from these, Lauren chose just the right furniture and accessories for their living room, dining room, and entryway, exchanging many emails, photos and ideas with Pam along the way. Check out these amazing results!



When Lauren and Jill started, this is what the place looked like:



It wasn’t horrible; just a little boring, and it didn’t reflect the energy and personality of the two friends who lived there.

Lauren changed all that by ordering furniture from CB2 and accessories from CB2, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, Allmodern, and Society6. She even got a custom doggie bed from Etsy for the roommates’ boxer, Pablo, and made a special sign to designate his corner of the room!


Lauren had all the accessories and furnishings shipped to her own home so she could consolidate the packaging and store it until they were ready for installation. Once all the items were in, Pam found a day when the roommates would both be out, scheduled with Jill and Lauren, and sent them a set of keys.

On move-in day, Dave and Nick from the Visual Jill staging team arrived to move out the previous sofa and to assemble all the new furniture. Then it was up to Jill and Lauren to hang artwork, style the shelves and other accessories, and make everything perfect.





As you might expect, the hardworking roommates were amazed by the transformation, and by Pam’s generosity. Lauren received texts from both of them, raving about the new decor and how happy they are.

Do you (or someone you know) need some design help? As you just read, Visual Jill can help—even from afar! Call us to get started.

Items purchased include (all from CB2): District II sofa, Puli Natural Rug, Stairway White Bookcase, Smart Marble Coffee Table, Odyssey White Dining Table, Roya Slate Blue chairs, Alexa Copper Vase Planter, Peacock Hearts Pillow, Rainbow Snake Pillow, Rove pillow, Fortune vase, Woven Wall Decor.

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