Designing my client’s first home on a budget

A client of mine just purchased her first home. With a limited budget, and a dream of a comfortable, inviting, and peaceful space, the client wanted a place to come home to…

I went to work, determined to create a home for my client with all that she desired. The end result was just perfect for my client, who was so very pleased!

Here is the space before:

Now take a look at my client’s new home! The accessories are still in storage, and I will have to go back, to style the space and to finish the bedroom, but I could not wait to show you the work in progress 🙂

This is the entryway:


Here are the office area and dining room:

This is the living room. Notice the crown molding added to the bookcases to create a built-in look:

In the entryway:

  • Half-moon table from
  • Sun mirror and mask belong to the client
  • Shoe trays and wall hooks are from World Market–the pebbles are from the aquarium store 🙂

In the office area:

  • Desk and white chairs are from Ikea
  • Vase from World Market
  • Art work and lamp belong to the client

Dining room:

  • Table, chairs, and china cabinet are from Ikea
  • Curtain rods and finials are from Ikea
  • Drapes and chandelier are from Pottery Barn
  • Art work and glasses belong to the client

Living room:

  • Sofa, ottoman, coffee table, and side table are from Ikea
  • Cushions and side chair are from World Market
  • Bookshelves are from Ikea
  • Fireplace is from

About Mané

Mané Rebelo-Plaut is the founder of MRP Design Studio, an Interior Design company located in Rockville, MD. She received an A.A.S. degree in Interior Design from Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, and is a member of The American Society of Interior Designers. Mané has special expertise in the areas of green design, historic interiors, and Feng Shui. Her previous experience in the field includes Design Exchange in Fairfax, VA, and Raji RM & Associates in Brambleton, VA. Mané launched her design company in 2010 and is currently working on projects in Maryland and Washington, D.C. MRP Design Studio creates unique designs for both residential and commercial clients. The company caters to a variety of clients, including those who are building new homes, occupying existing homes, and renovating or redesigning their current homes. MRP Design Studio also provides home staging and organizing services. MRP Design Studio creates beautiful and functional spaces, fulfilling each client's desires and dreams.
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2 Responses to Designing my client’s first home on a budget

  1. Rena K says:

    Great job! I especially love the office area and the living room.

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