client deanna first contacted me after seeing the blog post on my master bedroom. she wanted an upholstered headboard, so we exchanged emails and her new headboard will be ready next week! she and her husband are moving into a new house and wanted my help on the dining room and bonus room.
they are young and fun, and when she said she loved purple and blue, i immediately thought of a new fabric i've completely fallen in love with. i've been waiting for the perfect client for this, it's bold and completely stunning. it's going to be the panel fabric in the miller's new dining room...
with this amazing jumping off point, the rest of the design just fell into place...
deanna had found these dining chairs she wanted to use. i suggested we recover the seat cushions to add more interest, and add upholstered host chairs to add softness.
to stretch the budget, i used my go-to solution, vintage furniture. i found a great piece to use as a sideboard and it's getting a new life with benjamin moore's 'twilight magenta' lacquer. can't wait to see how it turns out!
take a look at the room now, and my concept for the space; it's not going to look anything like this after i'm finished with it!
excited to see this come together! stay tuned...
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i recently completed the kitchen overhaul for newlyweds ted and hayley. i'll be photographing that soon and can't wait to share the dramatic before and after! today's post features our next project, their very outdated living room! take a look at the room when they purchased the house...
needless to say, this room is a very far cry from this young couple's style (and no this isn't their furniture). here's where i come in; injecting brightness, color and bidding adieu to all that dark wood panelling! check out my vision for all the awesomeness this room is going to be!
i am super excited for this transformation, i have design board envy! i would love this room in my own home... stay tuned for this one! design swell. live well.
I was finally able to complete the Renfrow's living room after waiting for what seemed years for a media cabinet to arrive. It was a new introduction at the last market and well, it took forever to arrive. I am so thankful for patient clients like Stephen & Tracie. It was well worth the wait.
I met the Renfrow's back in the fall when they just moved into their new home. They upgraded in size and had a lot of empty rooms to tackle. Lucky for me they were blank slates, the couple wanted a new grown up look… so out with the old stuff and in with a new look to go with their new home.
Phase 1 consisted of their living room & foyer, but I talked them into completing the dining room while we were at it since they were getting a nice table, set of chairs & buffet from a friend, why not finish it off with the rug & panels… so they agreed :-)
The goal for the main level of their home was to make sure it flowed - so the color scheme is a mix of blues & greens in the dining room which is off the front door, to blues in the foyer & then adding a small dose of yellow in the living room.
So, let's jump into the reveal!!
My jumping off point for the dining room was this pretty watercolor floral fabric that has blues & greens and went perfectly with the wall color in here…
Take a peek at where we started…..
And the finished space…..
This home's foyer dumps you right into the stair way when you enter, once past that, there is another open foyer space which needed a cabinet & some styling…
In this space I wanted to incorporate a touch of yellow, which will flow nicely into the adjoining sunroom that we will tackle soon… more on that later…
Let's see the initial concept for this space..
And the finished space….
I think each space turned out nicely.. adding the accessories really makes each space look finished without being cluttered. To finish off the living room even further we are adding an additional floor lamp to the other side of the fireplace and adding in some art work to both sides of the TV.
The Renfrow's are such a sweet couple to work with and they really trust my design ideas and that speaks volumes to me! I can't wait to tackle the next phase!!
Thanks guys! :-)
so, my same clients that are expecting the twins with the surprise nursery have also asked me to design a bedroom that their son & daughter can share
since they have to make room in the additional bedroom for the
nursery …. this was a challenge, I will admit.
two boys or two girls would have been a breeze but a joint bedroom…a little bit tricky. my challenge was finding a fabric as my jumping off point… something that wasn't too girly or too boyish. Jessica wants to have some pink in the space so her daughter will feel like it is her room too but not over the top for her son. after showing her a few options that would have been perfect, we finally agreed and landed on a really cute design for the joint big kids room…. take a look at my ideas…
I am excited to get it all set up for the kids! we are keeping an existing bunk bed that was made for the family, and incorporating some other pieces that will
really pop in the space….. like this vintage dresser I came across
painted Benjamin Moore 'erin green' ..
and this super fun area rug that will pull all of the colors together…
even though Sadee Gray has to give up her room, I'm sure she will love this new big kid room that is exploding with color & fun! I am looking forward to this install!
check back for the reveal coming soon!
design well. live well.
can an entire room be designed around a small accessory? in my house, the answer is, absolutely! when i came across this little gem on one kings lane almost a year ago, i fell in love instantly. the colors, the pattern, a bit of gilding, sign me up! this little tray evokes the feel i wanted for the room; fun, playful and not too serious. all things you could say about me!
when we purchased this house, the living room was quiet impressive. the room boasts a soaring vaulted ceiling, gleaming hardwoods and loads of natural light.
because this is the first room you see when you enter the house, it had to pack a punch. i claimed this as the 'adult' living space; the kids have their own lounge downstairs. no one has ever accused me of being afraid of color, and with my dazzling jumping off point in hand, i set out to design a happy space i actually wanted to spend time in.
i have loved this schumacher fabric from the moment i saw it. i smile every time i see that dragon looking at me; isn't he cute?! the combination of colors is interesting and definitely not for the faint of heart.
since the dragon is my main focus, the rest of my fabric palette is more subdued.
lucky for us, we were given some fab mid century pieces that belonged to mark's grandmother. they are original Lane pieces that just needed a little update. i love this sofa, it's LONG and LOW...
It was so nice to reconnect with my friend & client, Kelley Sink recently. She is such a sweet lady to work with, and even though she jokes of being OCD with her lists and questions…. I get it…. I get her. A few years ago I designed her second child's nursery… but this time around, her projects consisted of sprucing up the adult areas of their home.
The first space she needed help in was the dining room. The plain brown room looked like a blob of brown paint… there was nothing interesting about this space except for the coffered ceiling. And while she didn't want to get into painting the room, she did want to add some things to help finish off and add pizazz because it is the first space you see when you enter their front door. The foyer needed a little help as well.. a new rug & a little styling did just the trick!
take a look..
While we were at it… Kelley had me update some things in her master bedroom as well…. She loves navy and I immediately found this is paisley fabric with an ikat twist and had to use it in here. Paired with jade green, the color combo is perfect..
The end result in here is a light & airy master retreat which Kelley loves!!! She already has me searching for a navy cabinet to house all of her books and lavender accessories to finish off this space..
design swell. live well.
my latest client contacted us after a referral from ellen harris, thanks ellen! betsy was tired of her living room and wanted to infuse some COLOR! her exact words to me,
say no more, we were a match from the start...
as the only gal in a house of five, nothing was off limits, she already had pink in the room! armed with the fact she loves turquoise and orange, i whipped up multiple design options in a snap. i love clients like this, totally trusting and loads of fun!
take a look at the options...
to my delight, betsy chose the first option. it was my fav and obviously hers too. i'm super excited for this install, stay tuned for the pics! design swell. live well.
design is a way of life.