we're excited to share our newest design service, evaru by you!
for those clients that want the evaru look, but want to implement the design themselves, this is the perfect fit. so...how does it work?
it's a simple concept, with a simple execution.
after an initial conversation, we create design concepts for your room or rooms and deliver those concepts via design boards.
you can then legally take the boards and replicate our design using off the shelf items.
design fees begin at $1000
we know there are clients out there that like to shop for their homes,
but don't know how to put things together.
this is our solution to help our clients satisfy their inner 'decorator' while getting
'evaru by you' is also a great option for our non-local clientele,
as most information can be transferred via email.
design swell. live well.
it never fails, every project i work on my client will always say...
well, here's your chance!
i thought it would be fun to blog, room by room, and show you how i transformed the mid century home my fiancé mark and i share with our family.
the house had great bones when we bought it, it just needed a designer's touch.
i'll show you how i turned this house upside down without moving one wall!
Ashley and I so enjoyed our trip to Market this week! The two-day stint was worth all of the walking, leg pains & back aches we got from scouring the 11.5 million square feet of show space... well, we may not have hit ALL of those square feet, but I am pretty sure we walked a good bit of it :)
Market is definitely one of the many high-lights of our job, seeing all of the new introductions twice a year certainly gets us inspired and ready to create fun new spaces for our clients. It's also nice to connect with the many sales reps that help our jobs go a little smoother when it comes to ordering, checking back order dates, etc.
I am pretty sure I took over 300 iPhone pics while we were there.. there was so much to see and we were on the hunt for cool NEW vendors to start using. It was a very successful trip!!
Ashley and I were totally diggin' on all of the new rugs we found! All of the bright color combinations were spot on for our tastes. A rug is considered the '5th wall' in my book, it completes a room and is an investment worth having!
Take a look at some of the yummy designs we were all over....
and a celebrity sighting first thing in the morning..... i'll take it!
We enjoyed chatting it up with Angelo Surmelis in the Surya Showroom.
we were after new lighting this time around, and I think we found what we were looking for!!
oh and for the love of furniture..... there was so much too look at :)
after an exhausting two-days..... we took up a ride from the bicycle rickshaw and headed home :)
we loved everything we saw, and are definitely inspired.... now back to work on the many on-going projects we have on our plates.
i've been working with new clients Meghan & Matt Jensen for a couple of weeks now to nail down a design for their downstairs family room. The couple found us on Houzz and after a Saturday meeting, I was hired! The original house on the property was torn down, and the couple built the new house from the ground up keeping a palette of neutrals: grey & white on the inside, which gave me a clean slate to work with.
when I first met Meghan, she warned me of being non-committal, she knew she needed some color in the new house but couldn't pull the trigger herself. I showed her a few design concepts and we finally landed on a combination of reds & blues!
the space is long and wide, and the only items they are keeping: the grey sectional and shag rug... and of course the pool table at the end of the room (Matt's other baby)!! The couple loves to entertain, so I am going to add a few pieces to make the room feel more complete, plus add that color pop Meghan wants.
a sofa console table will allow for pool players to have a place to put a drink down, "X" benches tucked underneath will give more seating... a swivel chair mixed in with the sectional will add to the seating area, and a storage cabinet on a bare wall with lamps will really make the space feel finished.
this is the look I am going for.....
the deadline for this project is creeping up already and we are starting the designs for phase 2, the kitchen!
stay tuned for install day .....
i realize i posted the carr's projects in reverse order, but as long as i cover them, right?
my first project with the carr's was the entry/formal living room. susan contacted
me when she was at a loss on what to do with such a long, narrow space.
figuring out the furniture placement would be key in separating the room into two spaces and not making the room look cluttered.
susan was ready for dan's bachelor sofa to GO, so i created a cozy seating area by flanking the fireplace with two love seats. the carrs had purchased this vintage chair, which needed some love. some refinishing, new springs and new duds; you'll see how great it looks now after my upholsterer got his hands on it!
the room had great bones and loads of architectural interest, it just needed the finishing touches. the entry door had two blank electrical plates on each side, i immediately suggested new sconces. i LOVE these!!!
susan wanted window panels, new lamps and new rugs to complete the room.
i used two different rugs to define the two different areas.
i'm crazy for the ombre effect of this one...
add in a stunning collection of lamps from arteriors
take a look back at the design boards...
and now the 'before' and 'afters'
the carrs have been enjoying their new space for a few months now. i'm thrilled how happy they are with it and enjoyed working with them on their den too!
check out that blog post from last week!
I recently met with new clients Tim & Tonya Sullivan and their 2 daughters Reagan & Tieran... they found us on Houzz and immediately contacted us in need of help with their daughters rooms & playroom. The house is located on the lake and due to a recent water leak in Tieran's room, they had to tear out some walls and renovate ... the new room is put back together and that's where I come in... time to get this space looking fab for this 9 year old.
the room is still bare bones, all they have done is paint the walls so far... the sub floor is down and Tonya is debating going back in with carpet.... I said "let's paint the floor" !!!
if you are in the middle of a renovation and the next step is to tackle the flooring, why not get creative and paint it.... my recent obsession lately.... there are so many creative ways to do this..... I can't wait for the reveal on this space!!!
these are some of my favorite designs....
it's worth a DIY try to do something different and creative... find a large stencil you like and get to work.... what's the worst that could happen? you can always go over it with real hardwoods or carpeting :)
i love working with jason and danielle moskal, this is my fourth project with them!
needless to say, we work very well together...
they are adding a sunroom onto their house and danielle asked if i would be willing to put a design together for them. of course i would!
the new room measures 16' by 21'
maximize seating for lounging and tv watching
dining area for 6
super kid friendly
the moskal's home has a very calming palette of grays, seafoam green/blue and gold.
danielle wanted to carry the theme outside, but have a pop color to liven things up.
i already had an idea in mind; a palette of gray, aqua and orange.
i knew the absolute perfect fabric to embody the look i was going for.
this amazing botanical from Osborne & Little
the fabric scheme came together effortlessly; take a look at the supporting fabrics.
rugs will define the 'lounge' and 'dining' zones. same pattern, different sizes
danielle loves the weathered gray furniture look.
i love this dining table and similarly hued coffee table.
how does it all look together? check out the design board...
construction started this week and completion is scheduled for may;
can't wait to see this one installed. need help with an outdoor space, give us a call!
I am totally loving this beautiful Spring weather! And there's nothing like doing an install on such a beautiful day! And not to mention doing one without any problems..
let's rewind to last Friday.........
I had everything ready for my install, the only piece that was MIA was the sectional sofa that would set the stage for the living space. My fingers were still crossed that it would miraculously show up at any minute.... I had the Jeep all loaded down and ready to go.
My client's, Rebecca & John Schmidt were expecting company for the Easter weekend and they wanted their new house to be family ready, I couldn't NOT deliver what was promised to them...
I first met the couple back at the beginning of February, they had just purchased their new home and needed help getting their house feeling like a few grown ups bought it. They left all of their mis-matched apartment furniture behind and I had a clean slate to work with.... (bonus!!) They wanted to focus on the living room & the master bedroom first.
With 2 options at hand, the couple decided to go with the more airy & calming design for the living room, which I preferred myself. And in the master, they opted for the design with a combination of blues & greens.
Here is a peek at the design boards one more time...
Back to the MIA sofa...... So, I am heading to the house to off load all the goodies, and I decide to call our receiver to let them know I am expecting a sectional at any minute and if they see it to call me ASAP...... well, to my surprise, the sofa had shown up late the day before and because they were so busy no one had a chance to call me yet... HOORAY!!!! I was so happy to hear that. John was at the house when I arrived and I told him the good news, we decided to keep it a secret from Rebecca who was out with her mom all day, I really wanted her to be surprised! And that she was...
Even with a few tweaks here and there, I love how the spaces turned out!
'"Thank you soo much for making our home beautiful! We absolutely love it!!"
What a fun couple to work with!!! I can't wait for phase 2 and to add in that needed sitting area in the master bedroom :)
i just finished the install on my second project with the carrs.
a dark, colorless den off their kitchen that was in major need of some TLC.
the first thing to do was to paint the walls a pale, warm gray to lighten up the space. there are two wall sconces along the adjacent kitchen wall, but no overhead.
the room has an existing wood stove fireplace that set the rustic tone.
knowing they like orange, i immediately wanted to use this gorgeous LuluDK fabric.
i love the branchy, organic nature of it and the colors were spot on.
pair these branches with a couple of tree side tables, love it!
to dress the windows, we did a combination of drapes and roman shades.
yes, you can mix the type of window treatments in the same room, as long as they are the same fabric! the panels have an accent band of green, while the shades get a band of pale green greek key trim.
to ground the room, and bring in more orange, we used this graphic rug.
i'm crazy for this pattern!
and lastly, to bring in some polish, this stunning honeycomb lamp in fern green.
before we see the install pics, let's take another look at the design board...
i LOVE how the room turned out! even my installer made a comment of how a few changes can really make a huge difference; i couldn't agree more.
and now for part two of my install in london, the bedrooms...
designing the master bedroom was a lot of fun. courtney said she and robert hadn't bought new bedroom furniture since they got married, so i wanted to make sure she and robert had a beautiful, calming retreat away from home.
the only restriction, no brown and green. no problem...
my solution, a custom headboard surrounded by these gorgeous fabrics.
i was drawn to the viridian and found the perfect lamps to match.
next up, the kids' bedrooms. these rooms are tiny, no room for a dresser even.
i must say, i thought they were precious.
when i received the email from robert about the project, i knew immediately the fabric i wanted to use in carter's and jackson's rooms. bold, colorful, fun, with some softer supporting fabrics...
for carter's room, i used this amazing magnolia print. i'm completely smitten with it!
i pulled out the minty blue from the fabric and ran with it on the custom drapes.
the black in the fabric was a great grounding element that makes the palette able to grow with carter and not look too 'baby.'
i love how this lamp pulls out the tiny stems of orangey coral.
in jackson's room, this bright geometric was the perfect starting point.
i love the combination of red and acid green, so designing a custom poppy red headboard was the perfect backdrop.
although there wasn't room for lots of furniture, bare walls do nothing for me! i came across this art piece and thought it was perfect to remind jackson of home.
i certainly hope i helped the maddox family feel more at home while they're away from charlotte. it was a pleasure working with them again and an amazing experience to design my first international project!
design is a way of life.