one of the last spaces in the glidewell's home to get my designer touch was the bonus room/playroom.... a 3rd floor addition the family had recently added onto their home. the space is dedicated to the kids & all of their toys, plus the girls gymnastics equipment... the space is long & wide, and Kristi wanted to keep it somewhat sophisticated. there are 3 zones in the space.... the TV/lounging area, the desk/creative area & the gymnastics area. this time around I was able to venture out of the blue color palette that Kristi loves... the end result is a space that the kids & parents can enjoy for many years to come without having to change anything!
let's take a look at the details...
the bonus room is a neutral palette of tans & cream, with a pair of sofa's that I had to work around. I wanted my fabrics to pop and the wood pieces to give some contrast..
I think I hit the nail on the head with this sophisticated look - even hubby admits it was worth hiring a designer for a kids space! score! :)
I finally added the finishing touches to the blair's playroom last week and we were able to photograph the space. after designing their son's bedroom last year, they were ready to tackle the playroom which needed lots of fun stuff for their 2 kiddos!
the couple wanted the space to be fun with lots of color but also organized and functional. I had one request, to have an alphabet wall as an art feature.. not an original design idea, but I was game. the color palette started with a single fun fabric I came across... take a look
to play off this fabric we used mainly orange & aqua in the space
the design board shows where my original design ideas began....
the end result is a cheerful space that the kids will enjoy for some time. we will eventually add in the TV zone but for now the couple wants to let creativity take over.
this was a fun job! now time to start working on the grown up areas of this home :-)
i'm gearing up to begin phase 2 at norwood dental clinic! this time around we're tackling the business office. the space just isn't working for the staff, it's cramped and inefficient. it also doesn't help that there are nine metal filing cabinets taking up valuable square footage; those are being banished to the basement...
dr. lassiter asked me to come up with a concept that addressed all the staff's issues and took the space from blah to bold. here is where i began...
because the space is visible from the waiting room, via the transaction windows, i wanted to create a vocal point on the back wall. i chose this AMAZING schumacher wallpaper to give the space graphic punch, and also because i think it looks like teeth!
once the filing cabinets are removed, and the old cabinetry is ripped out, the back wall will become an additional work area. take a look at the design board.
to give the space privacy from adjacent treatment rooms, we're constructing a wall along the right side hallway. out with the old countertops and cabinets, and in with new modern replacements! by looking at the existing office, i thought the staff could use a pin board to help keep things organized. keeping with the black and white concept, i chose a trina turk fabric. it will be a great backdrop for all their notes.
and the design board for the transaction wall...
demo begins september 6th, install pics coming soon.
just wait until you see the before and afters!!!
design swell. live well.
last week was a blur of installs... 4 to be exact. one of which was for my raleigh chick Amy Robinson who reached out to me via facebook. having seen my work at friend Kristi Glidewell's home, Amy has been a fan but had no idea that we travel. when she posted a comment to our FB page saying, 'I wish evaru traveled' I was quick to reply letting her know that we do! Amy is in real estate and sees the latest and greatest in homes and wasn't loving her own digs.. she jokes with her husband about either moving or decorating... I think he got on board with the latter!
the plan for phase 1 was to start at the front of the house since Amy
runs her business out of her home. the living room really needed an update and the
foyer space was not functional...
before!!!! dark and dated with no sense of style
after!!! I must admit this looks like an ad from a magazine :)
the odd foyer space was screaming for another seating area... so I decided to use a small scaled settee to fix the problem here...
before! a non functional space in the foyer.... what to do?
after!! this becomes an additional conversation area or
place to lounge and read a book
it was a long trip to raleigh but totally worth it! I think Amy and Dan are super happy with the end result. I am already getting our installer booked for phase 2! can't wait!
' I'm LOVING it!!! Everything is so beautiful- I might need to get yellow caution tape for the living room entrance to keep my boys out! Thank you so much for all your hard work. I know you put your heart and soul into this and it shows. Fabulous work, my dear!!! ' - amy robinson
the emerald trend is still going strong, and since green has always been my favorite color, i have no complaints. take a look at these affordable finds for the home in my fav hue...
i am absolutely DROOLING over Ikea's stockholm sofa in this fab green velvet. they are showcasing several pieces in this bold color, check out their stockholm collection.
target also has some great new pieces that are worth looking at...
avington slipper chair in green trellis
carlisle metal bar stool in shady leaf. i have these in navy and absolutely love them. they're sturdy and childproof!
this modern murphy sofa from room & board has amazing lines.
punch it up with pink or orange accents.
who doesn't love a little lacquer in their decor? the gates side table from west elm is a modern take on a classic motif and the color is perfection.
the max headboard gives a double dose of impact; bold color and pattern.
looking for a smaller dose? try an ottoman in the same great fabric.
or add some color to your kitchen via...
shaded stripes plate
fiesta accent pieces in shamrock
kate spade's sag harbor green collection
and lastly, how about a large piece of art to incorporate shades of the color?
endless options for adding green into your home, if you haven't done so already.
until next time, design swell. live well.
i'm so excited to share these spaces with you! the installation of phase 2 for the natwick's home is complete! you've seen the kids' lounge, so now let's take a look at the foyer makeover, dining room update and living room overhaul!
first, the issues...the foyer was lacking proper storage, and the mess was driving my client, holly, crazy. the first floor walls were too dark and needed to be lightened up, and the dining room was lacking a 'finished' look.
see how the spaces looked when we started...
after several paint options, we settled on 'linen' from restoration hardware; the entire first floor got a paint job. the powder room was painted a more dramatic color,
sherwin williams 'gauntlet gray'.
before we get to the install pics, let's look at the design boards.
to banish clutter, we used an entry cabinet with plenty of hooks; no more backpacks on the floor! a wall mounted organizer keeps each child's assignments neat and tidy. a new orange runner brightens up the floor and mimics the trim used in the adjacent dining room.
i've done striped panels before, and couldn't wait to do them again. this time around, i used a two-color combination and opted for a trim to add the pop. the room needed storage, and that was achieved by using two custom cabinets by our carpenter wes. i LOVE how they turned out.
my favorite thing in the room is the framed wallpaper panel. the bird motif keeps the room whimsical and ties the colors of the entire first floor together.
take a look at the transformation...
and now for the living room. the furniture layout was an issue, the sofa blocked the flow from the kitchen into the space. the solution, relocate the sofa in front of the window and move the television to the garage wall across from the window. adding a pair of chairs where the sofa was really opens up the room. my client had an existing chair in her bedroom that we reupholstered and moved to the living room, the scale is perfect.
as for my design plan for the space; high contrast with pops of orange.
the existing built-ins were screaming for some attention. my solution, a graphic wallpaper! i love this trick, it works every time.
and now, the transformation...
i think the refurbished chair is my favorite thing in the room.
what a difference new fabric makes!
phase 3 is underway, so stay tuned for the install of the natwick's home office, master bedroom, kitchen and powder room. design swell. live well.
the first project installed in phase two at the natwick's house, the kids' lounge!
i LOVE how it turned out. it's comfy, colorful and works for this family of five.
but, before i show you how it looks now, let's see where we started.
the design board...
i used orange as the accent color downstairs, and wanted to incorporate it
upstairs as well. it ties the house together, and after all, there is a direct view up the staircase to the kids' lounge.
the room has one large expanse of wall that was crying out for art of some kind.
my solution, frame a great wallpaper! it's makes the room, it doesn't overwhelm it.
the sofa and media cabinet are custom pieces that fit the room perfectly.
now there is plenty of space for the family to relax together, and everyone has a spot.
we replaced the desk with something larger and more functional, but repurposed the existing table they were using for a desk. it's the perfect spot for games.
i'm crazy for the pop of red these new chairs provide.
poufs are a great way to incorporate some casual seating, and they're indestructible!
these pull the color palette together and add some color to the floor.
it's almost time for the reveal, but let's see the room 'before'
it looked like this...
and now it looks like this...
the custom media cabinet turned out great. the push mechanism keeps the look clean.
stay tuned for the other installs of phase two, the living and dining rooms.
i might have a little house envy...
i love when past clients refer us to friends, as is the case with my new clients the cuykendalls. thank you for the referral danielle! bari cuykendall called me needing help with her formal living room, as well as the casual sitting area in her kitchen.
she had recently purchased a settee for the sitting area, but needed to finish off the space, and was at a loss on how to do that. she and her husband wanted more seating, but couldn't decide if they wanted one or two chairs. this area is near the entrance to the kitchen, so maintaining a path of travel was important. i suggested an area rug to define the space and opted for one more chair. take a look at the design.
the formal living room was a blank slate, with the exception of two new chesterfield sofas and an adorable picture of their two sons. the red wagon from the picture was the inspiration for the entire palette.
i always try and throw in something unexpected; in this case, it's the orange mirror. a glossy lacquered finish on a decorative mirror is a modern twist on a traditional element. the existing console is a family heirloom and is getting new life with a coat of lacquer.
although we loved the inspiration mirror on the design board, the size wasn't perfect. i scored this amazing mirror at one of my favorite local sources. it's beautiful in gold, but is going to look amazing after my guy gets his hands on it.
stay tuned for install pics, i can't wait to share how these rooms turn out!
design is a way of life.