over the past month my hubby and I have been on the hunt for our second home and it has been exhausting! we sold our home in the university area over the summer and have been temporarily living in a condo on selwyn. while we LOVE the convenience of everything that is nearby including both of our offices, I feel unsettled and am ready to find our dream home.
house hunting has not been as fun as they make it out to be on HGTV that's for sure.. we have looked at 44 homes in the past month and a half.... 44!!!! our realtor says that we are his new record. you would think by now we would have found something that we can both agree on... but being an interior designer, I immediately notice even the smallest details a normal person would not.. like the fireplace hearth being too high, the awkward little nook in a dining room, odd placement of windows, and then on top of those little things we both have our wants for the house... he wants land, full brick, I want a big kitchen, formal dining room, real hardwoods, etc... we don't want to build because he wants to be in an established neighborhood, oh the list goes on!
over the weekend we looked at 13 more homes and have hopefully found one we can agree on! the offer is in and now we just wait...
I can't wait to get in a home and start decorating it with fresh furnishings and fabrics!!
until then..... fingers crossed that we get it!!!!!
if you've driven by Park Road Shopping Center lately, you've seen some great changes going on. the center is getting a much-needed facelift that includes new signage, the addition of cedar paneling, a paint treatment on the existing brick facade and new landscaping. we frequent the center and couldn't be happier to see the updates, but when an email from the new owner of the shopping center showed up in our inbox a couple weeks ago, our happiness changed to major excitement!
the owner asked if evaru would like to provide the outdoor 'jewelry' for the shopping center; i.e. the outdoor furnishings, planters, lighting, rugs, etc. it took all of one millisecond to respond to that email and a conference call soon followed. we had our first meeting last week with local and national members of the team, and we are THRILLED to announce that evaru was hired for the project!!!!!
to give you a little peek at where this is heading...you know that mid century design is right up our alley and this shopping center has the retro roots we love. take a look at some of our ideas.
we're keeping the final selections a secret. you'll have to keep up with the progress as we go along, which is going to be documented in video form, much like our london project was. stay tuned for updates, this is going to be one fun project for all involved!
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kerri hertzig contacted me after being referred by one of my existing clients; thanks for another referral danielle! she works from home and needed help with her home office, but also wanted to refresh the foyer and finish off the dining room. she loves the clean, modern aesthetic of evaru and after our initial consultation, i knew exactly which direction i wanted to go.
the dining room walls are already blue, and she likes chartreuse, so i played with a palette of blues and greens to carry through the first floor. the kitchen, family room and playroom are phase two, so this gives a great foundation for future projects.
take a look at my ideas for the hertzig's residence...
a little perspective on the home office...
this project is coming together quickly and will be installed in just a few weeks.
stay tuned for install pics, i'm super excited to share!
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i've been working with client amy and her husband scott to update their plaza midwood home. we're eventually tackling the entire house, but this post is dedicated to the first floor.
a brief overview of my client's wish list...
the foyer needs a runner on the stairs and a new paint color or wallpaper.
their living room is almost complete, it just needs the finishing touches. some type of wall decor over the sofa, some window treatments, new paint colors, some art over the fireplace, and eventually a new granite counter for their built-in bar.
the dining room is getting a window treatment, accent pillows, a mirror over the buffet, some lamps, new paint colors, and a new custom china cabinet.
the front room has no function at this time, so anything goes! it's going to become a lounge for amy. it's getting new paint colors, a new overhead fixture, a window treatment, and new furniture.
the powder room needs a mirror and a new paint color or wallpaper.
the kitchen needs granite countertops, a new backsplash, new paint colors or wallpaper and window treatments.
so, where did i start? i chose the dining room as the impetus for the rest of the first floor. knowing my clients love orange, i quickly chose a fabric that would bring life and light to the dimly lit space. this iconic schumacher fabric contains several shades of orange and coral and is the perfect jumping off point that i can use to build my palette for the other rooms of the house.
a couple of weeks ago I met with new clients Tracie and Stephen about the design of their newly purchased home in Ballantyne. they upgraded and found a home with more rooms & formals than their old home and they weren't quite sure where to start or what to put in them. easy for me, I had a blank slate to work from!
the couple wanted an overall house plan so they could see how the downstairs would flow once all of the phases are complete. we are getting that request a lot these days as clients are saying out with the old and in with the new!
the overall game plan has been approved and we are ready for phase 1 which will include the foyer and family room.
i'm loving some of the details in this space and can't wait for install day! which will happen right before Tracie is due to deliver their 3rd child! whew!
take a peek at the overall design....
the overall design will be warm and welcoming and will feel like home when they bring their new bundle of joy home! can't wait! check back for the end result!
i've really enjoyed our first 'evaru by you' project with client heather mcnease; another state to add to our growing list of places we've worked! for phase one with the mcnease family, i've tackled the foyer, sitting room, dining room and parts of their kitchen. this really is a fun process and is easy on both client and designer when you have great communication!
the mcnease's just purchased this home, so heather sent the images from MLS to give me an idea of the space i was working with. the sitting and dining room are separated by a large fireplace, the room has high ceilings and interesting lines. take a look.
the inspiration began when i found two 'diamonds in the rough' at one of my favorite local sources. a pair of mid century chairs was the perfect jumping off point for the sitting room.
i handed these over to my refinisher and he did an AMAZING job on these walnut frames. they are immaculate and now the cushions are getting a facelift with a great herringbone fabric.
the design of the rooms came together really quickly after i found these chairs; take a look at the design boards...
heather has already shared a progress photo, and i think it's going to look fabulous!
i can't wait to see the end result, so please keep 'em coming!
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