up next is part 2 of the renfrow's install, the kid's playroom! with a newborn, 2 little girls & many playdates, the couple wanted a space downstairs devoted to the kids. they wanted a space where they could play but still be supervised, so I suggested their current 'office room' mainly because of the french doors… I thought this was a great feature because you can just close the doors after play time and not have to worry about a mess being visible. they were game for doing a little switcharoo (more on the office later) and the new playroom space was created.
the challenges for this space were storage, lighting & spacing. I needed to create storage for all the toys, so I had my carpenter custom build 2 cabinets that could house everything kid related. I incorporated a cubby system with bins for books that could also double as a bench, and I created an art display for the big kids to hang their creations. the lighting was easy.. since the outlets were controlled by the light switch, I used 2 large lamps on each storage cabinet and voila! an instantly brighter room. and lastly, spacing… the couple wanted to use a small scaled sofa in the room that had a sleeper feature for overnight guests… land of nod had a great option for them, the twin sleeper is the perfect size & scale for the room!
I love how all of the colors play off each other, and Tracie admits this is her favorite room in the house! take a look at how fun this room turned out!!
a perfect space for these little ones... and later when they out grow the kid table, this can still be a cool lounge for them. up next is their office since I kicked Stephen out of this one :-)
hello everyone! its friday, hooray! another week down & another install is in the books… today I want to feature part 1 of the renfrow's phase 2. as you may remember I helped them in their dining room, foyer & living room last year and this time around we focused on their porch & playroom!
shortly after phase 1, the couple contacted me again to come tackle a a few more spaces in their home & I was game! up first is their screened-in porch!
the porch was lacking everything except a small bistro table & a couple of chairs, it was bare bones and I had free range to make it over how I wanted… they definitely needed a larger eating area fit for 5 people & a seating area where they could relax and enjoy the fall weather. the space also need a punch of color! I had to keep budget in mind and a sofa was needed in this space, typically the largest ticket item. I lucked out when I came across an outdoor sofa on Craigslist that I knew could be transformed with some new upholstery & paint. I scooped it up for a song and sold the couple on recycling it. It looks so good & I'm glad they trusted me! I'm loving how colorful & comfy this space turned out to be! let's take a look!!!
this space is so happy & cheery, it fits this family well!
I hope they will enjoy it for many years to come!
until next time….
design swell. live well.
it's hard to believe it's already week 4 of the one room challenge with linda of blog calling it home! i must admit, my day job is getting most of my attention these days. lindsey and i just got back from market in high point, always a fun trip, but among all the other traveling this month, i feel i'm falling behind on my master lounge.
after pleading with my dad, the wall will be finished tuesday of next week. my installer is popping over to measure for the wallpaper monday, so i finally feel things are coming together. better figure out the paint color for the room!
i thought i knew the color i wanted, but then i had the idea to use sherwin williams 'chip it' program. have you tried it yet? it's way fun, in my opinion, and takes the guesswork out of picking paint colors. i simply uploaded the pic of my fabulous wallpaper and this is what happened...
how cool is that; a perfectly paired palette at your fingertips! my original choices included these sherwin williams colors...
after looking at other rooms online painted sherwin williams 'inkwell' i think it's the best choice. i want the walls to read dark, not an in-between navy and royal blue color. 'inkwell' is actually on the strip with the black paint colors on the SW paint deck.
i'm super excited about this room and can't wait for the reveal in a couple weeks, eek! follow me on instagram for real-time design progress on my master lounge, and head over to calling it home to see the other linking participants. show some love, we can all use it right about now! design swell. live well.
hey, hey! i'm back.. and with a few installs to share with you all. ashley and I have been slammed to the maxx with new clients, large renovations, traveling for work, etc etc but we are loving every minute of it. thanks for being patient with my lack of bloggin'
my latest install went off without a hitch and my clients meri & brian, as well as myself couldn't have been happier with the result! i love working with this couple, they are easy, they know what they like and they are hilarious when they are together :-)
the couple contacted me a few months ago after being referred by a friend & needed help in their front room. the space in its previous condition had no purpose, and felt very outdated with yellow walls & plaid curtain panels leftover from the previous homeowner.. meri & brian wanted to use the space as a home office and it needed a wow factor as it is the first room you see when you walk into their home.
my plan to brighten the space and add functionality was a success …. I floated a large desk in the center of the room, added a seating area, gave brian a storage cabinet that will house paper work, supplies and other work stuff… meri was happy with the pops of color and they both agreed to love the wallpaper which was actually a second choice to the original gold banana leaf I had proposed…
take a look at the finished product!
their reaction says it all!!
so glad ashley captured this image of the reveal!!!
what do you think? huge improvement, right!!
I am looking forward to more projects with this awesome couple
… until next time….
design swell. live well.
hey there friends! it's week three of the ORC with Linda of blog 'Calling It Home.' this week hasn't been so productive, mainly because i've been traveling for work and am slammed with a zillion projects (i'm not complaining!)
one thing to report, my chairs were picked up by my upholsterer and are scheduled to be back in two weeks. all the other soft goods are underway and i'm thinking of making one major change.
with my line of work, i'm exposed to new products on a daily basis. this is definitely a perk, but can cause havoc when you're trying to select things for your own home. such an event happened to me yesterday, when i stumbled across this brand new wallpaper; i was blown away.
are you drooling as much as i am???? i'm not sure where this paper will go, but it WILL go in my master lounge. i have ideas as usual, but you'll have to wait and see. i'm seriously IN LOVE.
go check out the progress with the other linking participants. i'm taking a much needed break and heading to the mountains for a long weekend. a cabin, hot tub, coffee, great friends and catching up on the ORC; i'll be back on monday and ready to kick this into high gear. until next time, design swell. live well!
hello all! it's week two of the ORC with Linda of blog 'Calling It Home.' this week, i have a find to share with you all! while scouring craig's list, as i often do, i came across a pair of vintage chairs. not just any pair, a HIS and HER pair of vintage chairs; or should i say, a GENTLEMAN and LADY pair (as the seller listed them). i fell in love immediately and jumped on emailing the seller. well, as luck would have it, i got them for a song and headed to gastonia to pick them up! while they are already pink, and are super comfy, they need a new outfit in my opinion.
i started doing some research to get the ideas flowing. take a look at some inspiration pics...
those who know me, know i want something a bit fun. this last chair most closely captures my vision for my own set. i know i want to use multiple fabrics on the chairs, just trying to decide which fabrics. pattern on the back and arms, probably a solid on the seat and back cushions with a contrast piping. i'm exploring these combinations... i was kinda leaning toward the snake, but maybe not!
i know i have to decide soon and get these lovelies off to the upholsterer. thoughts? anyone?
i need to select my paint color, which will be my focus this coming week. the wall will begin shortly, but i'm putting that off as long as possible since my house will be a total wreck once that happens. luckily, my contractor dad is helping in that department!
head on over to calling it home to check out the other 96 linking participants in this season of the ORC. that's a lot of great design in one place; be prepared to stay awhile. until next week, design swell. live well.
yes, it's that time again! time for the fall One Room Challenge (ORC) with Linda of blog 'Calling It Home.' as soon as the last one wrapped, i marked my calendar for the next one!
to get you up to speed, Linda opens up the ORC to anyone who is brave enough to take on a room makeover and complete it in a six-week period. this is the 'linking participant' method and we post updates every thursday, sharing our progress, frustrations, joys, etc.. my project for this round is a 'master lounge.'
creating a master lounge isn't as simple as claiming an existing room in my house., we're going to be rearranging a few things... as my house is from the '60s, we lack closet space. i had the idea of moving the master bedroom downstairs, divide the adjacent existing playroom with a wall, which would create a huge walk-in closet and a sitting room that i'm referring to as the master lounge. this takes away the en suite we have upstairs, but i'm okay with that since the entire lower level is the master level. i would then turn the existing master into the playroom, making the upper level the 'kid level.' take a look at the plan...
a few before shots of the project room. excuse all the toy mess. at least we have two closets in the new playroom upstairs!
so, what do i have in store for this space? dark lacquered walls, pops of pink, and sprinkles of gold. take a look at the design board...
check back next thursday to see where i am with the progress, and check out the other participants. i'm always amazed at the talent, i literally look at every single project and follow along. we can all use the support during this process. until next time, design swell. live well!
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