my latest share are the designs for mike and summer shelton's foyer and family room. dr. shelton is an associate dentist at norwood dental clinic, and she and her husband have an amazing house on lake tillery. there are several areas to tackle, including the master bedroom which i'll blog about later, but let's focus on the entry first.
a few issues the homeowners have:
this is where we're starting...
the couple loves nautically inspired elements, so that's where i started. the entire color palette is derived with sand and surf in mind. the existing wall color is a pale golden tone, which will remain and be a great backdrop to the textures i have going on. take a look at the design board for the foyer.
i've always loved these oyster shell mirrors and this was the perfect spot for a grouping.
for the family room, comfort is key. a large sectional will anchor the space and provide lots of seating for this family of five. a soft wool rug packs graphic punch while tying the colors of the room together.
one of my new favorite things to do is to mix fabrics on chairs. a custom chair and a half will really pop with a navy stripe on just the cushions. take note, this is an easy switch out down the road, should you ever want to change up the pattern on the chair. it's as simple as recovering two cushions, much more cost effective than an entire chair.
see what you think...
and that's phase one for the shelton's home, just in time for christmas.
stay tuned for install pics! design swell. live well.
i've been working with newlywed clients hayley and ted on their kitchen in myers park for a couple of months now. hayley reached out after her realtor had seen an article written about evaru in a local magazine, and a meeting shortly followed. the couple had just purchased their first home and to say it needed an update was an understatement! they had no idea where to begin, except to gut the kitchen, but luckily i knew exactly what to do. take a look at the kitchen's original state...
the couple HATED the long center island that was occupying most of the space. they wanted a light, bright kitchen with great flow and traditional touches. say no more, i started working on the floor plan immediately. after showing them a few options, this is the plan being implemented.
this plan offers tons of storage, plenty of room for entertaining, and a great circulation pattern. i was still able to give them an island without the kitchen feeling closed in, very important! the room will be mostly white and gray, but i'm bringing color to the dining area! take a look at my design boards...
i stopped by last night to check on the progress and it's coming along well. the cabinets are in and now it's time for countertops and backsplash! stay tuned for the reveal, it's going to be quite dramatic! design swell. live well.
I was thrilled to get a recent email from my client amy pack saying she was ready to do more decorating around their current cotswold home. this time around, she wants to work toward getting the space above their garage finished off and made into a rec room for playing pool, table tennis and throwing darts..... a man cave for her husband and son to hang out in.
my first design proposal was a bit too 'designey' per her son Kipling, so I have revamped the design boards to take on a more low-key man room without all of the extra frills like cornices & pillows. I still wanted a few unexpected color pops in the room so I ran with orange, royal & grey, which were the requested colors from amy's son.
the space is framed out right now and I have been orchestrating meetings between contractors so that amy does not have to deal with it. my carpenter will be lowering the ceiling to a 12' finished height, he is also going to frame out the window seat and custom pool stick storage cabinets, HVAC system goes in next, then my drywall guy is going to come in with a team and knock out getting drywall hung.. once all of the finishes are complete, eddie and his crew will come in to paint & stain everything that I need. this project should move fairly quickly and I am looking forward to seeing the finished space!
the current unfinished space....
my design proposal...
the main focus of the space is going to be the pool table, but i want to utilize other areas and make them smaller focal points like the window seat, sofa/lounge area, the tv wall and the eating area.... take a look!
stay tuned for progress on this project!! its gonna turn out great, and I have a feeling my husband will want some of these elements in his future man-cave!!
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phase one for my client kerri hertzig was a huge success, although i'm still waiting on the mirrors for the office that flank the new console! take a look at my design ideas behind these projects by reading my original post.
the first order of business, to lighten up the walls of the foyer and office. for the foyer, sherwin williams 'agreeable gray' took the khaki walls to a perfect neutral. the office , originally painted a dark brown/purple, received a few coats of sherwin williams 'repose gray'.
once we had the walls corrected, it was time for a few updates in the foyer. a new entry rug, mirror, lamp and accessories transformed the space. take a look at the before and after pics.
a few details...
today's install features the formal living room for my client barri cuykendall. she and her husband had just purchased two chesterfield sofas and needed help with everything else in the room. an existing console, a family heirloom, got a second life with a coat of gray lacquer. i LOVE how it turned out!
using an existing photograph of their two boys as inspiration for the room, i pulled together a palette of red and gray with a small pop of orange. you can read about the design concept here, before seeing the before and afters.
lightening up the room was a top priority. there is no overhead light, no cans, nothing, so lamps had to be our source for artificial light. the walls were painted a medium brown above the wainscoting, so taking them back to a neutral warm gray was key. take a look...
remember the vintage mirror i picked up for this project? i love brass, but that wasn't the look we were after. take a look at what benjamin moore's 'citrus orange' can do...
a few details...
one more look at where we started...
i really love how the room turned out, and so do my clients! can't ask for more than that!
design swell. live well.
it's finally feeling like fall in the south, which means it's almost time for curling up to a cozy fire. while that sounds great, does the look of your fireplace leave you less than warm and toasty? give your fireplace a new look with two simple steps. first, repaint the firebox black (using high temperature paint), then add one of these fab modern screens. presto, you'll fall in love with your room's focal point all over again...
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have fun decorating!
Our due diligence period is over and we are gearing up for our move... I can't wait, we have 14 days until we close!! It's been great living so close to work the past couple of months but I am ready to depart from our 67 year old building that has no insulation, 1 tiny bathroom, no dishwasher, and a noisy upstairs tenant!
I've been brainstorming for what I want to do in the new house and it is really overwhelming! I can design a client's space all day long but when it comes to my own space, I am whirling in ideas, fabrics, furniture & wallpaper! I am very indecisive! As soon as I get the keys, I am taking Ashley to the house to help reel me in.
Zach and I have decided to start with the living room and the master bedroom for now... its finally time for his dear recliner to go in the trash and for us to get new pieces that are comfy and of quality and of course that look good too! However, last night I was given the news that he will need a replacement recliner where he can lounge and put his feet up....... um, LOL! That doesn't go with my plans hun.... that's what an ottoman is for.
one room, six layouts
To begin with, I started drawing out different layouts for our new living room. The main entry is open into the living room & dining room, but the living room is defined by neutral carpeting. We decided that we want to put the TV on the wall or on a media cabinet to the right of the fireplace, thus leaving the fireplace a focal point for art and accessories. All of my layouts seem to be good choices, with plenty of seating, except for No. 5 .... it seems too disconnected. I want this intimate grouping of furniture to create a conversation & entertaining hub for our home. Zach just wants to be comfortable.... in a new chair. Haha!
I am leaning towards No. 3 or No. 4 but Zach likes No. 6 because 'his chair' will be directly in front of the TV.... we'll see who wins this battle!
Be sure to check back for updates and design boards!!
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after successfully completing a major transformation to the waiting room of norwood dental clinic, dr. lassiter asked me to tackle the business office, i.e. the space behind the transaction windows that desperately needed an update. take a look...
there were old painted wood cabinets along the upper right wall, with metal file cabinets below. just look at the lovely wallpaper that was hiding beneath!
i was adamant that we add a knee wall to the far end of the space. this was necessary to block hallway noise and give more privacy for HIPAA regulations. the wall didn't make the space feel smaller, and it gave a great place for colorful artwork.
what a huge difference a few tweaks can make!
the wallpaper is my favorite element, i still think it looks like teeth, appropriate yes?
these pendants are way better than the old strip fluorescent fixtures!
they're large, graphic and play off the wallpaper perfectly.
i love that this space is now the location of daily morning 'huddles' by the staff of norwood dental clinic. dr. lassiter loved the end result, and i couldn't be happier either!
design swell. live well.
design is a way of life.