a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of putting together a master bedroom for my long time friend Catherine & her hubby Michael in Raleigh. their new home is bursting with potential and the first room they wanted to tackle was the empty master bedroom, this would be their anniversary gift to one another.
since they were ready to retire the mis-matched furniture pieces accumulated throughout college, I had a blank slate to work with. a new king size bed was a must for this large open space and Catherine also wanted lots of storage. I chose a dresser & a pair of nightstands with plenty of drawers to accommodate this need. I also wanted to utilize an odd corner with a comfy arm chair, giving Michael a place to read.
all in all, this room turned out to be a relaxing retreat with fresh colors suited for both of their tastes.
I am excited to move through their home one room at a time to get it looking like a young professional couple lives here.
until next time….
design well. live swell.
today i'm sharing projects for my latest columbia, sc client. kavya contacted evaru after seeing our work on houzz. i quickly headed south to meet her and came up with designs for her dining room, living room and office. take a look...
the painters were there over the weekend in preparation for our install thanksgiving week. i'm super excited to share the finished rooms with you all, complete with 'before' and 'afters' of course! design swell. live well.
it's week six of the ORC which means it's REVEAL DAY! sorry I was MIA last week with my update, but all I had to share was a new wall and a room full of toys and clutter to clean out. i didn't think that would be very entertaining to anyone! if you're just now joining in and wondering what the ORC is all about, it's a concept created by Linda of blog Calling It Home where she invites 20 design bloggers to tackle a room in a six-week period, sharing the process every wednesday. Linda graciously lets the rest of us join in via a 'linking party' where we post our project progress every thursday. this time around, i chose a master lounge retreat. you can start at the beginning by clicking on the links below.
if you'll remember, my intent was to construct a new wall to divide the existing playroom into a huge walk-in closet and a master lounge. the playroom is getting relocated upstairs so that the entire lower level of our house is now the 'master level.'
the hubs and i have been really looking forward to this project, especially the closet! this was the 'before' picture i showed, with toys and all. i'm going to show some before shots from when we bought the house. i think it will give you a better feel for the space since it's not that large and the toys are blocking most of it in this pic.
before, looking toward the location of the new wall...
using sherwin williams' 'inkwell' on the walls was definitely the correct choice. i would stress, if you're going to paint walls this dark, include the trim. otherwise, you end up with a space that looks choppy. keeping a consistent color is key to eliminate visual clutter. i want my ceiling to be the focus, and why wouldn't i......
i am SO, SO, SO glad i used this amazing harlequin wallpaper on the ceiling!!! i am just completely smitten with it and love how it frames my chandelier from park studio.
my new fav decor book, sarah style that i pre-ordered months ago. you all know how much i adore sarah richardson! my metal lamp started out silver, but a few coats of spray paint fixed that.
my vintage bar cart was relocated from my dining room. this is a much better fit for it and i love how it showcases my C Wonder gold striped glasses and Crate and Barrel pink martini glasses!
remember these? i can't say enough about how my vintage 'his' and 'hers' chairs turned out. my upholsterer did an amazing job on them!
i liked them before, i LOVE them now. what girl doesn't love pink?
a vintage dresser is the perfect roost for our smaller television. i decided to flank it with my pink target stools...
do i love the room, absolutely! but i have to say, the best reaction was my husband's when he came home from work yesterday. he was speechless and just kept saying 'WOW' and taking it all in. it's SO nice for the two of us to have our own little escape to prop up our feet, sip our coffee and reconnect with each other.
many thanks to Linda for allowing those of us crazy enough to take the challenge to participate. i'm looking forward to my third round next year! head over to Linda's to check out the other participants, be prepared to stay a while!
the past few months have been a little crazy around here, ashley and I have been busy little bee's working with new & repeat clients. time sure does fly when your having fun!
one of my recent projects is a complete home remodel located in mt. holly. my client Beth contacted me this summer in desperate need of help with her 1960's ranch. she wanted an updated look which included opening up some walls & gutting the bathrooms. I was game for the challenge and with my contractors on hand we have done some serious work to this outdated home. and yes, I said WE, as I have got down & dirty with them to make sure my client's expectations are met :-)
we are getting close to wrapping this project up and I am getting excited for install day & the big reveal, but first, I want to show you where we started and what my vision was for this project..
the kitchen was completely out dated with old wood cabinets, worn linoleum floors & green countertops. the space was also very cramped and dark.. Beth wanted to open up the wall to the front den to let more light in. since this is load bearing wall, I suggested we just cut an opening that would allow for a walk-thru & still let the extra light in. I also planned to paint her cabinets, update the hardware, have new quartz countertops installed, along with new flooring. the color palette will be neutral with earthy tones and pops of color in the soft goods...
Beth also wanted to incorporate an island somewhere, somehow in this space..
I decided that a banquette would be a good option for dining in this space, it would anchor the new island & the cutout wall that leads you into the front den..
the living room really only needed new furniture & accents to get it updated. with some new paint & styling in their current bookshelves it will look like a totally different space.
the front den is up next... Beth wanted a place to sit & read as well as do any work in an office type set up, her last request was to have something cool for her cats to play in, thus getting rid of the cat towers sitting around here. I suggested a large built-in cabinet system on the back wall that would incorporate a desk space, storage, filing, printer set up and allow for hidden cat compartments for litter, storage & food.
the master & guest bedrooms will get a facelift with a new headboard, bedding, and lighting as well as window treatments.
the hall bath has been a total gut job. we have installed a new soaking tub, new custom vanity & storage cabinet, new tile surround in the shower, flooring & counter top as well as the fixtures & lighting, all new....
....there are some other neat details going in here but I can't give away everything!
the guest bathroom was also overhauled.. the old vanity was torn out and all of the wallpaper was removed. after multiple skim coats of mud we have finally got the walls in here smoothed out. this bathroom is getting a new vanity cabinet, sink & faucet, a new toilet, flooring & other surprises!
this has been an extensive project, and I can't wait to get all the pretty stuff installed. the before & after pictures will be amazing, so be sure to check back for
the reveal on this remodel!!
design is a way of life.