this is something i've been dying to share for months now! back in july, talented photographer brie williams and the regional editor from meredith corporation came to my house for a 3 day photoshoot! i was over the moon excited! our house was chosen to be featured in the winter issue of better homes and gardens do it yourself! the issue is on newsstands now, but you can see the entire article here! enjoy!
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oh my goodness you guys, i have been so excited to share this install with all of you! the install was a few months ago in raleigh, but we were waiting on the perfect piece of art for the dining room to arrive. that's just how it goes sometimes.
my client brooke LOVES color, maybe even more than i do. her home was full of reds and greens and had been that way for 10 years. she was ready for a change and that's were i came in. i knew we would hit it off the minute i saw her chartreuse front door, that's my kind of client; i couldn't wait to get started!
let's take a look at some before images. there was a lot going on. the custom sofas just needed a reupholstery job and the walls and built-ins needed a refresh.
in the dining room, brooke couldn't wait to ditch the last of her husband's 'bachelor' furniture. the heavy wood and dark paint colors weren't doing this room any favors. luckily, she had this great vintage console we could work with.
now that you've seen the starting point, let's take a look at the design options. i loved them all!
so which options were chosen??? take a look!!!
i just LOVE how the spaces turned out, and can we talk about the fabulous foyer fixture??? i knew it was the perfect light as soon as i laid my eyes on it! i have serious house envy!!! too bad the art didn't make it for the shoot, but brooke was so sweet to send some pics of the art on the wall. check it out, the perfect finishing touch.
i certainly hope you enjoyed this reveal as much as i enjoyed designing it and seeing it come to fruition. i LOVE my job, don't i always say that? design swell. live well.
i never thought i would say this, but i'm really digging what feels like 70's colors these days. ochre, brown, burgundy, and teal are all on my radar. my husband and i just sold our house and when i started designing for our next home, i knew i wanted to go dark and loungey, but still have a few pops of color. i amazingly was drawn to these dark hues, i'm vintage '76, so i guess that's only appropriate.
it all started with this ted baker rug for surya. i'm completely smitten!
these roar + rabbit beauties have been on my heart list for a while now, i finally nabbed a pair in wasabi velvet. bonus they are as comfortable as they are gorgeous, and they swivel!
i'm envisioning farrow & ball 'pink ground' on the walls...
hands down one of my favorite vendors from the UK, zoffany, totally brings it this season with their wallpapers and fabrics. deciding what to use is the only hard part... and how fabulous are these teal agate sconces!!!!
lucite is nothing new, but these new lucite pieces are right in line with the times...
and can i just tell you all how much i love these amber knobs for my next kitchen!
and this lovely lady from hayley mitchell art pretty much sums up the entire vibe i'm looking for.
SO MUCH GOOD STUFF happening in the design world these days! if anything catches your eye, hit us up to order at email@example.com and follow along as i share designs for our new home! i've got my work cut out for me, but i'm off to a great start!
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we're back from a successful market trip! we found a bunch of new stuff along with a few new vendors which is always a plus! this seasons trend seems to be dark & moody which we not only saw at market but with our fabric vendors as well. i am diggin' this look mixed with some leather, metal & warm colors.. i am super inspired :-)
take a look at some great finds and amazing showrooms!!
so many great finds and things to look at... our favorite time of year!!!
get your orders in before the holiday cut off
after a LONG blogging break, i'm happy to be back with an awesome whole-house install to share! this project was a fast-track, two month from beginning to install deal that turned out amazing! this time around, i teamed up with my good friend erica mark, of erica mark photography, to capture the spaces. this is going to be a long post, filled with gorgeous images, so sit back and enjoy!
we'll start with the family room and work our way through each floor. please note, the before pictures are from the previous homeowner. the style, before i got my hands on the house, was ornate, crystal everywhere, you get the point... on the main level, i tackled the family room, dining room, master bedroom and study. i tweaked the master bathroom and kitchen, but didn't photograph those areas.
the dining room before...
the study before...
the master bedroom before...
moving upstairs to the boys' bedrooms, we'll start in the youngest son's room. i was told he loved orange, so i started with phillip jeffries manilla hemp grasscloth in tangerine for the wall behind and opposite the bed.
the older son loves shades of saturated blue. we actually went back after older brother saw the tangerine grasscloth and added phillip jeffries manilla hemp in turquoise to his bedroom.
on the basement level, i tackled the kids' lounge and media room. the media room isn't shown here, it's pretty dark in there and we reused a lot of existing furniture pieces.
and lastly, the covered patio...
saying this project was fun to work on would be a total understatement! the bershad's were super easy to work with, especially considering we met for an hour one june afternoon when they were in town from manhattan! i'm thrilled their new home was move-in ready after my install and they are enjoying their new charlotte digs!
design swell. live well.
while I was in raleigh doing the install for Catherine's kitchen, I finally got around to photographing the dining room I did for them back in the fall. this time the makeover was for their wedding anniversary. Catherine and Michael love to entertain and have dinner parties so a space to fit 6
or more was a must. she also wanted to use their wedding china as inspiration for the color palette and they love orange & purple so when I came across this Duralee fabric i knew it would be perfect for their window treatments. lets see the original design I came up with....
now for the good stuff....
thats a wrap for now... I am looking forward to more projects with
these guys, stay tuned for their office project coming later this fall !!!
a few weeks ago I was back in Raleigh for the install of a breakfast nook for friend's Catherine & Michael. i love how they plan these house updates around special occasions, it gives them something to look forward to and this time it was for Catherine's birthday!
the design for their space is light & airy with a shabby chic feel. i had a blank slate. the couple wanted a larger table to host informal dinners where their current table couldn't hold more than 2 people. they needed a buffet cabinet that fit the space better and a rug to define the eating area. here's a look at my original design..
all cleared out and ready for the new stuff!!!!
i'm super happy with the way this space turned out, i can't decide which piece is my fave; the chandelier, the art, the side chairs are all beautiful!
stay tuned for the reveal of the dining room i did for these guys....
today i'm super excited to share a dreamy bedroom i designed for clay and lane hellner. as busy professionals, they needed a place to relax and unwind, but their existing space was doing little to promote that. the room needed a brighter paint color on the walls and ceiling, lighter furnishings, and a larger rug. we also gave their master bathroom a little refresh with paint, accessories and art.
before we see the before and afters, take a look at the design board for the room.
my client loves purple, so i chose a few pops here and there without it being over the top. it's hard to say if my favorite thing is the panel fabric from harlequin, or the velvet pillow fabric from romo black. both are equally drool worthy!
so i won't keep you waiting any longer.... take a look at the before and afters!
and a few shots from the master bathroom...
some new towels, paint, accessories, a reupholstered cushion, accent pillows and a large piece of art help lighten and brighten this bathroom.
i love how these spaces turned out, hope you enjoyed this one too! design swell. live well.
It's such a compliment when past clients come back for round 2 of design help in their homes! The Nemeth's have been with us since day one - I designed their nursery for son Charlie and it was now time for him to get an upgrade. The majority of the original pieces stayed. Alison really wanted to get twin beds into the room while keeping at least the cozy chair for reading. The dresser made an exit and now fits perfectly in their upstairs hallway. And since the original design was rather sophisticated, we didn't have to make many changes to the overall feel of the room.
This new bedroom is kid-approved.....
I mean Charlie-approved :-)
until next time...
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i've been working with brooklyn abee remotely, she lives in raleigh, for several weeks now. i'm transforming her already colorful home into a chic showstopper! we're tackling her living room and dining room and things are moving right along. she's been texting progress pictures and it's looking even better than i imagined!
this is one i can't wait to share the install pictures of, i'll head to raleigh when all is complete. for now, take a look at these design boards!
this beauty will be hanging in the entrance near the stair. i think i'm most excited to see this installed! it's going to be AMAZING!
i have serious house envy with these rooms, and i'm so happy brooklyn loves how it's coming together. stay tuned for the full reveal coming soon! design swell. live well.
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