my latest install is complete and after waiting for the lagging coffee table, we were finally able to photograph the finished space last week!
to recap on the project ... my client's kelly & phil contacted me a few months ago ready to start their second project with me- an overhaul of their great room. I was game and remembered the space quite clearly, red sofa's and the same paint color that was in their master bedroom before I got my hands on it... they wanted to get rid of everything and start fresh with comfortable seating and a modernized look in general. kelly was over the 'mcdonald's color scheme' and the couple both wanted a space to reflect their fun personalities, and a place where they could hang out and have people over. they also wanted the project completed in time for the Wells Fargo Tourny... no problem, minus that missing coffee table :)
let's see how it turned out!!
i'm loving the details...
I love the way this space turned out, the end result is a fresh, airy & clutter free space that the couple can enjoy for many years to come!
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!!
design swell. live well.
after patiently waiting for all of the goodies to arrive, it was time to install my client ellen harris' living room last week. I loved getting her text 'its fantastic!!' when she arrived home late last Wednesday night! totally makes my job worth it!
the harris' front living room had been lacking any kind of form and function since the family bought the house.. and it was time for an overhaul. the
space was being used as a catch all for extra furniture, toys & other 'discarded treasures' ... ellen asked me to push her out of her comfort zone and I was game. after spotting a beautiful Turkish kilim rug in a local showroom, I knew that was
my jumping off point and I had to have it.
take a look at my vision for the space....
and before the overhaul....
the end result is a relaxing space where ellen & her hubby can read & enjoy a glass of wine .. a huge step up from before!!!
I am looking forward to the harris' next project... until next time, live well!
I love working with my client Amy Pack, she is so easy and trusts me that I won't lead her wrong with my design ideas! I recently did an install for what once was her children's playroom and turned it into a cool teen room that they will be able to enjoy for years to come! The original space was very dark and definitely needed some color and light, the miss matched furniture pieces & heavy black bookcases at one end of the space were one of the design dilemma's. Amy needed me to bring new life to the furniture and get the room feeling balanced plus give her kids a place they can hangout in with their friends...
I proposed reupholstering all of the furniture since she needed to get a few more years out of it, and adding a large storage cabinet with lamps to the other end of the space to balance the room. A big green shaggy rug would define the space and ground all of my fun accent fabrics.
With a few tweaks here and there the finished room looks awesome!! I love to add a few unexpected items on install day to really make the room feel over the top. Amy and her family are really pleased with the outcome, she says, "Kipling has been in here every night so far!!" :-) just what I like to hear!!
Let's not forget how the room started off.......
....and now how much better it looks!!!!
Fun job for a fun family!!!!!
i just finished the install on my second project with the carrs.
a dark, colorless den off their kitchen that was in major need of some TLC.
the first thing to do was to paint the walls a pale, warm gray to lighten up the space. there are two wall sconces along the adjacent kitchen wall, but no overhead.
the room has an existing wood stove fireplace that set the rustic tone.
knowing they like orange, i immediately wanted to use this gorgeous LuluDK fabric.
i love the branchy, organic nature of it and the colors were spot on.
pair these branches with a couple of tree side tables, love it!
to dress the windows, we did a combination of drapes and roman shades.
yes, you can mix the type of window treatments in the same room, as long as they are the same fabric! the panels have an accent band of green, while the shades get a band of pale green greek key trim.
to ground the room, and bring in more orange, we used this graphic rug.
i'm crazy for this pattern!
and lastly, to bring in some polish, this stunning honeycomb lamp in fern green.
before we see the install pics, let's take another look at the design board...
i LOVE how the room turned out! even my installer made a comment of how a few changes can really make a huge difference; i couldn't agree more.
i had the pleasure of working with Susan and Dan Carr on their front room, which i will be sharing those install pictures very soon! i was so excited when Susan asked me to make over their den, which is another skinny and long space. i had some tricks up my sleeve on how to make it feel more intimate; keep reading...
the space needed some 'oomph' and because it was adjacent and open to their kitchen, i considered the pale blue walls of sherwin williams rain in the den's palette.
dan loves orange, so this fabric was the perfect jumping off point for the entire room. it's bold, fresh and is exactly the pop the den needs!
there must always be some supporting fabrics to really pull a scheme together
as i mentioned, this room is narrow and long. as an architect, i typically like starting with a space plan. furniture placement is key to making the room feel intimate, not overcrowded. take a look...
keeping in mind the scale of the furniture, i threw in a few unexpected elements. this round bookshelf divides the room, but keeps the sight lines open. we now have a cozy den and a library nook.
with the branchy inspiration fabric in mind, i kept a balance of refined and rustic pieces to complete the space.
this graphic rug grounds the room and adds much needed color
and now, the design board...we are obviously going with the left palette
stay tuned, it's going to be great!
design is a way of life.