It was so nice to reconnect with my friend & client, Kelley Sink recently. She is such a sweet lady to work with, and even though she jokes of being OCD with her lists and questions…. I get it…. I get her. A few years ago I designed her second child's nursery… but this time around, her projects consisted of sprucing up the adult areas of their home.
The first space she needed help in was the dining room. The plain brown room looked like a blob of brown paint… there was nothing interesting about this space except for the coffered ceiling. And while she didn't want to get into painting the room, she did want to add some things to help finish off and add pizazz because it is the first space you see when you enter their front door. The foyer needed a little help as well.. a new rug & a little styling did just the trick!
take a look..
While we were at it… Kelley had me update some things in her master bedroom as well…. She loves navy and I immediately found this is paisley fabric with an ikat twist and had to use it in here. Paired with jade green, the color combo is perfect..
The end result in here is a light & airy master retreat which Kelley loves!!! She already has me searching for a navy cabinet to house all of her books and lavender accessories to finish off this space..
design swell. live well.
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.
a few weeks ago I finally wrapped up phase 1 of the Lee's new home in Georgia. this install is a totally different look than what you would normally see on our website, but hey, it shows that we are a well rounded design studio and we can tackle any client's style or tastes! so bring 'em on!
my client Kelli Lee contacted me back in the summer to let me know their family was packing up and moving to Alpharetta for a promotion that hubby Mike accepted. you can read more about the initial designs here. Kelli was already overwhelmed with the square footage they gained in the new house and was desperate for my help. I trucked it down one weekend with Zach in tow and we went to check it out.
after a few meetings, many emails & phone calls, all of my designs were approved and I started ordering everything.. working long distance is not that difficult however it takes a lot of trust and communication. we opted for all custom upholstered pieces and that took a little longer than expected but it was worth the wait! my guy is good!!
I took my first load of goodies down a couple of months ago and everything was starting to come together. during this last trip, I took Ashley down with me to stylize the rooms with accessories and to capture our photographs. I kept the family's traditional style throughout the foyer, living & keeping room and added my own modern twists throughout. phase 1 turned out really beautiful and I am looking forward to helping the family with future phases!
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!
we're excited to share our first 'year in review' to showcase a few of our projects from our first year in business. don't worry, we weren't obnoxious and put them all on here!
hope you enjoy our journey so far, and we look forward to sharing more with you in the near future. design swell. live well.
and that sums up year number one. we look forward to doing this again next july.
stayed tuned for tons of install pics, we're playing catch up!
this post is long over due.... ashley and i have been so busy lately with new clients and projects that we just had to stop and take a day last week to get this space photographed! i couldn't wait any longer :-)
if you remember back, the end of january or so, i did the 'on the boards' post for this project. the space definitely turned out better than even i could've imagined! repeat client Kristi is so easy going and a breeze to work with. she trusts my design abilities and is game for whatever i throw at her. after patiently waiting for the addition to be complete, it was finally my turn to go in and work my magic. install day was easy- peasy, we started ordering everything back in February, so there wouldn't be any glitches or hold ups on my end. we did have one little snag when i found out the wallpaper we were planning to install had been discontinued and i could only get 4 rolls of it.... but really i think that was a blessing in disguise. my favorite part of the entire space is the new wallpaper we ended up going with, it is gorgeous!!!!
take a look at where we started....
Kristi's favorite color is blue, it's all over her house in doses here and there, it is beautiful, traditional meets restoration hardware i'd describe it.. so i knew i had to incorporate blue in this space for her to love it. i wanted a very cohesive look, neutrals with pops of blue. i love the shape of this headboard by oly but since it wasn't the right color, i had my upholsterer Jeff do a replica of it with a pop of blue down the 'track' of the bed... its the little unexpected accent's that i love. Kristi also wanted to have a funky chair in the space, so i decided to have this one custom done with different fabrics, a one of a kind that no one else will have.
the en suite bathroom is something from a boutique hotel!!! absolutely stunning. i wanted to bring some texture in here, so we decided to clad the walls with grey grass cloth. since this bathroom won't be used too often, my installer ensured us that going with grass cloth would be fine. Kristi wanted to do a unique vanity in here so i had my cabinet millworker, Wes, create this piece from scratch... man he is good!
this is where we ended up.....
i love, love, love this space!!!!!! i'm moving in ;-)
working with Kristi and collaborating with Chris Thayer of Kloiber Construction couldn't have been easier. his team worked hard and quickly to get the space done so i could move everything into place within just a few months.
next up is the playroom addition that i get to tackle.....
so, most of you probably think we disappeared, but that couldn't be farther from the truth! we've had so much going on, we just haven't taken time to blog lately.
one of those 'goings on' is the expansion of our office.
we actually signed the lease on our additional space back in march, and we've been in full swing ever since!
we thought you might like to see a little sneak peek of what's to come here on circle ave, so take a look at the design boards for part of the new office space!
we are just so thrilled that...
we couldn't have done it without our wonderful clients, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! we're busy planning an open house for existing clients and friends to celebrate our one-year anniversary which is coming up in july.
until then, we're working away at the new workroom, showroom and office spaces!
stay tuned, you know we'll share the pics!
design swell. 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!!!!!
This past weekend I had the pleasure of putting together a cute little nursery for a long time friend in Wilmington. It was so sweet to see the couple's faces light up when we did the big reveal. In lieu of an installer, I had my handy hubby on site helping me put it all together. It didn't feel like work at all!
Take a peek at the initial designs I proposed....
Jessica & Jonathan went for option 2! They loved the bright cheery colors in this scheme and felt these colors could grow with baby girl for years to come. We changed up a few things and the end result was just adorable! It was lots of fun putting this space together for such an appreciative couple!!
'OMG we haven't stopped talking about the nursery, we absolutely love it! Thank you so much!!' - Jessica & Jon
I was happy to do it! Now.... c'mon Madison!!!! :)
i love to entertain! and a well stocked bar is a must in my book. whether it be cocktails & appetizers or a sunday brunch, i am constantly in the kitchen whipping up something and trying to find an excuse to have folks over.
i've noticed lately that bar carts are popping up all over with our vendors, and a well stocked & styled one is key to entertaining. a cabinet, tray or cart, or where ever you have space to set one up can definitely make your party feel a bit more swanky.
my friend, Amy, recently requested that I seek out to find her the perfect bar cart for a little nook she has in her kitchen, so I have been on the hunt. there are so many different shapes, sizes & styles, picking the perfect one really depends on the look you are going for.
so, you've got a bar cart or a cabinet you want to use for entertaining, here's a little lesson on styling it up.....
1. get a good assortment of alcohol & mixers for your party
2. a fun print is good to have to "layer" on the cart or cabinet... and remind us all that
there can be a time to let loose :)
3. this bar cart from Crate & Barrel could work with many different design styles
4. loving this tray.... i'm crazy for gold + chevron!
5. mix & match different tumblers for an eclectic look that can double as pretty eye candy. anthropologie is a good go-to for funky glass ware
6. how about a snazzy cocktail shaker in gold, of course!!
7. i love monogrammed napkins, so classy
8. wine bottle stoppers are not created equal! these gems are gorgeous!
9. decanters are a must for any bar set-up. i love finding vintage ones at the local flea.
need help with yours at home? give us a call... we have oodles of resources that we use to get you that one of a kind look. don't be afraid to scour local junk shops, flea markets & yard sales too!
it's five o'clock somewhere, right???
design is a way of life.