i'm really excited to share today's featured project. after waiting on the kitchen table to finally arrive, i was able to photograph this install. you can read about all the projects to get up to speed; this blog post focuses on the living room, foyer and kitchen areas.
since this was a new build, i don't have any before pictures, but i'll show you the design boards again to see where we started. let's start at the front door...
the living room...
this is by far the most tame palette i've ever used, and i love how it turned out! the colors are so soothing and they all flow together to create a cohesive main level for my clients. i'm still in love with all the #arteriorshome lamps i used for this project, stunning! until next time, design swell. live well.
i just put the final touches on my install for mike and summer shelton. we added some elements to the foyer at the end of the project, so i wanted to wait and photograph everything at once. i spent the morning at their lake tillery home yesterday; take a look at their foyer and family room now and how we got there...
as a refresher, you can read the entire back story here. we kept the golden yellow wall color, since their house is open concept and all the walls flow together. pulling natural colors from sand and surf, i started with this amazing jonathan adler for kravet fabric. not only does it capture all the colors i wanted to use, it has a bergallo-esque design reminiscent of waves.
add a few more patterns to the mix...
the shelton's have a one-year-old, so having a soft rug underfoot was key. the neutral tones of this graphic striped rug was the perfect grounding element to define the seating area.
after adding a new sectional, some accent furniture and a few accessories, the room looks like this...
and now the foyer...
the long expanse of wall leading to the family room needed more substantial pieces. i suggested flanking a new console with x-benches for more seating. an awkward nook beside the stair became another cozy seating area, perfect for overflow when entertaining. we also switched out the overly ornate sconces to something more in keeping with the shelton's tastes.
the family pet wasted no time making himself at home on the new rug. happy customers all around, can't ask for more than that! i'm looking forward to more projects with the sheltons, stay tuned! design swell. live well.
if you remember, i've been working with clients amy and scott on multiple projects in their plaza midwood home. if you missed my original post, you can read it here. to date, we've tackled the foyer, powder room, dining room, front room, living room and some items in their kitchen.
everything started with a paint palette for the entire house. take a look at my benjamin moore selections...
1. athena #858 - dining room walls
2. catalina blue #703 - dining room ceiling
3. alaskan husky #1479 - living room walls
4. saber gray #1482 - living room accent
5. mineral alloy #1622 - kitchen walls
6. golden delicious #390 - kitchen ceiling
7. athena #858 - front room
8. sweet pear #389 - front room ceiling
first up, the foyer. we chose a combination of wallpaper and paint. the paint was used in the stairwell and continues to the upstairs landing. i pulled out the pale citrus color in the wallpaper for the walls, using benjamin moore's 'cypress grove' #388. using a dark charcoal rug for the runner grounds all the lightness on the walls.
the dining room and front room flank the foyer, so i kept the colors continuous while still adding personality to each space. the front room is still in process, so for now, take a look at the dining room...
the living room received a new paint scheme, bamboo shades, lamps and a grouping of mirrors over the sofa. i love how this room turned out.
the kitchen received new paint and i found the absolute perfect fabric to recover the existing bar stools. it has every color from our paint palette and ties the main floor together.
and lastly, the powder room. a fun wallpaper and amazing mirror complete the space. i actually found this antique mirror at one of my favorite local shops. the height wasn't substantial enough, so my carpenter replicated it to a tee! i'm still blown away by it.
and that's phase one for amy and scott. these projects are proof that adding small details can really transform a space. don't hesitate to contact a designer, even if you think your scope of work is too small. a good designer will always be willing to help!
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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..
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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.
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...
kerri hertzig contacted me after being referred by one of my existing clients; thanks for another referral danielle! she works from home and needed help with her home office, but also wanted to refresh the foyer and finish off the dining room. she loves the clean, modern aesthetic of evaru and after our initial consultation, i knew exactly which direction i wanted to go.
the dining room walls are already blue, and she likes chartreuse, so i played with a palette of blues and greens to carry through the first floor. the kitchen, family room and playroom are phase two, so this gives a great foundation for future projects.
take a look at my ideas for the hertzig's residence...
a little perspective on the home office...
this project is coming together quickly and will be installed in just a few weeks.
stay tuned for install pics, i'm super excited to share!
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i'm so excited to share these spaces with you! the installation of phase 2 for the natwick's home is complete! you've seen the kids' lounge, so now let's take a look at the foyer makeover, dining room update and living room overhaul!
first, the issues...the foyer was lacking proper storage, and the mess was driving my client, holly, crazy. the first floor walls were too dark and needed to be lightened up, and the dining room was lacking a 'finished' look.
see how the spaces looked when we started...
after several paint options, we settled on 'linen' from restoration hardware; the entire first floor got a paint job. the powder room was painted a more dramatic color,
sherwin williams 'gauntlet gray'.
before we get to the install pics, let's look at the design boards.
to banish clutter, we used an entry cabinet with plenty of hooks; no more backpacks on the floor! a wall mounted organizer keeps each child's assignments neat and tidy. a new orange runner brightens up the floor and mimics the trim used in the adjacent dining room.
i've done striped panels before, and couldn't wait to do them again. this time around, i used a two-color combination and opted for a trim to add the pop. the room needed storage, and that was achieved by using two custom cabinets by our carpenter wes. i LOVE how they turned out.
my favorite thing in the room is the framed wallpaper panel. the bird motif keeps the room whimsical and ties the colors of the entire first floor together.
take a look at the transformation...
and now for the living room. the furniture layout was an issue, the sofa blocked the flow from the kitchen into the space. the solution, relocate the sofa in front of the window and move the television to the garage wall across from the window. adding a pair of chairs where the sofa was really opens up the room. my client had an existing chair in her bedroom that we reupholstered and moved to the living room, the scale is perfect.
as for my design plan for the space; high contrast with pops of orange.
the existing built-ins were screaming for some attention. my solution, a graphic wallpaper! i love this trick, it works every time.
and now, the transformation...
i think the refurbished chair is my favorite thing in the room.
what a difference new fabric makes!
phase 3 is underway, so stay tuned for the install of the natwick's home office, master bedroom, kitchen and powder room. design swell. live well.
i realize i posted the carr's projects in reverse order, but as long as i cover them, right?
my first project with the carr's was the entry/formal living room. susan contacted
me when she was at a loss on what to do with such a long, narrow space.
figuring out the furniture placement would be key in separating the room into two spaces and not making the room look cluttered.
susan was ready for dan's bachelor sofa to GO, so i created a cozy seating area by flanking the fireplace with two love seats. the carrs had purchased this vintage chair, which needed some love. some refinishing, new springs and new duds; you'll see how great it looks now after my upholsterer got his hands on it!
the room had great bones and loads of architectural interest, it just needed the finishing touches. the entry door had two blank electrical plates on each side, i immediately suggested new sconces. i LOVE these!!!
susan wanted window panels, new lamps and new rugs to complete the room.
i used two different rugs to define the two different areas.
i'm crazy for the ombre effect of this one...
add in a stunning collection of lamps from arteriors
take a look back at the design boards...
and now the 'before' and 'afters'
the carrs have been enjoying their new space for a few months now. i'm thrilled how happy they are with it and enjoyed working with them on their den too!
check out that blog post from last week!
i just arrived back in the states with a camera full of pictures from my install for the maddox's flat in chelsea. it was an awesome trip, although the coldest weather to hit london in 50 years! this is how it looked when i arrived...it was snowing!!!
i'll start on the ground floor and work my way up.
first up, the foyer and ground floor reception room.
there was a tiny niche at the bottom of the stair that was perfect for a small
writing desk for courtney. as you will see, it's getting lots of use!
the ground floor reception room is where all the entertaining happens. because the kitchen is tiny, this room had to serve as the dining room also. i divided the room into two zones, a loungy area at the fireplace and a formal eating area. the kids have claimed the banquette as their own, and i don't blame them, it's quite cozy.
the botanical print was my inspiration for the room. i love the unusual combination of colors; it provided lots of options for other accents.
and the supporting fabrics...
with all the color being used in the room, i thought a neutral rug was the way to go.
moving to the first floor, let's look at the first floor reception room, or family room...
i knew courtney and robert weren't afraid of color, so i decided to turn things up a notch in the family room. i started with the fabrics...
i chose this rug after i selected the fabric palette, i guess i normally work in the opposite way, and it was the absolute perfect fit!
it tied all the colors together and helped warm up the existing wood floors.
that covers the living spaces, stay tuned for part two of the install!
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