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.
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.....
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 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???
i've fallen in love with a piece of furniture and i'm trying like crazy to figure out where i can use it. my mom's dining room redo, a client's living room, my own home? take a look at this chest, i'm crazy for the graphic black and white striped motif and the inside is painted turquoise! thinking it could make a fabulous vanity...
it's almost friday, what a great week! today i'm sharing my latest score from craig's list (where else). a pair of mid century modern chairs for only $75! in great condition and upholstered in mohair. i love mohair, but the color isn't quite right for my space. i'm thinking i will recover them, envisioning a yummy velvet in a soft aqua. regardless, they are going to look fabulous in my living room.
design is a way of life.