and now for part two of my install in london, the bedrooms...
designing the master bedroom was a lot of fun. courtney said she and robert hadn't bought new bedroom furniture since they got married, so i wanted to make sure she and robert had a beautiful, calming retreat away from home.
the only restriction, no brown and green. no problem...
my solution, a custom headboard surrounded by these gorgeous fabrics.
i was drawn to the viridian and found the perfect lamps to match.
next up, the kids' bedrooms. these rooms are tiny, no room for a dresser even.
i must say, i thought they were precious.
when i received the email from robert about the project, i knew immediately the fabric i wanted to use in carter's and jackson's rooms. bold, colorful, fun, with some softer supporting fabrics...
for carter's room, i used this amazing magnolia print. i'm completely smitten with it!
i pulled out the minty blue from the fabric and ran with it on the custom drapes.
the black in the fabric was a great grounding element that makes the palette able to grow with carter and not look too 'baby.'
i love how this lamp pulls out the tiny stems of orangey coral.
in jackson's room, this bright geometric was the perfect starting point.
i love the combination of red and acid green, so designing a custom poppy red headboard was the perfect backdrop.
although there wasn't room for lots of furniture, bare walls do nothing for me! i came across this art piece and thought it was perfect to remind jackson of home.
i certainly hope i helped the maddox family feel more at home while they're away from charlotte. it was a pleasure working with them again and an amazing experience to design my first international project!
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!
as i mentioned a couple weeks ago, evaru is taking our design style abroad and we are beyond thrilled; london here we come! but before i show you what's to come, a little back history on my clients...
the maddox family hired me a few years ago to design a unisex playroom for their son jackson and daughter carter (it's the cute red and green playroom on our site). the project was a success for the kids, but the parents loved it too! fast forward three years later...i'm sitting at my desk and get an email from robert maddox asking if i would be interested in designing their new home in london. well, you can imagine the millisecond it took me to answer that question, YES, YES, YES!!!
a few caveats though... at the time, they hadn't found a house yet, and they knew they were moving around the middle of february. not much time to design an entire house i hadn't even seen yet! regardless, i went to work immediately; already knowing their style, i could wait on the measurements and pictures once they found their new home. a preliminary meeting with courtney confirmed i was on the right track, and i took things to warp speed from there.
take a look at the design boards...
since they were so fond of their playroom, i found a way to reuse elements from the original design. this will definitely help it feel more like 'home,' especially for the kids.
to date, everything is ordered and already starting to arrive at our receiver. our seamstress has the many bolts of fabulous fabric and is working away on pillows and panels. the custom furniture is underway and being delivered in less than two weeks.
it all gets put on a boat, ships across the atlantic, and waits for me to put it all together!
i cannot wait to share the install pics with all of you, stay tuned!!!
design is a way of life.