In addition to the dining room I installed for the Robinson family during Christmas, I also put the finishing touches on their guest room. Initially, the room was cold and 'no one wanted to stay the night' per Amy... my job was to make it more welcoming for family and friends to enjoy when they come and stay.
I pulled together a collection of fabrics using orange and aqua as a jumping off point. We kept the existing iron bed but added in some other key pieces to complete the room. Take a look at my initial ideas..
and the finished product....
I love the freshened up look! .... Amy, have you had any visitors???
design swell.. live well...
I was thrilled to get a recent email from my client amy pack saying she was ready to do more decorating around their current cotswold home. this time around, she wants to work toward getting the space above their garage finished off and made into a rec room for playing pool, table tennis and throwing darts..... a man cave for her husband and son to hang out in.
my first design proposal was a bit too 'designey' per her son Kipling, so I have revamped the design boards to take on a more low-key man room without all of the extra frills like cornices & pillows. I still wanted a few unexpected color pops in the room so I ran with orange, royal & grey, which were the requested colors from amy's son.
the space is framed out right now and I have been orchestrating meetings between contractors so that amy does not have to deal with it. my carpenter will be lowering the ceiling to a 12' finished height, he is also going to frame out the window seat and custom pool stick storage cabinets, HVAC system goes in next, then my drywall guy is going to come in with a team and knock out getting drywall hung.. once all of the finishes are complete, eddie and his crew will come in to paint & stain everything that I need. this project should move fairly quickly and I am looking forward to seeing the finished space!
the current unfinished space....
my design proposal...
the main focus of the space is going to be the pool table, but i want to utilize other areas and make them smaller focal points like the window seat, sofa/lounge area, the tv wall and the eating area.... take a look!
stay tuned for progress on this project!! its gonna turn out great, and I have a feeling my husband will want some of these elements in his future man-cave!!
design swell. live well.
today's install features the formal living room for my client barri cuykendall. she and her husband had just purchased two chesterfield sofas and needed help with everything else in the room. an existing console, a family heirloom, got a second life with a coat of gray lacquer. i LOVE how it turned out!
using an existing photograph of their two boys as inspiration for the room, i pulled together a palette of red and gray with a small pop of orange. you can read about the design concept here, before seeing the before and afters.
lightening up the room was a top priority. there is no overhead light, no cans, nothing, so lamps had to be our source for artificial light. the walls were painted a medium brown above the wainscoting, so taking them back to a neutral warm gray was key. take a look...
remember the vintage mirror i picked up for this project? i love brass, but that wasn't the look we were after. take a look at what benjamin moore's 'citrus orange' can do...
a few details...
one more look at where we started...
i really love how the room turned out, and so do my clients! can't ask for more than that!
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.
i've been really excited to share this install with all of you!
it turned out beautifully and my clients love it!
when long-time client danielle moskal asked if i was interested in designing the sunroom they were having constructed, i didn't hesitate!
there were few guidelines, only that there had to be both a lounging and dining space. the room also had to be family friendly, fun and a little funky. no problem!
the existing palette inside the house consists of gray, sea glass and cream. she wanted to keep the idea of a soft blue, but throw in a pop color.
the solution...aqua and orange tones.
one fabric immediately caught my eye. i knew it was the PERFECT jumping off point;
don't you agree?
of course, i never stop with just one fabric; where's the fun in that? i always layer in three or four for a room of this size to provide visual interest and softness.
the wood floors received a gray opaque wood paint. i thought it best to have two rugs, one to define the dining area, one for the lounging area
this bold stripe adds color and texture to the monochromatic floor.
that takes care of the floor, but what about the ceiling? there would be a combination of can lights and fixtures. since one needed to be a ceiling fan, i looked for something unique. this one did the trick...
danielle needed a light fixture fast, the electricians were coming! she picked this pendant up from west elm; it looks great over the dining table!
the furnishings had to be durable and easy to clean. we changed the design slightly and went with philippe starck louis ghost chairs. being clear, they don't take up visual space in the room, and an added bonus, they are the ultimate easy-to-clean chair!
a sprinkle of accessories and a complete table setting finished off this room nicely.
before seeing the reveal, let's look at the design board to see where this all started.
this room has a balanced mix of sophistication and whimsy.
it's perfect for a young family, polished without being too serious.
until next time, 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!!!!!
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.
design is a way of life.