Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ice Hockey and Tae Kwon Do: More Reveal

Head all the way to the top of my latest project and you will find an unexpected retreat. 
I love a space with nautical touches -- especially a house on the water with a killer view. My big reveal continues with this top floor stunner. When you can't find me, this is where I will be. Do you think the clients would think that was weird? It has wrap around windows and cool finishes for a ship-like feel. 
 Did I mention a day bed?  Sleep here or spend an afternoon curled up with a good book. The pillows are a mix from Pottery Barn and HomeGoods.
 Layers of texture and cable knit keep it comfy.
 Head downstairs to the teenage boy's room. He wanted something that showed off his passion for ice hockey and martial arts. He excels in both so I wanted to tie them into a space that would grow with him. 
 A black cannonball bed is brightened up with bedding from West Elm. 
 I included a trophy lamp from The Coop and a fun rustic rope mirror from HomeGoods.
 His dad's Hardy Boys collection needed a space of its own so it could really shine... I love vintage books! 
 Crammed into a cool shelf, it creates function/storage and ART! 

 This rustic desk from West Elm adds a pop of red and I accented it with brass. A framed map and a desk lamp create a nice nook for studying. 
 This athlete plays ice hockey with the Hurricanes as a Junior Hurricane. I wanted his room to reflect that without being too "themey" (clearly not a word). I scored this coat rack on Etsy. It is mounted on hockey pucks and showcases his Tae Kwon Do belts. Did I mention he is a black belt? 
He loves his new space and it will age with him.
bye bye birdie...

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Color Purple, Part 2

A client asked me to create a feminine guest space. We pagoda shaped headboard (from The Coop). I layered the bed with linen pillows with pops of lilac and peacock blue. The gold/mirrored sconces above the bed are Regina Andrew design.
Believe it or not, the rug is from Overstock. Yes, Overstock. It was a steal and is 100% wool. 
A gold bamboo side table (also from The Coop) is a perfect side table in this small space. 

Would you believe I found these chairs on CraigsList? Seriously. Pretty fabulous in this Robert Allen fabric. 
The client (she will argue) has great taste. Her antique monogrammed linens add a personal touch to the bed.... So pretty and feminine! 

The room is filled with gorgeous details... It is the perfect mix of new and old to give this guest room a layered look -- she may get more house guests than she bargained for... 
bye bye birdie...


Friday, September 12, 2014

What's happening in my head...

Design boards are the bomb! So often when we try to explain things to clients they tell us they just can't visualize the big picture. Here is the good news.... we can! Sometimes to a fault! There are times when as clients are explaining what they want we have glanced over the room and already started placing accessories. But don't worry... we do hear ya! 

We are wrapping up a project for a fun family... After some going back and forth we landed on a layered, textured, full of pattern and a bit of boho vibe! (yes! boho... talk to me!) 

Here is the board the client approved...

Custom drapes, an over dyed ottoman, tons of pillows and a Greek key rug make for a very cozy space.

From our heads to their home, here is a sneak peek....

Of course a few changes were made along the way but the vibe is the same.

I can't wait to show you the rest.... especially the fireplace make over! Oh and excuse the toys in the picture... their newest family member just started army crawling and he was working so hard to get to them I didn't have the heart to take them away. This is real life people! ...-A

Bye, bye Birdie,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Color Purple

I just wrapped up a living room that I have been waiting to photograph because the final piece was an overdyed rug. It finally arrived after 1 year from Turkey. I found one last year at the furniture market and my client loved it. However, she needed a strange size (6'X11') so we had to have it made... 
You may recall this house -- my grandmother "Mimi" grew up here in this beautiful tudor. It has had a few owners since and my client has done such a great job preserving its charm while adding some twists. Last year we gutted the bathroom and created a beautiful new space that was still in keeping with the old-world charm.
Eventually, we moved onto the living room which showcases this gorgeous original mantle. This living space is quite large with gorgeous woodwork. The client had the furniture and drapes and chocolate stark rug among traditional pieces. She wanted to add color and layers that make it feel more modern and fresh.
The metallic hide layered over a chocolate stark rug brightens up the dark floor and the suzani pattern on the ottoman adds color. 

 We kept the neutral sofas and added more neutrals with browns/taupes and grays.... oh, and pops of plum and green. Off to the side of the room, there is a small sitting area separated by a cased opening. This is the over-dyed rug we have been waiting for.... 

Her cool desk and chair are from The Coop -- very stylish and modern and a functional place to work in this cozy setting.
The client's daughter is quite the artist. She did a collection of these so we framed and hung all four. It is an traditional space with modern touches and unexpected pops of color...
                           bye bye birdie...

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