Friday, February 2, 2018

Figure Eight Island Renovation Reveal!

Eleven years ago, I was asked to do the interiors for two families that shared a vacation home at Figure Eight. I had tons of creative freedom and, while it was early in my career, one of those projects that felt like a game changer. I loved working with the clients and it was a big project and stepping stone. Eleven years later, this home was no longer a shared vacation home and home to only one of the families. The family had grown and with two kids, it needed to function as a full time home with a preschooler and a baby.

I was honored they asked me again and with the help of the design team at Kersting Architecture, tore out most of the home I had so lovingly done over a decade ago. I requested to not be there for demo day because I still loved it, even after all of those years. (I can get very attached). 

The project involved gutting everything but the top floor and the dining room. The old master bedroom was opened up to expand the living/kitchen space and all bedrooms were moved upstairs. Having worked with the homeowners before, It only took a couple of meetings to grasp their vision. They wanted a clean lined space with beautiful finishes from tile, to wood work, flooring and fixtures that would allow them to store kids necessities, entertain on a moment's notice and well, they wanted a show stopper.  There is so much to show, that I am going to start with the kitchen and living spaces and reveal the rest in other posts. Check it out and stay tuned for the entire tour coming right up! 

 We chose slate colored leather sofas and indoor/outdoor velvet to hold up to kids and dogs. 
 Shagreen coffee tables can be split to serve different areas of the living space, but also wipe off if messy hands touch them.
 I wanted a sleek fireplace in a natural stone. Sellers Tile was able to deliver beautiful surfaces throughout.
 The custom walnut cabinetry, by Coastal Cabinets, is book matched and houses an elevator with a TV so the family can watch TV at the touch of a button without blocking the window on a daily basis. The rug from the Gallery of Oriental rugs is stunning and mimics the stone tops in the kitchen. The smokey grays, greens and creams create a soft unexpected palette at the beach. Think cloudy day on the marsh vs. your typical blues seen in coastal houses. 
 The walnut library wall acts as lots of storage with a moveable library ladder and also frames a kids' den for when the parents want their own space.
 Refinished Ipe flooring runs inside and spills out onto the decking. Its incredibly hard and beautiful. The soft accents are grass cloth, woven materials and "coke bottle" green glass sculptures.  
 The family loves to cook and entertain. I must say, this may be the largest kitchen I have ever done. The work surfaces wow and the storage is so well-planned that a quick meal or a catered event can be easily executed. The custom walnut table is housed in the island to seat 5-6 on a daily basis. When the table is pulled out of the island, it seats 10.  Designed by Jim Graham, at Kersting Architecture and created by Coastal Cabinets, beauty is in the details. 
 They wanted a 60" range with a broiler and double ovens that multi-task. We chose Blue Star and love the ability to choose from a wide array of painted finishes.
The overall vibe of the home is a touch modern with an old-school beach house influence. Old-fashioned polished nickel lighting over the island balances out the modern lines of the living space. The colors from the kitchen came from the natural stone of the splash and counters. Beauty meets function! 
 The tile from Southeastern Tile feels looks rain sliding down the wall. 
 Cheers to the lucky family! After a year and half of planning and renovations, they are finally home!
Stay tuned for more of this reveal.... 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Figure Eight Master Suite: Reveal!

We thought you would like to see more photos from the Figure Eight Island renovation that we have been working on for over 1.5 years. The new master bedroom and bath were formerly another bedroom for guests combined with parts of the upstairs den. The space needed to have a suite feel and the bedroom and master bath, complete with a home gym and two very large his/her closets and dressing rooms, take up half of the entire upstairs of this home. It feels like you have entered a spa or retreat. I chose dark blues, cobalts with hints of grays/purple and teal mixed with white and cream for an organic look. 
 The drapes are on a remote and can be operated jointly with privacy shades or black out for sleeping. 
A rattan king bed layered with linen upon linen flanked by lacquered and oak side chests creates is accented with blues and cobalts with hints of plum.
 There are so many lovely details in the space, it is tough to show them all.... 
 The bedroom feels organic and a perfect mix of sea and sand color palettes (ok, maybe the Mediterranean Sea) but the stark contrast is beautiful
 The master bath is created from slabs of calacutta marble, calacutta mosaics for texture flows perfectly from the bedroom.
 Custom cabinets painted in a soft "Revere Pewter" pull out the taupe in the marble for a warmer, less sterile feel.
 Heated flooring and a tiled rug under the tub creates a focal point. 
 I spy an unexpected door in the shower - exit strategy perhaps? It leads to an outdoor shower on the master porch just in case the weather permits. Stay tuned for more shots of the master bathroom! All I want for Christmas... a spa like bath? Or maybe just a visit to a spa? Or a day off, or a pedicure or 5 minutes to myself.... oh, a girl can dream. 

images via BJB Photography


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We've Moved: BIG REVEAL!

We have officially moved! HPID is now located at 3402 Wilshire Blvd. in Wilmington, NC. We have relocated from our office on Peachtree to a new beautiful design studio and can't wait to give you a tour. We did a lot of renovations as it was originally a hair salon. For locals, it was the  Steven Ward Hair location. It was a long process deciding to invest in a property vs. renting, but I really wanted to be able to put my stamp on something and design a space that functions for us as we create designs for clients.  Let me give you a tour....
When you enter the front door, the front space is allocated for showrooms. It is a great way for clients to see what we can do! We stock some inventory (yes it is for sale) so clients can get a feel for a line or brand that we carry. We are constantly switching out inventory, lamps, art, books, accessories as those items are placed in clients' homes during installation. We can shop out of our own studio for clients to layer their homes for the perfect finished look. 
I wanted to design a welcoming space for clients who can come in, have a cup of fabulous coffee (or a glass of wine) and work with us to as we transform their homes. This conference space does  double duty for presentations and just sitting down with a cup of coffee to plan the day with Lindsay and Katharine. 
Thermador is always my go-to brand for appliances. I fell in love with their coffee machine when I visited Thermador Headquarters in California. When they heard I was opening a new space, they wanted me to have one! We added one of their  beverage fridges for wine and drinks for clients for late afternoon meetings. 
The front showrooms are ever-changing vignettes filled with pops of color, pattern and edgy accessories.
 Anna French wallpaper greets you when you walk in the door and sets the tone and backdrop for first impressions.
We repurposed an old barn door to hide our fabric book room and relocated some of the salon's mirrors to be used as mood boards. 
I wanted to include built-in cabinetry to store our fabrics, wallpaper and furniture/accessories catalogs. It can be a little overwhelming when a client comes in to meet with us and they are exposed to all of our resources at once. Prestige Kitchens and Krista DeChamps created beautiful built-ins to house our library of hanging fabrics for our several upholstery lines, wood and tile samples and pull out client drawers to separate projects. 
 Sellers Tile & Custom Counters installed gorgeous marble tops. I chose a Pegmatite from them for the island and designed the space around the colors in that stone. The dark browns, creams, grays and tones of blush and gold set the palette for the entire studio.
 Layered with collected rugs our collection at HPID from the Gallery of Oriental Rugs scatter the high gloss expresso concrete floors. We filled the cracks with gold leaf (because we could)! Nothing like a little bling mixed with concrete. Creativity abounds in our light-filled space. 
 The building was designed by Ligon Flynn, a renowned Wilmington architect, who I have admired for decades. No longer with us, I feel like I get to hang on to a piece of his creativity and am thankful to have had the opportunity to transform it into our new studio.  We are open by appointment and hope to have a grand opening this Summer so stay tuned! 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mixing the old with the new...

I recently had the privilege to work on a friend's new construction home in Landfall. Built by Cress Bell with Bell Custom Homes, it was not only a joy but a true trip down memory lane for my client. She has lost both of her parents and as inherited extraordinary antiques. And by "extraordinary", I mean that moving her in and unpacking was like unearthing the Titanic. I got to see antiques I have only read about. The furniture, the art, the rugs and the china... the details of these pieces rarely show up in today's pieces. Of course, the furniture and accessories we are used to are still beautiful, but this type of craftsmanship creates true works of art. It was educational, and if I am completely honest, a real stretch for me. I love to mix client's existing pieces with new, but I was really out of my comfort zone on this project. I needed to find a way to make many of her turn of the century pieces current and the end result, well.... see for yourself.... 
She had a Louis Vuitton trunk that belonged to her well-traveled great grandmother. I added a vintage brass and glass table that fit it perfectly and layered an antique ashtray with vintage emerald and bone cigarette boxes. Art deco at its best.... 
Her great grandmothers sofa got a complete facelift in a modern velvet geometric fabric. Flanked by her leather topped end tables and new modern marble lamps, this wall has a lot of juxtaposition. 
 Since the living room is two stories, the blank wall needed something impactful. We found this embroidered wall hanging and it is truly exquisite. Adding a neutral hide over her antique Oriental broke up the large space and added texture. 
 I used a Kravet fabric to tie in the teals, navy and pinks in her rug and gave it a modern bent. 
 Her dining room is painted Ben Moore Sunlit Coral and we hung a plate from each of her great grandmother's china patterns. It makes such a sweet statement on the wall. Mixing in a modern bench, velvet tufted chairs and a modern glass chandelier creates a cozy dining experience. Of course, we had to set a Fall table. 
 We wanted to keep the kitchen simple, yet elegant. I chose Visual Comfort lighting and marble tops. 
 Vintage lucite stools from HPID Studio are the finishing touch.
 Of course, we chose Thermador appliances!
 The client told me when we started this project, that she wanted her spaces in her new home to feel like a Park Avenue apartment. She wanted to update her heirlooms, but give a strong nod to her past and her family's. Her home feels cozy, elegant and collected. I'm so thankful that I got to be a part of it. 


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