Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Plenty of Room for Imagination

Little clients have big imaginations and their rooms should be a reflection of that. My four year old client's room is finally finished. Check out his nautical room below. 

The walls are painted a gray blue to showoff the NOAA Marine charts hung by my fabulous wallpaper hanger. We did the entire Eastern Seaboard and then finished off with the Great Lakes since the clients visit family there every summer. 
Does this dresser look familiar? I think I found it a new home.
 A reading nook with comfy (slip covered) sofa and seafarer trunk (for extra storage) creates a cool kid space that will take little boy to big boy. We wanted to create a space that would grow with him.
 Bead board built-ins are filled with books and galvanized buckets for toy organization. 
 West Elm bedding in gray ticking gives a nautical feel without being too cliche. Want to see more mapped rooms? Sue at one of our favorite blogs, The Zhush, recently posted pics of her little boy's room. I love it Sue! Is it a new trend?

Now for the flip side. While the little boy's room may be fit for a fisherman, check out the little girl's room, fit for a very stylish little girl.
Dwell Studio bedding has enough of a modern twist to off set the sweet antique four poster bed. 
 More modern touches... Ann did another great job with this one. As the little girl grows, this room can grow from prissy and sweet to  Palm Beach Glam. 
 Slip covered slipper chairs in a green Ikat twist on a polka dot. 
 I love the pale pink lamps on the Target (yes Target) mirrored bedside tables. 
I added a little jewelry. Check out the pink polka dot ceramic knobs from World Market!
A final touch of glam. Every little girl needs some, right?

Bye bye birdie,

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fun in the Sun....Room

On the original plans, this room was a very large breakfast room. Seemed like a waste of location, light, space. Everyone always ends up in the kitchen so why not give guests and family a place to hang out?

The client had existing furniture with great lines that just needed a face lift. The sofa fabric is soft but textured and still stood up to my ketchup, red wine stain test. And could handle Clorox for spot cleaning. Ahhh...the sign of a good fabric. 
Her club chairs were reupholstered in a Premier Prints fabric -- very affordable.

The Smart Coffee table from CB2 mimics the circles in the rug but also loses sharp corners for kids. That's it for the sunroom, I'll finish up the tour with the kids rooms so stay tuned. Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you!

Bye bye birdie, 

Friday, January 7, 2011

There's More Where That Came From...

First of all, thank you for all of the comments and feedback on the last couple of rooms. We love hearing from readers and it is great that Ann and I no longer have leave anonymous comments for each other...
Back to the project at hand. Not thrilled with my camera or unprofessional photography, but here goes. This is the family room  in my dear client's home. She is busy moving all of the boring stuff (pots and pans), so she doesn't have time to read this blog (which is good). To her it looks very pretty. What she doesn't know is that each piece as chosen with tiny hands, messy spills and crumbs in mind. Doesn't look like it, huh?
Here is a close-up of my oh so favorite Chiang Mai Dragon by F.Schumacher. It is not only beautiful but Teflon coated. Pretty and strong. 
 The charcoal wool rug was purchased from my friend Betty Eatman Nelson from Eatman's Carpet and Interiors in Raleigh, NC. The color will hide anything from red wine to Kool Aid. 
 These bar stool seats are covered in a fine burlap for texture and my "welcome home" cupcakes brushed right off...
The painting seems to change from stormy to overcast with sun peaking through depending on where you are standing and where the light hits. Thanks again to John Beard for this beautiful masterpiece. 
The petrified wood console table adds lighting to the seating area but also doubles as a serving piece to the breakfast table (that seats 8 for additional entertaining).
The black lacquer chair seats are covered in indoor/outdoor fabric should the entertaining get out of hand or spaghetti-o's at the family dinner table find their way onto the seats.

The reclaimed wood oak table is already distressed so homework and rainy-day projects can't hurt it.

Details, details.... and the room wouldn't be complete without a garden stool. This one is prettier than the one I put in a previous post.
This orange leather box isn't just for show, the top comes off for storage (toy's, a throw, books). I loved the fretwork and nail heads. Do you? 
I pulled in fun pillows in punchy fabrics (with zippered covers that can be thrown in the wash)for pops of color. The clients are very tall and I wanted to create sofas that they could really sink into or curl up on. The back cushions come off to reveal a deeper tufted sofa. They aren't frilly or fussy so I went with simple clean lines. Do you like it?

Next up is the sun room. In the plans it was a "breakfast nook"... Let's just say I like to change things up. Check back and see...
Bye bye birdie,

Monday, January 3, 2011

Behind door #1 and 2

Now that the home owners have seen their new home, I can finally show it to you! I have worked on this project for 9 months and it is so much fun to see it all come together. It's like having a baby only I have to put it up for adoption because it is not actually mine. I have the stretch marks (wrinkles) and sleep deprivation to prove it. 
When they left for vacation, their study looked like this... remember?

And now...

The Study above, is covered in wall to wall blue grasscloth for texture. The hide rug and sleek shell stone mantle play off of each other. Lots of dark molding, leather and bold prints for a masculine touch.

The tweed sofa has a  textured feel and clean lines and while the octopus looks small in this photo, it is actually very large and makes a bold statement. 

Navy crocodile embossed lamps on reclaimed wood pedestal tables with navy oiled zinc tops. 

The Roost driftwood side table adds another organic element.  The orange embroidered drapes have a Moroccan vibe and soften the picture window.
Warm and cozy study... What do you think?

Now onto the formal (but not so formal) dining room. Just a few weeks ago, it looked like this...

Ann worked her magic...drum roll please!

The dining room features a wall-to-wall hand painted mural. The peacocks are made up of creams, golds, peacock blues, shades of aqua and yellow to play off of the yellow zig zag drapes from across the room. Great job Ann!

The client wanted to use family pieces for the dining furniture. It is formal, but not too formal with the aqua and white damask seats. The chandelier is made out of silver/gold glass leaves and chrome. The rug for this space has not yet arrived, but I will send pictures when it does!

Mother of pearl mirrors and mirrored buffet lamps dress up another family heirloom with a modern twist.

Here's another shot of Ann's fabulous work. The mural is illuminated by strategically placed lighting and she used a metallic paint to accent their feathers. At night, through the bay window, they almost glow. 

Don't the playful metal peacocks on the table make a fun centerpiece?

The gold and ivory chevron patterned drapes pop against the chocolate walls.
That's all for now. Stay tuned as we reveal the living spaces next! Let us know what you think! Do you like it? What is your favorite item or feature so far? We would love to hear from you!

Bye bye birdie,

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Move That Bus!

Extreme home make over is complete (well sort of). My wonderful clients returned today to a house that when they left was empty. I haven't down loaded all of the pictures yet but...

Ann was hoping they wouldn't notice if the cupcakes spelled out "Welco Home". 

From the looks of client, I doubt she would have noticed. I think she liked it. That or waaaaayyyyy too much chocolate. 

Lots more to come, I promise. And now that my adrenaline has run out, I am off to bed. School couldn't come at a better time. 

Bye bye birdie,

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Twas' a Week After Christmas...

Twas' a week after Christmas and all through the house, 
Ann and Hooper were scurrying (thank goodness no mouse)
The pictures were hung all around with great care 
awaiting the homeowners that would soon be there.

No one was nestled all snug in their beds,
But visions of bedrooms did dance in our heads.

Hooper in her yoga pants and I in my jeans
No time to rest, we still have to clean!

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
No worries... Ann just dropped her ladder.

Away to the window Hooper flew like a flash,
Separated the embroidered drapes and opened the sash.

The moon was now out (because we had been there all day)
And Ann dropped her ladder because she was fading away

With Ann on the lawn and the moving truck backing in,
The 2nd wind of craziness was about to begin.

Hooper took over, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment things were about to click.

More rapid than eagles the furniture came,
And Hooper whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, lamps! now, rug! now, sofa and chair!
On, sideboard! on Console! Please put it over there!

Tables on the porch! Don't touch the wall!
Now go away! go away! And we'll do it all!"

With a house full of furniture and accessories too.
Hooper knew she had much more to do.

The placing and pondering of each little thing...
"Ann, does this look good? or is there too much bling?"

Over the chimney the masterpiece was placed,
Opposite the sofa it will now face

Hooper took great care in making sure everything was great
She took all the details off the homeowner's plate

And when it was all done and we knew it was right,
Happy New Year to all... stay tuned for a great sight!

Friday, December 24, 2010

A little Strung out...

This is the angel my parents puts on top of their tree every year. I am sure she used to be pretty. She is 50. About 10 years ago we started calling her the crack angel. About 5 years ago my brother took her mug shot. My mom does not think we are funny. I think we are hilarious!

This is kind of how I feel... A little strung out with last minute things to do....
Minus the crack part, or the jail part. Though a night with undisturbed sleep away from home does not sound bad.

(kind of brings all new meaning to 'Angels we have heard on high')

Anyway, Hooper and I hope your Christmas is Merry and Bright. (Not police car flashing light bright, tree light bright!)

Enjoy your day! 
Bye, bye birdie,

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Home

For nine months I have been planning my dream home. Literally dreaming about it. The floors, tile, paint, lighting, furniture, fabrics, you name it. I have done nothing but eat, sleep and dream this home, while the fabulous builder, Mack Braxton (RMB Building & Design) and crew have been constructing this masterpiece. I have to give them a shout out because they have truly done an amazing job.

The funny part about my dream homes, is that they are always in my dreams. The other funny part about my dream home, is that it is not actually mine. Technically, it totally and completely belongs to someone else. Entirely. All I did was decorate it. It is going to be bright, punchy, functional and fun -- just like my very dear client. It is all her.

What is different about this home is that I could ( and would) live there in a second. I try not to get attached. Is it weird that when I walk through the door I yell "Hi Honey, I'm home"?  I even open her gigantic refrigerator and say "Hmmmm. What on earth am I going to make for dinner?" Is that weird? My client is used to it.

So.... without further adieu, I am ready to show you a sneak peak of what has been going on behind the scenes of this monster project. The house is finally complete and the majority of the installation will take place between Christmas and New Year's while my dear client and fam are away for the holidays.
Here's the funny part. She has trusted me (beyond belief) and I don't want to let her down. She has approved much of what is going into her home, but also hasn't seen it all and wants to be surprised. So I have been keeping it under wraps. She has no clue what she is in for.

First, my idea board. I have been staring at this for months, waiting and hoping for moving day. Here is the big picture.

I know it is hard to see the details, but that is the point. I can't give too much away. I planned the entire living room around Brunschwig & Fils "chiang mai dragon". I painted the walls a blue gray, and am pulling out the peacock blue, charcoals and orange. Wait until you see what this fabric gets made into!

This magnificent piece of original art by John Beard, is going above her river wood, reclaimed mantle. It is 36" X 60" and is stunning in person.

This is a peak at the rug that is going in the sunroom to ground the very well lit space.

It will be flanked by two club chairs upholstered in this...

Without giving too much away, I want to show you the work in progress. Check out my photo diary below.

I can't wait to show you the finished product. Note, that is Ann on the ladder. I can't draw. Stay tuned. Oh and when it warms up, come visit me in my pool. We can fix fruity drinks and talk about my house. Oh wait... that's right, it's not mine.

Bye bye birdie,
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