Project Binford Reveal: Part II

It must be your lucky week because I'm back for a second time. That hasn't happened since...well, in a lonnggg time. As promised, I'm back to reveal another part of our recent whole home project. Today I thought I'd focus on the more formal spaces. The client had a pretty clear vision in terms of style and color to some degree. There was also a need to reutilize some of their existing items.  We used color as a unifying element throughout the home, with warm earth tones appearing in nearly every space. 

Let's begin with the formal dining room.  It was literally a blank slate. 

Pretty nondescript right?  As mentioned in the previous post, the floors were darkened to an espresso color throughout the main floor, including the dining room.  We had a number of drapery panels we needed to rework from the client's previous home so that drove the color scheme to some degree as well.  I knew wallpaper would be a great solution for adding instant impact to this space. The formal dining space is the first room you see as you enter the home so we definitely wanted a wow factor.
After presenting several selections, the client chose this beautiful gold and burnt orange Thibaut paper.
Thibaut - Madrid (Rust) 
The client was also interested in adding some sort of paint accent to the ceiling and was particularly drawn to Venetian plaster.  We sourced an awesome product from Modern Masters and it turned out to be beautiful.

The furniture in the space is by far the showstopper.  The Bernhardt Jet Set Collection with custom upholstery including fur backs was so my client's style.  Personally, I'm much more into the gold leaf finish.  

Throughout the home, it was important that my client's art be on display.  The piece in this space was picked up during their travels.  

The large gold leaf mirror is the perfect accent to the furniture grouping. 

Opposite the formal dining room is the formal living space.  In this room, we needed to account for the reuse of two large modern wing back chairs, a shag rug and silk drapery my clients already owned. 


We opted to keep the existing wall color but needed to add a couple of furniture pieces to better suit the scale of the larger space.  I proposed the addition of a petite sofa and a coffee table to anchor the seating area.  We didn't want to add a lot of unnecessary pieces, as the client expressed early on that this wouldn't be an area that would be used very often. 

With a general plan in place, we got to work pulling it together.  We opted for a Lauren studio sofa from Bassett Furniture in a warm neutral fabric.  

Bassett Furniture 

Previously, the drapes included elaborate pleated valances.  We stripped it down to the essentials and reworked them into simple panels.  

I really love how art and a few unifying accessories really make this space work. 

What a great place to greet guests.  Don't you think? 

Miss the reveal of two cozy spaces in this same home?  Check out Part I --HERE

Photography Credit:  Cam Richards Photography 

Project Binford Reveal: Part I

I'm super excited today because I'm finally revealing Project Binford!  Well, actually I'm going to start revealing the project today.  It's so large, I think it makes sense to break the reveal into a few parts. I had the pleasure of working my way through a number of rooms in this beautiful home and I'd like to share several of them with you.  I thought we'd begin with the living spaces.  This super sweet family hired me to help them create a comfortable and beautiful home at their new house in the South Charlotte area.  When we began they were beginning a few construction projects to update the Colonial style home.

The family room was already a beautiful space.  The large windows, hardwood floors and ample storage were huge selling points.  Unfortunately, they we're exactly what the clients had in mind for their dream home.  They instead opted to paint out the cabinetry, resurface the fireplace with a mosaic tile and granite hearth and darken the floors to a rich espresso color.

With the cosmetic updates completed, we got to work creating a design plan for the space.  I knew we needed to utilize some of the client's existing pieces (especially accessories and travel artifacts) in the space.  So after an assessment of their inventory, we pulled together a look that would lend itself well to the traditional feel of the home but also work with their global travel collections.

I had a blast filling their bookcases with artifacts they've picked up on their travels around the world. Mark of Baity's Custom Upholstery created these custom modern wing chairs and hourglass stools for us that strike just the right note in the space, adding a vibrant dose of color.

Other elements include: 
Rug: Pottery Barn - Chase Tufted
Drapery: Soft Surroundings - Silk Panels

The client's wishlist included a mirrored TV cover.  I love the fact that when the TV isn't in use, it becomes a streamlined modern mirror.

Everything came together beautifully and honestly, this is probably my favorite space in the entire home.

Next up is the Basement Media/Entertainment Room.   Here we needed to address the dated carpet, wood built-ins, fireplace and bar area.  The client wanted to create a cozy feel and opted to keep carpet in the space.  Since they envision entertaining quite a bit, a dark color was selected to
minimize the appearance of stains and wear over time.

In this space, we also wanted to keep with the global vibe but also incorporate a nod to the client's love of wine.
This wine barrel coffee table was the one request from the client, so we were happy to work it into the design.

Since comfort was key, the Bassett Furniture leather sectional became the jumping off point for the entire space.

The Grandin Road leather, Klismos inspired bar stools are perfection in the space.

The cream leather and nail head trim elevates the look a bit and puts you in mind of cool wine bar; the look we were hoping to achieve without being too "themed".


I can picture this family chilling out in both of their newly completed living spaces and nothing makes me happier.  I hope they enjoy them both for years to come.  Drop me a comment to let me know what you think and stay tuned for more from this beautiful home.

Until next time...

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