"Closing the Year with Color"

Happy New Year!!  

Well, here we are in 2018.  How did that happen? Boy how time flies. Hope you had a great holiday season.  I'm back today to share with you a few projects that I finished up at the end of the year.  Looks like I ended the year with lots of color.  


Project 1

The first of the two is a cute cottage home for a client who recently purchased a second home to be close to family on frequent visits. We began with a blank slate and needed to make a few changes to the bones before we began with the "pretty".


For starters, we weren't big fans of the drop molding.  It seem to close in an drop the ceiling in on an already small living and dining space. We also needed to address the wall color as well.  The tan and green weren't suited to my client's taste so we went with something more neutral.  

We also addressed the mosaic backsplash that reinforced the green paint in the dining area and made things a bit to drab for the look we wanted to achieve.
Benjamin Moore

We started with Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter as the backdrop for the space.  It really is an awesome gray beige color that tends to shift in various lights.  Next, with neutral furniture and pops of pastels with created a vibrant cozy space that's the perfect home away from home.


This Bassett sofa in a beautiful oatmeal performance fabric from Revolution, is a comfortable place for relaxing and just vegging out for the weekend.

The Windy O'Connor Home abstract fabric on the lumbar pillows and the large scale abstract painting on the wall add just the right about of color.  

Simple touches and a few more punches of color finish things off in the living space.

In the adjacent dining space, a simple Bassett furniture dining table in a custom gray stain reinforce the neutral palette and help create a warm yet informal vibe.

The tile was changed out for a simple gray subway tile to create a less fussy look in the kitchen.  

I love how the two spaces came together and so did the client.  Yay!

Project 2

Just before Christmas, we made a mad dash to finish off another first floor living/casual eat-in area.  

This project was for a client who reached out to me as she was rebuilding her home after a tragic fire destroyed it.  She lost everything and was determined to rebuild the home she once loved.  Oddly enough she was referred to me by one of the stores that we both happened to shop in, after inquiring if they new of any good interior designers.  Pretty cool, huh?

This project was a little different in that my client actually like shopping and purchases pieces for her home.  She just felt that she needed a little help getting it just right this time.  With that in mind, we approached this project a little differently than my usual and began by hitting the road to get a few key pieces to start things off. 

Burton James
We stumbled upon this amazing Burton James sectional and after sitting on it's plush down cushions, we knew it was THE one.  We used it as the jumping off point for the living space.  

Here's the space before..

The walls were painted Sherwin Williams' Agreeable Gray (one of my favs) and the flooring was also a gray wood tone so we wanted to begin with gray as our base for the design elements as well.  

Unlike many of my clients, this one loves color as much as I do and didn't shy away from going BOLD.  It also didn't hurt that she also has an appreciation for vintage pieces.  I think they help to add depth to her project and make things much more warm and collected.  

Take a look at the after all decked out for the holidays...

We went with deep pink, citron and navy to add color to the neutral base.  The large granite coffee table from Hooker Furniture was also a find from our shopping day together.  Blue vintage chairs work perfectly and add additional comfy seating. 

The client also specifically requested plants and I made a special trip to a local nursery to find just the right additions.  This Maiden Hair fern is just lovely.  I think I may need one myself.

The client owned two marble top commodes that I suggested using to flank the fireplace.  They aren't matching pieces, but were the same size and style.  The addition of abstract art and matching fun Robert Abbey lamps created the symmetry needed to tie the space together.  

And can we take a moment to appreciate how much better that new chandelier looks than the original "boob" light did.  😝

In the adjacent space and just off the kitchen is an area for lounging.  Not needing another dining area, the client requested a space for the family to hang out near the kitchen.  We used custom swivel rockers from Kincaid furniture in this bold Ikat fabric and designed a custom clover ottoman to serve as a coffee table/footstool.  Baity's Custom Upholstery did an awesome job bringing the vision to life.  

So very pleased with how this project came together.  The client loved it and I loved the thought of them having this special holiday gift to close out the year.  

See why I've been MIA for while?  I'm so excited to have started the year off with these two successful projects under my belt.  I've already hit the ground running and can't wait to share with you more of what's in store for 2018!!! 

Happy New Year! 

"Bachelor Blues"

Hey, hey!  I'm back and this time I've got another fun project to share with you.  Believe it or not, until this year, I hadn't had the pleasure of working on a bachelor pad before.  As girly as I am, I actually have been dying to work on a handsome manly space for some time.  Needless to say when I was approached by my client, a referral from a past client, I couldn't have been more excited to get started.

The project was to FINALLY create a finished and homie space in the house he'd been in for seven years.  I'll be honest, I could hardly believe that in that length of time he'd managed to do next to nothing to make it a bit more lived in.  We decided to tackle the first floor, including the living room, the formal dining room and sprucing up the eat-in kitchen.

Let's begin with the dining room.  As a single guy, having a space for formal dining didn't really make sense.  After tossing around a few ideas we decided to make the room near the entrance of the home more of a lounge/library/office area.  It would be a space where he could chill, read or get a little work done.

The room had lovely picture molding but in order to keep things from looking too much like a dining space we opted to paint out the molding the same rich navy we selected for the walls. 

Sherwin Williams
Navy blue became the link between all three spaces and created the cozy and handsome look we were going for.

We anchored the lounge space with a somewhat traditional rug and added rich gold accents, wood tones and masculine touches like this leather strapped ottoman. 
Howard Elliott Strapped Ottoman

The Pottery Barn armless sofa was the perfect scale for the space.  It was actually a sectional piece that we found deeply discounted and it's PERFECT!  Don't be afraid to think outside of the box when shopping for furniture.  Often with a little ingenuity you can make many castoffs work famously.

Isn't this just the perfect spot for a cup of coffee?

The Sherwin-Williams Naval paint color is certainly a showstopper.  It totally transformed the space and while it does eat up a lot of light, it makes the space so much warmer and cozier.  I'm actually considering it for my kitchen. 

In the living space we essentially began at ground zero.  While it was functional, it had absolutely no life.  

We pulled together a plan that included a Bassett Furniture sofa chaise, color blocked drapes and these cool nesting tables from Hammary Furniture.

Hammary Furniture 
While we weren't sure what the console selection would be, I knew we needed something masculine and organic.  When I stumbled upon this beautiful Hooker Furniture piece, I knew it was perfect.
Hooker Furniture - Transcend Entertainment Console

We decided to hold off on painting this space for now and had to work with the existing wall color.  I think the fact that we kept the builder beige give you a chance to see how much impact furniture and decor can have on a space.  Take a look...

I love the custom England Furniture chairs.  They were so streamlined and fresh...not to mention comfy.

In the kitchen area, a simple rug, new lighting and drapes did the trick to spruce things up on a budget.

Photos by: Cam Richards Photography

Couldn't be more pleased with this one.  The client says he's had a parade of people through the house that LOVE the result.  Here's hoping it turns into more bachelor projects.  : )
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