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...

"A Poppin' Porch"

With temps soaring into the nineties this week, summer appears to be in full swing.  I mentioned in my last post that I'm in the midst of a large project with lots of fun elements involved.  I'm super excited about it because the client and I have very similar tastes.  The project includes four main areas and a whole lot of art.  We're working with much of the client's existing furniture, and I'm totally fine with that.  There are some beautiful pieces that I think we look great with a few updates. 

I thought I'd drop in to share a little about the outdoor space we'll be pulling together.  The home is new construction and they've opted for a screened porch for the outdoor living space.




The space is fairly large and in addition to the existing seating, the client would love to be able to seat three additional people. We'll be adding a bench to address this need.


The client loves color, so we're not holding back on this one.  The current cabana stripe wrought iron furniture will serve as the jumping off point for lots of poppin' color!

The Madcap Cottage Rousham Romp pink and green floral print will be used as throw pillows and we'll be pulling coordinating patterns and color from it as an accent.   


The client fell in love with this jungle print while out shopping and it's become the driving force for the entire space.  I'm especially loving waterfall coffee table and the vintage chest of drawers.  I love the addition of indoor furnishings to semi-outdoor spaces.  Combined with the monkey chandelier, and a comfy rug, this space is going to be super cozy.  We're also installing custom outdoor drapes to add a little privacy to the far end of the space.


The panels will add another layer of softness in addition to creating a barrier between their home and the neighbors.  This entire project is going to be jam packed with modern goodies and I can't wait to pull it all together. 

Stay tuned...



"An Office for Two"

Hi all!  I'm over here working away!  Just finished up a huge photo shoot on Project Binford this weekend and I can't wait to share with you how things came together in eight of the ten spaces we worked on in this lovely home.  

I'm also in the throws of another large project.  It's a quaint new build with a relaxing study, an open concept living area and a screened-in porch that overlooks a beautiful wooded backyard.  I thought about sharing the plan for this one, but they don't do the place justice.  This one you're just going to have to trust me on.  

Additionally, I recently presented the plan for a home office for two.  The clients are a young couple, both of whom work from home.  They're looking to convert their formal dining room in their two-story condominium into a functional home office.  


The space isn't huge but it's plenty big enough for a desk for two, a seating area, a substantial bookshelf, file storage and additional seating for a guest.  It's the first space you see when you enter the room so it needs to be, not only functional but also beautiful.   We've opted for sleek gray furniture to complement the green walls (Benjamin Moore - Mountain Laurel), statement lighting and colorful abstract art.  



The peninsula style desk will allow for multiple computer screens and ample workspace for two.



We decided against shelves on the largest wall since it's the wall you see as you enter the home. Instead, we'll be sourcing a large abstract or two to add color and interest to the main wall in the space.

For seating, we're going with a navy blue occasional chair that's large enough to be comfortable but sleek enough to not overwhelm the space.  

 The clients loved it all, with the exception of the striped drapes.  Ironically, the entire plan was derived from that swatch.  Thankfully, they're willing to trust me and have decided to go with them anyway.  I think the colors are a perfect combo of masculine and feminine and will work famously with the muted green wall color.  The stripes will heighten the rooms and the slight shimmer will add a hint of formality.



Hope to complete this one pretty quickly, so stay tuned...

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