"African Inspired Living"


So excited to be sharing my latest project with you today.  In addition to creating a beautiful kid-friendly living space for my clients, I think we also successfully created a culturally-affirming space for them without being too "themed".  In this post,  I'll share with you how we did just that.  


Let's start by taking a look at the space before we began.  


 

In order to create a moody feel, we added a rich blue hue to the walls.  I was super excited to work with a darker wall color since so many homeowners we work with want to keep things light.  In this space,  we knew we had plenty of sunlight to keep the room from feeling too dark.


The client shared a few inspiration photos and mentioned that they had some African art pieces that they wanted to incorporate into the space.  With that in mind, we put together a design plan to serve as a jumping off point for the project.

 
With the exception of the orange chairs (which were switched out for a more neutral option), we were good to go on the selections for the space.


One of the first pieces we purchased for the space was the white juju hat for the fireplace. I knew it would be the perfect touch to add softness to the rough stone fireplace surround.  Not to mention, hint at our "theme".  I've blogged about them before, but in addition to being an on-trend design element, juju hats are a traditional African celebratory headdress originating in Cameroon. (Read more about them here.) 

The color scheme centered around this earth tone ikat fabric that we planned to use on a custom ottoman/cocktail table for the space.  I knew the rich earthiness of the colors would be the perfect palette to showcase the client's African pieces.


We utilized the existing dining furnishings but gave the seating new life and durability with bonded leather upholstery and a coordinating accent fabric on the outside backs. 


I love how the blue and orange tones, natural complements, play with one another.  
Texture was a big key element in this space and the capiz shell lighting here adds a natural element as well as texture and dimension.  

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Opting for an island light fixture, we were able to play up the dining areas length.   Let's take a look around...




Baity's Custom Upholstery did yet another great job on both the dining chairs and this custom ottoman.  We opted for something large to serve as the connector in this somewhat wide seating area. Since the clients have three girls under the age of 5, an upholstered ottoman was the way to go.





If you know me, then you know I love to mix patterns.  Here, the colors were drawn from our ottoman fabric and the animal print again hints at our African theme.  




These Hooker Furniture demilune tables were one of the first things we sourced.  Since built-ins weren't in the budget, addressing the nooks on either side of the fireplace was a high priority.  Simple mirrors, lighting and these stunning tables provide storage, style and a solution for these empty spaces. 




The accessories in this project cap really things off, especially the client's large African mask.


For the seating we selected this comfy Aeron Bassett sofa and covered it in a super durable Revolution performance fabric.  Revolution is a no-brainer for young families.  The fabrics are not only beautiful but also super durable and "green".  



The pair of wing chairs opposite the sofa, provide ample comfy seating for family and friends.  I love how it turned out!  

In addition to the living/dining space, we also spruced up a previously unused area near the entry of the home.  Originally intended to be the formal dining space, this area had become a dumping ground for unused items.  We opted to turn it into a serene reading nook.


Immediately, the addition of the York Wallcoverings trellis wallpaper immediately gave it a bit of an elevated feel.  

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Here again, we opted for Revolution fabric for the modern wing chair.  Because while this space wasn't intended for use by the girls, I have a sneaky suspicion that they'll end up here.  


Such a fun project for a sweet family.  As the project neared a close, they informed me that they'd be relocating to Missouri soon, so it looks like someone will be inheriting all of our changes.  Who knows, maybe we'll be taking this show on the road and helping them settle into their new digs in Kansas City.  I'm in! 

"Traditional Home Takes Dallas"


I'm still riding on cloud nine from a fabulous long weekend last week in Dallas, Texas for the first ever Traditional Home Dallas Showhouse.


This stunning nearly 8000 sq ft home in Southlake, Texas was a sight to behold.  And if the Moroccan style home built by Paul and Donna Moss wasn't enough to blow your mind, the beautiful furnishings and decor sure were. 

Let's take a look around shall we?


I mean, right out of the gate, this home is absolutely stunning.  The living room, with its soaring ceilings and graphic black and white scheme, is pure chic perfection designed by
Tompkins Lloyd Interiors. 



Kara Cox absolutely knocked it out of the park with this formal dining space in blush.  Not sure if you can see it or not, but those place cards are for the Ewings (of Dallas).  Remember them?  Those CR Lane chairs are to die for!



Just off the dining room is this fun outdoor space designed by Sherry Hayslip .  The pops of color are delightful and can we talk about that handprinted rug. 





If you know Scot Meacham Wood, you know NO one does plaid like he does.  This moody mudroom and half bath are outfitted top to bottom in bold florals and statement tartan.  Talk about DRAMA!



Also on the first level was this super feminine bedroom by Julie Dodson.  Currently thinking, could I make a canopy work over my bed? 

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Elle Cole did a fabulous job on this cozy patio space.  It was too difficult to capture it's beauty in a still shot, but honestly the video doesn't do it justice either. 



On of my favorite spaces was Amy Berry's library, although I'd call it a ladies lounge.  This makes my traditional loving heart skip a beat.  How beautiful!  She had me at floral. 




Shay Geyer brought the drama is this master bedroom for sure!  The artwork was a true statement.  Loving the cozy reading area in front of the fireplace too!



Krissa Rossbund of Traditional Home Magazine made my jaw drop with this stunning master bathroom.  The lighting, the rug, the wallpaper...I could go on and on. 




I pretty much love anything Nancy Price, my homegirl from Mississippi, does so it was no surprise that this office nook was also a stunner.  What I love most is that in order to create a wall she covered the windows with floor to ceiling drapery and floated her mirror from the ceiling.  Genius!!





Michelle Workman brings vintage appeal like only she can in this second floor bedroom and bath.  So girly and so very chic.  Love the vanity hardware too!



Phara Queen was super cool and so was this space she designed.  Originally intended to be a bedroom, she created a fun lounge space with vibrant candy colors and graphic stripes. 


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Of course, I may be just a little partial but I think my friend and hostess for the weekend
Ruthie Staalsen did an amazing job outfitting her hallway spaces.  Ruthie is a pro at adding an eclectic collected vibe with a global flair to her spaces.  If you follow me on Instagram you likely saw her home and know exactly what I mean.  So good!!





Traci Zeller always brings refinement and sophistication.  That's how we roll in Charlotte.  ; )  No seriously, she is a master at creating a clean, fresh and button up style that's always on point.  I love and am so very inspired by her work.  This bedroom included touches from her recent summer abroad.  How amazing is that simple black lace trim framed and hung as art? 





This hardware!!!!
Denise McGaha knocked it out of the park with this space she called the Palm Lounge.  Ahhhmaazzing!  Honestly, I can't even tell you how beautiful this space was in person.  You just had to be there.  


Meg Caswell, former HGTV Design Star, created a livable and lux outdoor space just off the lounge area.  I could see myself curled up on this sectional drinking a glass of wine and chilling. 

It was a pretty amazing home with even more amazing designs on display.

Of course, one of the best parts of the entire trip was having the opportunity to connect with so many talented designers, those I already considered design friends and lots of new ones!
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