"Julian Price Showhouse Project Reveal"

What a year 2018 has already proven to be.  I'm so excited to reveal our Julian Price Showhouse (sponsored by Southern Home and Preservaton Greensboro) project to you today.  

It has been one of the most exciting and rewarding projects of my brief career in design.  You can read all about how I got involved on my previous blog, An Amazing Opportunity.

We were tasked with tackling the master dressing room and closet so let's start with the initial plan.  It all began here.

Artist Credit: Juliet Furst
We knew we wanted to go dark to create a moody and masculine feel in the light-filled dressing room that was previously a sunroom off the original master bedroom.  California Closets already had an existing storage plan for both the closet and dressing areas when I signed on.  I just needed to select a countertop for the cashmere finished island and make the room beautiful.  A rich Brentwood Textiles plaid became the jumping off point for the entire design.  It was the perfect mix of buttoned-up fomality and a bit of fun.  With the vibe, color scheme and inspiration selected, we layered other cooridnating textiles from there.  

Artist Credit: Jane Gianarelli 
With some additonal planning the vision became a little clearer and we got to work pulling it all together.  It's actually sort of amazing to remember how the space looked when I first saw it back in January.

Even then I could see the potential.  Here's a look at the finished space.  

Photo Credit: Smith Hardy Photography
 Sources:  Benches (Sylvester Alexander Furniture, Fabric: STI),  Pillows (Fabric: Jonathan Adler and Cowtan and Tout, Fabrication: Jackie Rae Studios

Photo Credit: Smith Hardy Photography
 Sources:  Paint (Sherwin Williams - Granite Peak), Rug (Couture Knots -Charlotte),  Storage (California Closets), Lighting (Currey and Company), Roman Shades (Fabric- Brentwood Textiles, Fabrication- Chancery Designs -Charlotte)  Countertop (Carolina Custom Surfaces)

Photo Credit: Smith Hardy Photography
Sources:  Art (Hello Allison), Candelabra (Dunes and Duchess

Photo Credit: Smith Hardy Photography

Sources: Clothing (Lillian Tony- Greensboro), Mirror (Bernhardt Furniture)
Art (Framed-Hello Allison Art, Canvas Mia Malcolm Studio)

Next on the agenda was the open space opposite the master bathroom which had been designated as the closet.    

We began with a blank slate and started by upholstering the back wall of the space with a popular blue/gray performance fabric by Revolution.  

As always, Baity's Custom Upholstery did a beautiful job.  The quatrefoil design was inspired by the same detail on the facade on the back side of the home and I love the new use we found for Revolution Performance Fabric.  It looks as beautiful on the walls as it does on furniture.  

We pulled the rich blue wall color from the dressing area to the ceiling in this area and continued the color scheme and classic (with a touch of modern) vibe in this adjacent space.  With the closet system in, the stage was set for the finishing touches, which in this case meant Lillian Tony's amazing clothing and footwear.  

Photo Credit: Smith Hardy Photography
 Sources:  Closet System (California Closets), Upholstered Wall (Fabric- Revolution Performance Fabric, Fabrication- Baity's Custom Upholstery), Roman Shade (Fabric- Brentwood Fabrics, Fabrication - Chancery Design), Rug (Couture Knots - Charlotte), Bench (Sylvester Alexander), Side Table (Bernhardt Furniture)

Photo Credit: Smith Hardy Photography
Sources:  Art (Mia Malcolm Studios), Lighting (Currey and Company)

As a self-professed girly-girl, I had to dig deep on this one. What a fun space this was to design!  I had a blast bringing it all together and I'm so happy to report that the homeowner's Michael and Eric LOVE it! 

I'm so very grateful to Southern Home and Preservation Greensboro for this opportunity.  I've made a host of new (talented) design friends and connections that I know will last a lifetime.  

Here's a little walk through my partner's from Revolution Peformance Fabrics put together.  Enjoy!

There's still a little time left to check out the home.  Head over to www.julianpricehouse.com for more info!

"I've Got the Blues"

I realized the other day that I'm definitely having a blue moment.  My last few projects and several I'm currently working on all feature shades of the versatile hue.  Recently, I had the opportunity to work with a client who has a second home in the Charlotte area.  While she lives full-time on the west coast, she's hoping to one day relocate here.  In the meantime, she purchased a small townhouse to serve as here home away from home retreat and hired us to freshen things up.  She requested a vacation vibe and was pretty open to color.  She had a few pieces of colorful art that we worked in throughout the home but I wanted to keep it pretty serene in her master bedroom.  

Here's a look at the space before...

She shared photos with me of her larger art pieces and I decide to use this large print from the Harlem Renaissance as a jumping off point.  

The black and white print dictated that I incorporate gray in some way but I knew I wanted something more dramatic on the walls.  We opted for a rich blue with purple undertones from Sherwin Williams called Distance.

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SW - Distance
It became the backdrop for a soothing retreat.  We had Baity's custom upholstery create a tufted headboard with a lush gray velvet to create a focal point on the vaulted wall. 

Matching side tables and lamps create a bit of symmetry which also serves to create calm int he space.  

I love the combination of blue and purple.  It strikes just the right note on this custom lumbar pillow that ties it all together.  

I'm not a big faux floral person but in this case, since the homeowner is only here occasionally, I thought it made sense. 

My favorite space in the room is this little reading nook.  I'm a firm believer that every master bedroom should have a space to sit and relax.  This armless Bernhardt Furniture chair was perfect for the corner of the room.  The striking raffia lamp from Robert Abbey lighting give just a little touch of   an island vibe, something the client mentioned she liked.  

I love how this little retreat turned out.  It's difficult to convey how warm and inviting this space feels in person, but my client couldn't have been happier with how it all turned out.  

"An Amazing Opportunity"

Hey! Hey! Hey! It's been non-stop since the new year began and I'm not complaining because some wonderful opportunities have come my way.  In fact, as I look back over the past six years, I'm astounded by all of the great things that have happened.  If you think about it, it's been pretty unbelievable.

Today, I'm sharing my latest adventure in design with you guys, as I've decided to share it here first! Back in January I was presented with an opportunity to participate in my very first Designer Show House!  In case you're wondering, a show house is typically a fund-raising project for a charity or non-profit group where a home is designed and decorated and then opened to the public for viewing. I'll be participating in the Hillside Designer Show House sponsored by Southern Home Magazine and benefiting Preservation Greensboro.  You may recall me blogging about my trip to the Traditional Home Show House in Dallas last fall.  The idea is the same.  A beautiful home, a group of designers, awesome sponsors and stunning results! 

H. Scott Hoffmann/News & Record

A little history, thJulian Price house is a historic 20th century English Tudor, that was originally built in 1929 for Julian Price, president of Jefferson Standard Life Insurance (today known as Lincoln Financial), by the famed architect Charles Hartmann. Later, a notable NC Interior Designer, Sandra Cowart became the owner and sadly developed a hoarding problem. Current owners, Michael and Eric Fuko-Rizzo reached out to Sandra as the banks were harassing her during foreclosure and helped her get out of the house. The home aired as the season finale of Hoarders in January.  

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Since the show, the home has been in full-steam ahead renovation mode and the designer's participating have been hard at work pulling things together for the opening.  The Show House opens to the public on Saturday, April 7th and will remaining open into the month of May.  

Julian Price House
301 Fisher Park Circle 
Greensboro, NC 27401

I'll be teaming up with California Closets and tackling the master closet and dressing room and I couldn't be more excited!!

It may not look like much now, but we've got big plans for these spaces. Here's a little peek at where I'm heading with the space...

I'm super excited to see it all come together.  If you're interested, there's a Meet the Designer night on March 1st and tickets go on sale soon!! 

Keep up with the progress on the Show House FB page and on Instagram!

"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! 

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