"Colorful and Cozy Charlotte Living"

It's usually my intent to publish a blog post each month, but lately the months seem to zoom by at the speed of light and sadly sometime they slip by me.  Today, I'm making up for lost time with a post packed with some great before and afters...I promise!

Cam Richards Photography
Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of working with a client who was looking to spruce up the main level living space in her new home.  One of my favorite things about her was that she wasn't afraid of color.  She'd seen our work at a friend's home and knew that she had to level up the living at her own place.

The client loved to entertain so we needed ample seating for gatherings with her family and friends.  With a toddler in the home, we also needed things to be pretty kid-friendly.  We started with the color story on this one.  Like I said, she was totally game for color so we took advantage by wrapping the space in a rich moody purple called Graphy by Sherwin Williams.  She'd mentioned that purple was her favorite color and this particular hue helped create that warm sexy vibe she wanted. 

Immediately after the paint went on, the space was transformed and had so much more personality!  With the purple as a base, we begin layering in rich golds, blues, reds...you name it.  Sounds a little crazy but it totally worked.  The purple Windy O'Connor wallpaper was going to be just the thing to give the spaces flanking the fireplace some interest.  

The hand-rendering brought our vision to life and she was SOLD!  Not a single revision made to our original plan.  I love when they trust us! 😃

Artist: Jackie Ramdin

It honestly couldn't have come together any better.  The colors in the space just pop without being jarring at all.  Take a look...

Bassett Furniture Sectional in Revolution Performance Fabric

We knew those nondescript niches needed something and the graphic stripe paper gave us that rich global vibe we wanted.  Subtle and impactful all at the same time!

Sylvester Alexander swivel chair
 Wildwood Lamps side table
Bassett Furniture

While the space was a good size, it really didn't have a lot of storage.  We added large media cabinets flanking both sides of the fireplace to add ample storage for toys, blankets and media components. 

With so much color in the textiles, we kept it pretty neutral with the accessories.  

Funny enough, the link that made it all work was this Brentwood Textiles cut velvet fabric.  It was our jumping off point for the colors in the project and allowed us to pull our accents from it.  We used it as the covering on the large tufted storage ottoman from Baity's Custom Upholstery and it's one of my favorite things in the space. 

In the adjacent dining area we needed to create a more comfy seating are and update the space a bit.  Enter the Anderson banquette from the Belle by Cheryl Luckett collection for Sylvester Alexander.   The current seating and lighting were functional but not on par with the client's current style.  We also wanted to address the option for privacy on the sliding glass doors to the patio. 

The Revolution Plus fabric provides a beautiful and completely durable textile for the banquette and the golden cut velvet adds a lush layer to the wall that combines function with high style. 

Wildwood Lamps, Bassett Dining Table and Chairs, Hudson Valley Lighting

The art and lighting are the real showstoppers in this space.  

Anderson banquette- Belle by Cheryl Luckett for Sylvester Alexander 

The addition of bar stools provides ample seating our clients when entertaining.

Leftbank Art

Two often overlooked areas of a home are the entry and the powder bath.  Often situated near the front of the home, they can set the tone for your guest's entire experience.  We encouraged our client to address them both and boy was she glad she did!  Here's where they began...

We decided to keep the entry mirror but updated the storage piece to be a bit more contemporary.   A little change went a long way in connecting this small entry with the newly revamped living area. 

The powder bath was a basic as they come.  It was screaming for wallpaper.

We selected this bold peacock paper from York Wallcoverings to add pizazz to this small space and upgraded the lighting.  

Two small changes...BIG difference! 

This project proves that playing with color doesn't have to be a scary thing.  We love the warmth, life and cozy factor this Charlotte home now has.  What do you think? 

"Art and Home"

Lately I've been finding myself constantly on the hunt for art for client projects.  When helping source pieces for clients, it's important to me that I select something that's not only visually appealing but that also reflects who the clients are on a personal level.  In this post, I thought I'd round up a few of my favorites.

Ray Hart
"On One Accord"
Allison Ford
"Mother's Day on Palm Beach"

Ivey Hayes
"Dancers of Black Skin"
Sam Pace
Obviously I have a penchant for color.  I love the vibrancy of these four pieces.  I've also recently started collecting a bit of my own.  Earlier this year, I ran into this original Maurice Cook painting at a local antique mall.  It reminded me of my maternal great grandmother's house in the Mississippi.  Just up the road was the church she attended that sat on a hill just like the one in the painting.  She was even laid to rest in the cemetery that sits off to the right.  

I'd passed it several times before and finally (with a little push from my social media followers) decided to buy it.  So glad I did.  I love it!

While recently in Augusta, I visited the Morris Museum of Art where Southern favorite, Jonathan Green was on exhibit.

I couldn't resist this SIGNED poster of one of his popular colorful paintings.  Can't wait to get it framed.

It's pretty amazing how art has the power to completely transform a space and if our clients aren't already collectors we try to introduce them to pieces that may resonate with them and get them hooked. 

A space can quickly go from pretty to pretty and meaningful with the addition of just the right piece. 

I love when clients already have art that they love, but need help working it into the space we imagine for them. 

So spend a little time sourcing the art for your home improvement projects.  You'd be surprised what you mind find that has the potential to completely transform your home. 

Until next time...

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