Client Project Reveal: "The Next Chapter"



In light of recent worldwide health developments, I thought it might be a good time to get back at blogging.  Ok...so that may not be the whole truth.  Actually, the current recommendations have forced us all to slow down a bit and that may not be the worst thing.  I don't know about you guys, but I've been going non-stop since the start of the year and the thought of some mandated time at home sounds pretty good to me.  Of course, I hate that it had to come as a result of a pandemic.  Who would've thought?  But since we're here, I figured this would be a great time to reveal one of our favorite projects from last year.

With so many workers now at home, I think we've all become more aware of how important your environment is to your productivity and well-being.  We were approached by a client who was looking to create a more functional and beautiful home office.  As an entrepreneur, she was no stranger to hard work. She'd literally built her business in her home from the ground up. Over the course of nearly a decade she'd found herself working in hallways, her kid's room and the kitchen table.  It was finally time to create a space all her own.

The space was pretty much a blank slate.  It was barely functional for our client.  The desk was too small, she wasn't able to accommodate visitors well and the layout was totally off.  


There were however a few things she wanted to keep- the bulletin board where she kept notes and memories, the branded dry erase board for goal-setting, the gold etagere she had recently purchased and the overhead light (well at least so she thought 😉). 

We began with revising the layout.  We knew etagere would be better placed on a smaller wall and that we needed to add a secondary surface for documents and task lighting. After relocating the utilitarian items to the room's closet we opted to float the desk in the center of the room, adding a console for lighting and additional storage.  Since I met this client at the public launch of my furniture line, Belle by Cheryl Luckett for Sylvester Alexander, I thought it only appropriate to pitch the idea of adding a piece from the collection in her space. 

Room Layout
The color scheme for the space was driven by one of the client's favorite pieces of art, this Chica painting by local Charlotte artist and friend, Windy O'Connor.  

Art by Windy O'Connor 
Needless to say, there were no objections from me.  We got to work pulling together a design plan that pulled from the colors of the painting but adding a little more intensity and sophistication.  Knowing that we'd be focusing on adding color and pattern we went with a neutral wall color.  Sherwin Williams' Perfect Greige was just what the space needed to add a little warmth and provide a neutral foundation with major staying power. 

Design Board
Early on I suggested adding wallpaper to the ceiling and I'm so glad we did.  The room isn't large and this bold yet classic floral print on the ceiling added so much interest without closing in the space.  It also gave us a cornucopia of color from which to work.

Mood Board 

One of the features in the space became the Ivy from the Belle collection.  I'm so glad she agreed to go for it.  
Ivy Settee - Belle by Cheryl Luckett for Sylvester Alexander 
We went with a lush velvet on this french-inspired settee.  It's the most comfortable office seat I've ever seen.  It provides the perfect seating for our client's small team meetings. 

Take a look at how it all came together...

When I first walked into the space, I knew the chandelier was a little undersized for the room.  It took a bit of convincing but we ultimately went for something larger and relocated the smaller light to the hallway. 


Who wouldn't love looking up at this everyday?  The art set just the right note in the space and became the focal point as you enter the room.  We couldn't love it more.  



We kept some of the client's collectibles on display and added layers of color and interest with small art pieces, vintage finds and lots of color. 


You can never go wrong with a well-styled shelf. 


When you work from home, a comfy seat is a must (trust me I know).  This pleated velvet desk chair is stylish, sophisticated and comfortable to boot. 


A few personal touches, like freshly custom-framed degrees and a branded throw pillow and the space came together beautifully.


As much as I love how the space looks, my favorite part about this one was the reaction from our client at the reveal.  She was overcome with emotion.  I think we all knew that for her, this was much more than just a pretty space.  It was the reward for nearly a decade of hard work and sacrifice and the beginning of her next chapter.  


BEHIND THE SCENES: Take a look at how we pulled it together...




Photography: Cam Richards Photography

Resource List:
Paint: SW Perfect Greige
Wallpaper: York Wallcoverings
Task Lighting: Robert Abbey
Settee: "Ivy" of Belle by Cheryl Luckett collection for Sylvester Alexander 


A New Decade!

Happy New Year!


Hard to believe we've entered a new decade.  Over the past few weeks, I've spent quite a bit of time thinking about the past 10 years.  I spent the better part of it building the Dwell by Cheryl brand and business from the ground up.  Here's a look back at my very blog first post on January 1, 2012.  Wow (and yikes)!  I spent this next few years working hard to turn my passion into my career and five years later, on January 1, 2017, that's exactly what I did.  I wrote all about it here.  And well...you know the rest. 

If you've been around here for any length of time you know that the last couple of years have been nothing short of amazing.  A recap wouldn't do it justice, so I'll just leave it at that.


While it's been an amazing ride, none of it has been easy.  Last year was filled with highs and lows and riddled with lots of learning lessons.  To be expected, I suppose.  In preparation for the new year, my team spent a few days locked away reviewing the past year and planning for the new one. We spent a lot of time on our mission and core values.  It seems that in recent months, these things have become more and more clear.  


It's been interesting to see our business evolve over time. It's even more exciting to feel the greater sense of alignment with purpose lately. 

We had the pleasure of working on some amazing projects last year...
Got some pretty darn good press...

...and we can hardly wait to see what 2020 and this new decade has in store.  All I can say is, buckle up, it's going to be a fun ride!  

Happy New Year!



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