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"It's Been Too Long"

Hi! I'm Cheryl, remember me?

I know, it's been a crazy long time since I blogged but I'm going to recommit and do better. The past year has been absolutely insane.  You'd think with a pandemic and a lockdown that I would've had plenty of time to blog. You'd be wrong.  Needless to say with the world at home, nearly everyone was looking to update and improve their dwellings.  As a result, we've been swamped.  Seriously, like NON-STOP since this time last year.  So much has happened since my last post that it's difficult to know where to start.  How about we do this... Let's start with a little look back at some of my favorite projects in 2020.  We completed and photographed quite a few that I haven't shared here, so let's go in chronological order, shall we?

I'll start with a project that continues to be ongoing.  We're actually working on completing Phase III right now.  The project originally began in 2019 as a bath renovation project.  

The clients came to us looking to update their principal suite.  The bath in particular was long overdue.  They were looking for something clean and fresh and wanted help laying out a plan for the renovation.  Here's where the space began.  

The bath and adjoining closet were fine in terms of layout, but they were feeling a bit drab as you can see.  We created a design plan that was fresh and classic.  With cool hits of fresh green (SW Sea Salt) and gray and a mix of luxurious metals, this principal bath got a MAJOR upgrade. 

This shower is the stuff that dreams are made of. 

The custom cabinetry allowed us to get exactly what we wanted in storage and functionality and we took advantage of the vertical space with towers flanking the vanity. 

The tile wall in the tub niche is a showstopper and worth the investment.  We splurged here while saving on the floor with large format porcelain tile with a marble mosaic design installed on the diagonal for maximum impact and visual interest. 

We first needed to address the worn carpet in the closet, so we continued the wood flooring from the bedroom here and draped the room in this beautiful wallpaper from York Wallcoverings.  

A beautiful new mirror and custom bench in a durable (yet stylish) Revolution Performance Fabric print finish the space off beautifully.  

The clear doors on the existing cabinet were causing a lot of visual clutter, so we changed them to antiqued mirror, upgraded the knobs, and voila!

The clients also wanted to "freshen" up the bedroom space and we were happy to oblige.  

We took our design inspiration for this space from the client's existing area rugs.  The beige and blue would be a great complement to the soft green in the adjoining bath so we went with it.  

The plan was to update the paint, keep the existing bed, drapery, and rugs, and level up the other elements.  It's amazing what decorative elements and furniture can do to a space. 

I'm obsessed with this bedroom.  It's cozy and fresh and just makes you want to linger a bit.  
We kept things fairly neutral here and played up the pattern.  If you ask me, it's the perfect mix.

So, what do you think?  It's been a while since I've heard from you guys.  Let me know if you're still here and haven't given up on me.  : ) 

I promise I'll be back in June with another 2020 project reveal.  

One Room Challenge Week 6: "The Reveal"

Today's the day!  It's reveal day and I'm so excited to share with you the finished project for this year's Fall One Room Challenge!  But first, if you need to catch up, you can do so by clicking the posts below:

The fifth and final step in our design process is the installation.  It's the step where all the hard work and planning pays off with the unveiling of a dream space for our client.  Today that client is ME and I'm almost as excited as they usually are on the big day. 

Here's a look back at the space as I first found it.  A little rough around the edges but definitely 
full of potential. 

Before we could get to the decorating fun, I needed to sure up the foundational elements of the project. 
Here are the selections for the aesthetic improvements we made to the space.   

In addition to resurfacing the fireplace, installing wood floors and new trim, reclaimed wood beams were added to draw the eye up to the second level windows and vaulted ceiling.  They instantly added more character and a more rustic vibe fitting for the home's mountain environment.  

I landed on one of Sherwin Williams' new Emerald Designer Edition colors called Simple Stone.  It's a beautiful neutral with a hint of green that draws in just enough color from the outdoors, making a subtle reference to nature while working perfectly with the colors in my design scheme.    

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

Wall/Ceiling Color: Sherwin Williams Simple Stone/Marshmallow,  Wallpaper: Thibaut Winslow Plaid
Drapery/Door Fabric: Thibaut Grassmarket Check (Beige)Sectional: Wesley Hall Perreti
Animal Hide: HPMKT Antique and Design Center, Plant & Florals: NDI Protea and Fiddle leaf 
Mantel Mirror: Uttermost NylaCandlesticks: Wildwood Antler Hall Candlesticks 

Take a moment to pan around the room (use your cursor for a quick 360 view) to take it all in.  One of my favorite elements is the addition of upholstered bi-fold doors on the small two closets in the living space.   Y'all know I love an upholstered door.  We used the same Thibaut fabric from the drapery to provide connectivity and amped them up with hardware from Charlotte's own, Addison Weeks. 

Am I the only one who wants to dive onto that velvet sectional and curl up with someone special (or even a good Netflix series for that matter 😂 )?

On the opposite side of the space lives the dining area.  I love setting a table and entertaining, so a more formal look seemed to resonate with me.  The only thing I knew going in was that I was using the Dowel Furniture Murdock table and my Cumberland settee from my collections with 
Sylvester Alexander.  

Here's a look at the space before. 

We continued the paint color, beams and window treatments in this area and here it is...

Wall Color: Sherwin Williams' Simple Stone/Marshmallow,  Dining Chairs: Designmaster's Richfield Side Chair, 
Settee Fabric: Brentwood TextilesConsole Table: Modern History Console, Chandelier: Currey and Company Lauritz, Sconces: Wildwood Franklin Arm Sconce Art: Leftbank Art Massacre and Palette Prose Series VII by Kelly O'Neal,  
Animal Figurine:  Chelsea House Leopard Table Centerpiece: NDI Faux Bois Moss Mound

The art makes a huge statement in the space. Both pieces are from my friend Kelly O'Neal's collection with Leftbank Art.  Take a closer look around with the panoramic view below and try to resist the urge to pour yourself a cocktail from that amazing Duncan Corner Cabinet by Highland House.

Y'all, I love it all so much.  What a fun project this has been.  I read this quote recently in 
Glennon Doyle's book Untamed...

“As every architect and designer knows there’s a critical step between vision and reality.  Before imagination becomes 3-dimensional, it usually needs to become 2-dimensional. It’s as though the unseen order needs to come to life one dimension at a time.” 

I said from the very beginning that my dreams need detail, so with this ORC project I set out to get really specific about where I'm heading.  If my dream of owning a mountain home is one dimension and this project is the second, you know what's next.  Let's make this a reality.  

Until then...

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