Summer Porch Reveal

Um, hellllooo? Welcome back after an unexpected hiatus, am I right? Summer...what can I say...time is scarce and who wants to be stuck behind a computer anyway!?! Not this girl. But, I thought I'd make an exception and jump on the ol' blog for a mid-summer post and an update on our porch refresh. Especially after I Instagrammed a quick shot of the porch and got such nice feedback - thanks guys! 

chillaxin'

chillaxin'

squishy pillow = actual porch usage

squishy pillow = actual porch usage

palms + blue&white - my fav spot!

palms + blue&white - my fav spot!

Indestructable plants

Indestructable plants

Bistro Chairs!

Bistro Chairs!

art outside...what the what?!? Convenitly covering the old school intercom

art outside...what the what?!? Convenitly covering the old school intercom

Solar candles...nothing better

Solar candles...nothing better

porch pup

porch pup

Sorry it's taken me absolute ages to share our porch refresh - we've been using the you-know-what out of this space all summer. Well, mostly mornings and evenings cause it's just been too HOT here, but you know what I mean. 

I feel pretty proud of this space and the update we've manage to complete with very little time/effort/dinero. New pillows from Target and World Market, dining chairs from TJ Maxx, our DIY console and loads of plants all from Home Depot. Everything else we had. The cute pup helps, too!

You know where to find me...

A Sitting Room Refresh {client work}

Oh my goodness, summer snuck up on me. Well, not so much snuck up, more just happened faster than I was prepared for it to happen. Preschool ended before Memorial day, we headed out of town over the holiday weekend and I've had my little "helper" with me ever since. And, now, elementary school has come to a crashing end with the stomach flu! Today, our first official day of summer break, the kids and I are already exhausted. Remember when summer was a relaxing time? Yeah, me neither! 

Well, before the summer schedule takes over even more, I thought I'd share a recently completed client project.

This space was created for another repeat client who happens to love the beach and all it's colorful influences. In an adjoining room we used seafoam as an accent, in this room we really embraced it - complete with a new couch and rug!

Loved creating this little vignette as the first resting spot for your eye when viewing the room. 

I'm still not sure what the details are of the piece we found to act as the media cabinet. It's tall and narrow, three doors across - I think English in origin - beautiful, no matter the function.

Drapery and wall color were a big influence on how the room and design plan came together. 

Love the contrast between light and dark, new and old. 

What a treat to work in this space! As I've said before, I love mixing old with new and this space is a true testament to how this design practice can create a unique, lived in, layered look in your home. So happy with the results!

Thanks to the Cowan family for inviting me into your home and working with me to create this beautiful space. 

More to come...

Outdoor Console Refresh {A DIY Project}

Work continues on our back porch refresh, we're not ready for the reveal yet, but progress is being made so I thought I'd share a little DIY we recently completed for the space. 

back porch preview!!

back porch preview!!

Adding additional surface area for food, drinks and entertaining was high on my list of must-haves for our refreshed space. I wanted something that would coordinate and tie in our iron and stone dining table, but after lots of endless searching I wasn't finding anything I loved that was also in the budget. Typical, right? 

Enter this beauty.

Ok, so she's not much to look at now, but she does have iron legs (that have a certain European feel to them) which means she can obviously be outside - bonus. And she's fairly budget friendly - also a bonus. So let's see what we can do with a little creative thinking.

First a trip to the stone warehouse for the perfect remnant. 

Then a little coat of paint to tone down the gold.

Yes, I'm usually a fan of gold, but not on this table. Outside. On our porch. 

Voila! As they say...

With not much effort and a minimal extra cost I got the perfect console for our outdoor space. Yeah for progress! And porch weather. And wine on the porch. And just wine in general. 

More to come...

A Vintage Industrial Inspired Front Room {Client Work}

While work continues on our back porch refresh, I wanted to share a recently completed client project with you. Some of you may have seen this image on my Instagram page...today I thought I'd share the rest of the story. This front room is in a beautiful older home here in Charlotte. The client has a wonderful vintage - industrial inspired style with loads of fabulous pieces, they just needed help bringing the room together. 

Here we are in on our initial consult...the room has super high ceilings and big beautiful windows, but the overall space is not large and serves as both an entry to the home as well as a pass through to the less formal areas at the back of the house. 

While they had great pieces, most where too large in scale for the space. Fortunately, we were able to come up with a plan to utilize some of what they had while adding a few key pieces to open up the room and make it more functional. All while keeping the budget in check, of course!

The initial plan took cues from the era of the home, updated the look and maximized seating. We removed the overscale sofa, but kept the love seat and wing chairs; added a new rug, light fixtures, occasional tables and accents. Of course, some things change along the way - as they always seem to do. 

Here you can see that we flipped the lovesest away from the front door and into the alcove of the bay windows. The large sofa was relocated to an upstair playroom and the wing chairs were moved to the far wall. Their tall backs and dark upholstery help to anchor the design and frame the window beautifully. We also upgraded the rug with an all wool, neutral option and added a brass and glass table to lighten the overall feel of the room and allow the rug to really shine. 

A couple of new low back chairs open the view to the front door and work well with their vintage-industrial style.  A new-to-them vintage light fixture and simple accessories finish off the space. Note: new fireplace tile surround coming soon!

I really enjoy working in older homes (there aren't many here in Charlotte!) and this project was no different. So much fun, especially when it's for such a great young family. There's one more room to go in this project, and so far it's coming together nicely. Can't wait to share more, soon!

PS. you and I both know that these pictures are not doing this project justice. I really need to stop with the iPhone shots and bust out the big camera or even (never gonna happen) invest in a true photographer. It's on the list, people. On the list!

More to come...